Eastern Shore 4th of July Celebrations

Annual Carnival & 4th of July Celebration
Tuesday, June 30–Sunday, July 5
Carnival Grounds off Marlboro Rd., behind Target Store in Waterside Village, Easton
Tues.-Fri., 6-11 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 4-11 p.m.


The Annual CARNIVAL and 4th of JULY CELEBRATION is sponsored by Easton Main Street in partnership with the Avalon Foundation. The carnival grounds are located off Marlboro Road extended, behind the TARGET Store in Waterside Village. The 2009 Carnival runs from Tuesday, June 30th through Sunday July 5th. Super rides and carnival food, games and prizes. One price bracelet nights are available Tuesday through Friday; $2.00 off coupons will be available at locations to be announced.

Saturday, July 4th Celebration – Join friends and family for this annual tradition of community and patriotism. Carnival in full swing from 4pm, as well as local vendors and organizations with food and information. Short program to honor vets and service people, and two bands on stage. Plenty of free parking in the area. No drugs or alcohol allowed. For days leading up to and including the 4th of July and July 5th, Easton Main Street presents a Carnival – the major fund-raiser for the next year’s fireworks. Rides for all ages, games of chance, and special rates for tickets attract thousands to the evenings of excitement. On the 4th of July itself, the traditional Independence Day Celebration is a major community event. Local non-profit groups provide concession food booths, an annual fundraiser. Several musical acts are presented on stage, as well as a patriotic program to honor veterans. At dusk, the Mid-Shore’s finest Fireworks display lights up Easton. Free

4th of July Celebration
Thursday, July 2
(rain date for fireworks only July 3)
Chesapeake Exploration Center, Kent Narrows, Chester
6-9 p.m.

Enjoy a fun filled family day that will include food, entertainment & fireworks. Don’t miss a special performance by the U.S. Naval Academy Ceremonial Band at 8 p.m.

Rock Hall’s 4th of July Fireworks
Friday, July 3
Rock Hall Harbor, Rock Hall
9 p.m.

Welcome to the best pyrotechnic display on the East Coast. This is a 35-minute show choreographed to patriotic music. It can be viewed from the bay and from anywhere in Rock Hall Harbor. Rain date: July 4th Rock Hall Harbor, Rock Hall

Annual Rock Hall July 4th Parade
Saturday, July 4
Main Street, Rock Hall
10 a.m.

Old-fashioned parade begins at 10am on Main Street. Then head for the Rock Hall Community Center for a taste of local food, festivities, music, crafts & more.

Chestertown’s July 4th Fireworks
Saturday, July 4
Chester River, Chestertown

4th of July Festival
Saturday, July 4
St. Michaels Museum at St. Mary’s Square

Come tour annual 4th of July festival with a parade, patriotic program followed by food, fun and games for all ages. FREE TO EVERYONE

Independence Day Celebration
Saturday, July 4
Houghton House at the Aspen Institute, Wye Mills
11 a.m.

Patriotic ceremony at memorial of Maryland’s own signer of the Declaration of Independence on the grounds of Houghton House followed by keynote address.

Big Band Night & St. Michaels Fireworks
Saturday, July 4
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels
7-10 p.m.


Enjoy big band sounds and stay into the evening to enjoy the St. Michaels fireworks over the Miles River.

Old Fashioned 4th of July and 325th Anniversary of Cambridge
Saturday, July 4
Governor’s Hall at Sailwinds, Cambridge
2 p.m.

Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester will be celebrating their 15th Anniversary as they lead the July 4th Boat Parade, fire the cannon and commemorate the moment. Admission is free and the gates will open at 2 pm on Saturday, July 4th for a first-time tailgating and family in the park event. Bring your grill, tents, and chairs, and set up along the shores of the Choptank River to enjoy a day with family and friends. For those who prefer that someone else do the cooking, food and a variety of vendors will be available. Enjoy live music by regional favorites, Golden Touch and DJ Ben Parks, games, activities and a Kids’ Zone.

A prefect vantage point to watch the July 4th Boat Parade at 4 pm and take in the spectacular firework display over the waterfront. Hosted by the Mayor and City Council of Cambridge and the 325th Anniversary Committee, this event is sponsored by Shore Health System, National Bank of Cambridge, Bank of the Eastern Shore, NOVO Development, Bay Country Communications, and Bay Country Security.

Support the effort and show your pride in Cambridge by flying the 325th Anniversary flag, or by purchasing t-shirts available from partners at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, Scoop Station, Joie de Vive, Snappers Waterfront Café, and Cambridge Yacht Club.

Concert & Fireworks Uptown and Downtown
Saturday, July 4
Northside Park, 127th St., & N. Division St., Ocean City

Bring the entire family for an old-fashioned Fourth Saturday. Family fun begins at 8 p.m. Fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.

Freedom Fest
Saturday, July 4
Somers Cove Marina, Crisfield
6 p.m.
Visit crisfieldevents.com/freedomfest.aspx for updates and itinerary

Join us on the 4th of July in the Somers Cove Marina for some added fun prior to the beautiful fireworks display over the marina. We’re going to celebrate our independence in style and dedicate this event to our veterans and troops fighting for our freedom. With a LIVE band, food vendors, and children’s activities, jet flyover, military apparatus (like a tank and Humvee), and a beautiful color guard salute and much more! You won’t want to miss this enjoyable, fun-filled event.

4th of July Children’s Free Fishing Derby
Saturday, July 4
Terrapin Park, Stevensville
8 a.m.
Register online. The derby is for children ages 3-15. Call for more information.

This event is designed to promote family togetherness, encourage safe practices near the water and teach children that there are safe alternatives to drugs and alcohol.