Friday is the Fourth of July, a day set aside to celebrate the creation of the United States of America 238 year ago. Did you know that the Declaration of Independence was adopted by Congress on July 2, 1776? We celebrate on July 4th because it was the actual date shown on the final version of the Declaration of Independence. There are many great ways to celebrate the 4th of July in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. areas. There are parades, festivals and fireworks in communities across the region. We will list a few of these events below.
Baltimore Area 4th of July Celebrations
Many of Baltimore’s surrounding communities will be having festivals and fireworks on July 4th. Frederick is hosting “An Independence Day Celebration” on July 4th at Baker Park. There will be regional and national performers, free rides, family activities and a bath tub race down to Culler Lake which you can watch. The fireworks will take place at dusk. Gaithersburg will be having its 4th of July fireworks at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. The gates open at 5pm and the entertainment leading up to the fireworks display starts at 7pm. Rockville’s Independence Day celebration is at Montgomery College’s Rockville campus starting with entertainment at 7pm followed by fireworks at dusk. Annapolis celebrates Independence Day with a parade, festival and fireworks.
The parade starts at 6:30pm ending at Main St. by City Dock. The fireworks and festival will be at the Susan Campbell Park. Columbia is having their July 4th fireworks at the Columbia Lakefront starting at 5pm. There will be family activities, entertainment for all ages and of course, fireworks! The city of Baltimore hosts “Baltimore Port’s American Chesapeake Fourth of July Celebration” from 7pm to 10pm at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor Entertainment starts at 4pm at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater. The fireworks display will go off at dusk and can be viewed from anywhere along the Harbor and in the surrounding downtown neighborhoods of Federal Hill, Fell’s Point and Harbor East. You can also watch the fireworks on one of the harbor cruise boats in the harbor. Fort McHenry will also be celebrating the country’s independence with special events including fife and drum music, cannon firing, a musical salute and a public reading of the Declaration of Independence.
Washington D.C. Area 4th of July events
There are many Washington D.C. 4th of July celebrations and events. The city is full of the history of the United States from the museums on the National Mall to visiting the Capitol Building. You could spend the entire 4th of July in Washington D.C. going from one great event to the next. Start off your day with a visit to the National Archive to see the Declaration of Independence. There will be a special birthday party with talks and events from 10am to 5:30pm. Also, stop in to see the “Stars and Stripes” and the original lyrics to the “Star Spangled Banner” side-by-side at National Museum of American History. The National Independence Day Parade kicks off at 11:45am on Constitution Ave and runs down 7th Street to 17th Street. Thousands of people come to the capital for this parade, which has floats, giant balloons, drill teams, marching bands, special VIP’s and celebrities. After the parade, wander around the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and take in the cultures of Kenya and China. In the evening, PBS sponsors the “A Capitol Fourth” concert on the West Lawn of the U. S. Capitol Building. The concert features host Tom Bergeron and special performances by Frankie Valli, John Williams, Patti Labelle, Phillip Phillips, Jordin Sparks, Michael McDonald and many more, including the Muppets!
The highlight of the concert is the “1812 Overture” performed by the National Symphony Orchestra. The concert ends as the fireworks begin over the Washington Monument. You can also visit the DC Capital Fair at RFK Stadium, which runs to July 6th with carnival rides, magic shows, entertainment and fair food! Or step back in time and celebrate the 4th of July in Northern Virginia at Mount Vernon. There is a special Revolutionary War military demonstration, a concert, daytime fireworks and more events throughout the day. The summer is a big travel and recreation season. It is a great time to take the RV and boats out of storage and hit the holiday road and explore all the wonders that the United States has to offer. ezStorage wishes everyone a safe and fun 4th of July.