Unless otherwise noted, events will be Sunday.

Anne Arundel County

ANNAPOLIS PARADE: Fourth of July parade begins at 6:30 p.m. at Amos Garrett Boulevard and will follow West Street, Church Circle and Main Street and disband in front of the Markethouse. Fireworks display set for 9:15 p.m. Music will be provided by the U.S. Naval Academy Concert Band. Free. Rain date for fireworks will be Monday. 410-263-1183.

ALL-AMERICAN FOURTH OF JULY: Revolutionary War reenactment, tours of the William Paca House and Garden, readings of the Declaration of Independence and children's activities, noon-5 p.m. William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George St., Annapolis. Free. 410-267-7619 or www.annapolis.org.

KENT ISLAND INDEPENDENCE DAY: Saturday. Vendors, face painting, live music by the Kent Island Community Band, performances by the Blue Sky Puppet Theatre and the Upper Queen Anne's County Lions cheerleaders, pony rides and a moon bounce begin at 5 p.m. Parking available at the Kent Narrows Factory Outlets, with shuttle service to festival grounds. Fireworks, 9 p.m. Chesapeake Exploration Center, 425 Piney Narrows Rd., Chester. Free admission and parking. 410-758-0835.

BANNER EVENT: Saturday. Tchaikovsky's "1812" Overture and John Philip Sousa's "The Stars and Stripes Forever" by the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra are part of activities beginning at 8 p.m. at Anne Arundel Community College Stadium, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Fireworks later in the evening. Free. 410-269-1132 or www.annapolissymphony.org.

SHADY SIDE PARADE: Floats, Boy Scout troops, fire engines, unusual cars and prominent members of the Shady Side community form procession that starts at 1 p.m. at Cedar Hurst and Shady Side roads, continues down Shady Side and ends at the Shady Side Kiwanis Club. Sponsored by the club, 1431 Snug Harbor Rd., Shady Side. Free. 410-507-3177.

EASTON FOURTH OF JULY: Games, food, carnival rides and musical performances by the Vogues and Gene Vincent start at 4 p.m. A recognition ceremony also will be held for members of the military serving overseas. Veterans of Foreign Wars, 355 Glebe Rd., Easton. Free. 410-820-8822.

MEADEFEST 2004: Three days of carnival rides, antique car shows, food and patriotic music. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Pre-fireworks concert begins at dusk. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. tomorrow through Sunday. Must have picture identification card to enter Fort Meade. Parking is limited. McGlachlin Parade Field, Fort Meade. Free. 301-677-2988 or www.ftmeade.army.mil.

GALESVILLE FOURTH OF JULY: Horses, floats, fire engines and a color guard in a parade that starts at 7 p.m. at Main Street and Anchors Way and will head down Main Street, turn onto Benning Road and loop back to Main Street. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. at the West River waterfront. Parking is available at the top of Main Street, and a shuttle will take spectators to the waterfront. Parking, $5. 410-867-0403.


MUSEUM OF INDUSTRY: Two days of activities, which include learning about America's funniest inventions, begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Hwy. Lawn chairs and picnic dinners are encouraged. Cost is $35 per car, $5 per person at the gate. 410-727-4808, Ext. 144, or www.thebmi.org/events.html.

INNER HARBOR FESTIVITIES: Entertainment begins at 11 a.m. at the Inner Harbor and features an antique car rally, a cappella group Part Harmony at 2 p.m. and a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. 877-BALTIMORE or www.bop.org/calendar/events/4july.html.

CONSTELLATION PICNIC: The fourth annual "deck party" and picnic aboard the USS Constellation will begin at 7 p.m. at Pier 1 at the Inner Harbor. Cost is $60 for adults, $20 for children 6-14 and free for children 5 and younger. 410-539-1797, Ext. 422, or www.constellation.org/events/4th2004_ol.html.

