Oh say can you see…. all the great 4th of July events to enjoy in Baltimore? Don’t forget to brush up on “Yankee Doodle,” “The Star Spangled Banner,” “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee,” and all the other patriotic songs you can think of if you don’t want to get caught humming or mumbling. America’s birthday warrants being celebrated with more than just cakes and candles. Barbecues, parties, fireworks, parades, carnivals, ceremonies, and any other expression of red, white, and blue revelry would suffice to show your patriotism.
If all you’re interested in is fireworks, where’s the best place to check out the most incredible pyrotechnics display? It’s a relative question but the Inner Harbor would be your best bet in downtown Baltimore. If you’re staying at one of the hotels in the Inner Harbor, the place to be might be your room or any rooftop location with a clear view of the water. Here are all the ways to celebrate the 4th of July in Charm City:
Inner Harbor – Grab a seat, your camera, and a snack for the Fireworks at the Harbor. Musical performances will run all day, however the fireworks will begin at 9:30 pm. This event is FREE.
USS Constellation – Enjoy the lighted action of the Inner Harbor’s fireworks display on the USS Constellation’s Deck Party Picnic. The party runs from 7pm-10pm. Admission is $65 for Adults; $25 Ages 5-17; FREE Under 5. Members pay $50/Adults, $20/Ages 5-17 .
Fort McHenry – The Glorious Fourth! This old-fashioned Fourth of July party from Noon-4:30pm is FREE. Traditional revelry will include fife and drum music, cannon firing, a musket salute for 18 states, period dancing and games, and a public reading of the Declaration of Independence at 3pm.
National Aquarium - July 4th Pier Party 7pm-10 pm. Watch fireworks at the Inner Harbor, enjoy live entertainment. Adult members $25, $50 non-members; 3-11 $15 members, $20 non-members. Reservations are required as space is limited.
World Trade Center - Top of the World Fourth of July Celebration runs from 7pm-10pm: $75 per person; $30 for 12 and under. On the 27th floor of the World Trade Center you will be able to enjoy music, food, beer, wine, soda, and of course, an amazing birds-eye view of the fireworks on the Inner Harbor.
Baltimore Museum of Industry – Independence Day Celebration will kick off at 6pm and run until 10pm. Admission is $50 per car for non-members, $40 for members before July 3rd; $60 and $50, respectively on July 3rd and 4th. Entrance to the museum is included; be sure to pack your own food, drinks, and snacks.
American Visionary Arts Museum – Visionary Pets on Parade starts at 10am, pets must be registered by 9:30am. The parade is FREE for all.
Oregon Ridge – Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will hold its Star Spangled Spectacular on July 2nd and 3rd at 8pm. Admission is $18 for adults and $9 for kids.
The Black-Eyed Susan - Cruise the Inner and Outer Harbor and watch the fireworks on this 4th of July Fireworks Cruise from 7:30-10:30pm. Price is $65 for adults; children under 12 are $48; kids under 4 are FREE. Limited reservations available. Boarding begins at 7pm.
Downtown Annapolis – Why not enjoy Independence day in the state’s capital, where a lot of the political action took place? Annapolis’s July 4th Parade and Celebration starts at 8pm and is FREE. The route begins on West St./Amos Garrett Blvd and runs up through Church Circle through to Main Street and ending at City Dock. The United States Naval Academy Band will be performing and a fireworks spectacular will pop off at the Annapolis Harbor/City Dock area around 9:15pm.
As John Adams told his wife Abigail, “It [the second day of July] ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.” Well, we’re not quite sure how the other end of the continent is celebrating but Charm City doesn’t fall short on the pomp and illuminations.