Fireworks just the start of a patriotic Fourth


In addition to the fireworks, families will find an array of patriotic, fun and festive events around town in celebration of Independence Day. Here is just a sampling of family-friendly Fourth of July happenings in the area:

July 2

* Fourth of July festival. Head to the Dundalk Fourth of July festival this weekend and enjoy local and regional musical acts, including headliners the Marshall Tucker Band, an arts and crafts market, fair foods and midway rides and games. Also, see educational exhibits, a National Guard weaponry display, canine obedience shows and more. Festival runs noon-9:30 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday at Heritage Park, Shipping Place and Dunmanway. Dundalk's Independence Day Heritage Parade begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Logan Village Shopping Center, Dundalk Avenue. Reviewing stands at Dundalk Village Center, Shipping Place and at Liberty Parkway near Dunmanway. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of North Point Government Center, Merritt Boulevard and Wise Avenue. Free. Call 410-284-4022.

* "Time Elevator: America." Journey through U.S. history all weekend long with the Passport: Voyages of Discovery movie-ride. Time Elevator: America, which covers three generations of U.S. history, runs every day, beginning at 10 a.m. at Pier 4 at the Inner Harbor. Check Web site for evening hours. Passport admission is $11.95; $10.95 for seniors and military with identification; $8.95 ages 3-12. Children must be at least 40 inches tall to ride. Call 410-468-0700 or visit

* Living-history program. Learn about life on board the Constellation during the Civil War at a performance by the living-history group Ship's Company, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. tomorrow through Sunday aboard the ship. Visitors can take part in hands-on activities, assisting sailors, powder monkeys and Marines in hoisting the colors, firing the guns and bracing the yards. The Constellation is at Pier 1, 301 E. Pratt St., Inner Harbor. Admission is $7.50; $6 for seniors; $3.50 for ages 6-14; free for 5 and younger. Call 410-539-1797.

* "In the Mood for Fireworks." The Chesapeake Orchestra Big Band plays swing music from the 1940s, and soprano Kishna Davis sings solo at the patriotic show In the Mood for Fireworks, 7 p.m. tomorrow at St. Mary's College of Maryland, 18952 E. Fisher Road, St. Mary's City. The show culminates in a fireworks display. Free. Call 240-895-2024.

* "Revolution" exhibit. See rare printings of the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and Constitution and other historic documents, including a bill from Paul Revere, at the exhibit Revolution!: Documents From the American War of Independence, on view daily through Saturday at the Walters Art Museum, Manuscript Gallery, 600 N. Charles St. Normal museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, but the museum is closed July 4. Admission is $8; $6 seniors; $5 ages 18-25; free for ages 17 and under and members. Call 410-547-9000.

July 3

* "Fourth of July Spectacular." Enjoy jazzy music by the Anne Arundel Community College Vocal Jazz Ensemble, patriotic and popular tunes by the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and a 25-minute fireworks finale, beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday at AACC, Siegert Field, 101 College Parkway, Arnold. Rain date is July 5. Free. Call 410-269-1132.

* "The Glorious Fourth!" Old-fashioned celebration with the Fort McHenry Guard, a group of living-history re-enactors, as well as toasts to George Washington, cannon firings, period games, bonfire lightings and a reading of the Declaration of Independence, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, East Fort Avenue. $5; free for ages 16 and under. Call 410-962-4290.

* Flag House Fourth of July. Without a doubt, the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House is a most appropriate place to celebrate our nation's birthday. The flag house will offer patriotic children's crafts, tours, living-history re-enactors, including Mary Pickersgill, refreshments and more, noon-4 p.m. Saturday. The house is at 844 E. Pratt St. $6; $5 students, seniors and military; $4 children; free for ages under 6. Call 410-837-1793.

July 4

* "A Fourth of July Celebration at Sotterley." Bring a picnic lunch and take in an afternoon of patriotic music with the Chesapeake Orchestra Brass Quintet, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Sotterley Plantation, 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood. Visitors also can purchase snacks, enjoy kids' activities and take part in a silent auction. Rain date July 5. $10 per vehicle. Call 800-681-0850.

* "All-American Fourth of July Celebration." Ever used a feather quill pen? Made your own American flag? Signed a copy of the Declaration of Independence? Do it all and more at the "All-American Fourth of July Celebration," noon-5 p.m. Sunday at the William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George St., Annapolis. Visitors also can watch Revolutionary War re-enactors, hear readings of the Declaration of Independence, make patriotic headbands and pinwheels, hear period music and tour the home of William Paca, a Maryland patriot and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Free. Call 410-267-8146.

* Independence Day cruise. Climb aboard the historic skipjack the Minnie V. for a nighttime sail, 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Sunday. Hear tales of Baltimore's maritime history and enjoy a champagne toast and a great view of the Inner Harbor fireworks. The Maryland Historical Society co-sponsors the cruise. $60-$80. Call 410-685-3750, Ext. 321 for reservations.

* "National Aquarium Fourth of July Pier Party." Catch live music and entertainment on Pier 3, bring a picnic or purchase snacks, stroll through the National Aquarium and see the Inner Harbor fireworks, beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday at the aquarium, 501 E. Pratt St. $15-$25. Call 410-727-FISH for reservations.

* "July 4th Bash." Visitors can enjoy catered food, family activities and a great view of the Inner Harbor fireworks, beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday, at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway. Visitors are also welcome to bring a picnic lunch. $35 per car; $5 per person for walk-ins. Call 410-727-4808.

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