Baseball is America's Pastime™, so naturally the majors take center stage on Independence Day, beginning with Mets-Nationals at 11:05 a.m. in Washington.
Since the franchise’s first season in 2005, the Nats have played 11 games on the Fourth of July, going 7-4. Believe it or not, the team based in the nation’s capital has played a road game on the Fourth: a 3-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds in 2008.
Meanwhile, Baltimore’s baseball history on Independence Day includes the birth of a revolutionary invention and a catastrophic fire. From the July 4 event page at Baseball Reference:
1932: In the International League, Buzz Arlett hits four home runs in a game, one a grand slam from the right side of the plate, and the other three homers from the left side in a victory over the Reading Keystones. It is the second time Arlett has accomplished the feat in five weeks.
1942: In the eighth inning of an 8-4 Negro National League victory over the Newark Eagles at Yankee Stadium, Baltimore Elite Giants spitball ace Bill Byrd beans Eagles manager Willie Wells. Wells is carried from the field, and the incident causes him to design a batting helmet. When he steps into the batter's box in a few days, he will be wearing a modified construction worker's hardhat.
1944: Baltimore's Oriole Park, erected in 1914 for the Federal League, burns down. The Orioles move to the city's unroofed Venable Stadium. It will be used this way until a second tier is added and the ballpark is renamed "Memorial Stadium" when the St. Louis Browns move in for the 1954 season.
How to watch:
Mets vs. Nationals, 11:05 a.m., MASN
Orioles at Brewers, 4:10 p.m., MASN2