Tonight's fireworks in honor of Independence Day mark the beginning of summer's hottest times, and we're not just talking about the weather. Here's a selection of festivals, kids' activities and places to visit this summer. And see 8F for a list of local Fourth of July fireworks and parades.
10 GOOD TIMES American Indian Powwow
July 5-7. Garrett County Fairgrounds. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A traditional American Indian Powwow features singers and dancers from several tribes, including craft demonstrations, a falconer and a storyteller. $4 for adults, kids 12 and under free. Free parking. Call (301) 963-7284.
Dundalk Heritage Fair
July 5-7. Heritage Park. Noon to 9:30 p.m. each day. A three-day celebration of our nation's birth, featuring international foods, exhibits and live entertainment. Call 284-4022.
July 19-21. Mount Royal Avenue and Cathedral Street. Friday, 6 p.m-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon-11 p.m. A celebration of visual, performing and literary arts, featuring children's parade, national and local performing artists, dance and street performers. Call 396-4575.
Yachting Governor's Cup
Aug. 2-3. St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Marys City. Though the race begins Friday night in Annapolis, the party starts the next morning when 300 yachts reach St. Marys City. The day-long party will feature folk, reggae and swing music. $10 entrance fee. Call (301) 862-0380.
Rocky Gap Music Festival
Aug. 2-4. Rocky Gap State Park, Cumberland. Friday, 4:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Country/western and bluegrass festival features Jerry Lee Lewis, Tammy Wynette, Pam Tillis and the Jordanaires (formerly Elvis Presley's band). There will be food, children's entertainment, arts and crafts, camping, swimming and canoeing. Call (301) 724-2511.
Frontier Craft Days
Aug.3-4. Jonathan Hager House, Hagerstown. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bluegrass music and a wind quartet plus more than 60 craft booths. Music and craft shows are free, but entrance to the historic Hager House is $2 for adults, $1 for children age 6-12. Call (301) 739-8393.
Fair Hill Country/
Aug. 10. Gallagher Road Cross Country Course, Fair Hill. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. As part of their farewell tour, the Judds will highlight this country/bluegrass music festival, also featuring Ricky Van Shelton, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shelby Lynne and the Dillards. Food and crafts will be available. Tickets are $10 each if bought before the festival and $15 at the gate. Call (301) 333-4793.
Maryland Renaissance Festival
Weekends from Aug. 24-Oct. 13. Revel Grove, Crownsville. Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 16th-century English fair with "all the fun, bawdiness and arch of the Renaissance." Food, entertainment and crafts. The festival features a Scottish Weekend Sept. 14-15. Admission is $3.59 plus tax for kids (5-11), $8 plus tax for juniors (12-15) and seniors (65+), $9.95 plus tax for adults. Call (301) 266-7304.
Maryland State Fair
Aug. 24-Sept. 2. Timonium Fairgrounds, Timonium. Saturday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Daily thoroughbred racing and live entertainment will be featured in this festival of home arts, agricultural demonstrations, livestock presentations and midway rides. $3 for adults, kids under 12 free. Parking is $1. Call 252-0200.
National Hard Crab Derby and Fair
Aug. 30-Sept. 1. Somers Cove Marina Grounds, Crisfield. Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Crab races, arts and crafts, live entertainment, and a parade. Featured will be the Miss Crustacean Pageant and the 44th annual running of the Governor's Hard Crab Derby. The fair will end Sunday night with fireworks. Call (301) 968-2682.
KIDS STUFF International Festival
Through Sept. 1. The Cloisters Children's Museum, 10440 Falls Road, Brooklandville. Hands-on encounters with foreign cultures during the Go Global International Festival. Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $3 for children and adults, and $2 for senior citizens. Call 823-2550.
Fridays in July. The Puppet Company will perform a series of shows at the Maryland Historical Society's Museum and Library, 201 West Monument St. 11 a.m. "Peter and the Wolf," "Hansel and Gretel," "Three Billy Goats Gruff," and a puppet show circus will be presented. Tickets are $4 per performance; $14 for the series. Call 685-3750.
July 7. Baltimore City Life Museums will have a day of 19th century parlor games at the 1840 House, 800 East Lombard St. 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. The event is free with admission to the museum. Admission is $1.75 for adults, $1.25 for senior citizens, 75 cents for children, and free for children under the age of six. Call 396-3279.
July 13. Children ages 8 to 11 can get a behind-the-scenes tour of the National Aquarium. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Admission is $6 for aquarium members and $11 for non-members. Call 727-3474 for reservations. Call 576-3810 for additional information.
Aug. 8. Dollar day. Tickets will be on sale from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the aquarium will stay open until 8 p.m. The first 500 guests will receive free breakfast, and everyone gets free birthday cake at noon. Jugglers, musicians, and kids' favorite cartoon characters will also be providing free entertainment. Call 576-3810.
Swimming, bowling and more
July. The city's Recreation and Parks Department offers swimming lessons at Collington Square Center, 1400 Collington Ave. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The class costs $16; register in advance. Call 396-9201. Other learn-to-swim programs are included in several day camp programs offered by the department. For more information about day camps, call 396-7000.
Tuesdays in July. Kids can bowl at the Perring Parkway Fair
Lanes for $3. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 396-6707.
Aug. 30 and 31. Free circus with games and rides for children. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Clifton Park. Call 396-6101. For any other additional information for any planned event, call 396-6136.
