Four Awe-Inspiring July 4th Celebrations

Four Awe-Inspiring July 4th Celebrations

I don’t get teary-eyed very easily, but there is something about a Fourth of July celebration that does me in. Maybe it’s the patriotic music paired with an incredible fireworks display, or maybe it’s the way people come together to celebrate our many freedoms during a time of war. Cap that off with the look of wonder on my little boy’s face as he gazes up into the sky—I’m done for.  

The must be hundreds of locations to celebrate the Fourth of July this year, but everyone seems to flock to the same crowded places. This year, consider checking out some of these lesser known locations. As a true fireworks enthusiast, I may hit a couple of them. See you there…

Rock Hall Harbor – If you live on the Eastern Shore or have a boat, go to Rock Hall. Rural area = darker skies = brighter fireworks! This show kicks off at 9 p.m. on July 3.

Oregon Ridge in Cockeysville– If you love music—specifically the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra jamming to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever, and the national anthem—you must check out this show. Bring a blanket and a picnic basket. Gates open at 5 p.m., fireworks begin at 8 p.m. on both July 3 and 4.

Chesapeake Maritime Museum in St. Michaels – Watch the St. Michaels fireworks display over the Miles River while listening to the jazzy, big band sounds of The Rhythm Doctors. July 3 from 7 -10 p.m.

Downtown Annapolis – an “old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration” including a parade, fireworks over the harbor, and a performance by the USNA Band. The best viewing areas include public spaces Northeast of the Severn River, along the Naval Academy Bridge, any of the street-end parks facing Spa Creek, and aboard a boat in the Annapolis harbor. Festivities will be held on July 4: the parade begins at 6 p.m., concert 8 p.m., and fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

AAMC Nurses, where are you celebrating this year?

-Monica Mewshaw


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