Where to find the rockets' red glare

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June 27, 1996|By Sandra Crockett | Sandra Crockett,SUN STAFF

Explosions are in the forecast, but not to worry. What would the Fourth of July be without fireworks?

Actually, for a lot of people, the celebrations start this weekend and will continue until next. There is plenty going on around the Baltimore area, as well as in Washington and on the Eastern Shore, so grab a blanket and some snacks and make it a safe and fun celebration.

Anne Arundel County

* At Anne Arundel Community College's Siegert Field this Saturday, "A Star Spangled Celebration" will feature performances by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Ballet Theatre of Annapolis and the Annapolis Chorale. Performances begin at 5: 30 p.m. and climax at 8 p.m. with the BSO, which will play Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" and Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever."

There will be picnic food for sale, activities for kids and door prizes. It's a good idea to bring blankets or lawn chairs. Donations will be accepted at the gate. Call (410) 222-7949 for more information.

* Annapolis' July 4 activities begin with a parade at 6: 30 p.m. through downtown. At 8 p.m., the U.S. Naval Academy Band will play at the northern corner of Farragut Field near the Robert Crown Sailing Center; fireworks will begin about 9: 15 p.m.

Because parking will be restricted, the city recommends taking advantage of the free parking at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium off Rowe Boulevard, where a shuttle will operate from 4 p.m. until midnight to ferry people downtown and back. For more information, call (410) 263-7940 or (410) 263-1183.

* For those who like carrying the celebration into the weekend, there will be Independence Day activities in Rose Haven on Saturday, July 6. The Chesapeake Cultural Arts and Herrington Harbour Marina Resort are planning activities ranging from swimming pool events to music by the 55-piece National Concert Band of America.

The National Concert Band consists primarily, though not exclusively, of former members of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine bands. Of course, there will be fireworks when the sun goes down.

Lobster and a buffet will be available and dancing is encouraged with music being provided by a disc jockey until 1 a.m. There is a $5 admission charge to the pool. Food and beverages will also cost money. Swimming activities at a nearby beach on Chesapeake Bay, the concert and the fireworks are free.

For directions to the Herrington Harbour Marina Resort, call Anna Chaney at (410) 741-5101, Barbara Lambert at (301) 855-8435, Tom Coleman at (410) 867-0888 or George Stringer at (301) 261-5613.

Baltimore

* Take a twilight cruise into history on Tuesday, July 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the Minnie V. for "An Evening With Francis Scott Key." Learn about the story behind the writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" with speaker Alan Gephardt aboard the historic skipjack, which departs from Harborplace. A light snack is served, but you may want to bring a picnic. The cost is $20 per person; $18 for Maryland Historical Society members. You can make reservations by calling (410) 685-3750, Ext. 372. (The July 4 cruise is sold out.)

* The fun starts for the early crowd at 11 a.m. on the Fourth of July at the Harborplace Amphitheatre. Mardene Rubio will perform her fire-eating and juggling act, and street performer Mike Rossman will entertain with unicycling. The annual outdoor Antique and Classic Vehicle Rally auto show will kick off at 11 a.m. and last until 5 p.m. at the Inner Harbor's west shore park, next to the Harborplace Light Street Pavilion.

At 2 p.m., the a cappella group Regency will sing. For country music lovers, Ruthie and the Wranglers will perform from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more traditional Fourth of July music, the U.S. Air Force band High Flight will perform popular and patriotic tunes.

The fireworks will end the day at the Harbor. The fireworks will begin at 9: 30 p.m. and will be accompanied by choreographed music. People are encouraged to bring their radios and tune into radio station MIX 106.5 for a simulcast of the fireworks.

For more information on Baltimore's Fourth of July celebration, call (410) 837-4636 or (800) 282-6632.

Baltimore County

* The Arbutus Recreation Council is planning a 10K Fourth of July race at Arbutus Middle School, 5525 Shelbourne Road, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. For more information, call (410) 887-1453.

* The Overlea-Fullerton Recreation Council will set off fireworks at dark July 4 at the Fullerton Field, Fullerton Avenue and Bel Air Road. Call (410) 887-5307 for further information.

* On July 3 and July 4, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will entertain at Oregon Ridge Park. The park opens at 4 p.m. Fireworks begin at 8 p.m. For more information, call (410) 783-8000.

Carroll County

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