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4TH OF JULY: 2019 CELEBRATION & FIREWORKS GUIDE

For this week’s resource Wednesday, I put together a 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 the 2019 Fourth of July week.  From our family to yours, we wish you a Happy 4th of July!

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CHARLES COUNTY


hawthoren.jpgFIREWORKS AT HAWTHORNE COUNTRY CLUB
Date: July 3, 2019
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

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4TH OF JULY WATERMELON BASH

Date: July 4, 2019

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

Event Link

More Information: www.townoflaplata.org 

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ALL AMERICAN SPLASH

Date: July 4, 2019

Time: During open swim hours

Location: All Charles County Indoor and Outdoor Pool Locations

Details: Celebrate Independence Day with a splash! Come to the pool on July 4th wearing red, white, or blue and pay only $2 for admission at any of our six pool locations during our regular open swim hours — Noon to 5 p.m.

Age Group: Open to All Ages

Cost: $2/person wearing red, white, or blue

Event Link

More Information: www.charlescounty.org/guide

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4th OF JULY CELEBRATION & FIREWORKS

Charles County Fairgrounds

Date:  July 4, 2019

Time: Gates open at 4 PM/Live Music 5-9 PM/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/

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Town of Indian Head

Date: July 4, 2019

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

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Regency Furniture Stadium

Date: July 4, 2019

Time: 5:30 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. Fun for the whole family! Tips: Additional parking will be available at St. Charles High School

More Information: www.charlescountymd.gov/independence-day-concert


FOURTH OF JULY – SMALLWOOD VILLAGE 

Date: July 4, 2019

Time: 9:00 Dusk Fireworks

Location: Smallwood Village, Waldorf, MD

Details: The fireworks display is sponsored by Smallwood Village Center and Charles County Fire Department. I highly recommend watching these fireworks from is at Our Lady Help of Christians Church-100 Village St, Waldorf, MD 20602. They are hosting their annual Fireworks at the Foot of the Cross event in conjunction. At 5:30 Music Pre-Lude/6:00 Mass/7:00 Concert & Family Activities/A great spot to watch fireworks .  Enjoy mass, followed by a family friendly concert and activities, than finishing the evening with fireworks. Bring your own blanket and food. 5:30 Music Pre-Lude/6:00 Mass/7:00 Concert & Family Activities/

Cost: Free

HISTORIC

FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION

Date: July 4, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: Thomas Stone Historic Site

Details: Spend your Fourth of July morning at Thomas Stone National Historic Site and celebrate our nation’s 243rd birthday at the home of a signer of the Declaration of Independence! Sing patriotic songs, listen to inspirational presentations about the Founders, pledge your allegiance to the flag, watch a wreath laying ceremony, complete Junior Ranger activities, see exhibits on the American Revolution, and just have fun!


CALVERT COUNTY


2ND ANNUAL FIREWORKS SHOW AT RUNNING HARE

Date: June 29, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Location: Running Hare Vineyard

Details: Get ready for a night to remember when the skies light up over our vineyard!

Jeremy and Dana will be playing live on our outdoor stage from 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM and summer favorites will be served from Sassafrass Farm, Spider Hall Farm, The Hungry Hare, Pizza Di Vigna, and Dilbert’s Dogs. We will also have fun craft vendors to shop at too! Keep in mind, Wine and Beer will not be doing tastings during this event, just sales of bottles, glasses, and pints. Gates open at 5:30 and fireworks will begin around 9 p.m.

Cost: General Admission, $9 per person:
Event Link

More Information: ticketing and information link

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Chesapeake Beach

Date: July 3, 2019

Time: Fireworks at dusk

Location: 8916 Chesapeake Ave, North Beach, MD

Details: The Town’s Firework’s Over the Bay have been scheduled for Wednesday, July 3 with a rain date of Friday July 5.

Cost: Free

More Information: http://www.chesapeake-beach.md.us/events_July4thFireworks.htm

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SOLOMONS ISLAND FIREWORKS

Date: July 4, 2019

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/

 


ST. MARY’S COUNTY


ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

Date: June 29, 2019

Time: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Location: Hollywood VFD- 24801 Three Notch Rd, Hollywood, Maryland 20636

Details: Annual Fireworks, carnival, magic show, and Stars in Bars band. Entertainment for the entire family

Event Type: Family Fun

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: Free

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freedom fest.jpgFREEDOM FEST

Date: July 4, 2019

Time: Starts at 5:00 PM

Location: Patuxent Naval Base

Details: Join in the fun. Lots to do including; music, games, inflatables, and water inflatables! There will also be arts and crafts, tattoos and more! Not to mention lots of great food, drinks and glow sticks available for purchase. Bring a lawn chair or towel and have a front row seat to enjoy the fireworks from the Patuxent River! Open to all with base access. For more information please call the Tickets and Travel Office at 301-342-3648.

Information: https://www.navymwrpaxriver.com/

 

fire wrok.jpgRIVER CONCERT SERIES

Date: July 5, 2019

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: July 5, 2019 with fireworks! – A Super Celebration + Fireworks! Featuring soundtrack favorites: Star Wars, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Lincoln, plus Sousa and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

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

 

RED, WHITE & BLUE JAM

Date: July 5, 2019

Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Leonardtown Square

Details: Join us on the Square for a jam session. An evening with fabulous music is planned so come out early and stay late, enjoy shopping, food and fun.

Information: https://www.facebook.com/events


WASHINGTON DC AND BEYOND


SALUTE THE SUNSET

Date: June 29 & July 6, 2019

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: July  6, 2019

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:/https://laurel4th.org

 

JULY FEST

Six Flags

Date: July 3-6, 2019

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/

 

COLLEGE PARK 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION

Date: July 4, 2019

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.collegeparkmd.gov/Calendar

 

RED, WHITE AND BOOM INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION
Date: July 4, 2019

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!

Information: https://www.milb.com/bowie/schedule/2019-07

 

A CAPITAL FOURTH

Date: July 4, 2019

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 243rd birthday!

This American tradition will air live on PBS  July 4, 2019, 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, 2019

Time: 11: 45 AM – 2:00 PM

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, 2019

Time: 8:00 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/


ACTIVITIES AND TIPS


patriotic sensory play.jpgLINK TO PATRIOTIC SENSORY PLAY!- click here

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Don’t forget little ones with sensory needs may benefit from wearing ear protection! We also love gearing up in glow so that the kids are easy to keep track of in the dark 😉

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