4th of July Fun in Baltimore

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A much needed return to normal, the Baltimore Inner Harbor’s Fourth of July weekend is packed with family-friendly fun for all ages. From pet parades and picnics to street performers and classic fireworks, there’s something for every family to enjoy.

Baltimore’s harbor events kick off as early at 9 a.m. on July 4 and wrap up by 10 p.m. the same day. All events listed here are iconic ways to fall in love with the spirit of July 4 together as a family.


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Pet Parade and Animal Talent Show

The pet parade begins at 9 a.m. at the American Visionary Arts Museum. Participation in the pet parade is free and registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Baltimore Orioles vs. Texas Rangers

What better way to celebrate the U.S.A. than by catching a local game of America’s pastime? The baseball game will start at 1:05 p.m. at Camden Yards.

Picnic in the Park

Celebrate a much needed return to normalcy by joining other families in West Shore Park between 3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Food trucks, yard games and more fun activities will be there.

Navy Band Commodores Performance

The Navy’s premier jazz ensemble, the U.S. Navy Band Commodores, will be performing at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater at 4 p.m. This performance will last 2 ½ hours and will be accompanied by street performers and activities during a brief intermission. Street entertainment will continue along the promenade at 6:30 p.m.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) Spoken Word Performance

Explore meaningful ideas and thoughts about the history of July 4th in our nation by attending BSO artistic partner and Baltimorean Wordsmith’s spoken word performance of Frederick Douglas’ “What to a Slave is Fourth of July?” at 7:30 p.m. in the BGE Pavilion in Rash Field Park.

Star-Spangled BSO Celebration Concert

The concert by BSO will follow the spoken word performance in the same location, beginning at 8 p.m.

Finish It Off with Fireworks

A classic, dazzling end to every American 4th of July celebration, the fireworks show will begin at 9:30 p.m. accompanied by the BSO. The 13-minute show  is best viewed  from along the Inner Harbor promenade and surrounding areas, including Canton, Federal Hill, Fells Point, Harbor East and Locust Point.

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