Celebrate Independence

The Baltimore Sun

On Wednesday, it will be time to mark Independence Day again. There are plenty of opportunities in the next week for celebrating the holiday with fireworks and other festivities. Here is a rundown of some area events:

ANNE ARUNDEL

Arnold

Symphony -- The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra puts on its Fourth of July Spectacular 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday in the Anne Arundel Community College Stadium, 101 College Parkway. Free. The Doug Segree Band will perform at 6:30 p.m. and the ASO will begin at 8 p.m. A 20-minute fireworks show will accompany the ASO finale. Blankets and chairs are welcome. Alcoholic beverages not permitted. Rain date is Sunday. 410-269-1132 or www.annapolissym phony.org.

Annapolis

Tours and more -- The Annapolis Historic Foundation will host an Independence Day celebration Wednesday at the William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George St. Event runs 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Activities will include tours of the William Paca House and re-enactments of military life during the Revolutionary War. There will also be readings of the Declaration of Independence at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. 410-267-8146 or annapolis.org.

Holiday cruise -- Take an Independence Day cruise in the Annapolis Harbor on Tuesday or Wednesday. The cruises will be 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. There will be a disc jockey on the sold-out Wednesday cruise, and both days will feature food, a cash bar and view of the fireworks. Tickets for Tuesday are $40-$45; $20-$25 for ages 3-11; free for ages 2 and younger. 410-268-7601 or watermarkjourney.com.

Exhibit -- The Annapolis Gallery Association will host the Red White and Blue exhibit Sunday-July 31. Patriotic art will be displayed in galleries in Historic Annapolis. 410-626-1583 or artinannapolis.com.

Fort Meade

Motocross and fireworks -- Head to the Fort Meade Parade Field at Mapes Road and Cooper Avenue for a free Independence Day Celebration starting at 1 p.m. Wednesday. The Robert Allen Blues Band performs 1:45 p.m.-5:45 p.m. There will be Red Bull freestyle motocross shows at 1:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. A 30-minute fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m. ftmeademwr.com.

Baltimore

Harbor fireworks -- Baltimore's Fourth of July Celebration will be held at the Inner Harbor Amphitheatre at Light and Pratt streets starting at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The event begins with street performers until 4 p.m. Almost Recess will perform at 4 p.m. and David Bach will perform at 7 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Free. 877-BALTIMORE or promotionand arts.com

Deck party -- The USS Constellation Museum's July 4 Deck Party will be held 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday on Pier One at 301 E. Pratt St. The event features barbecue, live music, tours and cannon firings. The museum overlooks the Inner Harbor and provides a view of the fireworks display starting at 9:30 p.m. $65; $25 for ages 17 and younger; $50 for adult members; $20 for youth members. 410-539-1797 or con stellation.org.

Cruise and buffet -- Take an Independence Day cruise on the Bay Lady or Lady Baltimore at 561 Light St., 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Wednesday. The cruise features a buffet, DJ, cash bar and a view of the Inner Harbor fireworks. Boarding begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $79.90 for adults and $39.90 for children. 410-727-3113 or harborcruises.com.

Tattoo -- Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine at 2400 E. Fort Ave. hosts a tattoo -- or military -- ceremony at 6 p.m. Saturday. Ceremony features the Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team and the Chesapeake Concert Band. The event will end with an audience folding of a 30-by-42-foot flag. Free. 410-962-4290, ext. 224 or nps.gov/fomc.

Old-fashioned Fourth -- Enjoy an "old-fashioned" Fourth of July at Fort McHenry, 2400 E. Fort Ave., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday. Event includes dancing, games, musket salutes, cannon firings and a reading of the Declaration of Independence at 3 p.m. $7; free for ages 15 and younger. 410-962-4290, ext. 224 or nps.gov/fomc.

Baltimore Co.

Catonsville

Parade and fireworks -- A celebration complete with a parade, kids' activities and fireworks will be hosted at Catonsville High School on Wednesday. Event begins at 9 a.m. with games and races for children ages 2-13. The parade down Frederick Road will start at 3 p.m. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Free. 410-744-9655 or catonsvilleweb.com

Cockeysville

BSO -- The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will perform at Oregon Ridge Park off Beaver Dam Road at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. The BSO performances, conducted by Marin Alsop, will feature patriotic hits and a fireworks show. Tickets are $9-$20. 410-783-8000 or balti moresymphony.org.

