Who doesn’t like the sparkle and sizzle of an Independence Day celebration? For checking out fireworks, the National Mall is a classic choice, but crowds at this 4th of July event can be overwhelming for little ones (and big ones, too). Try heading to one of these less populated venues for an equally dazzling display without the throng of tourists.


Frederick's 4th

The fireworks are back in Frederick! But due to COVID the event has been moved from its traditional location at Baker Park to the Frederick Fairgrounds. Showtime at the Drive-In is hosting a drive-in style concert set on two stages. For $50 you can enjoy live music, family friendly rides and more. Want to catch the big show in the sky for free? Lot A, C, E and the Infield Lot will be open starting at 7 p.m. for firework viewing only. 

Editor’s Note: The fireworks will return to Baker Park in 2022. 

When: July 4, 4 p.m.-dusk 
Where: Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick St., Frederick, MD 
Event details. 

Annapolis 4th of July Celebration

Annapolis is celebrating the return of in-person events with 3 days of family-friendly activities. Watch the tall ships arrive on July 2, cheer on the parade dedicated to frontline workers on July 3 and then watch the fireworks display on July 4 (for a full list of weekend events, go here). 

When: July 2, tall ships begin to arrive at 4 p.m.; July 3,parade commences at 10:30 a.m.; July 4, fireworks start at 9 p.m. 
Where: Downtown Annapolis, Annapolis, MD
Event details. 

photo: Laura Green

July 4th Fireworks

This year’s event will be a fireworks-only event, but all of the fun, family-friendly activities everyone has come to love at the festival will return in 2022. Lawn seating will open at 3 p.m. and the show is slated to start after 9 p.m. There are limited parking spaces at the event, so skip the parking wars by finding a spot at the Columbia Mall and walking from there.

Editor’s Note: Live music, family activities and food vendors are slated to return in 2022. 

When: July 4, Gates open at 3 p.m 
Where: Columbia Lake Kittamaqundi, 10221 Wincopin Cr., Columbia, MD
Event details. 

Ports America Chesapeake 4th of July Celebration

Live music from The United States Navy Band Cruisers will commence at 7 p.m. at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater (between Pratt and Light Street). The fireworks, which start at 9:30 pm, can best be viewed from Federal Hill, Fell’s Point and Harbor East.

COVID-19 Update: The city of Baltimore has postponed their fireworks again this year. Fireworks will return in 2022. 

When: July 4, 7 p.m.- 10 pm (fireworks start at 9:30 pm)
Where: Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD
No event details. 


Celebrate America

Come celebrate with one of the largest displays of fireworks in Northern Virginia. For locals, there is a decorate your yard competition and for the littles, a decorate your bike competition (participants should arrive by 3 p.m if they wish to enter their bike).  Families can park themselves (and their snacks) on the Manassas Museum lawn to watch the fireworks show.

When: July 4, 3 pm-10 pm (fireworks start at 9:15 pm)
Where: Old Town Manassas, 9431 West St., Manassas, VA
Event details. 

Leesburg Independence Day Celebration

This historic town kicks off festivities with an all-day event starting at 9:45 a.m.; American Originals Fife and Drum Corps will perform a military-style tribute at the intersection of King and Market streets as a prelude to the Independence Day Parade (which kicks off at 10 a.m.).  After the parade, return to Ida Lee Park for a free outdoor concert at 6 p.m. followed by the real show at 9:30 p.m.; Leesburg hosts the largest fireworks display in Loudoun county.

When: July 4, 9:45 a.m.- 10 p.m. 
Where: Downtown Leesburg & Ida Lee Park, Leesburg, VA
Event details. 

4th of July Fireworks

Unfortunately, Sprinklers and Sparklers, the pre-party event we all look forward to with water slides, slip n’ slides and sno cones, will be postponed this year. But the main event is still on! At 7:30 p.m., Big Bad Juju will hit the stage followed by pyrotechnics at 9:30 p.m.

Editor’s note: Sprinklers & Sparklers is postponed again this year, but is slated to return in 2022. 

When: July 4, 7 p.m. (fireworks start at 9:30 pm)
Where: Yeonas Park, 1319 Ross Dr., Vienna, VA
Event details. 

—Meghan Yudes Meyers and Ayren Jackson-Cannady



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