Baltimore knows how to celebrate the Fourth of July. With picnics, fireworks, history and parties, Charm City earned its name for its distinctive Chesapeake Bay lifestyle and culture. Communities throughout Baltimore will celebrate the birth of our nation in many ways. Food and community go together. This year, choose a Fourth of July party destination that fits everyone’s interests.
650 S Exeter Street
Baltimore, Md. 21202
Date: July 4 at 7 p.m.
The Ports America Chesapeake Fourth of July Celebration runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater. The event includes music provided by the U.S. Naval Academy band Electric Brigade, whose repertoire includes Top 40 selections. At 9:30 p.m., the fireworks take to the sky. The 18-minute show by Pyrotecnico is set to music and will be launched from two barges in the harbor. The Harbor East neighborhood is an excellent place to catch a glimpse of the show. The fireworks display can also be seen from Fells Point and Federal Hill.
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July 4th Fireworks Cruise
561 Light Street
Baltimore, Md. 2012
Date: July 4 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Take a fireworks cruise, which leaves from the Finger Piers in Baltimore. The three-hour cruise on a Watermark yacht offers a great view of the Inner Harbor fireworks display. It also provides a great view of the city from the Chesapeake Bay. The cruise features a cash bar and light snacks. Tickets for adults start at $59. Fireworks cruises are also offered in Annapolis.
Annapolis July 4th Parade
Amos Garrett Blvd.
Annapolis, Md. 21401
Date: July 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
Enjoy a patriotic, old-fashioned July 4th parade and celebration in Maryland’s capital, Annapolis. The celebration begins at 6:30 p.m., with the parade that starts at Amos Garrett Boulevard and ends at the City Dock. At 8 p.m., the U.S. Naval Academy Band will provide a musical interlude at the Susan Campbell Park. Fireworks at the Annapolis Harbor begin at 9:15 p.m.
Breakfast with the Penguins
1876 Mansion House Drive
Baltimore, Md. 21217
Date: July 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
After enjoying July 4th activities, spend July 5 by having breakfast with the penguins at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. From 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., join the African black-footed penguins while having a catered outdoor breakfast at Rock Island. Penguin learning stations are provided. Zookeepers will be on hand to discuss the lives of the penguins and serve the birds their breakfast. Tickets for non-members are $65.
Historic Ships in Baltimore
301 E. Pratt Street
Baltimore, Md. 21202
Date: July 4 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4, share the excitement at the Historic Ships in Baltimore’s 12th annual Independence Day Deck Party. Enjoy a traditional all-American backyard BBQ that will include July 4 favorites, along with non-alcoholic drinks and beer and wine. Stay for the great Inner Harbor fireworks show. There will be music, cannon firings and special tours offered. Tickets for adults are $65.
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