Frederick County

FREDERICK CELEBRATION: The 21st annual Fourth of July celebration begins at noon at Baker Park, Second and Bentz streets. Four stages with entertainment, free children's activities, amusements, a chili cook-off, a volleyball tournament, boat rides and a fireworks display are planned. No pets allowed. Free. 301-694-2489 or www.cityoffrederick.com/departments/SpecialEvents/july.htm.

Howard County

RIVER HILL PARADE: The fifth annual parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Clarksville Middle School, 6535 S. Trotter Rd., travel east onto Great Star Drive and end at the River Hill Village Center. 410-531-1749.

COLUMBIA FIREWORKS: Festivities start at 2 p.m. at Lake Kittamaqundi at the Lakefront of Columbia, Little Patuxent Parkway and Wincopin Circle. The event features food, music and games. Fireworks display begins at 9:30 p.m. Parking costs $5. 410-740-4545 or www.columbiakiwanis.com/fireworks/index.html.

Montgomery County

GAITHERSBURG FOURTH: A four-day celebration featuring performances by R.C. & Friends, the Fabulettes and the Legendary Orioles begins at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at the City Hall Concert Pavilion, 31 S. Summit St. On Sunday, 7 p.m., a family concert, with fireworks display after dusk at Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Chestnut and Dalamar streets. Rain date for fireworks is Monday. Free. 301-258-6350 or www.gaithersburgmd.gov.

WHEATON SPARKLES: The Wheaton Sparkles Independence Day celebration, featuring food, entertainment, children's activities and fireworks, begins at 6:30 p.m., Reedie Drive and Grandview Avenue. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Free. 240-777-8115.

ROCKVILLE EVENT: Musical performances by the Rockville Concert Band and other local groups, 6:30-10 p.m., Richard Montgomery High School stadium, 250 Richard Montgomery Dr. Fireworks display at dark. Free. 240-314-8620 or www.rockvillemd.gov.

TAKOMA PARK CELEBRATION: Monday. Takoma Park's 115th Independence Day celebration runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It starts with a parade with more than 50 units, including the Trinidad & Tobago Steel Band and the Mecca Temple No. 10 drum and bugle corps and drill team. At 7:30 p.m., there will be a program featuring the pop band Lemonface and a concert with the Takoma Park Community Band. At 9:30 p.m., fireworks are scheduled at Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring. Free admission. 301-270-6876.

Prince George's County

LAUREL PARADE: Saturday. Festivities including a parade, antique car show, amusement contest, live music and a fireworks display begin at 9 a.m. at Sixth and Montgomery streets, Laurel. Fireworks display begins at 9:15 p.m. at Laurel Lake, Baltimore Avenue and Cherry Lane. 301-725-5300.

SIX FLAGS CONCERT: Six Flags America hosts a jazz concert and fireworks beginning at 4 p.m. at the amusement park, 13710 Central Ave., Largo. Saxophonist Steve Cole and guitarist Nick Colionne are scheduled to perform. Fireworks display after dusk. Admission to the park costs $36.99 for adults, $25.99 for children under 54 inches tall, free for children younger than 3 and $25.99 for those 62 or older. Parking is $9. 301-249-1500.

BOWIE FESTIVITIES: Concerts featuring Almost Recess and the Reagan Years start at 4:30 p.m. at Allen Pond Park, 3330 Northview Dr., Bowie. Fireworks display begins at 9:15 p.m. Rain date for the fireworks is Monday. Free. 301-809-3078.

COLLEGE PARK CELEBRATION: A free concert begins at 7 p.m. at the University of Maryland at College Park, Lot 1. Fireworks display at dark. 301-864-8877.

GREENBELT FOURTH: Free performances by the Greenbelt Concert Band will begin at 7 p.m. at Buddy Attick Park, Crescent Road and Kenilworth Avenue. Alcohol, drugs, personal fireworks and sparklers are prohibited. Fireworks will begin at dusk. 301-397-2208 or www.ci.greenbelt.md.us.

