Here is a list of Independence Day events and fireworks in the Baltimore area and in Ocean City. All events take place today.
Baltimore: The city is planning a fireworks display topping its millennium extravaganza to celebrate the birth of the nation and Harborplace's 20th anniversary. Events at Harborplace Amphitheatre include a pie-eating contest, music and other entertainment, an antique car show and parade. The celebration begins at 11 a.m. Starting at 9:30 p.m., fireworks will be shot off from three barges in the Inner Harbor. Fireworks rain date is tomorrow.
Anne Arundel County
Annapolis: Annapolis celebrates Independence Day with a 6:30 p.m. parade that begins at St. John's College and proceeds to the Naval Academy. At 8 p.m., the Naval Academy Band performs at Farragut Field. Fireworks begin at nightfall. Fireworks rain date is tomorrow.
Fort Meade: Fort Meade, off Mapes Road in Odenton, will be the site of MeadeFest 2000. Events include a 5K run/walk - there's a 1.3-mile kids course - that begins at 8 a.m.; a carnival from noon to 1 p.m.; performances by the Army Drill Team at 3 p.m. and the 389th Army Band at 7:30 p.m., and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Catonsville: Events run from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. at Catonsville High School, Frederick Road. Children's races and games begin at 9 a.m., parade at 3 p.m., music just before the 9 p.m. fireworks show. Rain date is Saturday .
Towson: The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at Towsontown Boulevard and Bosley Avenue. Bands and military corps will be among the marchers.
Solomons Island : The Calvert Community Band will play patriotic music on the Patuxent riverfront from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Fireworks will blast off about 9:15 p.m. Come by boat or car.
Westminster : The Carroll County Farm Museum will hold an old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration with music, crafts, farming exhibits, food and tours of the farmhouse and museum. Events run from noon to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $3 for adults, $2 for children 7 to 18 and adults 60 and over. There is no charge for those under 7. Fireworks begin at nightfall.
Frederick: Jan and Dean headline the 17th annual Fourth of July celebration in Frederick's Baker Park. The singers will perform in a free concert at 3:30 p.m. Four stages of entertainment will be set up, food will be available and children's activities will be held throughout the park. The day's events run from noon to 10:30 p.m., with fireworks beginning at dusk.
Bel Air : The Fourth of July parade begins at 6 p.m. at Main and Lee streets and ends at Main and Idlewild streets. At 8 p.m., musical entertainment begins at Bel Air High School. Fireworks begin there about 9:45 p.m. Events earlier in the day include a flag-raising ceremony, pancake breakfast, horseshoe pitching, hamster race, bike rodeo, frog-jumping contest and costume contest. Rain date for fireworks is tomorrow.
Chestertown: See the fireworks in this historic waterfront town from land or from the Chester River. 9 p.m., Wilmer Park.
Rock Hall: The town will have an old-fashioned parade, a horseshoe pitching tournament, turtle races and puppet show. Call 410-778-0416 for times.
Georgetown: Decorated boats compete for prizes in a boat parade on the Sassafras River, beginning at 5 p.m. No entry fee. Fireworks display begins shortly after 9 p.m. View the show from boats, on the river banks or from piers of the town's marina.
Ocean City : A "Jamboree in the Park" family festival from noon to 11 p.m. will be held at 125th Street and North Side Pavilion. Activities include an arts and craft show, train rides, carnival games, music performances and wall climbing. At approximately 9:30 p.m., a fireworks display will begin to music from local radio station 92.1, The Wave. At Caroline Street and the beach, the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra will perform from 8 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Fireworks will follow.