If there’s a great view of the fireworks from your restaurant, why not make a party out of it? And if you’ve got an absolutely amazing view and can get away with charging a premium, I say go for it. It’s the American way. These restaurants really do have a view worth the trouble.
The Rusty Scupper (402 Key Highway, 410-727-3678, selectrestaurants.com/rusty) hosts its annual Fourth of July celebration from 5 to 10 p.m. in its Topside Lounge and upper deck areas. The party features an all-you-can-eat crab feast, drink specials and giveaways, and a great view of the Inner Harbor fireworks. The food includes jumbo male crabs, steamed peel-and-eat shrimp, hot dogs, hamburgers, fried chicken, barbecue ribs, Maryland crab soup, macaroni and cheese, corn on the cob, a variety of salads, assorted desserts and watermelon. The cost is $89.95, $35 for age 10 and under. Reservations are recommended, and guests who make reservations have their table for the entire five hours and can come and go as they please.
The Wine Market (921 E. Fort Ave., 410-244-6166, winemarketbistro.com) is offering fireworks, food and fine wine at its Fourth of July picnic on the patio. Chef Wilbur Cox is preparing an optional $30 prix-fixe menu with seasonal items like green-melon gazpacho, crab-and-avocado salad and crispy skin Maryland rockfish. Adults can cool down with watermelon-margaritas snow cones while the kids play lawn games. The restaurant is offering a 25 percent service member discount. Of course, there's a great view of the fireworks.
Wit & Wisdom (200 International Drive, Four Seasons Baltimore Hotel, witandwisdombaltimore.com) is offering a culinary smorgasbord, with food stations providing slow-roasted whole pig, classic hot dogs, and Rappahannock oysters on the half-shell. Passed hors d'oeuvres, sides and desserts will also be offered. A Bruce Springsteen cover-band will rock all night, and fun activities for the whole family, including face painting and temporary tattoos, will also be available. The cost for the event is $75, $20 for children age 12 and under.
The Explorers Lounge at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel (550 Light St., 410-234-0550) is throwing a July Fourth party with an untraditional barbecue menu, beer specials from Flying Dog Brewery and views of the Inner Harbor fireworks. Live music is from Buddy and the Blue Rays.