A new feeling for the Fourth

Independence Day celebrations take on added meaning

July 04, 2002|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,SUN STAFF

For many folks, the Fourth of July holiday has always been simply an enjoyable day off, a day for barbecuing at home, heading to the beach, relaxing at the pool or catching the local parade and fireworks show. But after the events of Sept. 11, lots of us are feeling more thoughtful about our national holidays. Perhaps never in our nation's history has our patriotism been so profound and evident.

Yes, the many local celebrations of Independence Day will include such festive activities as pie-eating contests, turtle races, costume contests, car shows and carnivals, but there also will be solemn notes of remembrance in the patriotic parades, flag-raisings and music.

Following is a list of Fourth of July events all around Maryland and in Washington. A few events are tomorrow or during the weekend. Take your pick, and start the celebrating.

Anne Arundel County


Independence Day parade begins at 6:30 p.m. at St. John's Street and proceeds through downtown Annapolis. Music by the United States Naval Academy Band at 8 p.m. at the academy's Farragut Field. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. at the Annapolis Harbor. Rain date July 5. Call 410-263-7958.

William Paca House. Old-fashioned celebration with music by tenor Douglas Jimerson, fife-and-drum performances, 18th-century interpreters, sack races, children's games and crafts, more, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Call 410-267-7619.

Shady Side

Captain Salem Avery House Museum. Flag-raising, games for children, music by the Bay Winds Band and the Shady Side Sour Notes, food, more, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Call 301-261-5234.

Baltimore City

Official Baltimore City celebration takes place at the Harborplace Amphitheatre, Sam Smith Light Street parking lot and Inner Harbor. Street performers, music by the Air Force Band's High Flight, more, noon-10 p.m. at the Harborplace Amphitheatre. Antique-car show 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in the parking lot. Inner Harbor fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Rain date: July 5. Call 877-BALTIMORE.

Federal Hill. "Up on the Roof" event features live music, food and fireworks, beginning at 5 p.m. on top of the West Street parking garage. $5. Call 410-528-8888.

Baltimore Museum of Industry. Catered food, live music by Bay Street Brassworks, family activities and a great view of the Inner Harbor fireworks, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. $50; $25 ages 6-12; free for ages 5 and under. Call 410-727-4808, Ext. 133, for tickets.

American Visionary Art Museum. Pet parade with prizes for most patriotic, best costume, etc.; music and dancing; pie-eating contest; talent competition; "Mr. Potato Head Beauty Contest"; admission to exhibits and an excellent view of the Inner Harbor fireworks. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. $1 holiday admission. Call 410-244-1900.

On board the USS Constellation. Picnic food, live music, tours and terrific view of the Inner Harbor fireworks, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. $45; $15 ages 6-14; free for ages 5 and under. On July 6, meet an Uncle Sam living history interpreter aboard the ship, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $6.50; $3.50 ages 6-14; free for ages 5 and under. Call 410-539-1797, Ext. 432.

On board the skipjack Minnie V. The Maryland Historical Society presents the lecture cruise "The Rocket's Red Glare," 7 p.m.-10 p.m., with historian Alan Walden. Also, enjoy refreshments and watch fireworks from the water. $85. Call 410-685-3750, Ext. 321 for reservations.

National Aquarium in Baltimore pier. "Fourth of July Pier Party" with entertainment, music, food, aquarium admission and fireworks, beginning at 6:45 p.m. $25; $20 ages 3-11. Call 410-727-FISH for reservations.

July 5-6: Star-Spangled Banner Flag House. Patriotic children's crafts, house tours, refreshments, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 410-837-1793.

Baltimore County


Catonsville High School and along Frederick Road. Children's games and races at 9 a.m. Parade at 3 p.m. Music at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Call 410-744-7042.


Oregon Ridge Park. "Star-Spangled Spectacular" features conductor Lara Webber leading the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a program of patriotic tunes, beginning at 8 p.m. Fireworks set to Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. Rain date: July 5. $7-$17. Call 410-783-8000.


The 68th annual Dundalk Heritage Parade begins at 8:30 a.m. at Logan Village Shopping Center on Dundalk Avenue. Grandstands will be set up at the Dundalk Village Center and Liberty Parkway. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. on the grounds of North Point Government Center, Merritt Boulevard and Wise Avenue. July 5-7, the Heritage Fair takes place with continuous live music, featuring Peter Noone and Herman's Hermits, rides, arts and crafts, pig races, exhibits, food, more, at Heritage Park. Call 410-284-4022.


Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company. Pre-parade music and entertainment at 10 a.m. Parade begins at 10:50 a.m. Maryland Air National Guard flyby at 11:10 a.m. Call 410-592-7385.


Around courthouse. Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at Bosley Avenue and Towsontown Boulevard. National Guard flyby, music, more. Call 410-832-2190.

Calvert County

Solomons Island

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