JAZZY FOURTH

Amusement park rides and games provide the background for Six Flags America's "Fourth of Jazz" celebration, which adds fireworks and smooth jazz to the usual park fare. To mark Independence Day on Sunday, the Largo park will bring headliner saxophonist Steve Cole, who plays contemporary jazz with soul and R&B elements. Also performing are the U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note and jazz guitarist Nick Colionne. Performances will be held on the M&T Bank Stage, in Paradise Island Water Park, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., and the fireworks show begins at dusk. The festivities are included with park admission: $36.99; children under 54 inches and senior citizens, $25.99; children 3 and younger, free. Parking is $9 per car. Open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., the park is on Route 214, five miles east of the Beltway. 301-249-1500.

WEST AFRICAN PRODUCTION

Kofi Dennis and Kwame Ansah-Brew of the Ghanaian duo Anansegromma bring West African culture to Fort Washington through call-and-response songs, games and drum rhythms. The two entertainers turn the stage into a typical Ghanaian village, gathering with "royal elders" and "court musicians." Their act includes traditional music, storytelling and dance, and begins at 10:30 am. Wednesday at Harmony Hall Regional Center/John Addison Concert Hall, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington. Tickets are $4. 301-203-6070.

NEW GROUND TO COVER

Last month, in conjunction with National Trails Day, a new segment of a hiking, biking, walking and equestrian trail opened in Upper Marlboro. The Patuxent River Scenic Trail is a 2.2-mile, natural surface path. Open from dawn to dusk daily, the trail is in Patuxent River Park, 16000 Croom Airport Rd. in Upper Marlboro. Park admission is $2. 301-627-6074.