Fourth of July is just a few days away. Show your patriotism and keep the kids entertained with these amazing Independence Day activities in and around Baltimore. Guaranteed to be tons of family fun!

Kid-Friendly Fourth of July Celebrations in Baltimore

The Glorious Fourth… An Old Fashioned Fourth at Ft. McHenry
Come celebrate the war of 1812 at Fort McHenry at 12:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. for fife and drum music,cannon firing, a musket salute, period dancing, and games! Then at 3:00 p.m. the family can gather around as For McHenry provides a public reading of the Declaration of Independence! MORE INFO

AVAM Visionary Pets on Parade
Dress your pet & strut your stuff. Animal fun! Animal prizes! Trophies awarded for Best Costume, Most Patriotic, Most Visionary Pet, Owner & Pet look-alikes, Least likely to succeed as a Pet, Visionary Pet Tricks and more! Friendly pets of ALL kinds are welcome. The best dog-gone parade in town! Followed by the Pet Talent (Or Not) Show! And Sit, Stay for a rousing game of pet musical chairs! Pets must be leashed or carried. H20 and baggies provided. MORE INFO.

Red, White and Zoo
Head to the Maryland Zoo for a day of special animal enrichment! Watch as the Zoo’s animals receive special Fourth of July treats, including “fishsicles” and paper mache toys, and listen as zookeepers explain the importance of enrichment activities. MORE INFO.

Star-Spangled Spectacular at Oregon Ridge
Red, white and blue – and patriotic fun, too! Join the BSO for our annual holiday celebration featuring Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever and many more while watching a dazzling display of fireworks. Plus, hear the BSO’s “O, Say Can You Sing?” contest winner perform The Star-Spangled Banner. MORE INFO.

Towson 4th of July Parade
The Towson Fourth of July Parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. The route includes Towsontowne Boulevard and continue through Bosley Avenue north, east on Allegheny, and South on Washington Avenue! MORE INFO

Mammoth Fireworks Display & Family Fun Fest in Catonsville
Avoid the traffic and bring the family to the fireworks early for an evening of fun. Enjoy live music featuring the rock and roll sounds of The School of Rock. Food vendors will provide fun foods. Then at 9:15 p.m., a fireworks display boasted best in the region! MORE INFO

July 4th Pier Party at the National Aquarium
Sparks will fly this Fourth of July! Join us for the best view of Baltimore’s fireworks as we light up the evening with music, children’s entertainment, crafts, food and fun. Enjoy special summer snacks on the pier and after-hours access to tour the Aquarium from 7 to 9 pm. Top off the night with Baltimore’s best fireworks display as you relax with your family and friends. MORE INFO

Patriot’s Day Weekend Mount Clare House
Come down on Patriot’s Day Weekend July 5 & 6 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to learn about Charles Carroll Barrister’s role in America’s freedom and make a patriotic themed craft all included with paid admission. MORE INFO

Ports America Chesapeake Fourth of July Celebration
Celebrate the Fourth of July with live music and celebratory fireworks at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The Ports America Chesapeake Fourth of July Celebration takes place Friday, July 4, 2014 from 4pm to 10pm. Entertainment is provided by Top 40s bands Thunderball at 4pm followed by the U.S. Naval Academy Band Electric Brigade at 7pm. Performances take place at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater, located at Pratt and Light streets. The fireworks show, choreographed to festive music, begins at 9:30pm. The display is produced by Pyrotecnico. The holiday fireworks can be viewed from several locations in downtown and the surrounding areas, including Federal Hill, Fell’s Point and Harbor East. MORE INFO

Fourth of July Patio Party at Wit & Wisdom
The Fourth of July is a family affair, and Wit & Wisdom promises to entertain all ages with unrivaled cuisine and live entertainment. The Rio Quartet will serenade the party with its contemporary vocals from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. There’s no need to book a babysitter; kids will be delighted to join the fun with an on-site snowball machine, face painting and other activities. The night will end with a bang as the Baltimore fireworks show lights up the panoramic views of the historic Inner Harbor. MORE INFODid we miss one of your favorite events? Email us and we’ll add it!

PS: Like the Fireworks Painting you see in the article? Learn how to make one with the kids here.