For me, the Fourth of July in Baltimore is all about cornhole, barbecues and watching the fireworks from a rooftop deck. I love the views of the water, the cheersing between balconies and ESPECIALLY looking down at streets below, knowing that I’ve avoided the dreaded holiday traffic.
If you find yourself without a rooftop party this year, here are some of your best bets for places to celebrate in the city:
Fourth of July Celebration. 7 to 10 p.m. The celebration at the Inner Harbor starts off with live music from the U.S. Navy Band Cruisers, followed by a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. Watch the fireworks from anywhere with a view of the harbor, including Fed Hill, Fell’s Point, Harbor East and Canton Waterfront Park. Inner Harbor, Baltimore. Free.
The Glorious Fourth…An Old-Fashioned Fourth of July! Noon to 4:30 p.m. Head to Fort McHenry for a patriotic walk through the national monument, complete with fife and drum music, cannon firing, a musket salute, and a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Fort McHenry, Baltimore. Admission fee is $7 for adults 16+.
Independence Day Celebration. 6 to 10 p.m. The Baltimore Museum of Industry has a fab view of the Inner Harbor’s fireworks, and this event features food from Kooper’s Chowhound food truck, drinks, ice cream from the Miss Twist Truck and parking.You can also bring your own picnic. Baltimore Museum of Industry pavilion, Baltimore. $55 for advance tickets; $60 for day-of tickets; $7 per person for walk-ins at the gate. Discounts for BMI members.
Picnic at the Top! 7:30 to 10 p.m. Watch the fireworks–with a spectacular view–from the Top of the World Observation Level overlooking the Inner Harbor. Event includes food, nonalcoholic beverages, kids’ activities, a DJ and a photo booth. World Trade Center, Baltimore. $50 for adults; $25 for kids ages 3-12.
Baltimore July 4th Fireworks Dinner Cruise. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. You might spend a bit more for this event, but you can’t beat the view OR the premium open bar + buffet. Dance the night away aboard this harbor cruise, then finish the evening with fireworks. Leaves from Inner Harbor, Baltimore. From $129/person.
AVAM’s July 4th: Visionary Pets on Parade! 10 a.m. The inspiration for this post’s photo, enter your pet in this parade to compete for tropies like Most Patriotic, Most Visionary, Owner/Pet Lookalikes, and Least Likely to Succeed as a Pet. If you thought it couldn’t get any better than that, stick around for a “Pet Talent (Or Not) Show” and a game of pet musical chairs. American Visionary Arts Museum, Baltimore. Free.
Rusty Scupper’s July 4th Crab Feast. Times based on your reservation. Another venue with a great view of the harbor, Rusty Scupper will host an all-you-can-eat buffet with #1 jumbo male crabs, shrimp and more. Be sure to make reservations in advance. Rusty Scupper, Baltimore. $99 for adults; $49 for kids 10 and younger.
What did I miss?? Let me know in the comments.