Baltimore, or Charm City, knows how to celebrate Independence Day. Apart from watching fireworks displays shown annually at the Inner Harbor, the city offers many fun events for families looking for something to do in the city for the 4th of July. There are parties, parades, festivals, and concerts just to name a few. Let us look at all the best the city offers to make your red, white, and blue celebration unforgettable. See the below guide to all the events, attractions, and displays that you do not want to miss.
1. Inner Harbor
In the heart of it all, is one of the most popular places to celebrate the 4th of July in Baltimore. Thousands gather annually to delight in live musical performances, and local food trucks, and lounge on picnic blankets whilethey marvel at the fireworks display along the waterfront. Scenic views are a bonus for this impressive display mirrored on the water. Although there is streetside parking, it gets crowded, and could be difficult to snag a spot, especially on holidays or weekends so plan accordingly. If you do not mind spending a little extra dough, there are parking garage areas that you can take advantage of. Check out some options here. Expect to see fireworks at around 9:30 pm lasting approximately fifteen minutes.
2. Dundalk Heritage Fair Association
Bring the whole family out to Grange Elementary School grounds to celebrate the nation’s birth with that hometown feeling. With over 45 years of experience with crowd-pleasing, you will not be disappointed. The entire community comes together for fireworks, live music, karaoke, and other entertainment to get the party started. Kids will love the obstacles and other activities to keep them busy. The Independence Day celebration is the pride of the community, and it shows.
3. Catonsville Fourth of July Festival
Hosted at the Catonsville High School Athletic Fields, the festivities kick off at 3 pm with the Annual Grand Parade. Spectators line Frederick Road to watch by the thousands with a day full of concerts, performances, games, and activities for all ages. A fun time is surely guaranteed. Grab your lawn chair and set up camp and be prepared to celebrate!
4. 4th of July Signature Dinner Cruise
If you are looking for a unique experience to watch the sparks fly with a spectacular fireworks display, then hop aboard this three-hour dinner cruise honoring the nation’s birthday like no other. Cruise along the Patapsco River to live entertainment and enjoy chef-prepared menus, creative cocktails, and Baltimore’s most incredible views from the water. You simply cannot beat the open-air outdoor decks with the dazzling sparkles reflecting in the water.
There is no better way to begin the 4th of July festivities than on the water. Grab your family, friends, colleagues, your grandma, or your neighbor, and head out on the water for an unforgettable day. Spend two hours vibing with DJ music, interactive games, and freshly prepared entrees while taking in the spectacular views of the city’s skyline and landmarks including the Federal Hill, the National Aquarium, Fell’s Point, Fort McHenry, and the Francis Scott Key Bridge (You know the guy that wrote the Star-Spangled Banner). So put on your red, and white, and enjoy the beautiful blue waters.
Whether you are local or new to the city, or just passing through, a brunch cruise is something you will not regret. Dine the day away with your friends and family as you soak in the Baltimore skyline views and see how this city gets its Charm City name. Spend two hours with a freshly prepared brunch buffet, unlimited mimosas, and decadent desserts all while taking in the skyline views and local landmarks. Get up and dance to live DJ entertainment and have fun playing interactive games and forget about your worries along the Patapsco River.
7. Red, White, & Brew Pub Crawl
If you are an adults-only group, then Baltimore is calling you! Dress up as Uncle Sam or Aunt Samantha while drinking some good ol’ American beer. Many bars and pubs are looking to host a good time and each neighborhood offers something different and its vibe. There are plenty of themes to kick back with friends, food, tunes, and brews and there is no better way to toast the holiday than by drinking in America’s fruits of the vine and amber wave of grain. The city suggests that you use public transportation or rideshare when attending this event. There is limited street parking, so avoid the headache, grab your crew, and drink some brew!
8. A Pawsitively Good Time
You cannot beat a pet parade for some family fun. This popular event is a must-do with friendly pets (and their owners). Trophies will be awarded for the Parade and Pet Talent Show, and the categories include Most patriotic, Star-Spangled, Yankee Doodle Dandy Pet Award, Best Pet Costume, The People’s Choice Award, and Pet Congeniality Award. So bring your pooch in their patriotic finest and have a great time at The American Visionary Art Museum.
9. Festivals and Concerts and Soirees
Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster hosts an annual summer soiree on the 4th of July. Even though it is a forty-five-minute drive from Baltimore City, it’s worth it to spend an evening with family and friends (and funnel cake). The whole family will love the live music, activities, deep-fried Oreos, and frozen custard. Plan to be on the grounds by 8:30 as some roads will close before the fireworks display. Pets must sit or stay this one out. Grab a chair or a blanket and get ready for the show!
10. Baltimore Fourth of July Celebration
is back and ready to celebrate the 4th of July like no other. Starting at 3 pm, there will be food and drink trucks. At 4:00 pm, listen to the traditional performance by the Navy Band Commodores, and enjoy street performers and activities. The Poetry Party Live Open Mic invites you back for its fourth season every Wednesday as new talent will be showcased. Calling all singers, poets, comedians, rappers, actors, and musicians to take part in this memorable event. You will not be disappointed.
In America, Independence Day is a wonderful time to enjoy a long weekend, grill some hotdogs, take in the sunshine, vibe to some music, and watch fireworks. Arguably the most favorite holiday (ahem, no gifts), Americans love to celebrate and get together with friends. You are practically required to wear red, white, and, blue to any event. If you are spending time in the city of Baltimore, then you have options, and lots of them to choose from, from concerts, festivals, fairs, and pet parades, and relaxing on the water-you cannot possibly be bored. Baltimore does an excellent job of providing events and parking for them. Be sure to check about parking, pets, and chairs before you go as each venue has different rules and restrictions for your safety, but most importantly enjoy the beautiful weather and all that the city has to offer in July.
What are the best places to watch fireworks in Baltimore for the 4th of July?
The best views are along the Inner Harbor promenade and surrounding areas, including Canton, Federal Hill, Fells Point, Harbor East, and Locust Point.
What are some family-friendly activities to do in Baltimore over the 4th of July weekend?
There are many options to choose from. There are many cruise options, parades, free concerts, fireworks displays, and even something for your pets! Check here for a calendar of events and parking information.
Can I bring my pet to the 4th of July events in Baltimore?
Pets are welcome to many events in the city, but not all so be sure to check with the venue before heading out. Check here to see information about a pet parade and costume event for your pooch. The city also would like to 4thremind pet owners that pets can become frightened of loud noises from fireworks. Please make sure that you plan accordingly for hot weather which can be uncomfortable and make sure that your pets are wearing current identification tags if they should become lost.
Are there any parking restrictions or road closures during the 4th of July events in Baltimore?
Due to the high volume of traffic, The Baltimore City Department of Transportation may have some restrictions and closures for the holiday weekend. Please check here before heading out to avoid any closures.
What types of 4th of July cruises are offered by City Cruises in Baltimore?
City Cruises offers a fabulous 4th of July Signature Dinner Cruise for an unforgettable way to celebrate the 4th of July and experience the city from the water. Enjoy a chef-prepared meal, music, and live entertainment, before watching the sparks fly on the water with a spectacular fireworks display honoring the nation’s birthday.