Maryland’s Historic July 4th Events

06/17/2016
By Preservation Maryland

Celebrating our day of independence is our most historic American tradition. Whether you prefer to spend your Fourth of July on the water, at a patriotic parade, cooking-out with the family, or anxiously awaiting a fireworks spectacular, Maryland has an abundance of fun-filled opportunities to celebrate our nation’s independence and Preservation Maryland has composed a list of the most historical events in the state.

WESTERN MARYLAND

MIDDLETOWN INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
Saturday, July 2 // Middletown, Frederick County

A Main Street community founded in 1767, Middletown will celebrate America’s independence, Middletown Independence Day Celebration, starting at Noon by providing a day of over 50 arts and crafts vendors, free pony rides, race track racing, and balloon artists, live music, followed by a fireworks display at 9:30pm.

MARYLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S SALUTE TO INDEPENDENCE
Saturday, July 2 // Antietam National Battlefield // Sharpsburg, Washington County

Since 1986, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra has presented a free “Salute to Independence” concert at Antietam National Battlefield. Held on the first Saturday of July, the Salute has been billed as Maryland’s Most Patriotic Event. The evening concert attracts nearly 35,000 people from all over and is capped off with one of the largest fireworks displays in the region. This year’s special guest, folk singer/songwriter Jennie Avila, will be performing her original songs of the Civil War.

RED, WHITE, & BLUEGRASS WITH “GRAND OLE’ DITCH” BAND
Monday, July 4, 2016 // Canal Place Heritage Area, Cumberland, Allegany County

Red, White, & Bluegrass celebrates the C&O Canal’s groundbreaking on July 4, 1828 and Independence Day with a bluegrass band followed by the city’s fireworks display. Free concert; bring chair or blanket.

EASTERN SHORE

CHESTERTOWN’S 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS
Monday, July 4, 2016 // Wilmer Park, Chester River, Chestertown, Kent County

Wilmer Park is a spectacular viewing spot for the annual 4th of July fireworks shot over the Chester River. Show begins at dusk.

FREEDOM FEST
Saturday, July 2, 2016 // Crisfield, Somerset County

Celebrate the heritage of southern Maryland and honor the military at Freedom Fest with food including crab cakes, soft crabs and Smith Island cake, kids games, live entertainment, arts and crafts, ending with fireworks, family oriented evening.

ROCK HALL JULY 4TH WEEKEND
Friday, July 1 through Monday, July 4, 2016 // Rock Hall, Kent County

See one of the best fireworks displays on the Chesapeake Bay in the historic City of Rock Hall. An annual tradition of patriotic celebration, the event includes kids events, talent shows, sports and races, parades, fireworks, and more. Be sure to check out the full weekend schedule.

CAPITAL REGION

INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION & FIREWORKS
Monday, July 4, 2016 // Gaithersburg, Montgomery County

Gaithersburg’s 4th of July celebration has a new home at the historic Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm with grounds for sports, walking/hiking, and more. An entire day’s worth of activities – all leading up to a spectacular fireworks display – will take place from 11am to 11pm.

 

SOUTHERN MARYLAND

HISTORIC 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION
Monday, July 4, 2016 // Port Tobacco, Charles County

Spend America’s 240th birthday at the home of one of Maryland’s signers of the Declaration of Independence, the Thomas Stone National Historic Site. Special events at this celebration include a wreath ceremony at historic graves, a firing demonstration, and an  abbreviated production of “1776” the musical.

CENTRAL MARYLAND

HAVRE DE GRACE INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
Wednesday, June 29 through Sunday July 3, 2016 // Tydings Memorial Park, Havre de Grace, Harford County

Bring the entire family to the Havre de Grace Independence Day Celebration in Tydings Park for the five-day celebration will be capped off on Sunday, July 3, 2016 with a parade at 2pm, a concert at 7pm, and a fireworks display at dusk.

INDEPENDENCE DAY NATURALIZATION CEREMONY & MORE
Monday. July 4, 2016 // William Paca House & Garden, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County

William Paca is a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and his historic homes will host at 10am a naturalization ceremony; U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services officials will give the Oath of Allegiance to the candidates, Annapolis High School’s JROTC unit will provide a cadet color guard, and the All Children’s Chorus of Annapolis will sing the National Anthem. Explore the house and ground of the Paca House from 11am to 5pm.

CITY OF ANNAPOLIS INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION & FIREWORKS
Monday, July 4, 2016 // Annapolis, Anne Arundel County

The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will travel along West Street, around Church Circle, and down Main Street to the City Dock. Then, visit Susan Campbell Park at 8:00 p.m. for a performance by the Naval Academy’s Concert Band, followed by a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m.

 

OLD-FASHIONED JULY 4TH PICNIC/CELEBRATION/FIREWORKS
Monday, July 4, 2016 // Carroll County Farm Museum Westminster, Carroll County

The celebration begins at Noon and includes onstage entertainment, children’s games, fireworks, and food and crafts for sale.

LIVING HISTORY WEEKEND: REVOLUTIONARY LONDON TOWN
Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10 // Historic London Town, Edgewater, Anne Arundel County

The year is 1776. British warships are terrorizing the Chesapeake and London Town’s nervous residents are defended by the South River Militia. Step back into the contentious days surrounding the Declaration of Independence.

BALTIMORE CITY & COUNTY

Fireworks in the Baltimore Inner Harbor. Photo from visitmaryland.org.


Fireworks in the Baltimore Inner Harbor. Photo from visitmaryland.org.

DELIVERY OF “THE MEANING OF JULY 4TH FOR THE NEGRO” BY FREDERICK DOUGLASS AT FORT MCHENRY
Monday, July 4, 2016 // Fort McHenry, Baltimore City, Central Maryland

Fort McHenry commemorates July 4th with a special presentations at 11am and 2pm of Frederick Douglass’ moving speech, “The Meaning of July 4th for the Negro, “originally given in Rochester, New York in 1852, it challenges Americans to deliver on the promise of the Declaration of Independence where it states: “all men are created equal” and to end the institution of slavery in America.

CATONSVILLE’S INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
Monday, July 4, 2016 // Catonsville, Baltimore County

This all-day, fun-filled Catonsville tradition features children’s games, races, and concerts starting at 9:30am, the 69th Annual Grand Parade at 3pm, and a fireworks display 9:15pm at Catonsville High School.

DUNDALK HERITAGE ASSOCIATION INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE AND FIREWORKS
Monday, July 4, 2016 // North Point Government Center, Dundalk, Batlimore County

The 82th Annual Dundalk 4th Of July Parade will start at approximately 8:15am, and fireworks will start at approximately 9:15pm.

STAR-SPANGLED SPECTACULAR
Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4, 2016 // Oregon Ridge Park, Hunt Valley, Baltimore County

Be sure to bring your picnic basket for this all-American holiday celebration featuring such famed works as Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and Sousa’s Stars and Stripes culminating in a breathtaking fireworks display. A cozy blanket is the perfect seat for the sloping green lawn of Oregon Ridge as the BSO takes to the bandstand and lights up the night. Oregon Ridge Park opens at 5:00pm both nights with performances starting at 8pm.

INDEPENDENCE DAY DECK PARTY
Monday, July 4, 2016 // USS Constellation, Baltimore City

Celebrate America’s Independence aboard the USS Constellation during Baltimore’s Independence Day Deck Party. American backyard barbecue favorites served with local beer, wine and assorted sodas. Overlook the Inner Harbor high above the crowds and enjoy the best view of the fireworks.

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