BOMBS BURSTING (AND MORE): Lots of places around Maryland have fireworks and July Fourth celebrations scheduled today, but in recent years the Harbor's had the biggest of all.
This year promises to be no different.
Zambelli Internationale fireworks starting about 9:30 tonight draw the big crowd (an estimated 200,000 last year). In case you're a stay-at-home, the fireworks have gotten to be such a big deal they'll be televised this year, on WNUV-TV, Channel 54.
Starting at midday, check out:
* Cars. An Antique and Classic Vehicle Rally from noon to 5 p.m., featuring historic sport cars and some hot rods, on the Sam Smith parking lot, next to Harborplace's Light Street Pavilion.
* Entertainment. At the amphitheater, between Harborplace's pavilions, catch the a capella tunes of Regency between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Mosey back between 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. for a little abracadabra and some juggling, too, from Variety in Motion.
* Big band sounds. For night-comers, start early -- about 7:30 p.m. -- at the amphitheater to hear the Tom Cunningham Orchestra.
You'll find more amphitheater entertainment tomorrow, too.
(Oh, yes: In case it rains on tonight's fireworks, show up tomorrow night, same time, same place.)
HIDDEN TREASURE: While awaiting fireworks, look for a full-size sailboat mast and rigging just off Key Highway near the Rusty Scupper Restaurant.
The dramatic mast is centerpiece of a surprisingly peaceful Inner Harbor acre -- a memorial to crew members lost when the Pride of Baltimore sank May 14, 1986 -- and the surrounding Rash Field Garden.
This city-maintained, formal garden has some 55 different types of plants any flower lover can enjoy during the summer. You'll find not only the hot, typical colors of marigolds and begonias, but ornamental grasses and even old-time hollyhocks -- just like those grandma grew.
This is peak time to visit -- free. You might even walk away with new inspiration for a garden of your own.
TAKE A TRIP DOWN UNDER: Not in Australia, but in the belly of a submarine. The HMCS Ojibwa, an Oberon-class Canadian submarine, will be docked at Harrison's Pier 5 and will be open for free public tours from 1 to 4 p.m. today and tomorrow.
This 270-foot, diesel-electric sub is the oldest of the three such vessels Canada owns. The Ojibwa went into service in 1965.
The vessel arrived yesterday and will depart July 7. Information: 837-4636.
FREE MUSIC: The La Provence Thursday Night Concert Series at Hopkins Plaza features Kim Waters and his smooth jazz saxophone melodies next Thursday, July 9. Add a little R&B from vocalist Leslie Tanner, and you've got a perfect evening.
The music starts at 7 p.m., runs till 10 p.m., on a stage you'll find between between Hopkins Place and Baltimore and Charles streets. Information: 837-4636. In case of bad weather, call 837-6600.