Celebrate the 4th of July at the free and family-friendly Independence Day events in Baltimore in 2018. Kids and adults will have a blast at the patriotic events, parades, and dazzling displays of fireworks.
Baltimore’s 4th of July Celebration presented by Ports America Chesapeake
July 4 @ 7 p.m.
Downtown Baltimore, Baltimore, MD 21202
The largest Fourth of July celebration in the Mid-Atlantic will be held at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The U.S. Navy Band Commodores, the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble, will perform contemporary music at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater at Pratt and Light Streets. The dazzling fireworks spectacular will be at 9:30 p.m. Spectators are encouraged to view the fireworks from several locations downtown and in surrounding areas, including Fells Point, Locust Point, Federal Hill, Harbor East, and Canton.
Independence Day Open House and Naturalization Ceremony
July 4 @ 10 a.m.
William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George St., Annapolis, MD 21401
The day of patriotic will include the commemoration of William Paca’s 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence – America’s birth certificate. Guests will be able to tour the historic mansion and beautiful gardens. The day will begin with an inspirational Naturalization Ceremony, as people from around the globe become citizens.
4th of July Parade & Fireworks Annapolis Harbor
July 4 @ 6:30 p.m.
City Dock, Annapolis Harbor, Annapolis, MD 21401
Annapolis will offer a patriotic salute to the nation the parade, which will step off at Amos Garret and West Streets and will head down West Street. The parade will include a procession of marching bands, fire engines, cars, service clubs, and scouts. WRNR will host the 4th of July fireworks from high above the City Dock starting at 8 p.m. with a holiday playlist that will be broadcast live. The patriotic tradition of the song “Stars and Stripes Forever” will play at 9:15 p.m,, signaling the start of the fireworks spectacular at Annapolis Harbor. The best viewing areas will be at the public spaces Northeast of Severn River near the Naval Academy Bridge, City Dock, and on any of the street end paras facing Spa Cree.
AVAM’s July 4th Visionary Pets on Parade
July 4 @ 10 a.m. (Pet registration 9:30 a.m.)
800 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230
The family pet will get to join in the fun by getting dressed up in costume and joining the Visionary Pets on Parade. It will be free to participate and to attend as a spectator. Prizes and trophies will be awards in several categories, including Most Patriotic, Best Costume, Most Visionary, Best Owner 7 Pet Lookalikes, and more.
Bel Air July 4
July 4 @ 6:45 a.m.
Bel Air, MD 21014
The theme of the 4th of July event will be “A Salute to American Heroes. The day of family-friendly patriotic activities will begin with Flag Raising Ceremonies and a pancake breakfast. Kids and adults will have fun at the family contests, Bicycle Rodeo, games, horseshoes, and tours of the Hays House. The Bel Air July 4 parade will step off at the intersection of E. Gordon Street and North Main Street at 6 p.m. The fireworks will be launched at Rockfield Park at 9:30 p.m.
Howard County’s Fourth of July Festival
July 4 @ 5 p.m.
Columbia Lakefront, Columbia MD 21043
The entire family will enjoy this patriotic festival on the Columbia Lakefront. Plan to arrive early because a crowd is expected to attend the fireworks show. There will be a live musical performance by the United States Air Force Band, Airmen of Note for two hours. Food vendors will sell snacks and refreshments. Bring chairs or blankets for seating on the lawn. The fireworks show will start at around dusk, about 9:30 p.m.
Towson 4th of July Parade and Fireworks
July 4 @ 10:30 a.m.
Towsontown, Towson, MD 21286
The Towson Parade has celebrated the lived of men and women who served our country for more than 120 years. There will be reviewing areas at Bosley and at Washington. The Towson Fireworks show at Loch Raven Technical Academy will begin between 9-9:30 p.m.