Celebrate Independence

June 28, 2007|By Aria White | Aria White,Sun reporter

On Wednesday, it will be time to mark Independence Day again. There are plenty of opportunities in the next week for celebrating the holiday with fireworks and other festivities. Here is a rundown of some area events:

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Symphony -- The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra puts on its Fourth of July Spectacular 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday in the Anne Arundel Community College Stadium, 101 College Parkway. Free. The Doug Segree Band will perform at 6:30 p.m. and the ASO will begin at 8 p.m. A 20-minute fireworks show will accompany the ASO finale. Blankets and chairs are welcome. Alcoholic beverages not permitted. Rain date is Sunday. 410-269-1132 or www.annapolissym phony.org.

Annapolis

Tours and more -- The Annapolis Historic Foundation will host an Independence Day celebration Wednesday at the William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George St. Event runs 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Activities will include tours of the William Paca House and re-enactments of military life during the Revolutionary War. There will also be readings of the Declaration of Independence at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. 410-267-8146 or annapolis.org.

Holiday cruise -- Take an Independence Day cruise in the Annapolis Harbor on Tuesday or Wednesday. The cruises will be 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. There will be a disc jockey on the sold-out Wednesday cruise, and both days will feature food, a cash bar and view of the fireworks. Tickets for Tuesday are $40-$45; $20-$25 for ages 3-11; free for ages 2 and younger. 410-268-7601 or watermarkjourney.com.

Exhibit -- The Annapolis Gallery Association will host the Red White and Blue exhibit Sunday-July 31. Patriotic art will be displayed in galleries in Historic Annapolis. 410-626-1583 or artinannapolis.com.

Fort Meade

Motocross and fireworks -- Head to the Fort Meade Parade Field at Mapes Road and Cooper Avenue for a free Independence Day Celebration starting at 1 p.m. Wednesday. The Robert Allen Blues Band performs 1:45 p.m.-5:45 p.m. There will be Red Bull freestyle motocross shows at 1:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. A 30-minute fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m. ftmeademwr.com.

Baltimore

Harbor fireworks -- Baltimore's Fourth of July Celebration will be held at the Inner Harbor Amphitheatre at Light and Pratt streets starting at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The event begins with street performers until 4 p.m. Almost Recess will perform at 4 p.m. and David Bach will perform at 7 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Free. 877-BALTIMORE or promotionand arts.com

Deck party -- The USS Constellation Museum's July 4 Deck Party will be held 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday on Pier One at 301 E. Pratt St. The event features barbecue, live music, tours and cannon firings. The museum overlooks the Inner Harbor and provides a view of the fireworks display starting at 9:30 p.m. $65; $25 for ages 17 and younger; $50 for adult members; $20 for youth members. 410-539-1797 or con stellation.org.

Cruise and buffet -- Take an Independence Day cruise on the Bay Lady or Lady Baltimore at 561 Light St., 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Wednesday. The cruise features a buffet, DJ, cash bar and a view of the Inner Harbor fireworks. Boarding begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $79.90 for adults and $39.90 for children. 410-727-3113 or harborcruises.com.

Tattoo -- Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine at 2400 E. Fort Ave. hosts a tattoo -- or military -- ceremony at 6 p.m. Saturday. Ceremony features the Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team and the Chesapeake Concert Band. The event will end with an audience folding of a 30-by-42-foot flag. Free. 410-962-4290, ext. 224 or nps.gov/fomc.

Old-fashioned Fourth -- Enjoy an "old-fashioned" Fourth of July at Fort McHenry, 2400 E. Fort Ave., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday. Event includes dancing, games, musket salutes, cannon firings and a reading of the Declaration of Independence at 3 p.m. $7; free for ages 15 and younger. 410-962-4290, ext. 224 or nps.gov/fomc.

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Catonsville

Parade and fireworks -- A celebration complete with a parade, kids' activities and fireworks will be hosted at Catonsville High School on Wednesday. Event begins at 9 a.m. with games and races for children ages 2-13. The parade down Frederick Road will start at 3 p.m. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Free. 410-744-9655 or catonsvilleweb.com

Cockeysville

BSO -- The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will perform at Oregon Ridge Park off Beaver Dam Road at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. The BSO performances, conducted by Marin Alsop, will feature patriotic hits and a fireworks show. Tickets are $9-$20. 410-783-8000 or balti moresymphony.org.

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