Haven’t made Fourth of July plans yet? Maryland has more than a few great Independence Day celebrations worth going to across the entire state.The Fourth of July is just around the corner and many are preparing to celebrate the holiday. If you haven’t decided how you will be celebrating, don’t worry, Maryland offers residents plenty of places to watch the fireworks and enjoy the holiday. Below are a few of the best of the many different holiday celebrations that will be taking place July 4.
City of Rockville Independence Day CelebrationRockville’s Independence Day Celebration will be held at Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park in King Farm. The event is put on by the major and Rockville’s Council. The festivities include musical entertainment from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., followed by a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. The event is entirely free, while food and beverage can be purchased on-site, and guests are permitted to bring their own food, snacks and beverages. Interested patrons should note that open flames and barbequing is not allowed and the event organizers encourage attendees to bring blankets and chairs.
AnnapolisAnnapolis’ annual Fourth of July fireworks are launched from Annapolis Harbor. While some watch from their homes and on restaurant and bar patios, the best public viewing spaces are at the City Dock, areas north of Severn River, the Naval Academy bridge and the parks that face Spa Creek. If you don’t mind shelling out a few dollars, you can watch the Fireworks aboard one of the city’s boat cruises. Parking near downtown may be hard to find, and exiting afterwards may prove difficult from locations close to downtown. The Annapolis fireworks show and celebration is a big draw, so the city provides shuttle service from the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium to Lawyers Mall starting at 5 p.m. until midnight. The shuttle service costs $1 per trip for adults and kids under 12 ride for free.
Baltimore HarborThe Baltimore Inner Harbor fireworks also draws big crowds. The celebration is family-friendly while still catering to partygoers. The festivities include live music, followed by fireworks from 7.pm. to 10 p.m. The Commodores U.S. Navy Jazz Ensemble will kick things off at 7 p.m. at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater, located on the corner of Light and Pratt Streets. The fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. and are presented by Pyrotecnico. Spectators can watch the fireworks from many different locations in and near downtown; the views are good and seating plentiful on Federal Hill, at Fells Point, Canton, Harbor East and Locust Point.
Ocean CityOcean City’s Fourth of July fireworks celebrations just might be THE place to be July 4. The festivities kick off with a free concert at 8 p.m. at Northside Park, located on 125th Street. Afterwards, fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. Michael Hine and The Look will provide the musical entertainment, while another concert and fireworks celebration takes place simultaneously on the beach at North Division Street. The North Division Street beach fireworks celebration also begins at 8 p.m., with a free concert by Triple Rail Turn, which also will be followed by 9:30 p.m. fireworks. Both the Northside park and beach celebrations are free.
Which Fourth of July event will you and your family be attending? Do you have any fun traditions for the holiday? Let us know in the comments below!