Southern Maryland

RIVERFRONT CONCERT: "American Wits: The Music of Leroy Anderson and Morton Gould," a free concert and fireworks display, begins at 7 p.m. tomorrow at St. Mary's College of Maryland, Townhouse Green, Route 5 and East Fisher Rd., St. Mary's City. 240-895-2024 or

SOTTERLEY PLANTATION: Food, music and children's activities begin at 1 p.m. Sunday at Sotterley Plantation, 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood. Admission is $10 per vehicle. 301-373-2280 or

JULY 2 FIREWORKS: Lawn party, entertainment, refreshments and fireworks over Carthagena Creek begin at 8 p.m. Saturday at Dennis Point Marina and campground, 46555 Dennis Point Way, Drayden. 301-994-2288 or

THOMAS STONE HISTORIC SITE: A memorial service honoring Declaration of Independence signer Thomas Stone begins at 10 a.m. Monday at the Thomas Stone National Historic Site, 6655 Rosehill Rd., Port Tobacco. Free. 301-392-1776 or

PICNIC IN THE PARK: The annual outdoor celebration begins at 10 a.m. Monday at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, 10515 Mackall Rd., St. Leonard. Free. 410-586-8501 or

LA PLATA TOWN PICNIC: A celebration featuring food, museum demonstrations and a concert by Solid Brass begins at 11 a.m. Monday at La Plata Train Station, 100 Kent Ave., La Plata. No alcohol permitted. Free. 301-934-8421.

ST. MARY'S FESTIVAL: Freedom Fest 2005, a free event featuring crafts, concessions and music, begins at 5 p.m. Monday at St. Mary's County Fairgrounds, Route 5, Leonardtown. Fireworks display at nightfall. 301-475-4200, Ext. 1849.

INDIAN HEAD FIREWORKS: A free Fourth of July celebration featuring entertainment, children's games, pony rides and food begins at 3:30 p.m. Monday 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. 301-743-5574.

CHARLES COUNTY CELEBRATION: A free event featuring food, live music, pony rides, a moon bounce and face painting begins at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Charles County Fairgrounds, 8440 Fairgrounds Rd., La Plata. No alcohol permitted. Fireworks display after dusk. 301-932-1234.

Anne Arundel County

SYMPHONY AND MORE: Musical performances featuring the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, U.S. Army Chorus and the Anne Arundel Community College Jazz Singers begin at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Anne Arundel Community College, Siegert Field, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. Children's activities start at 4 p.m.; fireworks later in the evening. Free. 410-269-1132 or

KENT ISLAND INDEPENDENCE DAY: Vendors, face painting, music by the Kent Island Community Band and a moon bounce, from 5 p.m. Saturday at Chesapeake Exploration Center, 425 Piney Narrows Rd., Chester. Parking available at the Kent Narrows Factory Outlets, with shuttle service to festival grounds. Fireworks start at 9:20 p.m. Rain date for fireworks is Sunday. Free admission and parking. 410-758-0835.

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. Monday. William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George St., Annapolis. Free. 410-267-7619 or

SHADY SIDE CELEBRATION: Presentations including music by the Bay Winds Band, a baking contest, children's activities and a presentation of the Pledge of Allegiance by a local Boy Scout troop start at 12:30 p.m. Monday at Captain Salem Avery House Museum, 1418 E.W. Shady Side Rd. Free. 410-867-4486.

ANNAPOLIS PARADE: Fourth of July parade begins at 6 p.m. Monday at Amos Garrett Boulevard and follows West Street, Church Circle and Main Street, ending 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 is Tuesday. 410-263-1183.

SEVERNA PARK PARADE: Fire engines, floats and antique cars parade through Severna Park to celebrate Independence Day. Parade begins at 10 a.m. Monday at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church and proceeds along Benfield and Evergreen roads, ending at Severna Park Plaza on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard. Sponsored by the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce. 410-647-3900.

GALESVILLE FOURTH: Floats, firetrucks and a color guard star in a parade that begins at 7 p.m. Monday at Main Street and Anchors Way in Galesville. The parade heads along Main Street, turns onto Benning Road and loops back to Anchors Way. Fireworks start about 9 p.m. at the West River waterfront. 410-867-0403.

The District

All events will be on July 4:

ON THE MALL: An Independence Day parade will begin at 11:45 a.m. at Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW and proceed along Constitution Avenue, ending at 17th Street. The 39th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival will run from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the National Mall, featuring dance, song, food, crafts, and more. Launching of fireworks from the grounds of the reflecting pool starts at 9:10 p.m. Use of Metro is advised. For information, call 202-619-7222.

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT: The National Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Erich Kunzel, performs at 8 p.m. on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Barry Bostwick will host the concert, which will feature performances by Gloria Estefan, the Beach Boys, the O'Jays and others. Blanket or lawn chair is suggested. For information, call 202-619-7222, or visit the PBS Web site at

229TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE: A free celebration for the nation's 229th 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, a video presentation and more. For more information, call 202-619-7222.

AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM CONCERT: The U.S. Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants will perform patriotic music at the seventh annual Independence Day Concert from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the first floor of the west end in the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. For more information, call 202-633-1000.PALISADES-AREA PARADE: The parade begins at 11 a.m. at Whitehaven Parkway and MacArthur Boulevard NW and will proceed along MacArthur Boulevard to the Palisades Park and Recreation Center at Sherier and Dana places NW. Food and refreshments will be available, as well as amusements for children. 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. at Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. For information, call 202-537-6200.

Compiled by Timothy Wilson

and Bruce C.T. Wright

Onlookers in Village Green Park watch fireworks fill the skies over Indian Head in 2002 during the town's Fourth of July finale.