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Where to Watch Fireworks in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia 
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4th of July Parades
Independence Day is a great holiday to celebrate with a patriotic, flag-waving parade. Be sure to wear your patriotic clothing and show your American spirit. In the Washington, DC area, you can join the crowds at the main event on the National Mall or attend a smaller community celebration. Here is a guide to the 4th of July parades around the region.


Star-Spangled Spectacular! (Cockeysville)
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra plays patriotic tunes and ends the night with fireworks. Sit in the park - bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics.

The Nighthawks (Baltimore)
Celebrate the 4th wit hone of the country's greatest all-American/Americana roots blues bands! The Nighthawks premiere their new disc 444 with special guest artist, DC’s fave blues guitarist Clarence Turner. Expect high-energy rockin’ DANCEABLE blues!

2014 Ft. Meade Red, White, and Blue Celebration featuring the Volunteers of the US Army Field Band (Ft. Meade)
For a demonstration of the amazing talent and skill held by members of America's Army, look no further than The Volunteers. NO TICKETS REQUIRED For information, please call 301-677-6586

Orioles vs. Rangers (Baltimore)
Baltimore Orioles vs. The Texas Rangers. Postgame Fireworks!

Havre de Grace Independence Celebration (Havre de Grace)
Carnival: July 1-5, 2014 Parade: July 5, 2014, 2PM Concert: July 5, 2014, 7PM Fireworks: July 5, 2014, 9:30PM


Free Fishing Day in Maryland!
The first two Saturdays in June and July 4 are Free Fishing Days in Maryland. On a Free Fishing Day, you may catch and possess finfish in the tidal and nontidal waters of the State for recreational purposes without a recreational fishing license, Chesapeake Bay sport fishing license, or any fishing stamp normally required by the State, but you must otherwise observe all fishing laws and regulations. Consult the online 2014 Maryland Fishing Guide for species limits and other helpful fishing information -www.eregulations.com/maryland/fishing/new-for-2014/ 

July 4th Celebration: Festival and Fireworks (Columbia)
County Executive Ken Ulman Invites You to the Columbia Lakefront for an Evening of Family Fun and Fireworks!

Village of River Hill along Great Star Drive 9am-11am

Fireworks at Fairgrounds Park (Hagerstown)
Musical entertainment and a large fireworks display. Rain date: July 5.

Ransom of Hagerstown Commemoration (Hagerstown)
Living historians; artifacts from the ransom period,including ransom ledger; full scale model of the Confederate submarine CSS Hunley. Fireworks in the evening.

Frederick's Fourth--An Independence Day Celebration (Frederick)
Independence Day celebration with music, volleyball tournament, chili cook-off, bathtub races and fireworks.

Ports America Chesapeake 4th of July Celebration (Baltimore)
Visitors to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor can enjoy music by reggae band Jah Works starting at 4pm, followed by the U.S. Naval Academy Band Electric Brigade performing Top 40 music at 7pm. Entertainment takes place at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater, located at Pratt and Light streets. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake kicks off the multicolored fireworks display 9:30pm.

Picnic at the Top! (Baltimore)
Come and enjoy music, food and a great view of the Fourth of July Celebration fireworks at Top of the World Observation Level for Picnic at the Top!

Celebrate Charles: A Fun-Filled Fourth (Waldorf)
A family-friendly Independence Day with live music, food, amusements and fireworks.

Fire on the Mountain (Deep Creek Lake)
Fireworks Display launched at Wisp Resort out toward the waters of Deep Creek Lake.

4th of July Watermelon Bash (La Plata)
Celebrate the 4th of July at Town Hall. Join us for hot dogs, games, wet fun, and plenty of watermelon.

Old-Fashioned July 4th Celebration and Fireworks (Westminster)
Fireworks, entertainment, children's games, food and crafts.

Independence Day Celebration (Rocky Gap)
On behalf of the Adjutant General of Maryland, Major General James Adkins, the 229th Army Band is under the command of Chief Warrant Officer Two Daniel Stinchcomb and First Sergeant Walter Hirschmann. The 229th provides music selections that range from rock, pop, jazz, and patriotic.

