Fourth of July Celebrations in Baltimore

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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.

Visionary Pets on Parade

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.

Star Spangled Spectacular

Oregon Ridge Park
July 3, 5 p.m.
Enjoy an extraordinary fireworks finale after the Orchestra performs an evening of patriotic scores and family favorites. Local food trucks will be on hand to provide food and drinks.

Independence Day Celebration

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.

Baltimore’s 4th of July Celebration

Inner Harbor
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.

Picnic at the Top of the World

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.

Independence Day Deck Party

USS Constellation
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.

Independence Day Fireworks Dinner Cruise

Spirit Cruises
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.

Baltimore Independence Day Fireworks Cruise

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.

Special Firework Kayak Trip

Middle Branch Park
July 4, 7-11 p.m.
This festive guided adventure (just south of the Hanover Street Bridge) will show you the magic of the Patapsco under the sparkle of downtown fireworks and leave you in awe. Space is limited, so RSVP early to reserve your spot in a canoe or kayak. 

July 4th Fireworks Cruise

Urban Pirates
July 4, 7-10 p.m.
Enjoy the sights of the July 4th Celebration and fireworks with Urban Pirates aboard the pirate ship Fearless. Adults 21+ Only welcome. 

Port Discovery 4th of July Weeklong Celebration

Port Discovery Children's Museum
July 1-9
Port Discovery Children's Museum is celebrating our country’s independence all week long! Join in an interactive Circle Time featuring stories and songs, develop early childhood literacy in Mother Goose on the Loose, clap your hands and march along in Jingle jangle Music Time, and create patriotic hoop gliders and celebrate America bracelets as a way to commemorate Independence Day! 

Red, White & Zoo Enrichment Day

The Maryland Zoo
July 4, 10 a.m.
The Maryland Zoo has prepared a day of special animal enrichment! Watch as the Zoo’s animals receive special Fourth of July treats, including “fishsicles” and paper mache toys, and listen as zookeepers explain the importance of enrichment activities. 

Star-Spangled Memories

Sagamore Pendry Baltimore
Poolside at Sagamore Pendry Baltimore will be the place to be this 4th of July. Book any of their luxury accommodations and receive exclusive access to the best seats in Baltimore for the fireworks, Wednesday, July 4th. Suite bookings will include a $100 per night food and beverage credit at Rec Pier Chop House, The Cannon Room or their poolside bar and grill. Each stay includes daily water taxi tickets for two. 

Wit & Wisdom's Annual July 4th Celebration

Wit & Wisdom
July 4, 6-9:30 p.m.
The Fourth of July is a family affair, and Wit & Wisdom at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore promises to entertain all ages with unrivaled cuisine, live entertainment and panoramic harbor views. Kids can join the fun with an on-site snowball machine, face painting and other activities. The night will end with a bang as the Baltimore fireworks show lights up the historic Inner Harbor. 

Rusty Scupper's 4th of July Extravaganza

Rusty Scupper
July 4, 6:30-10 p.m.
Enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring jumbo crabs, Maryland crab soup, black angus hamburgers, country fried chicken, Rusty Scupper's famous bread pudding and many other summertime favorites. Drink specials, live entertainment and giveaways will also be available throughout the evening—as well as deck seating with the best views the Inner Harbor has to offer. Rusty Scupper is also hosting their annual Crab Feast for guests looking to take in the best view of Baltimore’s fireworks. 

July 4 at Sandlot

July 4, 4-11 p.m.
Sandlot, Baltimore's waterfront urban beach, offers one of the best views of the Inner Harbor fireworks, plus live music, games and food leading up to the big show.