Area Events

Fireworks on board

Celebrate Independence Day aboard the Constellation.


The festivities will include a cookout, live music, tours and, of course, fireworks. For those 6 and over, admission fees vary depending on membership status and age. Children ages 5 and under are free. The event will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Constellation is docked at Pier 1 in the Inner Harbor. For more information, call 410-783-1490 or visit www.natl


BSO summer series

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra kicks off its summer concert series with performances today and tomorrow at Oregon Ridge State Park.

The BSO will perform "Star Spangled Spectacular" at 8 p.m. both nights, followed by a fireworks display.

Same-day tickets are $17 for adults and $8 for children. Parking is $10 per car.

Oregon Ridge State Park is at 13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville. For more information, call 410-783-8000.

Jazz up the Fourth

Jazz, soul and R&B; acts will perform at Six Flags America prior to the amusement park's annual fireworks display.

The Paradise Island Wave Pool stage is the arena for the evening event, which begins at 4:30 p.m. Steve Oliver, Kim Waters and other musicians will perform until 8:30 p.m., when the fireworks display takes center stage. The 4th of Jazz is free with paid admission to the park.


Six Flags America is at 13710 Central Ave., Largo. For more information, call 301-249-1500 or visit

Pet parade

Dress your pet and strut your stuff tomorrow at the American Visionary Art Museum's seventh annual pet parade.

Prizes will be awarded in a number of categories, including "Most Patriotic," "Best Heinz 57 Variety" and "Best Owner and Pet Look-Alike." Registration for the 10 a.m. parade begins at 9:30 a.m. A talent show and trick session will also take place at this free event.

The American Visionary Art Museum is at 800 Key Highway. For more information, call 410-244-1900 or visit

Annapolis festivities


Historic Annapolis will celebrate America's birthday with a Fourth of July parade and other festivities. Around 5 p.m., the celebratory procession will wind its way down West Street to Church Circle and through the tiny streets, ending at the city dock, where a concert will take place. Fireworks cap the evening of fun at 9:15 p.m.

For more information, visit

America in Frederick

Frederick commemorates the Fourth of July this year with its 20th anniversary celebration.

From noon to 10:30 p.m., Baker Park will be alive with four stages of music, plus children's activities, sports tournaments, a chili cookoff and other activities. The 1970s rock group America will perform on the main stage at 3:30 p.m. There is no admission charge for this event.

For more information, call 301-228-2844 or visit