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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.

Learn to Make Ice Cream at the Patterson Park Library


Ice cream

catch of the day fish (2)The Enoch Pratt Free Library is inviting you to, “celebrate America’s independence by learning to make homemade ice cream.” While the exact relationship between ice cream and our nation’s founding does elude us, we’re not going to quibble, since that might result in us not getting to learn how to make the stuff or enjoy the fruits of those labors. We’ll just settle for knowing that ice cream was in fact brought here from Europe during colonial days and that founding fathers such as Ben Franklin, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson were known fans of the stuff; which we suppose you could extrapolate to mean that ice cream basically fueled the American Revolution. In fact, that’s probably a pretty safe assumption to make. Wouldn’t they need a nice cold treat after trudging through battlefields in knee-high boots and wool uniforms? Surely.

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.)

More Crabs in the Bay Doesn’t Mean More on the Plate — Not Yet Anyway


I guess it’s more complicated than it seems. Even as the watermen of the Chesapeake bay reported a banner crab harvest, and even as a recent tally put the number of crabs in the bay at somewhere near 764 million, the crustacean is still likely to be scarce and expensive for the Fourth of July.