For the first time since 2019, fireworks will light up the Baltimore skyline on July 4.
A variety of events and musical performances in and around the Inner Harbor will precede the show, and Mayor Brandon Scott has promised to kayak into the harbor for the celebration.
Here’s what you need to know:
08:30 – Registration of the American Visionary Art Museum’s Animal Parade Begins
9 o’clock – Free AVAM Pet Parade Begins
1 o’clock in the afternoon – The free, Black-led Cherry Hill Arts & Music Waterfront Festival kicks off in Middle Branch Park, featuring live music, food trucks, exhibits, vendors, and in the evening a huge fireworks display overlooking the Patapsco River. This year’s theme is Tubman 200: a celebration of Harriet Tubman’s bicentenary.
13:05 o’clock† – First pitch of the Orioles vs. Texas Rangers in Camden Yards, Preceded by a “Star Spangled Banner” Performance by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
4 p.m. – US Navy Band Commodores perform at the Harborplace Amphitheater. The performance lasts 2.5 hours with a short intermission.
6:30 pm– In between concerts, local food trucks are available in West Shore Park near the visitor center, along with other performers and vendors along the boardwalk.
7:30 pm – Wordsmith will perform a spoken word performance of “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” by Frederick Douglass at the BGE Pavilion in Rash Field Park.
8 pm – The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s free Star Spangled Celebration concert begins in Rash Field Park.
9:30 pm – Fireworks start in the Inner Harbor and at Middle Branch Park
Transit and parking
O’s fans who park at Camden Yards for Monday’s game can leave their cars on the stadium grounds and head to the Inner Harbor to watch the show at no extra cost, city officials said in May.
The light rail, which includes a stop at Camden Yards, will continue to run for an hour after the fireworks, according to a Maryland Transit Administration press release. The CityLink and LocalLink buses, as well as the metro, operate according to the timetable on Sundays and public holidays. As for the shuttle buses, only the #201 will run on weekends and public holidays. The MARC Camden Line will not run on July 4, nor will the Brunswick Line, but the Penn Line will run on Saturdays.
The downtown fireworks are set off from two barges in the Inner Harbor and are best visible from the waterfront boardwalk, or at Federal Hill, Fells Point, Harbor East, Locust Point, or Canton. A previously scheduled fireworks display at the Top of the World level of the Baltimore World Trade Center has been canceled, said Barbara Hauck, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.
The current forecast for Baltimore on Monday, July 4 is mostly sunny with a chance of showers. The maximum temperature will be around 86 degrees. The raining date for the Inner Harbor fireworks is July 5 at 9:30 PM
Your own performance?
Consumer use of fireworks and sparklers is illegal in Baltimore City, Harford, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George counties, and in Ocean City. Other Maryland jurisdictions allow certain ground and hand-held sparklers, but anything beyond that requires a state firefighter’s permit. An overview of the permits that have been granted so far this year can be found here.
The sale of fireworks is legal in neighboring states, including Pennsylvania. However, it is illegal to buy fireworks in other states and set off in Maryland.
Performances outside the city
In front of Baltimore County, Towson’s annual Fourth of July Parade will begin Monday at 10:30 a.m. It is preceded by a 4-mile run and a 1776 (feet) Family Fun Run. Beginning at 8:15 a.m., the four-mile winds its way through the parade route, to the Towson University campus, and back to the parade review stand in front of the Towson Courthouse.
At 9:20 pm a fireworks display will be held on the lower field of the Loch Raven Academy in Towson. Other firework displays in the county include a 9:15 p.m. display at Catonsville High School and a 9:20 p.m. display at Grange Elementary School in Dundalk.
For information about the 4th of July celebrations in Anne Arundel CountyClick here.
In front of Harford CountyClick here.
Baltimoreans going “down the ocean” for the fourth year this year should note that Ocean City’s July 4 fireworks displays have been canceled. In a press release, the city said the contracted fireworks company told officials it did not have enough staff to host the events as expected. The city will host an Independence Day concert in Northside Park on July 3, featuring a condensed fireworks celebration, and another concert on July 5 with American Idol contestant Jay Copeland. Also on July 5, the city will set off a fireworks display downtown, best visible from the beach between the amusement pier and 3rd Street.