Local Activities | June 16, 2015
The Fourth of July is a day set aside to commemorate the birth of the United States of America 239 years ago. Did you know that the Declaration of Independence was agreed on by Congress on July 2, 1776, but it was not officially signed by all delegates until August 2, 1776? We celebrate on July 4th because it was the date that Congress formerly adopted the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. There are many great ways to celebrate the Fourth of July in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. areas. There are parades, festivals and fireworks taking place in communities across the region.
Many of Baltimore’s surrounding communities will be having festivals and Fourth of July fireworks. Frederick is hosting “Frederick’s 4th of July” on Saturday, July 4th at Baker Park. There will be regional and national performers, free rides, fair food, family activities and spectators can watch a bath tub race down to Culler Lake. The fireworks take place at dusk. Gaithersburg has its Fourth of July fireworks at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. The gates open at 5pm and the entertainment leading up to the fireworks display starts at 6pm with family games and strolling entertainers. Takoma Park is celebrating the 126th Annual Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks. The parade kicks off at 10am on the corner of Carroll and Ethan Allen Avenues. The evening’s festivities start at 7pm with a community band concert and fireworks at 9:30pm. Rockville’s Independence Day celebration is at a new location, Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park in King Farm. Entertainment starts at 7pm followed by fireworks at dusk. Annapolis celebrates Independence Day with a parade, festival and fireworks. The parade starts at 6:30pm. The United States Naval Academy Band will perform from 8pm to dusk. The fireworks will be set off from a barge in Annapolis Harbor with great views along the harbor. Columbia is having their Fourth of July fireworks event at Columbia Lakefront starting at 5pm. There will be family activities, entertainment for all ages and of course, fireworks!
The city of Baltimore hosts “Ports America Chesapeake Inner Harbor Fourth of July Celebration” from 7pm to 10pm at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Entertainment starts at 4pm at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater. The United States Navy Cruisers Band will perform starting at 7pm followed by fireworks choreographed to music at 9:30pm. The fireworks can be viewed from anywhere along the Harbor and in the surrounding downtown neighborhoods of Federal Hill, Fell’s Point and Harbor East. Fort McHenry will also be celebrating the country’s independence “1812 style” with special events including fife and drum music, cannon firing, a musket salute to the 18 states and a public reading of the Declaration of Independence.
Washington D.C. is full of the history of the United States from the museums on the National Mall to visiting the National Archive. 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 patriotic performances and a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence starting at 10am. Also, stop in to visit the “Stars and Stripes” and at National Museum of American History. The National Independence Day Parade kicks off at 11:45am on Constitution Avenue and runs down 7th Street to 17th Street. Thousands of people come to Washington D.C to attend the Fourth of July parade, which has floats, giant balloons, drill teams, marching bands, special VIP’s and celebrities.
In the evening, PBS sponsors the “A Capital Fourth” concert on the West Lawn of the U. S. Capitol Building. The concert features host Tom Bergeron and special performances by Alabama, Nicole Scherzinger, Hunter Hayes, KC and the Sunshine Band, Ronan Tynan and many more. The highlight of the concert is the “1812 Overture” performed by the National Symphony Orchestra. The concert ends as the fireworks begins over the Washington Monument.
Step back in time and celebrate Fourth of July in Northern Virginia at the home of General George Washington in Mount Vernon. There is a special Revolutionary War military demonstration, a concert, daytime fireworks, a naturalization ceremony for 100 new citizens and more events throughout the day.
The summer is peak travel time and there is no better time to explore the area than during the summer. There are so many great places to see within a few hour’s drive from Baltimore. Visiting the National Mall is just one of the amazing destination points in our “1 Day Trips from Baltimore”. ezStorage wishes everyone a safe and fun 4th of July.