Fourth of July in Baltimore
If you’re new to Baltimore, we’ll let you into a little secret: Charm City knows how to throw a party. We’ve got lots of Fourth of July festivities, from fireworks to exciting live performances. Keep reading to plan your patriotic weekend!
Inner Harbor July 4th Activities
This year’s Inner Harbor July 4th festivities will kick off around 3 p.m. and the stellar 13-minute fireworks display will go off around 9:30 p.m.
The event kicks off at 3 p.m. with food, fun activities, and a DJ at the Red, White, and Blue Picnic at West Shore Park. Then, entertainers will perform from 4 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater. Between concerts, there will be a DJ, street performers, and activities from various attractions along the entire promenade.
At 8 p.m., the BSO will host a Star-Spangled Celebration concert under the baton of newly appointed Music Director Jonathan Heyward in Rash Field Park. Last year’s performance was a rousing success and we can’t wait to hear this year’s program.
The full orchestra performance will culminate around 9:15 p.m. with a dazzling 15-minute fireworks display produced by fireworks company Pyrotecnico. The best views are along the Inner Harbor promenade and surrounding areas, including Canton, Federal Hill, Fell’s Point, Harbor East, and Locust Point.
Getting to the Inner Harbor
Baltimore’s scenic Inner Harbor is easily accessible via bus, metro, Light Rail or the free Charm City Circulator.
The Yellow and Brown CityLink lines take you to the Baltimore Convention Center, just a short walk from the Inner Harbor. You can also get to the BCC using the Charm City Circulator’s Orange Line.
You can also get close to the water via downtown bus routes 54, 65, 76, 71, 78 and more. See this map for more details.
Appropriate Light Rail stops include Camden Station, Stadium (Federal Hill) and the Convention Center.
If taking the Metro, get off at Charles Center and walk two blocks to the Baltimore Arena Light Rail station or enjoy a longer walk to the Inner Harbor.
Traffic will likely be restricted on July 4th, but if you are able to get downtown there are several lots along the Inner Harbor in which you can park:
- 204 E. Lombard St.
- 121 Light St.
- 150 S. Calvert St.
- 151 South St.
Cherry Hill Arts & Music Festival
This annual July 4th tradition celebrates Baltimore’s rich musical and artistic culture, especially the plethora of African American creatives moving the city forward. Bringing people together from all over the city, the festival also celebrates unity, freedom and shared history.
The Cherry Hill Arts & Music Waterfront Festival takes place at the scenic Middle Branch Park, which offers views of the Baltimore City skyline and Fourth of July fireworks.
This year’s performers include hip hop artist Monie Love and reggae star Mykal Rose. The festival also features arts & crafts, a children’s village, historical reenactments and more.
Fourth of July Events in Baltimore
In addition to the celebrations taking place in the Inner Harbor and Middle Branch Park, there are several more fun July 4th activities happening in Baltimore.
For families and others who would like to get the celebration started earlier in the day, AVAM is holding their annual Pet Parade and Animal Talent Show. Pets of all kinds are encouraged to enter. Pet registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the pet parade begins at 9 a.m.
Additionally, the Maryland Science Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 4 — as well as every other Tuesday this summer.
The annual 4th of July Baltimore Beach Volleyball Tournament kicks off its 24th year at the Baltimore Beach in Rash Field. Check-in starts at 11 a.m., and play begins at noon. Players will break for lunch around 2 p.m., then knockout rounds/finals will start at 6 p.m. The tournament will wrap up at 8 p.m. just as the BSO takes the stage. To participate, register here.
At night, head to the Baltimore Museum of Industry for a front-row seat to Baltimore’s fireworks display. One ticket includes parking for a vehicle and all passengers, live music from the John Lamkin Favorites Jazz Quintet and museum admission. BYO food/drinks.
July 4th FAQs
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How do I use the Baltimore Water Taxi?The Baltimore Water Taxi offers one price for all-day, unlimited on-off service to more than 30 attractions and neighborhoods. Routes are seasonal and schedules can vary depending on the weather so we encourage you to check out the water taxi website for the latest information.
How much is the bus fare in Baltimore?One-way bus fare for CityLink, LocalLink, Metro SubwayLink and Light RailLink is $1.90. A day pass can be purchased for $4.40. The Charm City Circulator is free to ride!
Is Baltimore safe?Like any major city, you need to be aware of your surroundings. We recommend that visitors follow best safety practices including: plan your route before you go, avoid walking alone in unlit areas and keep your valuables out of sight.
What forms of public transportation are available in Baltimore?The Maryland Transit Authority (MTA) operates commuter and local bus routes, Metro Subway, Light Rail, and weekday MARC train service between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Call the MTA 410-539-5000 or visit www.mtamaryland.com for more information about MARC and our other services. Click here for more information about other transportation options.
Where are the best views of Baltimore's Inner Harbor?There are several spots along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor that offer fantastic views of the water. Have a drink on the rooftop of the Four Seasons, spend the day sunbathing on Federal Hill or enjoy a bird’s-eye view from the World Trade Center’s Observation Level — all while taking in stunning scenes of the Chesapeake Bay.
Where is the Visitor Center located?The Baltimore Visitor Center is located at 401 Light Street on the west shore of the Inner Harbor Promenade. Find out more about what’s available at the Baltimore Visitor Center and hours of operation.