Local Activities | June 27, 2016
Across the country, people are getting ready to celebrate our nation’s independence on the Fourth of July, whether it’s at a backyard barbecue, a parade or festival, enjoying a day on the water, or taking in dazzling fireworks displays. Here’s an interesting fact: Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, two signers of the Declaration of Independence, both passed away on July 4, 1826. If you live in the Baltimore, Northern Virginia or Washington, D.C. areas, there is no shortage of ways to celebrate the Fourth of July. Communities across the region offer festivities, parades and demonstrations, fireworks and amazing destinations that are just a short day trip from Baltimore.
The city of Baltimore and several of its surrounding communities will host a variety of Fourth of July events the whole family can enjoy. Here are just a few ways to spend the Fourth of July in Baltimore this year:
MSO Salute to Independence
The 31st annual Salute to Independence concert will be held on July 2 at 7:30pm at Antietam National Battlefield. Nearly 30,000 people from the Baltimore region and beyond will attend what has been dubbed as “Maryland’s Most Patriotic Event,” with the evening capped off by an amazing fireworks display.
Baltimore’s Ports America Chesapeake Fourth of July Celebration
Head downtown for this festive Fourth of July event in Baltimore, which is considered the city’s biggest celebration of the holiday. Starting at 7pm, enjoy live music from the U.S. Navy Band Cruisers and then get ready for the spectacular fireworks display at 9:30pm.
Both Annapolis and Baltimore offer Independence Day Fireworks Cruises from Watermark , where you’ll enjoy drink specials, snacks, and the ability to view fireworks from the water.
Our nation’s capital and the surrounding region is alive with history and patriotism on the Fourth of July! You could spend the entire day visiting various historical destinations and events. For instance, here are just a few things to do this Fourth of July in DC and Northern Virginia:
National Independence Day Parade
Thousands of Americans will line up once again along Constitution Avenue for the National Independence Day Parade, featuring drum corps, elaborate floats and plenty of VIP guests!
A Capital Fourth
Head to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capital for this free Fourth of July D.C. event, which will be broadcast live on PBS. This year, the concert features performers like Jack Everly and the National Symphony Orchestra.
Fireworks at the National Mall
Watching the fireworks against the Washington, D.C. skyline is a breathtaking event, and there are plenty of places in the area to view them. The National Mall is the best place to watch the fireworks, but it can also be the busiest. The fireworks can also be viewed from places like the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, a rooftop bar in the area, or even a family-friend cruise on the Potomac River.
Gaithersburg 4th of July Celebration
Gaithersburg is also well-known for their Independence Day Celebration, which takes place at historic Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm this year. You and the family will enjoy a variety of activities at the Water Park and Mini Golf course throughout the day at the Ultimate Lawn Party, featuring live entertainment and lawn games. Then, head to the SummerGlo After Party, with glow-in-the-dark giveaways, a DJ and late night snacks.
Frederick’s 4th – An Independence Day Celebration
This rain or shine event in Frederick starts at noon and lasts until dusk, featuring rides, entertainment and activities for the whole family. Listen to regional and national music on two stages while eating some delicious food and tasting local craft beer or wine, then cap the night off with some fireworks shot from Parkway Elementary School.
Mount Vernon Estate
If you have little ones who can’t stay up for the nighttime fireworks, head to Mount Vernon for a special daytime display while experiencing a historical Fourth of July in the D.C. area. Enjoy ice cream, music from the Revolutionary War era, and beautiful views of the Potomac River.
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