FOURTH FIREWORKS:The Baltimore area's largest July Fourth...



The Baltimore area's largest July Fourth fireworks display -- musically choreographed -- will take place over the Inner Harbor at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Among other activities in the area earlier that day: an antique and classic vehicle rally south of Harborplace's Light Street pavilion from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and continuous performances at the Harborplace Amphitheatre from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., including a combined show by the 100-piece 229th and 389th Army bands at 8 p.m.

This year's fireworks are sponsored by NationsBank and Baltimore magazine, working with the city's Office of Promotion, Harborplace and the Gallery, and FM radio station MIX-106.5. Information: 837-4636 or (800) 282-6632.


The season's first bona fide tall ship -- Uruguay's Capitan Miranda -- is scheduled to sail into the Inner Harbor at 10 a.m. Sunday and dock at the West Wall. The 205-foot-long schooner is the training ship for the Uruguayan Naval Academy at Montevideo.

You can tour the ship, which logs about 10,000 sailing miles a year, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Free. Information: 837-4636.

Sail Baltimore, which arranged the ship's visit, also will conduct the 15th annual "Blessing of the Work Boats" from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at the Inner Harbor. More than 20 Chesapeake Bay work boats will participate in this parade of lighted vessels. Can you believe Harborplace is celebrating its 15th birthday this weekend? This instant landmark opened for business July 2, 1980, having survived neighborhood opposition from South Baltimoreans, and today has about 125 shops and restaurants.

Factoid: Harborplace's developer, the Rouse Co., predicted that the two pavilions would draw more than 7 million visitors in its first year; the company now says the actual number was more than double that.

The Rouse organization is observing the 15th birthday with the events mentioned above for July Fourth, as well as many others that begin today and run for five days. Among the events: concerts, street performers, a martial-arts demonstration and a cake-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday.

For detailed information about each day's events, call 332-4191 or (800) HARBOR-1.


Among the other things to do Around the Inner Harbor in the next few days are . . .

* Peruse galleries, hear free music on North Charles Street and jam to the reggae sounds of Jah Works at a barbecue and free concert from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday on the parking lot next to Louie's Bookstore Cafe, 518 N. Charles St. This event is part of the Charles Street area's monthly "First Thursdays" concert series. Information: 244-1030.

* See turtles race. The 54th annual Chesapeake Turtle Derby will take place at noon Wednesday at Broadway Market Square in Fells Point. Information: 396-9177.

* Learn about Pluto at the Maryland Science Center's newest planetarium show, "Pluto Express." The show runs through Sept. 10. Information: 685-5225.

* And finally, all those pumped-up folks around the Baltimore Arena tonight will be attending the World Wrestling Federation's "World Tour De Force." Events will include a championship tussle between Diesel and Sid and a tag-team match pitting Owen Hart and Yokozuna against Lex Luger and the British Bulldog. Information: 347-2020.

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