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June 16, 2022

Things to Do in Baltimore 4th of July Weekend

The birthplace of the National Anthem, volumes upon volumes of colonial history, and locals who know how to throw a good party. Put it all together and its easy to understand why Baltimore’s 4th of July celebrations are so captivating and enjoyable. Whether you’re looking for fireworks, concerts, family activities or the whole shebang, Charm City will not disappoint. Check out our guide to celebrating a Baltimore 4th of July.

4th of July Activities Around Baltimore

Here is just a small sample of what Baltimore has to offer this Independence Day.

Baltimore’s 4th of July Celebration

July 4, 4–9:30 p.m.

Inner Harbor

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore teamed up to host Baltimore’s 4th of July Celebration, one of the largest 4th of July events in the state. The festivities feature live musical performances from the Navy Band Commodores, the BSO and Wordsmith before a spectacular fireworks show synchronized with patriotic and popular music performed by the BSO.

In addition to music and fireworks, other 4th of July activities includes an Oriole’s game at Camden Yards, the American Visionary Arts Museum’s annual pet parade, and a Deck Party on the USS Constellation, which is a great place to watch fireworks and try excellent barbeque, beer, and wine.

Click here for a schedule of patriotic happenings and for details about the full-day event such as maps, parking information and more.

Coca-Cola July 4th Fest at Six Flags America

July 2-4

Six Flags America | 13710 Central Ave, Bowie, Maryland 20721

If you’re up for a day trip on 4th of July weekend, celebrate at Six Flags July 4th Fest, presented by Coca-Cola. Admission includes all-day rides, music and of course nightly fireworks displays beginning at 9:30 p.m. in Gotham City.

If you want to take your 4th of July experience up a notch, consider the Six Flags’ fireworks viewing package. This VIP experience, located in the Hurricane Harbor water park, lets you play all day or take a break from the activity to relax in the shade and listen as the DJ plays his tunes. Later, you’ll take advantage of the extra space and rollout your blanket (included with package) to enjoy the fireworks display. VIP packages start at $34.99.

The Unfinished Revolution

Maryland Center for History and Culture | 610 Park Avenue

History buffs will love the Unfinished Revolution exhibit at the Maryland Center for History and Culture. What better time than July 4th weekend to learn about how the French and Indian War, the American Revolutionary War, the Quasi-War, and the War of 1812 serve as a single connected narrative, and to explore the effects these conflicts had on the political and economic growth of Maryland.

There are many notable objects on display, such as the Doohoregan Manor account book, which lists details of 330 enslaved African Americans at the home of one of Maryland’s most prominent original landowners and signer of the Declaration of Independence, Charles Carroll.

Admission to the museum is just $9 per adult. It’s open from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Saturday and 12–5 p.m. on Sunday, leaving you with plenty of time to check out some of the other things to do in Baltimore on 4th of July weekend.

Baltimore By Baltimore Music & Makers Festival

July 2, 12 – 8 p.m.

Inner Harbor Amphitheater | 201 East Pratt Street

Baltimore by Baltimore, or BxB, is a free summer music and makers festival series hosted on the first Saturday of the month, May–November, at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater. The Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore and a rotating selection of Baltimore producers offer a day of unique family-friendly activities, food, and performances. On 4th of July weekend, BxB hosts Big Fred Watkins, a purpose driven comedian who will keep you in stitches, as well as a wide assortment of vendors and food trucks. It’s the perfect Saturday activity for your entire family.

Fort McHenry National Monument

2400 East Fort Avenue

Fourth of July in Baltimore offers a fantastic opportunity to visit the birthplace of our national anthem, the Star-Spangled Banner. Fort McHenry sits at the end of the peninsula leading into the Baltimore Harbor, and it has become a historic landmark for good reason.

On September 13, 1814, the British navy attacked Fort McHenry in an attempt to dislodge defenders and gain access to the city. Bombs and rockets rained for 25 hours straight. But on the morning of September 14th the defenders were still standing their ground. A lawyer named Francis Scott Key witnessed the bombardment and, as the smoke and fog cleared, the resilience of the U.S. military. He was so inspired that he wrote a poem called “The Defense of Fort McHenry,” which was later put to music and renamed “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

With several historic exhibits, a waterfront park, activities and so much more, Fort McHenry National Monument is a fantastic place to learn about the Star Spangled Banner before heading to the Harbor for the phenomenal fireworks display and musical performance, which always includes the BSO’s rendition of our national anthem. Entrance to Fort McHenry National Park costs $15 per adult and tickets can be purchased up to 7 days in advance.

Where to Watch 4th of July Fireworks in Baltimore

There are plenty of options for 4th of July fireworks in Baltimore and other areas of Maryland this year, but Baltimore’s 4th of July Celebration is by far the most exciting.

The event kicks off at 4 p.m. with a performance by the U.S. Navy’s oldest band, the Navy Band Commodores. At 8 p.m. the BSO hosts the Star-Spangled Celebration concert at the BGE Pavilion in Rash Field Park.

The performance culminates with a 13-minute fireworks display and musical performance, that can be enjoyed from many areas throughout the city, including the Inner Harbor promenade, Canton, Federal Hill, Fells Point, Harbor East and Locust Point.

Celebrate the Fourth at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve

The Hotel at Arundel preserve is the ideal place to stay if you want to experience any of Baltimore’s 4th of July celebrations. We’re far enough from downtown that you can enjoy a quiet retreat from the festivities, but close enough for easy access to all Charm City has to offer on the holiday weekend. Plus, with BWI airport just a few miles away, The Hotel at Arundel Preserve is the perfect hotel for out-of-town guests to call home while they visit. Check out our luxurious accommodations and special offers, then contact us to book your stay!

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