As the final resting place for Francis Scott Key, the man who came up with the phrase “bombs bursting in midair” in the national anthem, Frederick County knows how to put on a Fourth of July celebration.
Frederick’s Child has complied a list of places that offer a bevy of activities in honor of America’s independence including live music, games, food and fireworks. Grab some sunscreen, leave your dog at home due to the loud noises and get ready to enjoy a patriotic day.
BOONSBORO INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
5 p.m. to dusk
37 Park Drive, Boonsboro
Start off your holiday weekend early with this local event in Boonsboro. Music and food vendors will be at Shafer Park to kick off the festivities during the evening hours with the fireworks set to start around 9:30 p.m.
July 1, 2, and 3
After end of home game
Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium
21 Stadium Drive, Frederick
After every home game on Fridays and Saturdays, the Frederick Keys set off fireworks. Lucky for us the MLB Draft League team will be playing home games versus Trenton Thunder during the holiday weekend and will feature fireworks at every game.
BRUNSWICK INDEPENDENCE DAY FESTIVAL
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
1 W. Potomac St., Brunswick
Park at the free CSX lot and make your way to downtown Brunswick for a day of food, fun and entertainment. The event will feature vendors, live music, face painting and craft beer from Smoketown Brewing.
MIDDLETOWN REC COUNCIL INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
Noon to 9:30 p.m.
Coblentz Road, Middletown
A full day of events are planned for Middletown’s annual Independence Day celebration. Kids will love the petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables and large remote race track. The day will also feature a number of food vendors, entertainment and a military tribute including a performance of the national anthem.
MOUNT AIRY FIREWORKS
4 p.m. to dusk
Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company Carnival Grounds
1008 Twin Arch Road, Mount Airy
The town known as the heart of the Four County community will welcome folks ready to celebrate the holiday with a fun evening event featuring music and food vendors. The event is free, but food donations to the Mount Airy Food Bank will be accepted.
ADVENTURE PARK FIREWORKS
8:30 p.m. to dusk
Adventure Park USA
11113 W. Baldwin Road, Monrovia
Pair video games, outdoor rides and mini golf with a huge fireworks show at Adventure Park USA. Guests can come enjoy the amusement park during the day, which features on-site food options onsite. Get ready for the show after sunset.
FREDERICK’S FOURTH: AN INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
Noon to dusk
121 N. Bentz St., Frederick
The largest celebration in the area, Frederick’s Fourth is a party not to be missed. Baker Park is transformed for the day to feature two stages of entertainment featuring local, regional and national acts. Kids will enjoy the rides and activities located throughout the downtown destination, while adults will gravitate toward the food, beer, wine and spirits locations. Toward the end of the night, everyone gathers for a spectacular fireworks show with the Joseph Dill Baker Memorial Carillon as a backdrop.
WALKERSVILLE VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY CARNIVAL
79 W. Frederick St., Walkersville
Summer is the season of firemen’s carnivals, and Walkersville has one of the best dates because it falls during the holiday week. Look for traditional carnival rides and games, plus a bevy of food vendors along with a live band playing. The Walkersville Southern Railroad also offers a train ride to see the fireworks. If you want to keep your distance but still see the show, this option may be ideal for you.