Area's Fourth Of July Celebrations

July 04, 2009

Anne Arundel

Annapolis: : Celebrate an old-fashioned Fourth of July in Annapolis. The parade starts at 6:30 p.m. today at Amos Garrett Boulevard and proceeds downtown. A concert by the U.S. Naval Academy Band follows at 8 p.m., concluding with a 9:15 p.m. fireworks display. The concert is at Susan Campbell Park, City Dock, 160 Duke of Gloucester St. Free. Go to hometownannapolis.com

Arundel Mills: : Get all decked out in your best Uncle Sam gear for the Arundel Mills July 4th Parade. There will be prizes for best red-white-and-blue costume. The parade starts at 9:30 a.m. Arundel Mills Mall is at 7000 Arundel Mills Circle in Hanover. Free. Call 410-540-5100.

Baltimore City

Fort McHenry: : Celebrate the Glorious Fourth! ... an Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Weekend at Fort McHenry noon-4:30 p.m. today. There won't be any fireworks, but there will be a cannon firing, a musket salute, period dancing and a public reading of the Declaration of Independence at 3 p.m. Fort McHenry is at 2400 E. Fort Ave. Free. Call 410-962-4290.

Inner Harbor fireworks: : The Inner Harbor's Cricket 4th of July Celebration includes a performance by Reverb, an a cappella group, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Electric Brigade, the U.S. Naval Academy band, starts at 8 p.m. and continues through the fireworks show. The fireworks, produced by Zambelli Fireworks Internationale, begin at 9:30 p.m. The concerts take place at the Harborplace Amphitheater, at Light and Pratt streets. Free. Go to promotionandarts.org.

Constellation: : The Constellation's Annual Deck Party takes place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event includes backyard barbecue items, cannon firings and giveaways. The Constellation is at 301 E. Pratt St. Tickets are $20-$65. Call 410-539-1797.

Aquarium: : The National Aquarium in Baltimore hosts its own Pier Party today. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., enjoy live music with a prime spot for viewing the fireworks over the harbor. Grab some snacks on site or take a picnic basket. The aquarium is at 501 E. Pratt St. Tickets are $20 for members and $40 for nonmembers for adults, $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers for children. Advance reservations are required, and space is limited. Call 410-727-3474.

Science Center: : Fourth of July in the Sky at the Maryland Science Center provides a premium open bar, gourmet dinner, party favors and a great view from 7:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. The Science Center is at 601 Light St. Tickets are $65. Go to lindypromo.com

Top of the World: : Watch the fireworks from the best view in town with a Picnic at the Top at the 27th floor of the World Trade Center. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., there will be food and an open bar. The building is at 401 E. Pratt St. Tickets are $75 for adults, $30 for children. Call 410-837-8439 or go to viewbaltimore.org.

Dinner cruise: : Get a seat with a spectacular view on the Inner Harbor Fireworks Dinner Cruise, which includes a buffet, DJ and more. The cruise boards at 7 p.m. and sails from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Spirit Cruises is at 561 Light St. $99.90 per person. Call 866-312-2469.

BMI: : Check out the harbor fireworks display from the Baltimore Museum of Industry. There will be museum tours and family-friendly activities from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The museum is at 1415 Key Highway. Tickets are $50 per car ($40 per member's car), $5 per person at gate. Go to www.thebmi.org.

Pet parade: : Get your animals in on the patriotic fun when the American Visionary Art Museum holds its annual Visionary Pet Parade and Talent (Or Not) Show at 10 a.m. Awards will be given out for Best Costume, Most Patriotic and Most Visionary Pet, among others. Free. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. AVAM is at 800 Key Highway. Go to avam.org or cal 410-244-1900.

Baltimore County

Catonsville: : Catonsville hosts a full day of events. Starting at 9:30 a.m., enjoy children's games and races followed by live music, a grand parade at 3 p.m. and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. At 1:30 p.m., watch the Catonsville Hot Dog Eating Contest to see who earns the title of "Catonsville Biggest Wiener." Fireworks 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 Star-Spangled Spectacular. The orchestra's selections include Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" and Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever," choreographed to a fireworks display. Gates open at 5 p.m., concert starts at 8 p.m. 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 Association holds its 73rd annual Independence Day Parade, including a variety of bands, floats and marching units, at 8:30 a.m. The parade is part of the Dundalk Heritage Fair, which runs through Sunday. The fireworks show starts at 9 p.m. at the Government Center on Wise Avenue. The fair is at 2700 Playfield St. $5 admission. Call 410-284-4022 or go to dundalkheritagefair.com.

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