4th Of July Events Guide: Maryland, DC & Virginia
Posted on July 01, 2013

Happy 4th of July Week! We’ve rounded up ALL the best events going on in DC, VA and Maryland for Independence Day! Fireworks, Cruises, Concerts, Bar Crawls & More!



The 13th Annual Midtown Liberty Bar Tour
Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Don’t miss out on your chance to kick-off the 4th of July with Midtown’s biggest patriotic celebration! Registration begins at 5pm at Mackey’s or The Front Page. You can purchase tickets in advance online.  (Must be 21+).

July 4th Celebration
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Great Meadow Foundation, The Plains, VA

Still searching for the perfect 4th of July celebration? Join us at Great Meadow for a fun filled day of live entertainment, activities for the kids and of course fireworks!  General Admission vehicle passes can be purchased in advance online for $40 or at the gate for

Washington, DC’s Independence Day Parade
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Parade Start Time: 11:45am
Parade Route: Constitution Avenue and 7th to 17th Sts.

The 4th of July Parade is a patriotic, flag-waving, red white and blue celebration of America’s birthday and draws a large crowd. Washington DC is a spectacular place to celebrate July 4th!

4th of July Fireworks on the National Mall
Thursday, July 4, 2013

Fireworks begin at dark, usually around 9:15 p.m. They are launched from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and light up the sky over the Washington Monument.

Independence Day at Mount Vernon
Thursday, July 4, 2013

An American Celebration at Mount Vernon treats visitors to spectacular smoke fireworks in patriotic colors fired over the Potomac River! This Independence Day event also includes reenactments, military ceremonies, and more. It is included in regular Estate admission: adults are $17, children ages 6-11 are $8 and children under 5 are admitted free.

4th of July Concert
Thursday, July 4, 2013
World War II Memorial

Come to the Mall for a free 4th of July concert conducted by the U. S. Navy Band! Chairs will be provided for the audience. Concert will be canceled if it rains.

Fairfax Independence Day Celebration
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Begins at 10am
Musical Entertainment begins at 7 pm
Downtown Fairfax Historic District

The 47th annual City of Fairfax Independence Day Celebration begins with a parade and concludes with an evening show that includes a spectacular fireworks display choreographed to music.

Evening Show & Fireworks
Fairfax High School, 7pm to 10:30pm

Rain Date: July 5 – for fireworks only

Great Falls Independence Day Celebration
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Great Falls Village Centre, Great Falls, VA
A great community celebration including a 5K run, parades and festivities!

Fireworks & Evening Activities
Saturday, July 6, 2013
Turner Farm Park, Great Falls, VA

Conclude your Independence Day celebrations with games, activities, music and fireworks at Turner Farm! Bring something to sit or lay on as you watch the fireworks light up the sky at dusk.

Alexandria, VA Fireworks
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Oronoco Bay Park

The City of Alexandria celebrates its own birthday and the USA’s each year on the Saturday following the 4th of July. The annual event includes children’s activities, a concert performed by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, birthday cake and a fireworks extravaganza. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase.


Dundalk Heritage Association Fair and Independence Day Parade
Friday, June 28– Sunday, June 30, 2013 & Thursday, July 4, 2013
Dundalk Heritage Park, Dundalk, MD

Featuring Jefferson Starship, Three Dog Night as well as The Mahoney Brothers! Annual parade hosts music, floats, marching units, decorated vehicles; also three-day heritage fair.  Fireworks will be held on July 4th at the North Point Government Center starting at 9:15pm.

Great American Festival
Saturday, June 30, 2013
National Harbor
137 National Plaza, Oxon Hill, MD

We are taking over the National Harbor Waterfront, including the entire pavilion and beach areas, as well as both piers as we set up three outdoor stages to bring you the best entertainment in the DC area. Enjoy live music and delicious food from the DC area’s most popular food vendors.  Fireworks will also be displayed over the Potomac!

Fireworks Extravaganza
Saturday, July 6, 2013
Eastern Yacht Club, Middle River, MD

Annual fireworks extravaganza on Middle River.

Snow Hill Fireworks Display
Saturday, July 6, 2013

Snow Hill, Maryland

Come to Snow Hill’s Independence Day celebration at Sturgis Park on River Street for the fireworks display. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the Independence Day Fireworks Display at dusk. Neon glow sticks, necklaces and bracelets will be sold.

Havre de Grace Independence Celebration
Tuesday, July 2-Saturday, July 6, 2013
Tydings Memorial Park, Havre de Grace

Bring the family to the annual Independence Celebration Carnival, Parade and Fireworks in Havre de Grace! The Carnival features rides and attractions for all ages and will be running from Tuesday-Friday from 6pm-10:30pm and on Saturday from 4pm-10:30pm. The Parade will begin at 2pm on Saturday followed by a concert at 7pm and Fireworks at Tydings Park at approx. 9:15pm.

