July 4th parades and fireworks There’s no shortage of places to proclaim your love of the red, white and blue Wednesday. Here are some highlights: Annapolis’ parade starts at 6:30 p.m. at Amos Garrett Boulevard and West Street; fireworks, launched from the harbor, start at 9:15 p.m. (visitannapolis.org); the Arbutus parade starts at 12:30 p.m. along Elm Road and Oregon Avenue (arbutus.org); Bel Air’s parade kicks off at 6 p.m. at Idlewild and South Main streets; fireworks will be set off from Rockfield Park, 501 E. Churchville Road, beginning around 9:30 p.m. (belairjuly4.org); Catonsville’s celebration includes a 3 p.m. parade (beginning at Frederick Road and Montrose Avenue) and 9:30 p.m. fireworks (catonsvillecelebrations.org); Columbia’s festivities run 5 p.m.-10 p.m. at the lakefront, 10275 Wincopin Circle, with fireworks after dark (howardcountymd.gov/July4th); Dundalk’s 84th annual Fourth of July parade kicks off at 8:15 a.m. at the Logan Village Shopping Center, 3409 Dundalk Ave.; fireworks are set for 9:15 p.m., launching from North Point Government Center/Grange Elementary, 1733 Merritt Blvd. (dundalkheritagefair.com); Towson’s parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at Towsontown Boulevard and Burke Avenue (towsonparade.com); fireworks will be going off between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. from Loch Raven Technical Academy, 8101 LaSalle Road (towsonfireworks.com); Westminster’s Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., is holding a celebration 3 p.m.-10 p.m., with fireworks starting around 9:30 p.m. ($4-$10 admission, carrollcountyfarmmuseum.org). And of course, there’s Baltimore’s big Inner Harbor fireworks display, with rockets scheduled to start bursting in air at 9:30 p.m. (promotionandarts.org).
Star-Spangled Spectacular Patriotic music and fireworks, courtesy of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. What more do you need? 8 p.m. July 3 at Oregon Ridge Park, 13401 Beaver Dam Road in Cockeysville. $11-$25. bsomusic.org.
Visionary Pets on Parade Dogs, cats, reptiles and other critters put their best patriotic feet forward. 10 a.m. July 4 (registration at 9:30 a.m.) at the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Hwy. Free. avam.org.
Cirque du Soleil The amazing aerialists and other lithe-limbed acrobats of Cirque du Soleil are joined for the first time by ice skaters for “Crystal,” the troupe’s first ice show — a visit with a woman diving “into a world of her own imagination.” Guaranteed thrilling. 7:30 p.m. July 5-7, plus 4 p.m. July 7, 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. July 8 at Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. $48-$139. royalfarmsarena.com.
‘Ant Man and the Wasp’ Marvel’s most diminutive superheroes, front and center. With Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly. In theaters Thursday.
Battle of Monocacy Anniversary Commemorate the 154th anniversary of the Civil War battle that saved Washington, D.C., from invasion by the Confederates. Includes living history demonstrations, kids’ activities and the opening of a new exhibit, “Rebels and Ransoms: Confederate Retribution.” 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. July 7-8at Monocacy National Battlefield, 4632 Araby Church Road in Frederick. Free. nps.gov/mono.
Rebelution Reggae by way of Southern California, plus performances from Stephen Marley, Common Kings, Zion and DJ Mackle. 6 p.m. July 5 at MECU Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave. $24.50-$105. livenation.com.
‘Jaws’ This huge, hungry, ticked-off shark terrorizes a New England resort island in the 1975 movie that launched Steven Spielberg into the stratosphere and kept a whole generation out of the water. Masterful, and terrifying — and essential that it be seen on the big screen. 1 p.m. July 4 and 9, 10 a.m. July 8, 9:30 p.m. July 10 at The Senator, 5904 York Road. $7-$10. thesenatortheatre.com.
Shore Leave 40 The best of sci-fi, “Star Trek” and otherwise, is celebrated with guest appearances (including Capt. Kirk himself, William Shatner, as well as Ming-Na Wen of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Chase Masterson of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and others), writing workshops, fan panels, vendors room, costuming and other activities. July 6-8 at the Delta Hotels Baltimore Hunt Valley, 245 Shawan Road. $20-$75 daily, $100 for the weekend. shore-leave.com.
‘The Psychic Contest’ Author David Jaher (“The Witch of Lime Street") talks about a 1920s search for a true psychic that pitted the famous magician (and skeptic) Houdini against a Boston psychic named Margery. 1 p.m. July 1 at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Loyd St. $4-$10. jewishmuseummd.org.