Many ways to enjoy Independence Day weekend

Fourth Of July Events

June 30, 2005|By Kate Campbell and Erica Kritt | Kate Campbell and Erica Kritt,SUN STAFF

Five years into the new millennium, when people can listen to patriotic music on MP3 players while riding the MARC to work and check the blazing temperature on cell phones, many of the area's Fourth of July events have distinctly historical themes to remind people of the nation's heritage.

While most events include the barbecue, marching bands, fireworks and sparklers we've come to expect, plenty of events re-create the past and remind us of our forebears' struggle.

Following is a sampling of Fourth of July events around the state and Washington, including early celebrations tomorrow and over the weekend, from rousing concerts and historical re-enactments to fireworks to crafts.



Annapolis Symphony Orchestra's first summer series performance Saturday, Anne Arundel Community College, featuring Sousa, Tchaikovsky, Copland, John Williams and patriotic anthems. Pre-show including contemporary Latin band Solazo and the Anne Arundel Community College Jazz Singers begins at 4:30 p.m. The orchestra program begins at 8 p.m. Fireworks will follow the concert around 9:30 p.m. Rain date is Sunday. Siegert Field, Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway. Admission is free. Call 410-269-1132 or visit


The Independence Day parade will begin at 6 p.m. Monday at Amos Garrett Boulevard and will proceed through downtown Annapolis. At 8 p.m., the U.S. Naval Academy Band will play at Susan C. Campbell Park at the City Dock. Fireworks will follow at approximately 9:15 p.m., and local music will play after the display. Rain date is July 5. Call 410-263-1183 or 410-263-7940.

William Paca House. Naturalization ceremony Monday for 50 foreign natives at 11:30 a.m. Revolutionary War re-enactors, drill demonstrations, Declaration of Independence recitation, performance by Chesapeake Harmony Chorus, children's crafts, tours, more, noon-5 p.m. 186 Prince George St. Admission is free. Call 410-267-8146.

Take a cruise off the Annapolis City Dock Monday and watch the fireworks from the water. From 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., you can sit back and enjoy a DJ and snacks. Children 11 and under are $25 and all adults are $45. Call 410-268-7601, ext. 104.


City's Independence Day celebration, Inner Harbor Amphitheatre, noon-10 p.m. Monday, Shriners parade along Pratt Street, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., live performance by Radiant, 7 p.m., antique car rally, noon-5 p.m., Sam Smith parking lot at Light and Conway streets, fireworks, 9:30 p.m. Call 877-225-8466 or visit

World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St. Top of the World Observation Level open Monday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.. Admission $5; $4 for seniors; $3 for children 3-12. Call 410-837-8439 or visit www.balti

Harborplace Street Performers, tomorrow 1 p.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., fireworks, tomorrow, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, comedy show featuring Jonathan Burns, 6 p.m., children's activities, noon-4 p.m., live performances by David Bach Consort, 7 p.m., Captain Fantastic and the Big 80s, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Highlanders bagpipers and drummers, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Shrine yacht review at the Constellation Pier, 10:30 a.m., live performance by Double Edge, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Call 410-427-0123.

Constellation Museum. Deck party onboard ship, Monday, 7 p.m.- 10 p.m., all-you-can-eat picnic, wine, beer, live performance by Automatic Slim, ship tours, cannon demonstrations. $65; $25 children 14 and under. Call 410-539-1797 or visit

American Visionary Art Museum. Dog costume parade, prizes, Monday, 10 a.m.-noon, registration 9:30 a.m. 800 Key Highway. Call 410-244-1900 or visit

Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway. On Monday, guests are encouraged to pack a picnic or purchase food at the museum while watching fireworks from the waterfront location. There will be a moonbounce and face painting for kids. Gates open at 6 p.m. $35 per car covers parking and admission. $5 per person at the gate if guests park elsewhere. Call 410-727-4808, ext. 132.

Rusty Scupper restaurant, south side of Inner Harbor. Monday's buffet will feature steamed crabs, fried chicken, hamburgers, ribs, shrimp, drink specials. Live music by DJ Chip Kalisch, 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Reserved tickets are $75 for adults and $30 for children. At the door, $85 for adults and $40 for children. Call 410-727-3678.

Patterson Park. Live music, sno-cones, picnicking, patriotic hat contest, 5:30 p.m. tomorrow. South Linwood and Eastern avenues. Free admission. Call 410-276-3676.



Monday's celebration begins at Catonsville High School with games and races for the kids at 9:30 a.m. The parade starts at 3 p.m. at Frederick Road and Montrose Avenue. In the early evening, there will be music and a tribute to veterans. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. Call 410-744-9655 or visit


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