An Independence Day Celebration Concert at Sotterley
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Sotterley Plantation, Hollywood, MD

Come and enjoy a wonderful afternoon of music on the Portico, while taking in the breathtaking view of the Patuxent River! Listen to the patriotic musical renditions of the Chesapeake Orchestra Brass Quintet led by Maestro Jeffrey Silberschlag of St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Brown Bag and Silent Auctions, Food and Drink for Purchase. Admission $10 per car. Free for Members and those with a current Military ID.

The 5th Annual Federal Hill Bars & Stripes Bar Crawl
Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Don’t miss out on your chance to kick-off the Fourth of July with Federal Hill’s BIGGEST patriotic celebration!  Registration begins at 5pm in the Mother’s Patio for walk up tickets. But discounted advance tickets are available online now! Event registration for pre-paid ticket holders also starts at 5pm but at the Abbey Burger Bistro. Visit their website for a list of participating establishments.  This event benefits the Federal Hill Hospitality Association (FHHA).  (All participants must be 21+).

Salute to Cecil County Veterans Celebration and Fireworks
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
200 W. Walnut St., North East, MD

Come join us at the North East Community Park for Fireworks, music and food!
 4th of July Fireworks Cruises
Our friends at Watermark have fireworks cruises in Baltimore and Annapolis!

July 3rd Annapolis Fireworks Cruise
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Annapolis, MD – Depart from City Dock

Get an early start on Independence Day festivities this year by taking in a local Annapolis community’s fireworks display aboard the Harbor Queen, the best place in Annapolis to watch fireworks. The cruise will include light snacks and a cash bar.  Book your reservations today! ($45 per adult & $25 per child 11 & under).

Annapolis Independence Day Fireworks Cruise
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Annapolis, MD – Depart from City Dock

Step aboard the Harbor Queen for a lovely evening cruise of the Annapolis Harbor and the Scenic Severn River. Sit back, relax and enjoy a beautiful summer sunset followed by the full City Dock fireworks display from her spacious top deck. The cruise will include light snacks and a cash bar.  Book your reservations today! ($48 per adult & $28 per child 11 & under).

Baltimore Independence Day Fireworks Cruise
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Baltimore, MD – Departs from Baltimore Finger Piers

Enjoy an unobstructed view of the July 4th fireworks display in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Step aboard a Watermark yacht for an enjoyable evening cruise of the Harbor capped off by the city’s spectacular fireworks show. The cruise will include light snacks and a cash bar. Book your reservations today! ($59 per adult & $39 per child 11 & under).

Star-Spangled Spectacular
July 3-4, 2013
Oregon Ridge Park, Hunt Valley, MD
Park opens at 5pm, event begins at 8pm

Be sure to bring your picnic basket for this all-American holiday celebration featuring such famed works as Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever culminating in a breathtaking fireworks display. A cozy blanket is the perfect seat for the sloping green lawn of Oregon Ridge as the BSO, conducted by Bob Bernhardt, takes to the bandstand and lights up the night.

4th of July at Wit & Wisdom
Thursday, July 4, 2013

Bring your family and friends and join Wit & Wisdom for their great food, live entertainment and more at their second annual Fourth of July celebration!  You will even be able to see Baltimore’s famous fireworks from their patio!

Fire on the Mountain Fireworks Display
Thursday, July 4, 2013

Deep Creek Lake Area, McHenry, MD

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce presents the annual Fire on the Mountain Fireworks Display, sponsored by NLP of Maryland, LLC. Fireworks launched from the top of Bear Claw Tubing Park at Wisp Resort out toward the waters of Deep Creek Lake. Viewing spots include the scenic overlook on Rt. 219, wisp resort, by boat in McHenry Cove on Deep Creek Lake, Lawn at Garrett College, and businesses in McHenry. (Rain date: July 5th).

Fireworks at Fairgrounds Park
Thursday, July 4, 2013
All Day
Fairgrounds Park, Hagerstown, MD

Entertainment and Fireworks!

Frederick’s 4th – An Independence Day Celebration
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Noon to 9:30pm
Baker Park Bandshell, Frederick, MD

Frederick’s 4th – An Independence Day Celebration is a premier 4th of July event locally and statewide.  The event features regional and national entertainment beginning at noon on two stages.  Families from the surrounding region enjoy a day packed with free rides, activities and entertainment.  Taste award winning chili, dunk a Frederick celebrity or race a bath tub down Culler Lake – there is a little something for everyone.

