Summertime is full of fun, family traditions, and 4th of July is a highlight for Baltimore families. Everywhere you turn, red, white and blue-clad city kids can be seen throughout the city, celebrating America’s birthday.
One of the many popular attractions takes place in the Federal Hill neighborhood, the 24th Annual Fourth of July parade and street party. Federal Hill and South Baltimore families will gather on the 800 block of William Street at 10am on Saturday, July 4th, 2015. The parade itself departs at 10:30 with all in attendance marching. The patriotic buzz is seen on decorated bikes, strollers, wagons – and word on the street in 2015 is that there may even be an original float or two. Post-parade, the attendees gather for the National Anthem, a hoola-hoop contest, egg & spoon race, water balloon toss, and limbo.
As if this 24 year community led celebration was not inspiring enough, just north of Federal Hill, there is a 200 year anniversary occurring this Independence Day.
Saturday, July 4th will be hopping in the Mount Vernon neighborhood from 8:30am-5pm with The Monumental Bicentennial, a celebration & re-dedication of the Washington Monument in Baltimore, Maryland, whose cornerstone was laid on July 4, 1815. It is a family friendly free celebration and country fair in Mount Vernon Place. The celebrating includes a FREE Country Fair and Festival in all 4 squares of Mount Vernon Place. The day-long festivities will include a Naturalization Ceremony, a formal ribbon cutting, LIVE music, great food, Colonial Kids area with games, activities, and demonstrations of historic trades/crafts, as well as special tours and performances at local institutions in Mount Vernon. For more info visit monumentalbicentennial.org
Whether on a rooftop deck, a blanket in Patterson Park or Fort McHenry, or up close at the Inner Harbor, fireworks will cap off the holiday. You can celebrate the Fourth of July with live music and celebratory fireworks at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Baltimore’s Fourth of July Celebration takes place from 7pm to 10pm. Live music from the popular contemporary ensemble The United States Navy Band Cruisers begins at 7pm at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater, located at Pratt and Light streets. The fireworks show, choreographed to festive music, begins at 9:30pm. The display is produced by Pyrotecnico. The holiday fireworks can be viewed from several locations in downtown and the surrounding areas, including Federal Hill, Fell’s Point and Harbor East.
Wendy Muher is Childrens Programming Chair for the DBFA, and is looking forward to going to her 8th Federal Hill parade and having a great city day on July 4th!