Red, white and BOOM!
With the Fourth of July approaching, get ready to break out the flag apparel, crack open a cold one and celebrate freedom — the Baltimore way. Here’s a sampling of events going on around town where you can party like a patriot.
Some 205 years ago, a lawyer and amateur poet named Francis Scott Key penned the nation’s anthem as rockets bombarded Fort McHenry from the Baltimore Inner Harbor. Today, the rockets’ red glare off the Inner Harbor waters on July 4 remains a tradition, but with strategically-placed fireworks instead of pointed explosives.
Climb aboard a historic ship and experience some of the best fireworks views in the city. Tickets, available online, generally include food and drinks plus music, special tours and canon firings.
You can also watch the festive lights display on land, from atop Federal Hill Park, or from your car at the Baltimore Museum of Industry parking lot for $65 per car (which includes museum admission for all passengers from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.)
What better way to celebrate freedom than with the pomp and circumstance of a parade?
Food and drink
At the all-ages bar Sandlot — located right on the Patapsco River at Harbor Point — enjoy a full day of music, vendors, games and the bar. Cover costs $10 for adults and $5 for children. Blankets and beach chairs are encouraged.
There’s also a couple of community-based events you can attend for an all-inclusive Independence Day experience. Montego Bay Bakery will host the “Island Flava Breakfast Party,” which will feature Jamaican, Trinidadian and Guyanese breakfast food from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are available online.
Music and shows
There’s also the Cherry Hill Arts & Music Waterfront Festival (1 p.m. to 10 p.m.), Woodlawn’s “Silent Party in Da Park” (3 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Mount Vernon Place’s Fourth of July concert and picnic featuring bluegrass and contemporary jazz performances (6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ) and “Cirque du Soleil: Corteo” at Royal Farms Arena (3:30 p.m.)
Looking to get active? The annual co-ed volleyball tournament for players of all skillsets starts at 12 p.m. on Baltimore’s Rash Field at the Inner Harbor. Registration closes at 11:15 a.m., so be sure to get there early. Pay $25 in advance or $32 that day.