Southern Maryland

RIVERFRONT CONCERT: "In the Mood for Fireworks," a free performance featuring the Chesapeake Orchestra Big Band and soprano Kishna Davis, will begin at 7 p.m. tomorrow at St. Mary's College of Maryland, Townhouse Green, Route 5 and East Fisher Rd. 240-895-2024 or www.smcm.edu/rcs/schedule04.cfm.

CALVERT COUNTY'S 350th ANNIVERSARY: Saturday. Musical performances, historical readings and children's activities will commemorate Calvert County's anniversary at noon at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, 10515 Mackall Rd., St. Leonard. Free. 410-586-8501 or www.jefpat.org.

JULY 3 FIREWORKS: Lawn party, live entertainment, refreshments and fireworks over Carthegena Creek will begin at 8 p.m. Dennis Point Marina and Campground, 46555 Dennis Point Way, Drayden. 301-994-2288 or www.dennispointmarina.com.

FIREWORKS ON THE BEACH: Saturday. Before fireworks at dusk, enjoy beach games, food and live music. Rod 'n' Reel Restaurant and Marina, Route 261 and Mears Avenue, Chesapeake Beach. 410-257-2735, 877-763-6733 or www.rodnreelinc.com.

FIREWORKS AT SOLOMONS: View fireworks from land at the waterfront boardwalk or from the Chesapeake Bay by boat. Solomons Island (Calvert County) 888-580-3856.

THOMAS STONE HISTORIC SITE: A memorial service honoring Declaration of Independence signer Thomas Stone and a performance by the Port Tobacco Players will begin at 10 a.m. at the Thomas Stone National Historic Site, 6655 Rosehill Rd., Port Tobacco. Free. 301-392-1776 or www.nps.gov/thst.

LA PLATA TOWN PICNIC: A celebration featuring food, music and museum demonstrations will begin at 11 a.m. at the La Plata Train Station, 100 Kent Ave., La Plata. No alcohol permitted. Free. 301-934-8421.

ST. MARY'S FESTIVAL: Freedom Fest 2004, featuring crafts, concessions and music, starts at 3 p.m. at St. Mary's County Fairgrounds, Route 5, Leonardtown. Fireworks display at dark. Free. 301-475-4632.

INDIAN HEAD FIREWORKS: A Fourth of July celebration featuring bingo, children's games, pony rides and food begins at 3:30 p.m. at Village Green Park and Pavilion, near Indian Head Highway and Lackey Drive, Indian Head. Fireworks display at 9 p.m. No pets or alcohol allowed in the park. Free. 301-743-5574.

CHARLES COUNTY CELEBRATION: A free celebration featuring food, live music, pony rides, moon bounces and face painting will begin at 5 p.m. at the Charles County Fairgrounds, 8440 Fairground Rd., La Plata. No alcohol permitted. Fireworks display after dusk. 301-932-1234.

Unless otherwise noted, events will be Sunday.

ON THE MALL: An Independence Day parade will begin at 11:45 a.m. at Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW and end at 17th Street and Constitution. The 38th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival will run from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the Mall, featuring dance, song, food, crafts and more. Fireworks launched from the reflecting pool grounds will start at 9:10 p.m. Rain date is Monday. Use of Metro is advised. For information, call 202-619-7222.

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT: Led by conductor Erich Kunzel, the National Symphony Orchestra will play at 8 p.m. on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Hosted by Barry Bostwick, the concert will also feature performances by Yolanda Adams, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Clay Aiken and a special tribute to the late Ray Charles. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. For information, call 202-619-7222, or visit the PBS Web site at www.pbs.org/


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Fireworks Productions Inc. held a pre-holiday show last Sunday in Bethesda. Spectators gather near the Washington Monument to watch last year's Fourth of July fireworks display. The skies will light up there Sunday about 9:10 p.m. Bands will also be part of Independence Day celebrations in Maryland and other communities in the region.Legal fireworks shown during a Fairfax safety session last June.