Gaithersburg 4th of July Celebration
Thursday, July 4, 2013
5pm til dark

Montgomery County Fairgrounds
16 Chestnut Street, Gaithersburg, MD

Join friends and family for the City of Gaithersburg’s Independence Day celebration featuring live music, food, and spectacular fireworks! Bring your picnic & a blanket to the celebration. (Rain Date: July 5th).
Independence Day Celebration
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Montgomery College-Rockville Campus
51 Manakee Street
, Rockville, MD

This year’s entertainment lineup features the band Fugitive Brass Quintet, Pinneberg Dancers and Rockville Concert Band all on the Main Stage. Bring your chairs and blankets for the fireworks show!  Live entertainment begins at 7pm.  Fireworks at 9:15pm.

Annapolis Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Downtown Annapolis, Annapolis Harbor

Parade and fireworks: Parade starts at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Parade Route: West Street, around Church Circle, down Main Street and disband at Randall St. The US Naval Academy’s Concert Band will perform at the end of City Dock just prior to the fireworks.

Baltimore’s Ports America Chesapeake 4th of July Celebration
Thursday, July 4, 2013
4:30pm-10 pm
Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD

Visit Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on Independence Day for live music and a spectacular fireworks show, which will begin at 9:30pm!  Enjoy live entertainment at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater, located at Pratt and Light streets.  In addition to the Inner Harbor, prime locations for spectators to view the fireworks include Federal Hill, Fell’s Point and Harbor East.

Catonsville’s Independence Day Celebration
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Catonsville High School, Catonsville, MD

The parade and fireworks are part of a 13 hour day of patriotic festivities that also includes children’s games, races and concerts. We invite you to participate in all these activities and enjoy this fun-filled Catonsville tradition. Parade begins at 3pm.

Independence Day Fireworks Cruise
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Spirit of Baltimore (ship)
Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD

Enjoy Front-Row Fireworks, Baltimore’s Ultimate July 4th Experience! The Inner Harbor has never looked so stunning beneath the illuminated night sky. Celebrate with a premium bar package, festive buffets and interactive DJ.
Independence Day Celebration
Thursday, July 4, 2013
10am-2:30 pm
Free Event

William Paca House and Garden, Annapolis, MD

Join Historic Annapolis in welcoming forty new citizens into the American family at a naturalization ceremony. The free event, which has become an annual Independence Day tradition, will be held at the William Paca House and Garden.
Old-Fashioned July 4thPicnic/Celebration/Fireworks
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Begins at Noon
Carroll County Farm Museum, Westminster, MD

Celebration includes onstage entertainment, children’s games, food and crafts for sale and fireworks, which will begin at 9:30pm.

Six Flags America
Thursday, July 4, 2013

Coca-Cola kicks off OPEN for SUMMER July 4-7 with fireworks on July 4th plus lots of fun activities for the whole family, including face painting, and caricature artists. Play games all day and compete with your fellow guests in fun contests. Plus exclusive ride times and much more!

Towson Area Fourth of July Parade
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Bosley Ave & Burke Ave., Towson, MD

Celebration of America’s birthday with bands, clowns, marching units and military.
Fireworks Celebration
July 3, 2013- July 7, 2013
Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa
4165 Mears Avenue, Chesapeake Beach, MD

Largest fireworks display on the bay! Come out for a weekend of fun including food, music and beach games for the kids.

Freedom Fest
Saturday, July 6, 2013
Free Event
American Legion Grounds, Lorie C. Quinn Dr.  Crisfield, MD

Food, live music, children`s activities/games, military photo-slide show. Fireworks at 9:00pm.

4th of July Celebration
Thursday, July 4, 2013
8pm-10 pm
Ocean City, MD

Enjoy a free concert at 8pm, followed by fireworks at 9:30pm downtown on the beach at North Division Street and simultaneously, uptown at 125th Street at Northside Park.
4th of July Fireworks Cruise
Thursday, July 4, 2013
7:30pm-10:30pm, boarding begins at 7pm
Black-Eyed Susan

2701 Boston Street, Baltimore, MD  21224

Enjoy watching the fireworks on Baltimore’s only paddle-wheel riverboat! Great Views and fun for all!
Salute to Independence 
Saturday, July 6, 2013
Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, MD

Red, White and Boom! The whole family will enjoy this spectacular musical celebration during the CIVIL WAR 150 national commemoration. Hear your favorite American songs and patriotic anthems including the Armed Forces Salute, 1812 Overture, and Stars and Stripes performed by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Folk singer/songwriter Jennie Avila will be the MSO’s special guest and perform her original songs of the Civil War. The evening will be capped off with PNC Bank’s dazzling Fireworks Display!

Our 4th of July Board on Pinterest is full of ideas for the cookouts and parties you will host & attend this week!


We hope you have a safe and happy Fourth of July!