By Ron Matz

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—If you’re looking for a place to watch the Inner Harbor fireworks, have we got an idea for you. The USS Constellation is hosting a big party, and you are invited.

Ron Matz has more on what just might be the best place to celebrate the Fourth of July.

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The Fourth and fireworks at the Inner Harbor go hand in hand. You can see them from the USS Constellation. Their 12th annual holiday deck party is the place to be.

“We’ve got a tremendous party on board the USS Constellation for the Fourth of July. There’s great picnic fare provided by Classic Catering. It’s all donated. It’s a fundraiser for Historic Ships,” said Chris Rowsom, Historic Ships in Baltimore.

The Constellation is rich in history. Launched in 1854, she intercepted slave ships during the Civil War. Today students get an on-board education.

“We do special cannon firing demonstrations. We have special tours of the ship led by our uniformed crew. We’ll have some music on board. It’s just a very nice time, and it’s a wonderful view,” Rowsom said.

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Just a few feet from the Constellation, they’re also getting ready for a busy Fourth at Lenny’s Delicatessen.

“It will be a lot of people. Security is tight. It’s real nice. It’s a great place for people to come for the holiday,” said Herman Ellis, Lenny’s Delicatessen. “The crowds are humongous. People will be wrapped around the whole building. That’s how busy we are. The lines are long, but it doesn’t take that long for the food to come out.”

The Constellation’s big Fourth of July party begins at 7 o’clock, and 250 people are expected.

Proceeds benefit Historic Ships.

“At Historic Ships we do a number of educational programs throughout the year,” Rowsom said. “Right now we’re hosting the Super Kids programs, so we have rising third- and fourth-graders from Baltimore City coming down to the ships. It’s a literacy and reading development program. We expose them to the language of the sea.”

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The Constellation deck party includes food provided by Classic Catering and beverages from the Pratt Street Ale House. For ticket information, click here.