Baltimore is explosive all times of the year, including during the annual 4th of July festivities.
Baltimore Inner Harbor 4th of July Fireworks
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Summer's Can't-Miss Events

Marylanders really know how to mix up great summertime fun: seafood, a cold brew and a great beat. Maryland is jam-packed with great outdoor events, so come join in the fun at the hundreds of festivals and events that take place across the state. Choose from these, or check out our Calendar of Events to see more summer events. Let the fun begin!

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Baltimore is explosive all times of the year, including during the annual 4th of July festivities.

1 Fourth of July Fireworks at the Inner Harbor, Baltimore

When it comes to commemorating our nation’s birthday with the appropriate razzle-dazzle and fanfare, Baltimore delivers. The city boasts a day full of fun activities, such as the annual dog show at the American Visionary Art Museum, and games in West Shore Park. The Inner Harbor—the pedestrian-friendly heart of the city—is the perfect spot to view the fireworks show, choreographed to rousing music. 

Maryland BBQ Bash

2 Maryland BBQ Bash, Bel Air

This two-day family event features the Maryland State BBQ Championship, crafters, food vendors and live music, plus a beer and wine garden.

Fresh Crabs at Crab Claw

3 Maryland Seafood Festival, Annapolis

This nearly half-century-old Annapolis tradition showcases the best that the Bay has to offer. Hosted in September at Sandy Point State Park, the family-friendly event offers finger-licking fun competitions that include the Crab Picking Contest, Crab Cake Eating Contest and the famous Crab Soup Cook-Off.

National Hard Crab Derby in Crisfield - Crab Picking Competition

4 National Hard Crab Derby, Crisfield

On Labor Day Weekend, beautiful Somers Cove Marina hosts this unique fair, with crab picking and eating contests, concerts, fireworks, a carnival and, of course, the National Hard Crab Derby where the fastest crustaceans on earth claw their way to the finish line.


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Location:
715 Broadway
Crisfield, MD 21817
410-968-2500


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Sykesville Chili and Beer Festival

5 Sykesville Chili and Beer Festival

Historic Sykesville’s Main Street is the site of this annual event featuring 30 craft beers and an annual chili cook-off in which local restaurants compete in red, white and vegetarian categories. Admission is free, but an event ticket will get you samples of up to 15 brews or types of chili.

Western Maryland Blues Festival

6 Western Maryland Blues Festival, Hagerstown

Held annually on the first weekend following Memorial Day, this four-day celebration of the Blues welcomes big names and local crooners alike to City Center and City Park. Past performers have included Buckwheat Zydeco; jazz-influenced instrumental guitar virtuoso and legend Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters; and the gospel-blues of Miami's "sacred steel" legends, The Lee Boys. Young festival-goers can enjoy a special children's area offering activities ranging from a harmonica workshop to entertainment and crafts, or the whole family can take in Sunday's "Family Blues Picnic."

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Baltimore is explosive all times of the year, including during the annual 4th of July festivities.
Summer's Can't-Miss Events

Marylanders really know how to mix up great summertime fun: seafood, a cold brew and a great beat. Maryland is jam-packed with great outdoor events, so come join in the fun at...

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