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.
We have the deets for this year’s annual Independence Day celebration in the Inner Harbor.
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.
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.
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!
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.)
- Greenspring Valley
- Inner Harbor
- Mt. Washington
- Roland Park
UPDATED TO REFLECT ACTIVITY 7/4/2012 ONLY
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.
Fireworks – July 4
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor
401 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Catonsville High School (rain date: July 7)
421 Bloomsbury Avenue, Catonsville 21228
Fullerton Park (rain date: July 5)
4304 Fullerton Avenue, Baltimore 21236
Grange Elementary School (rain date: July 6)
2000 Church Road, Dundalk 21222
Greenspring Valley Hunt Club (rain date: July 5)
30 Greenspring Valley Road, 21117
Loch Raven Tech Academy (rain date: July 5)
8101 LaSalle Road, Baltimore 21286
Oregon Ridge Park (rain date: July 5)
13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville 21030