The following Independence Day activities are planned in Washington and other places near Southern Maryland. Unless otherwise noted, events will be Sunday.

The District

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 other activities. 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 and 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

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE: A free celebration for the nation's 228th birthday at the Rotunda of the National Archives Building, on Constitution Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets NW. Includes the 10 a.m. reading of the Declaration of Independence on the Constitution Avenue steps of the National Archives Building, followed by a patriotic musical performance, voter registration, a history book fair and various exhibitions from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM CONCERT: The U.S. Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants will perform patriotic music at the sixth annual Independence Day Concert. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the North Terrace outside the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free.

PALISADES AREA PARADE: The parade begins at noon at Whitehaven Parkway and MacArthur Boulevard NW. It will proceed along MacArthur to the Palisades Park and Recreation Center at Sherier and Dana places NW. Refreshments and children's activities are planned. For information, call 202-363-7441.

CATHEDRAL ORGAN RECITAL: Organist Erik Wm. Suter performs at the annual Fourth of July organ recital. 11 a.m. Monday at Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. For information, call 202-537-6200.

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

KENT ISLAND INDEPENDENCE DAY: 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. Saturday. 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: 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. Saturday at Anne Arundel Community College Stadium, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Fireworks later in the evening. Free. 410-269-1132 or

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

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.


For a list of regionwide Fourth of July events, go to the Web site

Spectators crowd the Washington Monument grounds last year for Fourth of July fireworks. This year's pyrotechnic display is set for 9:10 p.m. Sunday. A parade is scheduled at 11:45 a.m.