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Celebrate the Fourth of July Events and Fireworks

Celebrate the Fourth of July 2018 in Maryland with traditional fireworks and parades or take advantage of other patriotic activities for kids and families.

Here's a listing of fun Fourth of July events taking place in the Annapolis, Baltimore, Washington DC and the Eastern Shore of Maryland areas.

Maryland Fourth of July Activities

As always, we suggest you call ahead to verify times and locations, and be sure to check back here often for updates.

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July 4th Fest - 2018
June 30-July 4. Fireworks and live entertainment every night. 10:30am-9:30pm. Six Flags America, Upper Marlboro. sixflags.com

Big Band Night - 2018
June 30. Live performances, food, drinks and ice cream available for purchase. St. Michaels fireworks are scheduled to launch at dusk. $10; $2 after 8:45 pm. 7-10pm. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. cbmm.org

Fireworks Over the Bay - 2018
June 30. Annual patriotic fireworks display over the Chesapeake Bay. Free. Dusk. Waterfront, Chesapeake Beach. chesapeake-beach.md.us

July 4th Festivities at Port Discovery - 2018
July 1-9. Stars and Stripes Circle Time, patriotic crafts and more. Free with $14.95 admission. 10am-5pm. Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore. 410-727-8120, portdiscovery.org

Star Spangled Banner - 2018
Paint your own hanging door flag and learn the meaning behind the stars and the stripes. $2. 1-3pm. Holt Park, Baltimore. 410-887-5307, overleafrc.com/programs/holtpark

Rock Hall July 4th Parade - 2018
July 3-4. Fireworks on July 3 at dusk. Old-fashioned parade featuring floats, bands and more; followed by festival with local food, music, crafts and more on July 4. Free. 10am. Main Street and Community Center, Rock Hall. rockhallmd.com

Star-Spangled Spectacular - 2018
July 3. Outdoor concert where the Orchestra performs patriotic scores and family favorites. Fireworks to follow. Food trucks will be on site. Gates open at 5 pm. $25; ages 12 and under $15. 8pm. Oregon Ridge Park, Cockeysville. bsomusic.org

Annual 4th of July Celebration - 2018
July 3. Fireworks, food, entertainment and more. Free. 6-9:30pm. Chesapeake Heritage and Visitors Center, Chester. https://www.facebook.com/events/648960812118649/

4 on the 4th Run and Parade - 2018
July 4. Walk or run 4 miles or join in the 1776-foot family fun run. Race goes on a tour of the parade route. 8am; parade to follow at 10:30am. $40; $20 for family fun run. Parade is free. District Court of Baltimore County, Towson. towson4onthe4th.com

Catonsville Celebrations - 2018
July 4. Games, music, family fun fest, fireworks and more. Free. 8:30am. Various venues, Catonsville. catonsvillecelebrations.org

July 4th Pet Parade - 2018
July 4. Animal fun, prizes and more. Free. Pet registration at 9:30am, parade at 10am. American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore. avam.org

Independence Day Open House - 2018
July 4. Events commemorate William Paca’s signing of the Declaration of Independence—America’s 1776 birth certificate. Inspirational Naturalization Ceremony, tour the grand Georgian mansion, hands on activities and more. Free. 10am-4pm. William Paca House and Garden, Annapolis. 410-267-7619, annapolis.org

Children’s Parade and Old-Fashioned Fourth Celebration - 2018
July 4. The Children's Parade starts at 10am from St. Mary's Square to Talbot St. returning to the Square by 11am. Children arrive before 10am in patriotic attire or with decorated bikes or wagons. Flag-raising, patriotic songs, children’s games, face painting, and more following the parade. St. Michaels Museum. townofstmichaels.com

Severna Park 4th of July Parade - 2018
July 4. Old-fashioned parade. Free. 10am. Route from St. Martin's-in-the-Field Church to Cypress Creek Park, Severna Park. severnaparkchamber.com

Cape St. Claire 4th of July Celebration -2018
July 4. Parade, games, water balloons and more. Free. 10am. Cape St. Claire Improvement Association, Annapolis. cscia.org

Watermelon Bash - 2018
July 4. Hot dogs, games, wet fun and plenty of watermelon. Free. 10:30am-1:30pm. Town Hall, La Plata. townoflaplata.org

National Independence Day Parade - 2018
July 4. Bands, floats, military and specialty units, special guests and more to celebrate America's birthday. Free. 11:45am. Constitution Avenue, Washington, D.C. july4thparade.com

