The 4th of July holiday is coming up next week! The 4th of July or Independence Day celebrates the day, July 4, 1776, that the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence from England. Since that time, patriotic concerts, family picnics and gatherings, and fireworks have celebrated that day. Massachusetts was the first state to make July 4th an official holiday and the day became a federal holiday in 1870 and an official paid holiday in 1941.
The Baltimore and Washington D.C. areas played a big role in the forming of our country and there are big holiday celebrations to honor the day. Our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. is one of the best place to celebrate this national holiday. There is a parade, events at national monuments and buildings, cultural festivals on the Mall, a concert on the West Lawn of the Capital Building and fireworks! The activities kick off with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the Mall. This festival, in its 46th year, is an international exposition of living cultural heritage produced by the Smithsonian. This year’s themes are Hungarian Heritage, One World, Many Voices and Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage. The festival’s many tents include shops, food, cultural demonstrations and more. The festival runs two weekends: June 26th-30th and July 3rd-7th from 11am to 5:30pm daily. The National Independence Day Parade starts at 11:45am on Constitution Ave and & 7th Street and ends at 17th Street. The parade includes marching bands, military and specialty units, floats and VIPs. This event draws thousands of people to the nation’s capital.
The National Archive hosts special events including the reading of the Declaration of Independence and other free family activities. The Capitol Fourth Concert, broadcast on your local PBS station, has the National Symphony Orchestra, military band, national performers and more. The concert ends with fireworks over the Washington Monument. This is quite the sight to behold! The Baltimore area will also play host to many fantastic 4th of July programs. The Ports America Chesapeake Fourth of July Celebration will take place at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. There is music starting at 7pm by the US Naval Academy Band Electric Brigade with firework starting at 9:30. The fireworks are choreographed to music from 2 barges in the harbor and can be seen from Federal Hill, Fells Point and Harbor East. Frederick has an all-day Independence Day Celebration at Baker Park with regional and national entertainment acts, free carnival rides and family activities. For the first time, the fireworks will be shot off from Parkway Elementary School parking lot which allows viewing from Baker Park. Annapolis holds its annual July 4th parade starting at 6:30pm which starts at Amos Garret Blvd and ends at City Dock. There will be fireworks over Annapolis Harbor at 9:15. Catonsville starts off their Independence Day celebrations with a parade at 9:30am, all day festival with children’s games, races and concerts and ends the day with fireworks.
Lastly, Rockville has concerts and fireworks starting at 7pm at the Montgomery College-Rockville campus. Check your local community for firework and holiday celebrations. ezStorage will have their regular gate access hours at all of our facilities in the Baltimore, Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. area. ezStorage wishes our customers, vendors and family a Happy 4th of July! Enjoy the day full of celebrations, family and fireworks!