One of the most highly anticipated family events in the city of Baltimore happens in the dark of night, in the shadows of a public park.
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.
Barnum and Bailey are in Baltimore for the next few days, bearing bastions of clowns and menagerie of talented animals. Today at 11:45a, the elephants from the circus will parade through downtown, from the 1st Mariner’s Arena, through Hopkins Plaza, down to Lexington Market. I, for one, hope there will be gossipy lady elephants reminiscent of the Golden Girls, talking smack about a misfit toddler elephant. There’s only one way to find out, and that’s by taking my lunch break downtown, and watching these elephants parade towards some crabcakes at Faidley’s.
Young and old (many still without power) turned out for the annual 4th of July Parade in Roland Park yesterday, a longstanding tradition in the leafy North Baltimore neighborhood. Before the parade, Roland Parkers read the preamble to the Declaration of Independence and sang the National Anthem. The parade traveled down Roland Avenue, ending at the Roland Park Presbyterian Church, and was led by a firetruck followed by a crowd of around 100 people with their patriotically-decorated bikes and wagons. A group carried an American flag to serve as a reminder of what we were celebrating. Popsicles were given out at the end to help participants cool off on a very hot 4th of July afternoon.
- 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