Things to Do for the Fourth of July in Baltimore

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Everyone’s favorite summer holiday is quickly approaching! Nothing says July 4th like BBQs, pool days, parades, and of course – fireworks! While last year most firework shows and celebrations had to be called off due to the pandemic, this year, some celebrations are able to return (although notably, not the traditional Inner Harbor Fireworks). Read on to see what’s happening around Baltimore this Independence Day and gather up some ideas for your Fourth of July weekend.

Run a Race

Independent Brewing Company is presenting their fifth Annual Asics Independence Day 4 Miler this year on the morning of July 3rd. Sign up for a fun 4-mile run bedecked in your best red, white, and blue garb in nearby Belair, Maryland. The run goes along the Ma & Pa Trail and ends at Independent Brewing Company where you can spend the afternoon “hydrating” post-run. Your first beer is included with race registration!

Patapsco Valley State Park

A laid-back day barbequing with family and friends is one of the best ways to spend the Fourth of July, and if you’re looking for a public park to host a BBQ, check out Patapsco Valley State Park. There are plenty of grassy areas to spread a blanket and even pavilions with picnic tables and grills. With over 16,000 acres of wild nature and developed recreation areas, you’re sure to find fun things for the whole family to do during the day, as well. The park offers hiking, fishing, camping, canoeing, horseback riding, and mountain bike trails.


Traditionally, the nearby town of Frederick has a huge bash for July 4th, including entertainment, beer gardens, splash zones, and activities. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, organizers have decided to cancel the event again this summer. However, they will still be having fireworks! The display will take place in a new location where attendees can view the show from the socially distanced safety of their vehicles. Check back here for more details as the date approaches.

Beach Day

Cooling off at the beach is the perfect way to spend a sweltering Fourth of July, and while there are plenty local to Baltimore, if you want to get away from Baltimore, take a day trip over to Ocean City. This fun beachside town has a long boardwalk perfect for strolling and enjoying fries with vinegar, shops, restaurants, amusement rides, and carnival games. And of course, miles and miles of white sand beach along the Atlantic Ocean.

Lunch Cruise

If you’re looking to get out on the water closer to the city, City Cruises by Hornblower offers great lunch cruises, with availability on July 3rd. You’ll spend two hours on the Spirit of Baltimore enjoying lovely views of the city’s historic waterfront from the Inner Harbor and Patapsco River. The cruise includes a buffet lunch of entrees, salads, and dessert plus unlimited coffee, tea, and water. There’s onboard entertainment, as well!

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