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

Maybe you’re looking for somewhere to “ooh” and “aah” as light and color burst across Baltimore’s sky. Or, if fireworks aren’t your thing, maybe you’re searching for alternate events for Fourth of July. Either way, there are plenty of options this weekend.

From the return of the Inner Harbor fireworks after two years, to parades, festivals, races and more, here’s a look at Fourth of July events around Baltimore:

Fireworks are returning to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor after being absent for the past two years. The city’s annual fireworks display was canceled in 2020 and 2021 largely due to concerns about COVID-19. But the Inner Harbor fireworks are back this year and will fire off at 9:30 p.m. Monday. The show will be broadcast live on WJZ, the media partner for the fireworks.

There will be other festivities happening all across the Baltimore area all day Monday to commemorate Independence Day.

Racers will line up in Towson to run (or walk) the 4 on the 4th Race and 1776 Family Fun Run. The 4 on the 4th Race starts at 8:15 a.m. on Washington Avenue near the Baltimore County Government building. The course covers 4 miles through the Towson area, including part of Towson University’s campus. The 1776 Family Fun Run is an easier 1776 feet – about one-third of a mile – and is perfect for the kiddoes. Sign up for either race here. Afterwards, watch Towson’s 4th of July Parade from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Dundalk’s 4th of July Parade will start at 8:15 a.m. at the Logan Village Shopping Center. Participants should arrive by 7 a.m. to start lining up.

Fur balls, feathered friends, scaly pals, and other animal buddies and their humans are all welcome at the American Visionary Art Musem’s 4th of July Pet Parade & Animal Talent Show. Registration is at 8:30 a.m., and the parade and talent portions begin at 9 a.m.

The Black-led and -founded Cherry Hill Arts & Music Waterfront Festival will celebrate its 6th year at Middle Branch Park. Running from 1-10 p.m., the festival will feature performances by TT the Artist, Sister Carol, Navasha Daya, The Legendary Ingramettes, and more with host Elsa M. In addition to the live music, attendees can also enjoy food trucks, exhibits, and vendors all day – and of course the firework show at 9:30 p.m.

The Baltimore Orioles will face off against the Texas Rangers during a baseball game at Oriole Park at 1:05 p.m. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will perform the National Anthem.

The U.S. Navy Band Commodores will present a two-and-a-half-hour performance at the Harborplace amphitheater at 4 p.m.

Street performers will entertain along the waterfront at 6:30 p.m.

Spoken word artist Wordsmith will give Frederick Douglass’s “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” speech at the BGE Pavilion at Rash Field Park at 7:30 p.m.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will perform their free “Star Spangled Celebration” concert at Rash Field at 8 p.m. They will also perform an accompaniment to the fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

The BSO will also hold a “Star-Spangled Spectacular” concert at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at Oregon Ridge Park. The performance will feature musical selections about America, including “America” from the musical “West Side Story”; composer Daniel Bernard Roumain’s String Quartet No. 5, “Rosa Parks”: Klap Ur Handz; and more. The show will close with a fireworks display. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair, and pack a picnic or enjoy food and drinks from local food trucks.

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Marcus Dieterle

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at marcus@baltimorefishbowl.com...