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March against violence

A group of East Baltimore residents strikes back at the city's spiraling homicide rate by marching through crime-ridden neighborhoods calling for an end to the violence.

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Grill of my dreams

The Fourth of July means barbecue, means firing up the gas grill - 35,000 BTUs of awesome propane-fueled cooking power - and being struck with a strange realization: I miss my little Weber.

Today

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5 THINGS TO DO TODAY

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. Street performers will put on shows 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 promotionandarts.com.

Pier Six concert The Psychedelic Furs, the Fixx and the Alarm join up for the "Rockin' the Colonies Tour," at Pier Six Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave., at 6 p.m. $15-$30. Concertgoers can watch the fireworks after the show. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

Farm fest The Carroll County Farm Museum Independence Day celebration begins at noon. Farmhouse tours noon-6 p.m. Live entertainment starts at 1 p.m., and artisans will showcase skills from the 1800s noon-6 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. $3-$5, ages 6 and younger admitted free. After 5 p.m., parking is $5 a car. 500 S. Center St. in Westminster. 410-386-3880 or carrollcountyfarmmuseum.org.

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

Towson parade The Towson Fourth of July Parade will begin at 10:30 a.m., rain or shine, at Towsontown Boulevard and Bosley Avenue, ending 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. UP NEXT

Sounds of heritage

The African-American Heritage Festival features myriad acts, including Musiq Soulchild and Patti Labelle.

Thursday in LIVE!

Think your culinary skills show a streak

PATRIOTIC PALATE

Think your culinary skills show a streak of Independence? Test your knowledge of Revolutionary War-era cooking and eating habits with our interactive quiz. baltimoresun.com/revolutionary

5 THINGS TO LOOK FOR

New Americans

Fifty immigrants from 34 nations will become U.S. citizens this morning at a ceremony in Annapolis. baltimoresun.com/maryland

Firefighter warnings

Baltimore County firefighters will begin visiting marinas over the holiday weekend to warn boaters about the dangers of carbon monoxide. The gas killed three boaters two weeks ago.baltimoresun.com/maryland

Holiday parades, fireworks

Parades and fireworks throughout the region are planned to mark the Independence Day holiday. baltimoresun.com/maryland

Sills sings

Hear audio from opera great Beverly Sills.baltimoresun.com/sills

Summitry

Annapolis adventurer Chris Warner will attempt to reach the summit of K2, the second highest peak on Earth, on Thursday or Friday. Find stories, videos of the Karakoram mountain range expedition at baltimoresun.com/k2

SUN BLOG

Weather woes ahead Frank Roylance says the Fourth will be fine, but storms are on the way. weblogs.marylandweather.com

'Dogs Deserve Better' Members of an animal-rights group plan to chain themselves to a doghouse for the day.baltimoresun.com/mutts

MOST VIEWED STORIES

1 Yanks talk to Rodriguez and wife about shirt As the Bronx Bombers were losing to the Oakland A's on Sunday, New York general manager Brian Cashman's troubles were compounded by the tank top emblazoned with foul language worn at Yankee Stadium by Alex Rodriguez's wife, Cynthia. Cashman and the Rodriguezes had a little talk.

2 O's, Ray bounce back Down by 4 runs in the eighth on Monday night, the Orioles rallied and closer Chris Ray struck out the side in the ninth to hand the White Sox a stunning 7-6 loss in Chicago.

3 O's prospect Olson to join club, start Wednesday Garrett Olson, one of the Orioles' top pitching prospects, will have his contract selected from Triple-A Norfolk to make tonight's start against the Chicago White Sox.

4 Fireworks blast through a web of laws Maryland flare hounds navigate a confusing web of regulations governing the sale, possession and use of consumer pyrotechnics in America.

5 Owings Mills woman convicted in hit-and-run A 26-year-old woman was convicted Monday in connection with a hit-and-run accident in East Baltimore in 2004 that killed a 49-year-old woman who was walking across the street.

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