Spectacular ways to celebrate the Fourth of July

July 04, 2006

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

Anne Arundel County

An Independence Day parade will begin at 5:45 p.m. today at Amos Garrett Boulevard in Annapolis. 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 8 p.m. at Susan C. Campbell Park at the City Dock. 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 tomorrow. 410-263-7996.

Take a minicruise off the Annapolis City Dock today for an unobstructed view of the fireworks. Snacks and a cash bar will be onboard, and a DJ will entertain. The boats will board at 7:15 p.m. and cruise from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $25-$45. 410-268-7601, ext. 104.

Today, the William Paca House Independence Day celebration starts with a naturalization ceremony for new U.S. citizens from 11:30 a.m. to noon. From noon to 5 p.m., families can hear 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 annap olis.org.

Baltimore

The city's Independence Day celebration begins at noon today 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 promotionandarts.com.

Top of the World Observation Level at the World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St., will be open today from 10 a.m. to 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 baltimore.org.

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. today. Wine and beer will be served, and ship tours and cannon demonstrations will be given. Tickets are $65 for adults and $25 for children 14 and younger. Kids 5 and younger are admitted free. 410-539-1797, ext. 422 or constellation.org.

The Baltimore Museum of Industry will give tours from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today. The grounds will remain open until 10 p.m. 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 www.thebmi.org.

Baltimore County

Today, 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. Tickets at the gate are $17 for adults and $8 for kids 12 and younger. On-site parking is limited and costs $10 at the gate or $8 in advance from the Meyerhoff ticket office. 410-783-8000 or baltimoresymphony.org.

Today, the Independence Day parade in Dundalk starts at 8:15 a.m. at the Logan Village Shopping Center on Dundalk Avenue. Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. at the North Point Government Center and Grange Elementary School grounds, Merritt Boulevard and Wise Avenue. 410-284-4022 or www.dundalkeagle.com.

Today'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 catonsville.org/july4.

A Towson parade begins at 10:30 a.m. today with a flyover by four A-10 Warthogs from the Air National Guard 104th Fighter Squadron. The parade starts at Towsontown Boulevard and Bosley Avenue, going north on Bosley Avenue, east on Allegheny Avenue and south on Washington Avenue. 410-832-2190.

The 26th Independence Day parade starts at 10:50 a.m. today at the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company on Bellvue Avenue. Judges will give several awards to parade participants. 410-592-7385.

Carroll County

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