Independence celebrations


July 03, 2006

Trying to figure out how to celebrate the Fourth of July this year? Here are some Independence Day options:

Take a minicruise from Annapolis City Dock today or tomorrow 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 today are $20-$40. Tickets for tomorrow are $25-$45. 410-268-7601, ext. 104.

Today and tomorrow, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra brings its Star-Spangled Spectacular to Oregon Ridge Park, 13401 Beaver Dam Road. The grounds open at 5 p.m. for kids to check out the moon bounce, super slide, rock wall, face painting and magician. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and ends with a choreographed fireworks show both days. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for kids 12 and younger, and tickets at the gate are $17 and $8. On-site parking is limited and costs $10 at the gate or $8 in advance from the Meyerhoff ticket office. 410-783-8000 or

The Salute to Cecil County Veterans Celebration will be held today in North East Community Park. The Upper Chesapeake Community Band will play at 6:45 p.m. There will be a flag raising at 8 p.m. and recognition of active-duty personnel and veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom at 8:10 p.m. At 8:15 p.m., the 389th U.S. Army Band will play. Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m., and there will be a variety of food vendors. Alcoholic beverages, dogs and sparklers are prohibited. 410-287-5801.

Fireworks start at 9 p.m. today in Rock Hall. Tomorrow, the Rock Hall parade starts at 10 a.m. going through Main Street to the Civic Center. 410-778-0416 or

An Independence Day parade will begin at 5:45 p.m. tomorrow at Amos Garrett Boulevard in Annapolis, with a performance afterward by the Taiwanese Girls High School Band in front of the Market House. 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 (Lawyers Mall). Rain date for fireworks is Wednesday. 410-263-7996.

Baltimore'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

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