Fourth of July celebrations light up with fun for all

Outdoor concerts, fireworks part of nation's 229th birthday

July 01, 2005|By Grant Huang | Grant Huang,SUN STAFF

From small-town parades to booming fireworks shows, opportunities abound this holiday weekend to celebrate the nation's 229th birthday in Anne Arundel County.

The festivities begin as early as tomorrow, when the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra will hold its second annual "July Fourth Spectacular."

The outdoor concert, to be held at Anne Arundel Community College's Siegert Field on the Arnold campus, will be an alcohol-free, family-friendly event, said Amy Consoli, marketing and publicity manager for the orchestra.

"We hope word has spread among concert-goers and that this year we will entertain an even larger audience," she said. Consoli said the event drew 10,000 people last year.

This year's event begins at 4 p.m. and features a climbing wall and temporary tattoo booth for children. At 4:30 p.m., the Anne Arundel Community College Vocal Jazz ensemble will perform selections ranging from jazz to Broadway to light opera. Then at 6 p.m., the Latin band Solazo, featuring pan-pipes, charangos and mandolins, will play both traditional and contemporary Latin music.

The highlight of the evening will be the ASO's performance at 8 p.m. The orchestra will play a selection of popular pieces including the 1812 Overture, the Star Wars theme and a salute of anthems featuring the U.S. Army Chorus. Lt. Col. John Clanton, deputy commander of the U.S. Army Band, will appear as guest director.

The evening will conclude with a 20-minute finale of fireworks.

Patriotic music can also be heard earlier in the day when the Saturday Sundown Coffee House in Odenton holds a Red, White and Blues event from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Epiphany Chapel and Church House, 1419 Odenton Road.

The Jim Ballard Trio will play blues, jazz, gospel and pop summer sounds. The program includes George M. Cohan selections and sing-alongs. Admission is free.

On Monday morning, the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual parade, starting at 10 a.m. from the steps of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church and St. Martin's in the Field Episcopal Church. The parade will travel down Benfield Road toward Severna Park High School, ending at Park Plaza by way of Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard. Decorated bikes will participate in the parade, and a contest will be held after the parade to determine the most beautiful/patriotic bike.

Park Plaza will also be the site of the Independence Day festival after the parade, featuring pony rides, moon bounces and other games. Hot dogs, burgers, pizza, popcorn and cotton candy will be sold.

"It's going to be an all-American community Fourth of July event," said Linda Zahn, executive director of the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce.

In South County, the Shady Side chapter of Kiwanis International will hold a 10 a.m. parade that will travel down Shady Side and Snug Harbor roads before ending at the Kiwanis Club. State House Speaker Michael E. Busch will lead the parade.

Refreshments will be served at the Kiwanis clubhouse; all proceeds go toward scholarships for local students.

"If you're coming from the city, this is a Norman Rockwell scene," said Maggie Raugh, a volunteer board member with the Shady Side chapter of the Kiwanis Club International. "This is small-town America at its finest."

Immediately after the Kiwanis parade, the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society will hold a July Fourth Celebration at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum. Starting with a baking contest, the event will feature the Bay Winds Band performing patriotic tunes, children's activities and food.

Finally, on Monday evening, the City of Annapolis will hold a parade beginning at 6 p.m., starting at Amos Garrett Avenue.

The city parade will move down West Street to Church Circle, then down Main Street to the front of the Market House. The U.S. Naval Academy Band will perform its summer City Dock concert series beginning at 8 p.m., after the parade. The holiday will end with fireworks along the waterfront.

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