Fort Meade is not the only place to watch fireworks on Independence Day.
You can grab a blanket or a lawn chair and relax at Downs Memorial Park, at the end of Mountain Road in Pasadena, for a 30-minute display launched from a barge in the Chesapeake Bay. The show starts at 9: 15 p.m. Saturday.
Annapolis also offers a display, launched from a barge at the mouth of the Severn River, also at 9: 15 p.m.
The best place to watch it is from Farragut Field at the Naval Academy. But don't try to drive there. Visitors should park at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium lot on Rowe Boulevard, and take the free shuttle.
Parking will not be allowed on most downtown streets and in parts of Eastport from 5: 30 p.m. to 10: 30 p.m.
Annapolis events start at 6: 30 p.m. with a parade that will wind through downtown. The Naval Academy band will perform at Farragut Field before the fireworks.
Or you can celebrate by learning about the roles Marylanders played in achieving independence.
The Charles Carroll House of Annapolis, 107 Duke of Gloucester St., offers events from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday with tours of the house and garden, a patriotic tribute by Annapolis Mayor Dean L. Johnson and a speech by Maryland historian Gregory A. Stiverson on Marylanders in the War for Independence.
Living-history interpreters will perform excerpts of "Kindred Hearts," a collection of letters and reminiscences by Annapolis women during the Revolution.
Doors reopen at 5: 30 p.m. for an 18th-century feast that will include a roasted pig, chicken, grilled potatoes, corn on the cob, salads and dessert.
The lawn of Charles Carroll House is an excellent spot from which to watch the fireworks.
The early activities are free. The roast costs $30 per person, but is $25 for Charles Carroll House members, $15 for children ages 6 to 11 and free for children 5 and younger.
Pub Date: 7/02/98