Getting a head start on the Fourth



There are plenty of places to see fireworks, hear great live music and eat barbecue favorites in the week ahead.

For those looking for an educational experience, several places offer historical re-enactments and readings of the Declaration of Independence. Here is a sampling of July 4th happenings all over Maryland and Washington, including places where the party starts early this weekend.



The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra's Fourth of July spectacular takes place Saturday at Anne Arundel Community College. The alcohol-free family event starts at 6:30 p.m. with jazz from the Rob Levit Trio. The ASO begins at 8 p.m. and a 20-minute fireworks finale follows at Siegert Field, 101 College Parkway. Rain date is Sunday. Admission and parking are free. Call 410-269-1132 or go to


Take a minicruise off the city dock Monday or Tuesday for an unobstructed view of the fireworks. Snacks and a cash bar will be on board, and a DJ will entertain on the Fourth. The boats will board at 7:15 p.m. and cruise from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tickets for Monday are $20-$40. Tickets for Tuesday are $25-$45. 410-268-7601, ext. 104.

On Tuesday, the William Paca House Independence Day celebration starts with a naturalization ceremony for new U.S. citizens 11:30 a.m.-noon. From noon to 5 p.m., families can hear live music, talk to Revolutionary War re-enactors, make patriotic crafts and sign their own Declaration of Independence, which will be read at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Free. The Paca House is at 186 Prince George St. 410-267-8146 or

An Independence Day parade will begin at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at Amos Garrett Boulevard. A performance by the Taiwanese Girls High School Band in front of the Market House is after the parade. The Naval Academy Band will play at Susan C. Campbell Park at the City Dock at 8 p.m. Fireworks are at 9:15 p.m. in Farragut Field on the Naval Academy yard. Park at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium off Rowe Boulevard. A free shuttle will go between the stadium and downtown (Lawyer's Mall). Rain date for fireworks is Wednesday. 410-263-7996.


The city's Independence Day celebration begins at noon Tuesday at the Inner Harbor Amphitheatre at Light and Pratt streets with street performers. Evening entertainment starts in the same place with piano duo Double Edge at 5:30 p.m. Cover band Radiant plays at 7 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. and can be seen from several places in the city, including Federal Hill, Fells Point, Canton and Rash Field. 877-225-8466 or

Top of the World Observation Level at the World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St., will be open Tuesday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Tickets for the fireworks display will go on sale at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and military and $3 for children ages 3-12. 410-837-8439 or

Munch on barbecue and listen to Automatic Slim and His Sensational Band at the Constellation Museum's sixth annual Independence Day Deck Party Picnic from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday. Wine and beer will be served, and ship tours and cannon demonstrations will be given. The ship offers a view of the fireworks away from the crowds. Tickets are $65 for adults and $25 for children 14 and younger. Kids 5 and younger are admitted free. Call 410-539-1797, ext. 422 or visit

The Baltimore Museum of Industry will give tours from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The grounds will remain open until 10 to allow guests to watch the fireworks from its waterfront vantage point. There will be a moon bounce and other activities for kids. Tickets are $40 if you park on-site and $5 if you park elsewhere. 410-727-4808, ext. 133 or

The USS Fort McHenry, a 610-foot-long dock landing ship, will visit Fort McHenry for the first time this weekend as part of the fort's festivities. From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the fort will have cannon firings, patriotic sing-alongs, historic speeches and readings of the Declaration of Independence. Ship's crew will display fire-fighting equipment, tactical gear and weapons from the ship Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A free concert from the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps is Saturday at 6 p.m. Admission is $5; kids 16 and younger are admitted free. Fort McHenry is at 2400 E. Fort Ave. 410-962-4290.



Tuesday's festivities start at 9:30 a.m. with children's games at Catonsville High School. A concert at Christian Temple is at 11 a.m. The parade starts at 3 p.m. at Frederick Road and Montrose Avenue. A concert is at 6:30 p.m. A tribute to veterans is at 9 p.m. At 9:15 p.m. the 45-minute fireworks show starts. 410-744-9655 or


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