Best Places To See Fourth Of July Fireworks

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The Baltimore area has plenty of events happening this July 4th to help keep you and your family occupied. Can’t decide if your family wants to go to a parade, experience a reenactment,  feel proud at a ceremony, or let loose at a magic show? Let us help you decide!

[photogallerylink id=36699 align=left]Celebrations will be happening all weekend throughout the area. Here is a quick and simple list of all the great activities that your family could attend.

Annapolis:

  • Naval Academy: At 9:15 p.m., there will be fireworks on Farragut Field at the Naval Academy.  That evening, there will also be a parade and concert.  The rain date is July 5 (fireworks only).
  • William Paca House and Garden: Sunday, July 4th @ 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Fifty immigrants will become American citizens in a Naturalization Ceremony set to take place at 9:30 a.m. A family celebration is to follow from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Take tours of the Paca’s home, enjoy live musical performances and a Revolutionary War encampment. (Admission: free)

Baltimore:

  • Inner Harbor: Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. This is a Ports America fireworks display, similar to the New Year’s Eve fireworks every year.  There will be live entertainment earlier in the day.
  • West Shore Park: The Magic and Comedy of Jason Moffett, 12pm & 2pm Milkshake Duo, interactive musical entertainment for children, 1pm & 3pm
  • Inner Harbor Amphitheater: Pennsylvania Air National Guard Band, patriotic, 4pm Electric Brigade, a U.S. Naval Academy Band, 7:30pm Fireworks Show, 9:30pm
  • The National Aquarium in Baltimore: Experience the Inner Harbor Baltimore fireworks and live entertainment for the whole family. Bring a picnic basket or purchase snacks at the party. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Space is limited. Call 410-727-3474 Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
  • Historic Ships In Baltimore:  Backyard barbeque favorites will be provided by The Classic Catering People and served with beer, wine and assorted sodas. Live music, special tours, cannon firings and more
    (Admission: $65 for adults/$50 for members, $25 for youth 17& under/ $20 for members)
  • Catonsville Fireworks Family Fest: Saturday July 3rd. Parade begins at 3 p.m. At 6:30pm, the Family Fest begins with good, music and the Lone Ranger. The evening will be capped by a fireworks display at Catonsville High School.

Boyds/Germantown:

Fireworks start at 9:30 at the Germantown Soccer complex.  A concert begins at 7 p.m.

College Park:

Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. at Parking Lot 1, near the University Boulevard/Adelphi Road entrance.  Entertainment begins at 7 p.m.

Columbia:

Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. at Lake Kittamaquandi.  Entertainment begins at 5 p.m.

Gaithersburg:

The fireworks begin at dusk at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.  Gates open at 5 p.m. so you can get the best spot.  Entertainment begins at 7 p.m.

Kensington:

Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. at Albert Einstein High School.  Entertainment starts at 7:30 p.m.

Ocean City:

Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. at Northside Park.  Entertainment begins at 8.

Poolesville:

Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. at the Poolesville Polo Grounds. Live music begins at 6 p.m..  Parking is $5.

Rockville:

At 9:30 p.m., there will be fireworks at the Rockville campus of Montgomery College.  Entertainment begins at 7 p.m.

Takoma Park:

Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. at Takoma Park Middle School.

Washington D.C.:

The Fourth of July firework display in Washington, DC is one the most spectacular in the nation. First time visitors to Washington, DC tend to head for the National Mall where crowds converge and party like its 1776.

  • The U.S. Capitol:  The Independence Day Concert, A Capitol Fourth, starts at 8 p.m.  The grounds open at 2:30 p.m. This is a popular spot and will get crowded quickly. So pack a picnic, plenty of water and find your spot early. Consider taking the Metro there and back as parking is a premium and you aren’t likely to find any.
  • Lincoln Memorial: How many people do you know who get to watch the Fourth of July fireworks with Honest Abe? Even though you may be with a sea of people, there is a tranquility sitting on those steps at night and looking out over the reflecting pool on the Washington Monument in the distance. (Metro: Foggy Bottom is your stop.)
  • Washington Monument: The Washington Monument is the loudest spot to watch the fireworks and probably attracts the largest Independence Day crowd of any place along the National Mall. The fireworks can be seen directly overhead.

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