I wrote this guide  to help families plan how they’d like to celebrate Independence Day. From festive food and concerts to patriotic parades and fireworks, there are tons of options all over Maryland and DC during this long Fourth of July weekend.  From our family to yours, we wish you a Happy 4th of July!

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Fireworks at Hawthorne Country Club
Date: July 3, 2017
Time: Dusk
Location: Hawthorne Country Club, LaPlata MD
Details: Fireworks Display available on site to members. Must have a parking permit. Don’t have a permit? No fear, park at the Baptist church Off Hawthorne Road for great views.
More Information: http://www.thehawthornecountryclub.com/calendar/event-info.cfm?id=542&Month=7&Year=2017&type=0

4th of July Watermelon Bash

Town of La Plata

Date: July 4, 2017

Time: 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Location:  La Plata Town Hall

Details: Celebrate the 4th of July at Town Hall.  Join the Town of La Plata for hot dogs, games, wet fun and plenty of watermelon!

Cost: Free

More Information: www.townoflaplata.org 


4th of July Celebration & Fireworks

Charles County Fairgrounds

Date: Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Time: Gates open at 3 p.m./Live Music 5-9 p.m./Fireworks at dusk

Location: 8440 Fairground Road, La Plata, MD

Details: The Charles County Fair Board will be presenting a new and improved Fourth of July Fireworks demonstration (brought to you by Innovative Pyrotechnic Concepts, LLC) this year, a show that has never been seen or heard in the county before.

Before the fireworks display, come and enjoy some great food and outstanding live music from some local talented people. The grand finale of our celebration will be a digital pyro-musical display shot off and thundering to a multicultural musical blast! Free admission!

Cost: Admission and parking are free. Additional fees for food and beverage.

More Information: http://www.charlescountyfair.com/


4th of July Celebration & Fireworks

Town of Indian Head

Date: Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Time: Opens at 3:30 p.m./Fireworks 9:10 PM

Location: The Village Green and Pavilion,100 Walter Thomas Road, Indian Head

Details:The Day kicks off with a Patriotic Opening Ceremony at 3:30pm. There will be amusement ride (4pm-8pm), live entertainment (4pm-8pm: DJ Rockin’ Roger; 5pm-9pm: One Louder Band), and food available for sale. No pets of any kind or alcoholic beverages permitted.

Cost: Free admission.

More Information: http://www.townofindianhead.org


Celebrate Charles: A Fun-Filled Fourth

Regency Furniture Stadium

Date: July 4, 2017

Time: 4:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Location: 11765 St. Linus Drive, Waldorf, Maryland 20602

Details: Celebrate Charles is a family-friendly Independence Day event with live music, food, amusements and fireworks.   Browse local food vendors, plus artisans and crafters in the Best of Charles County section. Rain or Shine.

Event schedule:
• 4:30 p.m. Best of Charles County Marketplace opens
• 4:30 p.m. Celebrate Charles Family Fun Zone begins
• 4:30 p.m. Music by No Green Jellybeenz
• 6:35 p.m. Southern Maryland Blue Crabs baseball game vs. Sugar Land Skeeters
• 8:00 p.m. Music by Sam Grow
• 9:30 p.m. Fireworks Display

Cost: Admission and parking are free. Family Fun Zone wristbands are $5 each. There are additional fees for marketplace, food, and drink purchases.

More Information: www.charlescountymd.gov/calendar/fun-filled-fourth

Tips: Additional parking will be available at St. Charles High School


Fourth of July Mass, Fun, Fireworks

Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church

Date: July 4, 2017

Time: 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Location: 100 Village St, Waldorf, MD 20602

Details: Join OLHOC on Tuesday, July 4th to pray for our country and celebrate our

Independence! 5:30 pm – Prelude Music by OLHOC Youth Choir 6:00 pm – Outdoor Youth

Mass to pray for the United States of America 7 – 9:30 pm – Concert by “Libation” Games

for all ages “Bring Your Own Picnic” Evangelization Fireworks BRING: a picnic supper for

your family, lawn chair or blanket, sunscreen and bugspray.

Cost: Free

Information: http://www.olhoc.com/events/




Fireworks Over the Bay

Chesapeake Beach

Date: July 2, 2017

Time: 9:20 PM

Location: 8916 Chesapeake Ave, North Beach, MD

Details: The Town of Chesapeake presents “Fireworks Over The Bay”  before Independence Day. You and your guests are invited to take a walk on the Bay Front Boardwalk, search for sharks’ teeth at Bay Front Park, and visit the nature-filled scenic “Railway Trail.” The water park is open until 9:30 p.m. and offers a fun and unique way to enjoy the annual fireworks display! (Rain Date July 3, 2017)

Cost: Free



Solomons Annual Fireworks

Date:Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Time: Between 9:15 and 9:30 p.m.

Location: Riverwalk, Solomons Island

Details:The Solomons Business Association proudly sponsors the annual Solomons Independence Day fireworks display. Fireworks will be shot from a barge in the Patuxent River and can be viewed from the Riverwalk. Celebrate our nation’s birth and show your colors all day long!

Cost: Free

More Information: http://www.solomonsmaryland.com/



Salute to Sunset

Date: July 1, 2017 & July 4, 2017

Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Plaza, National Harbor

Details: World-class performances by bands from the nation’s Armed Forces at National Harbor will stir the hearts and souls of civilians and military personnel alike, while their tuneful stylings in a variety of genres please music lovers of all ages. Don’t miss these free shows on the Plaza stage.

