Warm summer weather brings more spectacular outdoor events in July. Start off the month with a traditional 4th of July celebration in Downtown Annapolis, including a Naval Academy Band concert followed by fireworks over the Harbor. Live outdoor music reverberates throughout the region in July, as multiple concert series fill the air throughout the month: the Annapolis Maritime Museum Concert Series, Friday Night Concerts at Annapolis Towne Centre, and the Quiet Waters Park Summer Concert Series. July is a great time to get out on the water and take in the sun. Give paddleboarding a try, or rent a kayak for the day to make the most out of a trip to Annapolis in July.
First Sunday Arts Festival
When: Sunday, July 2 (and every first Sunday through November) Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Where: First block of West and Calvert Streets, Annapolis
Enjoy live entertainment and the works of 100 local and regional artists as you stroll along the first block of West Street (the Arts District) and Calvert Street next to Whitmore parking garage. Local restaurants set up outside cafes that are perfect for people watching and an afternoon bite to eat. Free parking for the family-friendly event is available at the state parking garage on the corner of Calvert and Bladen Streets. Visit www.firstsundayarts.com for more information.
Independence Day Fireworks Cruises
When: Sunday-Monday, July 3-4; 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Where: Harbor Queen departs from City Dock, Annapolis
Admission, July 3: $48, adults; $25, children under 12
Admission, July 4: $53, adults; $30, children under 12
Enjoy the best seat in town for the fireworks aboard the Harbor Queen. Includes drink special and light snacks for a spectacular event. Visit www.watermarkjourney.com for more information.
Annapolis Fourth of July Parade
When: Tuesday, July 4; 6:00 p.m.
Where: Downtown Annapolis (Annapolis Harbor)
The festivities kick off at 6:00 p.m. with an old-fashioned community parade. This patriotic salute to our nation is always a crowd pleaser with thousands of viewers lining the route. The United States Naval Academy presents a concert at 8:00 p.m. The night wraps up with fireworks over Annapolis Harbor starting around 9:15 p.m. Visit www.annapolis.gov for information on parking and the event.