Dundalk

Fair -- The 2007 Dundalk Independence Day Celebration begins with the Heritage Fair at Heritage Park at 10 Dunmanway, noon-9:30 p.m. tomorrow-Sunday. The fair includes live entertainment, food, rides and games. $4; free for ages younger than 12. Parade begins at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday from the Logan Village Shopping Center on Dundalk Avenue. A 30-minute fireworks show will begin at 9:15 p.m. near the North Point Government Center. 410-284-4022 or dundalkeagle.com.

Essex

Fireworks -- There will be a Fireworks Extravaganza off of Middle River at the Eastern Yacht Club at 2330 Seneca Road in Essex on Saturday. The event begins at 3 p.m. with family activities, food and live entertainment. $1. Fireworks start at dark. 410-687-1002 or www.mt abc.org.

Towson

Parade -- The Towson Fourth of July Parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, rain or shine. The parade starts at Towsontown Boulevard and Bosley Avenue and ends at Chesapeake and Washington avenues. Parade includes marching bands, floats and a bike rush featuring local children on bikes, trikes, wagons and strollers. 410-832-2190.

Carroll Co.

Westminster

Farm fest -- The Carroll County Farm Museum will put on a Fourth of July Celebration at noon Wednesday. Tours of the farmhouse will run noon-6 p.m. Live entertainment on the stage starts at 1 p.m., and artisans will showcase skills from the 1800s from noon to 6 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring food. Pets and alcohol are not permitted. $3-$5, ages 6 and younger admitted free. After 5 p.m. parking is $5 a car. The museum is at 500 S. Center St. in Westminster. 410-386-3880 or carrollcountyfarmmuseum. org.

Cecil Co.

North East

Veterans' salute -- The Salute to Cecil County Veterans Celebration takes place Tuesday at North East Community Park at 200 W. Walnut St. The event begins at 5 p.m. and features food and live entertainment. Free. Fireworks begin at dark. 410-287-5801 or north eastchamber.org.

Charles Co.

LaPlata

Music and more -- Charles County Fairgrounds on Fairgrounds Road off of U.S. 301 will host an Independence Day Celebration on Wednesday. The celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. and includes musical entertainment, food and children's activities. Fireworks begin at dusk. 301-932-1234.

Frederick Co.

Frederick

Family activities -- Frederick's celebration is at noon Wednesday at Baker Park, 121 N. Bentz St. Activities include a "best patriotic dressed" competition. Fireworks begin at dusk. Free. Event is rain or shine. 301-694-2489 or cel ebratefrederick.com.

Garrett Co.

Accident

Parade and crafts -- A Fourth of July Celebration will be held in Accident at the South Street Complex on Wednesday. Celebration begins with a parade from 9 a.m.-10 a.m., followed by a craft show/sale, musical entertainment, food, hay rides and children's activities. 301-746-6346 or www.accidentmd.org.

McHenry

Fireworks show -- There will be fireworks over Deep Creek Lake on Wednesday starting at dusk. Fireworks can be viewed by boat from McHenry Cove, along Garrett Highway or Deep Creek Drive. Free. Rain date is July 5. 301-387-4386.

Harford Co.

Bel Air

Flags -- There will be a flag-raising at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday at Bel Air High School. A blueberry pancake and sausage breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Breakfast is $3-$5. Family activities will include a turtle derby, frog-jumping contest, watermelon-eating contest and bicycle rodeo. A parade will march down Bond Street, ending at Idlewild Street at 6 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:45 p.m. at Rockfield Ballpark. 410-893-4444 or belairjuly4.org.

Havre de Grace

Carnival -- An Independence Day Celebration will be held in Tydings Park on Commerce Street in Havre de Grace. A carnival will be open 6 p.m.-10 p.m. tomorrow, 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday and 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday. $18 for all rides tomorrow-Monday. Rides will be priced individually Tuesday. Tickets for individual rides can be purchased Friday-Monday as well. Saturday there will be a parade at 2 p.m. on Union Avenue. A concert will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, followed by fireworks at dark. 410-939-4362.

