Almost 250 years after the birth of the United States, the Fourth of July means picnics, barbecues, music and, above all, fireworks. Regardless of where you are in Maryland, there will be spectacular celebrations nearby. Here's a roundup of Independence Day celebrations throughout the state:
Cumberland: The Potomac Concert Band kicks off Constitution Park's annual Independence Day celebration with an outdoor concert. There will be a fireworks display after the show. The festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Constitution Park, 57 N. Liberty St. Free. Call 301-759-6635.
FOR THE RECORD - An item in yesterday's LIVE section incorrectly listed the time and cost of the Dundalk Heritage Association's Independence Day Parade. It begins at 8 a.m. and is free.
THE SUN REGRETS THE ERROR
Annapolis: America's newest citizens are sworn in at a naturalization ceremony tomorrow at the William Paca House, once home to Maryland's signer of the Declaration of Independence. After the ceremony, the house is open until 2 p.m. for tours, music and a Revolutionary War encampment. The ceremony starts at 9:30 a.m. at 186 Prince George St. Free. Call 410-267-8146 or go to annapolis.org.
Annapolis: Celebrate an old-fashioned Fourth of July in Annapolis. The parade starts at 6 p.m. tomorrow at West and Main streets. A concert by the U.S. Naval Academy Band's Electric Brigade follows at 7 p.m., preceding a fireworks display. Both events are at Susan Campbell Park, City Dock, 160 Duke of Gloucester St. Free. Go to annapolisalive.org.
Annapolis: Enjoy a DJ, snacks and a spectacular view of the fireworks today on a Watermark Cruise. Times vary, and tickets are $20-$40. Boats leave from the City Dock, 160 Duke of Gloucester St. Tomorrow's cruises are sold out. Call 410-268-7601 or go to watermarkcruises.com.
Fort McHenry: Celebrate "The Glorious Fourth! ... an Old-fashioned Fourth of July Weekend" at Fort McHenry noon-4 p.m. tomorrow. There will be a cannon firing, a musket salute, fife and drum music, period dancing, games and a 3 p.m. public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Admission is $7 for a seven-day pass; children younger than 16 are admitted free. Fort McHenry is at 2400 E. Fort Ave. Call 410-962-4290.
Inner Harbor: Spend tomorrow at the harbor celebrating America's independence. Performances by Smooth Teaze, an a capella doo-wop group, and Uptown East, a Top 40 group, are 3 p.m.-8 p.m. The U.S. Naval Academy's Ceremonial Band plays at 8:30 p.m., and the fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m. The free concerts take place at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater, at Light and Pratt streets. Go to promotionandarts.org.
Inner Harbor: The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Sanibel arrives at the Inner Harbor at 6 p.m. Saturday and departs at noon Sunday. Visitors can check out the ship 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Sunday. The Sanibel docks at the Constellation Dock on Pier 1. Free admission. Go to sailbaltimore.org.
Inner Harbor: The National Aquarium in Baltimore hosts its own Pier Party on the Fourth. Starting at 7 p.m., enjoy live music and snag a prime spot for viewing the fireworks over the harbor. Tickets are $15-$40, and advance reservations are required. The aquarium is at 501 E. Pratt St. Call 410-727-3474.
Catonsville: Catonsville hosts a full day of events on the Fourth of July, including children's games and races, live music, a grand parade at 3 p.m., a pre-fireworks musical salute, color-guard tribute and fireworks. Events start at 9:30 a.m., and the fireworks show begins at 9:15 p.m. at Catonsville High School, 421 Bloomsbury Ave. Free. Call 410-744-9655 or go to catonsvillecelebrations.org.
Cockeysville: The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra returns to Oregon Ridge Park for the Fourth of July Spectacular. The orchestra's selections include Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture and Sousa's S tars and Stripes Forever, choreographed to a fireworks display. Concerts start at 8 p.m. tonight-Saturday at Oregon Ridge Park, 13401 Beaver Dam Road. Tickets are $9-$18. Call 410-783-8000 or go to bsomusic.org.
Dundalk: The Dundalk Heritage Associate holds its 72nd annual Independence Day Parade, including 16 bands, floats and marching units tomorrow. The parade is part of the Dundalk Heritage Fair, which runs tomorrow-Sunday. A $5 admission fee to the fair is required to see the parade, which begins at 8:30 p.m., and the fireworks show, which starts at 9 p.m. The fair is at 2700 Playfield St. Call 410-284-4022 or go to dundalkheritagefair.com.
Essex: The Eastern Yacht Club hosts a Fireworks Extravaganza over Middle River on Saturday. The club opens at 3 p.m., and the fireworks show starts at 9:30 p.m. The $1 admission fee benefits the Marine Trades Association of Baltimore County's scholarship program. The Eastern Yacht Club is at 2330 Seneca Road. Go to mtabc.org.
Towson: The Fourth of July Parade in Towson starts at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Bosley Avenue and Towsontown Boulevard and includes a National Guard flyover, military units and floats, and bands. Fireworks are over Loch Raven Academy, 8101 LaSalle Road, at dusk. Both events are free. Call 410-832-2190.