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Fourth of July Events Calendar: Fireworks, parties, parades and more

Ports America Chesapeake 4th of July Celebration. Photo by Jim Schuyler, via the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.

When it comes to celebrating America, most of us know the basics of fireworks, sparklers and BBQ. There are plenty of places willing to help out with the celebration. Here’s a roundup of events before and during Independence Day, as well as the best ways to watch the fireworks at the Inner Harbor.

City’s July Fourth Bash Schedule: Volleyball, Music from the Navy Commodores and Fireworks


We have the deets for this year’s annual Independence Day celebration in the Inner Harbor.

Where to Catch Fireworks Tonight



We’ve got a soft spot for those years when July 4th actually lands on a weekend, so that the fireworks can all actually happen on Independence Day. Here in Baltimore, we’re nestled between two of the biggest displays in the country– Washington D.C. and Philadelphia. Sure, you can head up or down I-95 to catch either of those, but the view at the Inner Harbor is really not to be missed. Here’s the scoop on fireworks displays near and far.

Of course, most of us will be watching the biggest display in the state– that is, the display at the Inner Harbor. The celebration starts at 7, with fireworks beginning at 9:30.  You can view the fireworks from several different neighborhoods, so make your dinner plans with a great view in mind.

On the smaller side, Baltimore County has a few local fireworks displays this evening, including the Star Spangled Spectacular at Oregon Ridge Park.  The BSO will be playing at 8pm, with fireworks as well.

In Annapolis, they’ll be launching fireworks from a barge in Annapolis Harbor. There’s also a parade beginning at 6:30pm to kick things off, along with the US Naval Academy Band.

Howard County will have a particularly family-oriented affair this evening, with a stage specifically for children’s entertainment starting at 5pm.

And Carroll County will be hosting an old fashioned July 4th celebration, with a picnic starting at 1pm, entertainment, crafts, food, and more throughout the day in Westminster. Fireworks begin at 9:30.

For the biggest bash of them all, you can head down to the National Mall in D.C. for the grand Fourth of July Celebration. It’s known as one of the greatest fireworks displays in the world, so if you’re up for braving the crowds, it may well be worth the adventure getting there.


Independence Day Carnival at Havre de Grace


Havre de Grace

catch of the day fish (2)If just one night of celebrating July 4th isn’t enough or you—or if what you really want is an excuse to get outside the city limits for a day, Havre de Grace might be your ideal destination this week. Firstly, they’re holding their fireworks display on Saturday night, rather than Friday, so you can easily see both Havre de Grace’s display and Baltimore’s. Secondly, they’re holding a free carnival all week long complete with a parade, rides, live music, and more. And with Havre de Grace’s rich revolutionary history, it’s the perfect setting for an Independence Day celebration.

Independence Day Fireworks Right Downtown



catch of the day fish (2)With Baltimore’s prime location between Washington D.C. (our nation’s capital, you know) and Philadelphia (where this whole “independent nation” thing got started) we’ve got plenty of options for places to see some of the most spectacular, no-holds-barred fireworks displays for July 4th. And since this year our country’s birthday falls on a Friday—it’s sure to be an extra-celebratory night no matter where you go. But for us, we like to keep it simple and close to home. Baltimore is a city that knows how to throw a good party, after all. And nothing makes viewing fireworks better than the backdrop of our gorgeous bay.

A Monumental Affair: Washington Monument Holiday Lighting

Image Courtesy of: pintsizepub.com

Little things have happened around Baltimore to signify that the Holidays are here.  The Mayor’s Parade occurred this past Sunday in Medfield and Hampden, the lights are up on 34th, and the nightly light show in the harbor has been in full swing since mid-November.  This Thursday, the Monument in Mount Vernon will be lit up for the holidays and we can all embrace the season – lights, decorations, cheery music and all.

If you find yourself in Mount Vernon around 5:30p on Thursday – stick around.  There will be local choirs and renowned food vendors until the lighting, laser show and fireworks at 7:00p.  First Thursdays at the Monument may just be for the summer months, but this is a first Thursday you can enjoy in a down jacket with some hot cocoa and a Santa hat.

The Washington Monument on Charles Street in Mount Vernon

Thursday, December 6th

To partake in a Baltimore Holiday Tradition that fully kicks off the season.  Fireworks!  Lights!  Carols!  Hot cocoa!


A Spectacular Fireworks SNAFU

via Alex Ogle

I hope many of you were able to take a break from your sudden off-the-grid lifestyle to enjoy one of the many local fireworks displays presented last night. (We stayed in, but don’t worry–the people from the apartment downstairs stomped around on our roof setting off fireworks all night, so we were set.)

Fireworks! Parades! Fun! Today is the Fourth!

Roland Park Parade, 2011. Photo by Susan Dunn.


Fourth of July firework displays and parades abound today.  Take the time to get outdoors and enjoy your friends and neighbors.  (Take your mind off  the power outages and storm damage too!)

The list of firework displays below comes from the Office of the State Fire Marshal and includes the organizations that have received permits to display fireworks tonight and tomorrow night. Some of the firework displays are private — the country clubs, for sure — but if you can find a spot nearby, you can enjoy the spectacle, too.

If we have left out your neighborhood parade, please let us know at [email protected] and we will add it to the parade list.

Our team at Baltimore Fishbowl will be enjoying a relaxed work schedule tomorrow so we can spend the day with family and friends, too.

Happy 4th!

Fireworks – July 4

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor
401 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Time: 9:30

Catonsville High School (rain date: July 7)
421 Bloomsbury Avenue, Catonsville 21228

Time: 9:15

Fullerton Park (rain date: July 5)
4304 Fullerton Avenue, Baltimore 21236

Time: 9:00

Grange Elementary School (rain date: July 6)
2000 Church Road, Dundalk 21222

Time: 9:15

Greenspring Valley Hunt Club (rain date: July 5)
30 Greenspring Valley Road, 21117

Time: 9:00

Loch Raven Tech Academy (rain date: July 5)
8101 LaSalle Road, Baltimore 21286

Time: 9:15

Oregon Ridge Park (rain date: July 5)
13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville 21030

Time: 9:45