Independence Day Celebration - 2018
July 4. Waterfront view of the fireworks. Games, snacks, beverages and more. Registration required. $55. Price includes parking and museum admission for all passengers. 6-10pm. Museum of Industry, Baltimore. 410-727-4808, thebmi.org

Annapolis July 4th Celebration - 2018
July 4. Community parade, performance from the U.S. Naval Academy Band and fireworks over the harbor. Free. 6:30-10pm. Downtown Annapolis. visitannapolis.org/events/annual/4th-of-july

Red White and BOOM - 2018
July 4. Music, bounce houses, food vendors., Kids Kazoo Parade at 8 p.m. Bring chairs and blankets to enjoy the fireworks. Free. 6:30pm. Wicomico County Stadium, Salisbury. redwhiteboomsalisbury.org

Fourth of July Pier Party - 2018
July 4. Fireworks under the stars, crafts, face painting, live music and more. Buffet available. Members, $28.50; Non-Members, $58.50. 6:30-10pm. National Aquarium, Baltimore. 410-659-4230, aqua.org

Visionary Pets on Parade - 2018

July 4. Spectate or Participate this annual parade and prizes contest held by the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. Registration and admission is free for all ages and pets. Pet registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the parade begins at 10 a.m. avam.org.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Fullerton Fireworks and 4th of July Celebration - 2018
July 4. Community event featuring live music, family fun, food vendors, draft beer and more. 5pm; fireworks begin at 9:15pm. Free. Fullerton Park, Nottingham. fullertonfireworksfoundation.org

Celebrate the 4th at the Inner Harbor - 2018
July 4. Live music and fireworks. Free. 7-10pm; fireworks start at 9:30pm. The Inner Harbor, Baltimore. 410-837-8439, viewbaltimore.org, promotionandarts.org

Picnic at the Top - 2018
July 4. See the fireworks display from the top of the world at the World Observation Level. Additional family activities, catered food and drinks. Adults, $75; Children, $40. 7-10pm.

4th of July Celebration - 2018
July 4. Concert at 8 p.m followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Free. 8-10pm. Boardwalk, Ocean City. ococean.com

Independence Day Fireworks Dinner - 2018
July 4. 3-hour cruise with views of Baltimore's Fireworks show. Three-course buffet style dinner, premium open bar included with ticket, DJ and dance floor, games and more. Ages 21 and older. $114.90. 7pm. Inner Harbor, Baltimore. spiritcruises.com

Independence Day Fireworks Cruise - 2018
July 4. Three-hour cruise with light refreshments and cash bar to view local fireworks display. Reservations suggested. Adults $55; Children $30. 7:30-10:30pm. City Dock, Annapolis. cruisesonthebay.com

Independence Day Fireworks Cruise - 2018
July 4. Three-hour cruise with light refreshments and cash bar to view local fireworks display. Reservations suggested. Adults $59; Children $39. 8-11pm. Baltimore, MD. cruisesonthebay.com

A Capitol Fourth - 2018
July 4. Performances, live cannon fire and fireworks display. Free. 8pm. U.S. Capitol West Lawn, Washington, D.C. pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth/home

Fireworks at Dusk - 2018
July 4. Fireworks over the Chester River. Free. Dusk. Chester River, Chestertown. townofchestertown.com

Freedom Festival - 2018
July 7. Activities for kids, fireworks, live music and more. Free. 5-9pm. Somers Cover Marina, Crisfield. crisfieldevents.com

Salute to Independence Concert - 2018
July 7. Live music performed by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Bring a blanket, water and flashlight. Limited parking is available in the park and additional parking can be found on Rt. 65 and Rt. 34 bordering the park. Free. 7:30pm. Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg. marylandsymphony.org

Patriotic Program - 2018
July 7-8. Reading of the Declaration of Independence, black powder musket and cannon firings, colonial fashion shows and more. Free. 10am-4:30pm. Hancock's Resolution, Gibson Island. 410-255-0454, historichancocksresolution.org

Revolutionary London Town - 2018
July 7-8. Join re-enacting groups including the United States Marine Corps Historical Company and explore the birth of America - colonial style. Reading of the Declaration of Independence, black powder musket and cannon firings, colonial fashion shows, and more. Rent costumes, play colonial games with First Maryland Regiment, and "sign up" to join the Continental Army or Marines. $3-12. 10am-4:30pm. Historic London Town & Gardens, Edgewater. 410-222-1919, Historiclondontown.org

Don't forget to check out our Summer fairs, festivals and carnivals roundup for even more fun. Or take a look at the Chesapeake Family calendar to see what else is going on.