Can’t-Miss Baltimore Happenings Throughout July

7/3: BSO’S STAR-SPANGLED SPECTACULAR AT OREGON RIDGE PARK
This year, the tradition of parking blankets and chairs on the grass, watching breathtaking fireworks, nibbling on snacks, and soaking in orchestral arrangements the day before the Fourth of July continues, thanks to this time-honored Baltimore Symphony Orchestra bash. On Sunday, July 3, the revered ensemble is heading to Cockeysville’s Oregon Ridge Park for an evening of songs (conducted by BSO’s Jonathan Rush) celebrating our nation.

Among selections are composer Leonard Bernstein’s “America” (as featured in the 1957) West Side Story musical by Stephen Sondheim), composer Morton Gould’s “American Salute,” and Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi’s “Summer” from The Four Seasons.

Also helping to ring in the starred and striped holiday, Baltimore-based spoken word performer Wordsmith plans to spread some patriotic cheer before he heads back to Charm City with the BSO on July 4, when he will perform “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July? ”By hometown abolitionist, writer, and statesman, Frederick Douglass. Learn more about the special night, including what to bring (and not to bring) by visiting bsomusic.org. Oregon Ridge Park. 8 pm $ 15-25.

7/1: 90’S R & B ALL WHITE AFFAIR
Music. Georgia native R & B star Monica joins artists such as Ginuwine and Blackstreet for a night of song (and ivory attire) here in Baltimore. Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena. 8 pm $ 59-249.

7/1: STRANGE ATTRACTOR
Music. The homegrown underground performers jam alongside edgy acts Blk Vapor and Ray Winder on the Federal Hill stage. The 8 × 10.8 pm $ 19.

7/2: DOIN’IT, DOIN’ IT DUETS
Music. In Station North, beloved artist Rahne Alexander rings in 20 years of being Baltimorean, with vocal help from friends including Outcalls. The Metro Gallery. 8 pm $ 10.

7 / 2-4: COCA-COLA® JULY 4TH FEST
Festivals. It’s Fourth of July fun for the entire family at this iconic Bowie bash, featuring enchanting fireworks and exciting theme park rides. Six Flags America. Times vary. $ 30-300.

7 / 2-4: FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND CELEBRATION
Kids. At Port Discovery, ring in our nation’s birthday with performances, prop cookout foods, and interactive crafts. Port Discovery. 10 am-5 pm

7/4: CHERRY HILL ARTS & MUSIC WATERFRONT FESTIVAL
Festivals. In honor of the Eastern Shore’s beloved Harriet Tubman, and her bicentennial birth year, spend the holiday enjoying food trucks, fireworks, showcases, and small vendors in South Baltimore. Middle Branch Park. 1-10 pm Free.

7/4: INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
Festivals. Bring a chair out to the BMI for waterfront-view fireworks, smooth sounds by the John Lamkin Favorites Jazz Quintet, and entry to the Key Highway-based tourist spot. Baltimore Museum of Industry. 6-10 pm $ 95.

7/9: ANIMAL SUPERPOWERS
Kids. This show at Enoch Pratt library’s Brooklyn Branch explores the ways our favorite critters slither, stretch, swim, chomp, and climb. (Prepare to touch tarantulas!) Enoch Pratt Free Library. 11 am

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