Cost: Free

Information: https://www.nationalharbor.com/salutethesunset/


4th of July Celebration

Date: Saturday July 1, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Location: 4th Street, Laurel, MD

Details: This is known in PG County as the best Independence Day Celebration in the area! There are many fun events throughout the day including a parade, classic car show, field events and fireworks!

Cost: Free

Informaiton: https://www.visitprincegeorgescounty.com/event/4th-of-july-celebration-2/


July 4th Fest

Six Flags

Date: July 2-4, 2017

Location: 3710 Central Avenue Bowie, MD 2072

Details: Six Flags America is hosting a “July 4th Fest” from July 2-4. “Celebrate the independence of our country with three jam-packed days of thrills and water park fun. “There will be fireworks and live entertainment every night.

Cost: FREE with the purchase of park admission.

Information: https://www.sixflags.com/america/special-events/july-4th-fest


College Park 4th of July Celebration

Date: July 4, 2017

Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Location: University of Maryland College Park

Details: The University of Maryland and the City of College Park host a Fourth of July celebration with fireworks and Rock and Roll tunes. Grass seating is limited, so bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Concessions will offer hamburgers, hot dogs, funnel cakes, ice cream, snow cones, soda and bottled water. Personal coolers are allowed. Alcohol and personal fireworks are prohibited on campus.

Information: https://www.visitprincegeorgescounty.com/event/college-park-4th-of-july-celebration/


Annapolis 4th of July on the Docks

Date: July 4, 2017

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: Annapolis City Dock

Details: Parade starts at 6:30 pm. Parade Route: West Street, around Church Circle, down Main Street to the City Dock.



4th of July Fireworks in Historic Annapolis

Date: July 4, 2017

Time: 9:15 PM

Details: Annapolis launches its fireworks from a barge in Annapolis Harbor. If you want to get a great view, head over to Northeast of the Severn River, along the Naval Academy Bridge (limited parking area), any of the street-end parks facing Spa Creek, and aboard a boat in the Annapolis harbor.


Red, White and Boom All-American Independence Day Celebration
Date: July 4

Time: Dusk (following baseball game)
Location: Prince George’s Stadium
Details: Watch the Baysox take on Hartford @ 6:35 pm. Stay after to see the post-game Fireworks Spectacular presented by Whole Foods Market!http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t418



Concert on the Lawn

CSM, Leonardtown

Date: July 2, 2017

Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Location: 22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown

Details:The Dixie Power Trio with the New Line Brass will play blues, jazz, Dixieland and other American styles in honor of Independence Day. This concert is made possible in part through support from the CSM Foundation.

Cost: Free

Information: http://www.csmd.edu/Arts or call 301-934-7828.


St. Mary’s College River Concert Series

Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2017

Time: The Greens opens at 5:00 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:00 p.m.

Location: College Drive, St. Mary’s City

Details: Enjoy music and fireworks! Music performed by the Chesapeake Orchestra with guest appearance by Kelly Balmaceda, soprano.

Information: http://www.smcm.edu/music/events/


Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department

Date: Saturday, July 1, 2017

Time: Kickoff at 5p.m., Live Music 6-10, Fireworks at dusk

Location: 24801 Three Notch Road, Hollywood

Details: Join the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department for their Annual Independence Day Celebration. This event is put on by the Members of the Hollywood VFD as a way of giving back and saying thank you to the community that supports us year after year. The fireworks display is one of the Largest in the area and we also provide a free concert before the show. Also, we have the carnival set up including games and food with $5 Armbands to ride all night. Please stop by and have a great time at this family friendly event.

Information: http://www.hvfd7.com/




A Capital Fourth 2017

Date: July 4, 2017

Time: 8:00 PM-9:30 PM

Location: West Lawn of the US Capital

Details: Join in the fun this July 4th for America’s biggest birthday party! This July 4th, America’s national Independence Day celebration kicks off our country’s 241st birthday hosted by John Stamos and featuring an all-star lineup including The Beach Boys featuring John Stamos and Mark McGrath, The Blues Brothers featuring Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi, Kellie Pickler, The Four Tops, Trace Adkins, Chris Blue, Yolanda Adams, Sofia Carson, Laura Osnes and maestro Jack Everly leading the National Symphony Orchestra!

This American tradition will air live on PBS Tuesday, July 4, 2017, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET from the West Lawn Of The United States Capitol before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. Visit pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth for more information and like our Facebook page (A Capitol Fourth) for updates and behind-the-scenes access!


National Independence Day Parade

Date: July 4, 2017

Time: 11: 45 AM

Location: Between 7th and 17th, Washington DC

Details: Observe DC’s annual National Independence Day Parade. Expect to see fife and drum corps, military servicemen and women, elaborate floats and VIPs galore. The parade begins at 11:45 a.m. and is held between 7th and 17th streets.

Cost: Free

Information: http://www.july4thparade.com/


Fourth of July Celebration

George Washtingon Mt Vernon

Date: July 4, 2017

Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: Mt. Vernon

Details: Get out to George Washingtons Mount Vernon, for an all-day, turn-back-the

clock Forth of July. Marvel at gorgeous scenes of the Potomac River from the Founding Father’s estate, and listen to Revolutionary War-era music while savoring Colonial-style ice cream. The event also includes a special day-time fireworks display.

Information: http://www.mountvernon.org/plan-your-visit/calendar/events/an-american-celebration/



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