Good Places to Go for the Fourth of July in Maryland

by Alexis Lawrence

Come the Fourth of July, celebrations abound throughout the United States. No matter where you are in the country, you nearly always can find a festival or fireworks display close by. If you are spending the Fourth of July in Maryland, you have a variety of options for your Independence Day celebration. You can find good places to go on July Fourth no matter where you are in the state.


As Maryland's largest city, Baltimore also offers one of the state's largest Fourth of July celebrations. The Ports America Chesapeake Fourth of July Celebration (, sponsored by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, draws a crowd of millions to Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Highlight's of Baltimore's Independence Day celebration include live performances starting at 4 p.m. and the firework display over the harbor at 9:30 p.m. For a prime view of Baltimore's fireworks, check out "Picnic at the Top." A ticket to "Picnic at the Top" gets you access to the Top of the World Observation Level to watch the fireworks, as well as live music and dinner.


State capital and home to the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland's Fourth of July celebration ( focuses on the historic significance of the city. Activities take place at various locations throughout the city, including the William Paca House and Garden, which offers free tours. Fireworks for the Annapolis fireworks display launch from a naval vessel anchored in Annapolis Harbor.

Ocean City

If you prefer to spend your Fourth of July celebrating on the ocean, Ocean City's Independence Day celebration ( might be the ideal party for you. Free evening entertainment on Ocean City's Boardwalk leads into an oceanside fireworks display as the sun goes down. If you are uptown in Ocean City, you can also find free entertainment and fireworks at Northside Park.

Other Celebrations

Other Maryland cities and towns have their own festivals and fireworks for the Fourth of July. Hagerstown (, in the northwestern section of the state, has free music and a fireworks display at Fairgrounds Park, and the town of Frederick, Maryland (, also in Maryland's northwestern section, celebrates Independence Day with a full day of activities, including a chili cook-off, scavenger hunt and bathtub races, in the town's Baker Park.

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