Fourth of July Celebrations and Fireworks To Take Place at the Inner Harbor and Middle Branch Park

| June 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts Press Release: 


Commemorate the Declaration of Independence with a live music performance and fireworks display in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Ports America Chesapeake Fourth of July Celebration returns Thursday, July 4, 2019 from 7–9:30pm. Starting at 7pm, the U.S. Navy Jazz Band Commodores performs classic and today’s top hits at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater at Pratt and Light streets. At 9:30pm, fireworks brighten up the night sky over downtown Baltimore. The 18-minute display is produced by fireworks company Pyrotecnico and choreographed to music. The best views of the fireworks are along the Inner Harbor promenade and surrounding areas, including Canton, Federal Hill, Fells Point, Harbor East and Locust Point. In the event of a cancellation due to severe weather, the fireworks display will take place Friday, July 5, 2019 at 9:30pm. The annual Fourth of July Celebration is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) and sponsored by Ports America Chesapeake, with additional support from Visit Baltimore, T-Mobile and FOX 45.

Additionally, Top of the World Observation Level hosts Picnic at the Top on Thursday, July 4, 2019 from 7:30–10pm. Doors open at 7pm. The family-friendly event features a one-of-a-kind view of the Ports America Chesapeake Fourth of July Celebration, food, beverage, children’s activities, a DJ and photo booth. Tickets are $65 for adults and $35 for children through Sunday, June 30, 2019. Tickets are $75 for adults and $40 for children from Monday, July 1–Thursday, July 4, 2019. To purchase tickets, visit Top of the World Observation Level is managed by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and located on the 27th floor of the World Trade Center at 401 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, events center and film office. By producing large-scale events such as Artscape, Light City and Baltimore Book Festival, and providing funding and support to artists, arts programs and organizations across the city, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.

For more information on Ports America Chesapeake Fourth of July Celebration, call 410-752-8632 or visit

Cherry Hill Arts & Music Waterfront Festival Press Release: 

3rd Annual Cherry Hill Arts & Music Waterfront Festival Expands Programming, Part of Major July 4th Celebration

South Baltimore Celebration Attracts Thousands from Maryland, D.C., Pennsylvania and Ohio

Baltimore, June 6, 2019 –A celebration of the performing and visual arts, and cultural vibrancy of South Baltimore, the 3rd Annual Cherry Hill Arts & Music Waterfront Festival will return to Middle Branch Park (3301 Waterview Ave., Baltimore, MD 21230) July 4 from 1:00 p.m.-10 p.m., with expanded programming that includes performances, food trucks, interactive “ARTivities,” and a fireworks show. This is a celebration of freedom, unity, and remembrance. A bridge that has historically divided communities will unite South Baltimore as the picturesque backdrop to the area’s first major 4th of July celebration in decades. Community leaders from Cherry Hill and Port Covington have united to activate both shores of the Hanover Street bridge for a storied shared experience for Baltimore City and beyond (

Co-founded by Cherry Hill playwright and great-grandmother Shirley Foulks and Youth Resiliency Institute Executive Director and musician Fanon Hill, the free festival will feature three headliners: house and dance music icon Crystal Waters, reggae legend Sister Carol, and indie soul artist Navasha Daya, as well as musical artists working across genres including soul, house, jazz, latin, hip-hop and more. Also performing will be members of the Youth Resiliency Institute’s Baltimore Guitarists Against Violence program (BGAV), a program which provides children and youth ages 8-18 living in communities with high rates of violence with an opportunity to learn how to play guitar. This year, master instrument maker Abu The Flutemaker and Safe Streets Cherry Hill will be honored at the festival for their commitment to the Cherry Hill community.

“Everyone from across Baltimore and beyond is invited to celebrate Cherry Hill’s historical and cultural significance as we tell our nation’s full story on Independence Day in South Baltimore’s Middle Branch park,” said Festival Co-founder Fanon Hill. “The future of Baltimore City and our country is dependent upon our ability to amplify the voices of those who historically have been silenced. We are grateful to South Baltimore Gateway Partnership for being the lead funder of this year’s festival. Their support allows us to make it bigger and better than year’s past.”

The Cherry Hill Arts & Music Waterfront Festival is focused on reducing isolation and developing relationships with important elements of Baltimore’s mainstream arts sector, as there is a scarcity of relevant cultural arts opportunities for Cherry Hill residents in their own neighborhood. Going beyond the event itself, festival organizers provide important arts training and employment opportunities for Cherry Hill residents and artists so that they can become better at their own creative practice and experience a greater level of visibility and sustainability.”Through yearlong community- based art workshops and workforce development and employment opportunities for community members of all ages, the Cherry Hill Arts & Music Waterfront Festival demonstrates the tremendous impact of equitable access to arts and culture in Cherry Hill,” said Michael Middleton, Executive Director of the Cherry Hill Development Corporation.

Along with the festival itself, the Cherry Hill Arts & Music Waterfront Festival provides yearlong arts education, cross-generational arts mentorship and outreach in Baltimore Maryland’s historic Cherry Hill community and throughout South Baltimore.

A South Baltimore neighborhood, Cherry Hill is historically significant as the nation’s first, largest (and likely the only) planned suburban-style community for African Americans. Cherry Hill is also home to one of the most densely populated housing projects in the country.
The history of the development of public housing in Cherry Hill is one of the most striking examples of deliberate residential racial segregation in any city. Racial segregation in Baltimore City is also reflected in its cultural life.

“The Cherry Hill Arts & Music Waterfront Festival is a full day of family-friendly fun, cultural arts and community engagement. We owe it to our children to share—and preserve— Cherry Hill’s historic story,” said Festival Co-founder Shirley Foulks.

Free Festival Parking is available at Harbor Hospital’s Overflow Parking lot – 3001 S Hanover St.; Broening Park- 3001 East Dr.; and City Garage 101 West Dickman St. A map of the event can be found here:

Photo courtesy of Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

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