Howard Co.

Columbia

Fireworks -- On Wednesday, watch fireworks over Lake Kittamaquandi, 10221 Wincopin Circle in Columbia. Starting at 2 p.m., there will be music and entertainment for children. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. 410-740-4545.

Montgomery

Gaithersburg

Games -- An Independence Day Celebration will be held on the Montgomery County Fairgrounds on Chestnut Street in Gaithersburg on Wednesday, featuring games and family activities at 6 p.m. The band Retrospect will perform at 7 p.m. Free. Fireworks begin at dusk. Rain date for the fireworks is July 5. 301-258-6350 or gaithersburgmd.gov.

Rockville

Music -- An Independence Day Celebration will be held 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday on the Rockville Campus of Montgomery College at 51 Mannakee St. Bands will perform on the Football Stadium Stage and the Campus Stage at 7 p.m. The Rockville Concert Band will perform at 8 p.m. on the Football Stadium Stage. A fireworks show will start at 9:30 p.m. Free. 240-314-8620 or rockvillemd.gov.

Prince George's Co.

Bowie

Music and fireworks -- A Fourth of July celebration will be held at Allen Pond Park at 3330 Northview Drive in Bowie from 3 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Wednesday. The celebration will include a performance by the Kaleidoscope Band. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. Free. Pets not permitted. 301-809-3011 or www.cityof bowie.org.

College Park

Concert -- The University of Maryland and the city of College Park will host a Fourth of July concert and fireworks show starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Lot 1 on the campus. Concessions open at 5 p.m. Free. Johnny Seaton and his All Star Band will perform. Fireworks begin at dusk. Rain date for the fireworks is July 5. 301-864-8877.

Greenbelt

Firworks -- A fireworks show will be held at Buddy Attick Park at 555 Crescent Road in Greenbelt on Wednesday. The show begins at dusk. Free. 301-809-3011 or www.greenbelt md.gov.

Largo

Six Flags fun -- Celebrate the holiday with Six Flags America at 13710 Central Ave. in Largo at the "4th of Jazz" concert at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Fireworks will be at dusk. The concert will be on the Subway Sunset Stage in the Hurricane Harbor water park. Tickets are $49.99; $34.99 for children under 54 inches; free for children 3 and younger. Parking $15. 301-249-1500 or sixflags.com/america.

Laurel

Parade -- A Fourth of July parade down Fourth street will kick off the Laurel celebration at 11 a.m. July 7. Following the parade, there will be an antique and classic car show in Gude Park at noon. The celebration will also feature field events, including a sack race, water-balloon throw and an egg race. Live bands will also be performing throughout the day. The event ends with a fireworks show from the lake at 9 p.m. Free. 301-725-5300 or laurel. md.us.

Talbot Co.

Easton

Old-fashioned celebration -- The Olde Tyme Fourth of July Celebration will take place on the VFW Grounds on North Glebe Street in Easton on Wednesday. Event features a carnival at 2 p.m. Live entertainment starts at 6 p.m. with Mel Price. At 7 p.m., there will be a patriotic program honoring veterans, followed by a performance by the Junkyard Saints at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks begin about 9:30 p.m. Free. 410-820-8822.

Washington, D.C.

Mall -- Fireworks for the Fourth of July will be shot off from the grounds of the Washington Monument on the National Mall, 9:10 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Historical events -- The National Archives on Constitution Avenue will hold a Fourth of July Celebration on Wednesday. Celebration begins with a Declaration of Independence Reading Ceremony from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. on the Constitution Avenue steps. Family activities will be held 11:30 a.m.-2:20 p.m. on Pennsylvania Avenue. Activities include meeting historical re-enactors, planting victory gardens and viewing reproductions of historical documents. Free. 866-272-6272 or archives.gov.

Worcester Co.

Ocean City

Music and fun -- Enjoy the Fourth of July with Jamboree in the Park on Wednesday at Northside Park, 125th Street and the Bay in Ocean City. Live entertainment starts at 5 p.m. on the main stage. There will be family activities throughout the park, including carnival games, rock-climbing and arts and crafts. Patriotic concert starts at 8 p.m. on the beach at North Division Street. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. 410-250-0125 or ococean.com.

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