FAMILY OUTINGS Centennial Park
Off Route 108 in Ellicot City. Open 7 a.m. to dusk. This park, on a 54-acre lake, offers paddle boats, canoes and rowboats as well as tennis, racquetball and basketball courts. Lacrosse, softball and soccer fields are available, but permits are required. Pavilions may be rented for group picnics. Also, jogging and bicycling trails wind through the woods that surround the lake. Call (301) 313-7255.
Quiet Water Farm
Anne Arundel County
Off Forest Drive in Annapolis. Open 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Park has 250 acres of woodland, with fountains, a Victorian-style garden, an art gallery, four children's playgrounds, 6 miles of paved hiking and biking trails, paddle and rowboat rentals on Harness Creek, and an overlook of South River. Six picnic pavilions may be rented and the park sponsors an assortment of active clubs. Admission is $3 for Anne Arundel County residents and $6 for
non-residents. Call (301) 222-1777.
Rocks State Park
Located 7 miles north of Bel Air on Route 924. Open 8 a.m. to sunset. This park features King and Queen seat, a 190-foot rock formation. Rock climbing, though not sponsored by the park, is popular, as is swimming and tubing down Deer Creek. Also available are picnic areas, nature trails, sponsored nature hikes and campfire programs. On weekends and holidays, the park charges $4 per car to enter the picnic areas. Call (301) 557-7994.
Off Shawan Road in Cockeysville. Open 7 a.m. to dusk. This 1,100-acre park -- that's 80 percent woodland -- features nature trails, picnic areas and a life-guard protected quarry for swimming. The "Music Under the Stars" concert series at Oregon Ridge features the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; call (301) 887-1818 for schedule. The park is free, but admission to the beach area at the quarry is $3 for adults and $1 for children, seniors and the handicapped.
Druid Hill Park/Baltimore Zoo
Off Reisterstown Road and Swan Drive. Open 6:30 a.m. to midnight. Park offers playgrounds, picnic areas, a lake path for walking or biking and a pool (50-cent admission for swimmers). Admission to the Baltimore Zoo, in the middle of the park, is $6.50 for adults and $3.50 for seniors and children age 2-15. Zoo hours are 10 a.m. to 4:20 weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekends.
Independence Day events
Where to go for parades,festivals and fireworks this week.(All events are today, unless otherwise noted.)
ANNAPOLIS: Fireworks at dusk off the City Dock, following all-day eventsand parade at 6 p.m. in downtown Annapolis Shuttle from parking at Navy and Marine Stadium. Rain date: Tomorrow
ANTIETAM BATTLEFIELD: Sharpsburg.Fireworks follow free 7:30 p.m.concert Saturday by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Follow Route 70 west to Route 65.
BEL AIR: Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. at playing fields adjacent to Bel Air Middle School and Bel Air High School, following a day of activities and aparade. Rain date: Tomorrow
CATONSVILLE: Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. at Bloomsbury School, with good viewingfrom UMBC following 3 p.m. parade (starting at Frederick Road and Montrose Avenue) and 7:30 p.m. concert at the school. Rain date: Saturday
COLUMBIA: Fireworks at dusk at Lake Kittamaqundi, across from Columbia Mall.All-day free entertainment, toddler parade at p.m.
DUNDALK: Fireworks at 9 p.m. at the North Point Government Center, Merritt Boulevard and Wise Avenue. Rain date: Tomorrow
FORT MEADE: Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. over Burba Park following parade at 9:30 a.m. and all-day entertainment and demontrations.
FREDERICK: Fireworks at dusk, following a day of celebration from noon on Baker Park, corner of West Second and Bentz streets.
FULLERTON: Fireworks Saturday, following performance at 6:30 p.m. by the City Lights Band, Fullerton Field on Fullerton Avenue off Belair Road.
HAVRE DE GRACE: Parade at 3 p.m. Saturday, followed by fireworks at 9 p.m.in Tydings Park, Havre de Grace
INNER HARBOR: Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.following day of entertainment at the Inner Harbor, MTA Metro will be open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. MTA buses will operate on Sunday schedules. Rain date: Friday
OCEAN CITY: Fireworks at Northside Park, 125th Street and the bay, and over the water in downtown Ocean City.
OREGON RIDGE: An all-American program by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will be presented, complete with fireworks, under the stars at 8 p.m. Rain date: tomorrow. Tickets are $10 for adults,$4 for children under 12; available at the park. Call 783-8100.
PASADENA: Fireworks at 9p.m.,following celebration beginning at 4p.m.,at Downs Memorial Park, 177 E.Mountain Road in Pasadena. Rain date:Saturday.
TOWSON: Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.,sponsored by Luskins's. 1125 Cromwell Bridge Road. Rain date:Saturday. Call 339-5456.
WEST RIVER: Old-fashioned "Boston Pops Style" Fourth of July concert at 8 p.m. at the West River Yacht Harbour in Galesville,followed by fireworks. Take chairs or blankets.
WESTMINSTER: All-day entertainment followed by fireworks at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 South Center St. Westminster.
8 TONIGHT Channel 11 "The Great American Celebration,"with Robert Guillaume,Barbara Mandrell,Sheena Easton,at the Disney theme parks in Florida and California.
Channels 22 and 67."A Capitol Fourth," featuring Diahann Carroll,Tony Bennett,Joel Grey,CAb Calloway and the National Symphony Orchestra (simulcast with WJHU.88.1FM.)
9:30 TONIGHT: Channel 54."Baltimore's Fireworks."
Channels 22 and 67 "July 4th Gala,"patriotic music by the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers'Chorus on the lawn of the Gerald R.Ford Museum in Michigan.
( Channel 26. "Fireworks."