There are tons of fireworks going off this Fourth of July, so here are our picks for the best off-the-beaten-path views.
Tide Point Waterfront Park
With fewer crowds than atop Federal Hill or at the Inner Harbor, Tide Point’s waterfront promenade——where Hull Street meets the water and Under Armour has taken over——feels like a boardwalk right in the middle of the city.
Though the original Luskin’s furniture store closed nearly 20 years ago, they just opened a new one last year. But the 120-foot incline off of Cromwell Bridge Road remains one of the best places to see the Loch Raven fireworks.
This floating peninsula of a bar will be a great place to catch the downtown show. We recommend hanging out at the upstairs bar (order a margarita, if that’s your thing) where there is no cover and flawless views of the Harbor.
UMBC Soccer Field
Catonsville puts on a fantastic fireworks show, which most people watch from the high school. But UMBC’s soccer field is a nice alternative. There was a teeny incident last year with the sprinklers, but maintenance crews promise they’ll remember to turn them off.
Wit & Wisdom
Wit & Wisdom’s new outdoor patio and bar space——that they just opened in the spring——is one of the prime viewing locations in town. Expect casual fare like BBQ ribs, fried chicken, grilled brats, and sangria.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article originally included Blue Hill Tavern, which will be closed on July 4th. Baltimore magazine apologizes for the error.
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Pre-game with a few adult beverages during the Federal Hill Bars & Stripes bar crawl (July 3, 5 p.m.-midnight). lindypromo.com.
The American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) hosts its annual Visionary Pets on Parade (July 4, 10 a.m.) with prizes for the most patriotic, owner and pet look-alikes, and “visionary” pet tricks. That same day, the museum opens A Very Visionary Star-Spangled Sidewalk, an outdoor installation depicting our national anthem in sidewalk drawings. avam.org.
Baltimore’s Ports America Chesapeake Fourth of July Celebration (July 4, 4:30-10 p.m.) will light up the Inner Harbor with fireworks by Pyrotecnico and Top 40 tunes performed by the U.S. Naval Academy Band Electric Brigade. promotionandarts.org.
Annapolis hosts its own Independence Day extravaganza on July 4 beginning with the parade at 6:30 p.m., continuing with a performance by the U.S. Naval Academy Band at 8 p.m., and culminating in the fireworks display around 9:30 p.m. annapolis.gov.
We love a good parade and Catonsville has one that claims to be the largest in the region. This year’s 67th Annual Grand Parade (July 4, 3 p.m.) is part of a daylong town-wide celebration that includes a bike ride to Fort McHenry (8:30 a.m.), concerts (11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.), and a fireworks show (9:15 p.m.). catonsvillecelebrations.org.
Small but mighty, the annual Fourth of July parade in the Baltimore City village of Dickeyville draws spectators to a setting so quaint you’ll think you stepped into a Norman Rockwell painting.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra heads to Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville for its annual Star-Spangled Spectacular concert (July 3-4, 8 p.m.) featuring Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever, and other patriotic favorites, plus fireworks! bsomusic.org.
On July 4, the Maryland Historical Society launches a project to recreate the 30-foot-by-42-foot flag that Mary Pickersgill made in Baltimore 200 years ago that inspired Francis Scott Key’s “The Star-Spangled Banner.” More than 100 expert quilters will work up to eight hours a day to fashion the red, white, and blue. mdhs.org.
Even the wild animals will get in on the festivities during Red, White and Zoo! Enrichment Day at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore (July 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.). They will receive themed treats and toys as zookeepers explain the importance of keeping the animals mentally and physically stimulated.