Sizzlin' Summer Fourth of July Events

A Capitol Fourth. The National Symphony Orchestra and more perform to celebrate Independence Day, leading up to a massive fireworks display over the National Mall.  July 4, 8 p.m., west lawn of the U.S. Capitol, East Capitol and First streets, Washington, D.C.,, free.

Inner Harbor Fireworks. Head to the Inner Harbor and surrounding vantage points in Federal Hill, Harbor East, and Fells Point to get a good view of the annual fireworks display, accompanied by live music. July 4, 7-10 p.m., Inner Harbor, 201 E. Pratt St.,, free.

Catonsville July 4th Celebration. The county suburb continues its nearly 70-year parade and fireworks tradition. Wake up early for a community bike ride to Fort McHenry and get to the Catonsville High School grounds before the fireworks display for the Family Fun Fest featuring live music, food vendors, and the opportunity to snag a good view. 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m., July 4, Catonsville High School, 421 Bloomsbury Ave., Catonsville, (410) 455-9648,

Havre de Grace Independence Celebration. The five-day patriotic celebration returns to the riverside town, starting with a carnival and ending with a parade and fireworks show on the eve of Independence Day. June 29-July 3, Tydings Park, South Washington and Commerce streets, Havre de Grace, (410) 939-2100,

Hereford Independence Day. Hereford celebrates a week early with a parade followed by a festival and fireworks. June 26, 6 p.m. Hereford High School, 17301 York Road, Parkton, (410) 887-1905,

Independence Day Fireworks Dinner Cruise. Enjoy dinner, open bar, and DJ surrounded by the reflection of the fireworks over the harbor. July 4, 8-11 p.m., Spirit of Baltimore, 561 Light St., (866) 312-2469,, $109.90-$219.90.

Star Spangled Spectacular. The BSO plays a patriotic set including Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” and Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” followed by a fireworks display. Food trucks will be on hand. July 3 and 4, 8 p.m. (gates open at 5 p.m.), Oregon Ridge Park, 13401 Beaver Dam Road, Hunt Valley, (410) 783-8000,, $9-$18.

Visionary Pets On Parade. Dress your dog (or bird or turtle or gator) in red, white, and blue and join a patriotic pet parade followed by a costume contest and a game of pet musical chairs. July 4, 10 a.m. (9:30 pet registration), American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, (410) 244-1900,, free.

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