Independence Day is about celebrating America’s history and heritage and no city does it better than Baltimore. Home of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” flag maker Mary Pickersgill, abolitionist Frederick Douglass and countless other historic people and places, Baltimore offers the perfect setting to don red, white and blue and honor America’s birthday. Whether it’s at a parade, out on the water, or at a barbeque, there is no wrong way to celebrate in Baltimore.
American Visionary Art Museum
July 4, 10 a.m.
Dress your pet and strut your stuff in this annual pet parade where friendly pets of all kinds are welcome. Trophies are awarded for categories such as best costume, most patriotic, owner and pet look-alikes, visionary pet tricks and more. The parade is followed by the Pet Talent (Or Not) Show.
Fort McHenry commemorates July 4th with a special presentation by “Frederick Douglass!
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
July 4, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Michael Crutcher, noted actor famous for his portrayal of Frederick Douglass, will deliver Douglass’ famous speech “The Meaning of July 4th for the Negro” at Fort McHenry. Following the speech visitors are invited to a lively question and answer session with Crutcher and the Park staff about what “The Star-Spangled Banner” meant to Fredrick Douglass and means to Americans today.
Oregon Ridge Park
July 3 & 4, 5 p.m.
This outdoor celebration features patriotic favorites such as Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever, topped off with dazzling fireworks. Plus, hear the winner of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s famed “O, Say Can You Sing?” contest perform “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Local food trucks will be on hand to provide food and drinks.
Wit & Wisdom
July 4, 6-9:30 p.m.
An on-site kid’s room featuring face painting and a caricaturist will be available and the night will end with waterfront views of the fireworks over the harbor. Enjoy unlimited American classics prepared by Executive Chef Zack Mills and his team. Seafood lovers are in for an ultra-fresh treat with the chef’s specialty oyster-shucking station, an ode to the local flavors of the Chesapeake Bay. Artful desserts created by Executive Pastry Chef Dyan Ng will accompany the savory selections.
Baltimore Museum of Industry
July 4, 6 p.m.
This waterfront location offers one of the best views of fireworks in the city. The family-friendly evening offers fun games, snacks and beverages for sale, and a fireworks finale over the Inner Harbor. This is a sell-out event, so get your tickets early.
July 4, 6:30-10 p.m.
Grab your lawn chair for a harbor side private party on the Aquarium’s Pier 3 viewing area. Celebrate America’s independence with music, entertainment and a front-row seat to the grand finale, as fireworks light up the sky over the Inner Harbor. Concessions, including snacks, local beers and wines, will also be available for purchase.
July 4, 7-10 p.m.
Greater Baltimore’s biggest Fourth of July celebration returns to the Inner Harbor with live music and celebratory fireworks. Audiences can enjoy live music from the U.S. Navy Band Cruisers as they perform contemporary hits from the Inner Harbor Amphitheater at Pratt and Light streets. The fireworks show, choreographed to patriotic and contemporary music, begins at 9:30pm. The holiday fireworks can be viewed from several locations in downtown and the surrounding areas, including Federal Hill, Locust Point, Fell’s Point, Canton and Harbor East.
Top of the World Observation Level
July 4, 7:30 p.m.
Visitors can take in a view of Baltimore and Independence Day fireworks from 27 floors above the Inner Harbor. The event offers food and beverage, children’s activities, a live DJ and photo booth.
July 4, 7-10 p.m.
Celebrate America's Independence aboard one of Baltimore’s historic ships, the USS Constellation. American backyard barbecue favorites are served with local beer, wine and soft drinks. The ship offers a great view of the Inner Harbor fireworks, music, special tours, cannon firings and more.
July 4, 8-11 p.m. Celebrate America's birthday with a festive buffet, an open bar package and engaging DJ entertainment. This cruise takes you around the harbor and provides an unobstructed view of the fireworks.
Cruises on the Bay
July 4, 8-11 p.m.
Step aboard a Watermark yacht for an enjoyable evening cruise of the Harbor capped off by the city's spectacular fireworks show. The cruise will include light snacks and a cash bar.