Germantown Glory Fireworks and Mid-County Sparkles (Boyds)
A fourth of July Fireworks display hosted by Montgomery County Government on Friday, July 4 at the Maryland SoccerPlex and Albert Einstein High School

Independence Day Naturalization Ceremony (Annapolis)
Robert Clark will host the naturalization ceremony. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials will give the Oath of Allegiance to the candidates. Annapolis High School’s NJROTC unit will provide a cadet color guard, and the All Children’s Chorus of Annapolis will sing the National Anthem.

July 4th at a Signer's Home and Garden (Annapolis)
William Paca was one of the four Maryland men who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Tour the mansion that he built 250 years ago and wander the paths of his beautiful two-acre garden. Visitors will likely encounter Mr. Paca himself and hear why he pledged his life and fortune.

City of Rockville Independence Day Celebration (Rockville)
The celebration starts at 7pm with Fugitive Brass Band on the Main Stage and Get off My Lawn on the Campus Stage. At 8pm the Rockville Concert band will perform. Fireworks start at 9:15pm! Visit www.rockvillemd.gov/events for more information.

Frostburg's Derby Day (Frostburg)
Cool down in Frostburg this Independence Day Weekend and attend a free, family-friendly day trip event. Continuing as an annual event for 38 years, Derby Day is one of the community's most popular and greatly anticipated traditions.


Antietam Salute to Independence (Sharpsburg)
Join the Maryland Symphony Orchestra in their annual Salute to Independence at Antietam National Battlefield. The two hour concert begins at 7:30 p.m. fireworks display immediately following the concert.

Ice Cream Social and Reptile Show (North East)
Cool off with a scoop of ice cream and enjoy a close up encounter with native reptiles. Join a naturalist as we explore the wonderful world of reptiles. Meet at the Park Store. $3 per person includes scoop of Ice Cream.

Historic Sites Open House in Queen Anne's County (Stevensville)
Historic Sites throughout the county open their doors, allowing visitors to step back in time. Call or stop by the Visitor's Center to obtain a Heritage Guide with map. For more info call (410)758-2502 or visit: www.historicqac.org - 11am to 2pm

Maryland Battle of the Beast (Union Bridge)
Full fledged rodeo, bull riding, and barrel racing. Bleacher seating so bring a blanket to sit in comfort. Fun for the entire family!

Jamaica Day Reggae Festival (Crownsville)
This is a annual family friendly Festival, Reggae Artists both Internationally and Locally will be performing, lots of good Caribbean Food and arts and craft will be at the Festival. The Festival will also feature a Fashion Show, a wine tasting booth, a raffle drawing for a trip to Montego Bay Jamaica with an all inclusive Hotel accommodation.

Freedom Fest 2014 (Crisfield)
6th Annual FREE Community Independence Day Event at the City Dock sponsored by American Legion Stanley Cochrane Post #16 *BRING A CHAIR or A BLANKET Free Parking. Boaters Welcome(limited free docking)Music provided by "Blue Crab Crossing" country/bluegrass band & "WWII unes" 1940's era/big band music quartet. Sound, Patriotic Prelude, Intermission Entertainment & Fireworks Finale by "DJ Specx". Food & Drinks available on-site. Arts & Crafts, Military Appreciation Slide Show & Fireworks Display.

Summer Movie at the Wine Bin (Ellicott City)
Iron Man (PG-13) The Wine Bin’s outdoor summer movies run Saturday nights from June through September. Parking lot closes an hour before show time. The Bin offers a wine tasting before each movie and has coolers of ice to chill your beer and wine. Bring a chair and a picnic. (and a blanket). The Bin offers popcorn and bottled water to benefit Voices for Children of Howard County.


Trinidad & Tobago Steel Drums (Monkton)
Fourth of July weekend would not be complete without rounding it out with this dynamic, 30-piece steel orchestra bringing music of the Caribbean to the heart of Harford County!

Summer Fun Day (Havre de Grace)
This event will feature all things wheels! Enjoy a great family fun day with music; lawnmower racing; a car and motorcycle show; ice cream eating contest; face painting; kids crafts and games; food; and museum displays.

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