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annapolis-4th-of-julyThe 4th of July in the United States of America is often known as Independence Day and America’s birthday. It has been a Federal holiday since 1941, though the Independence Day celebration dates back to the 18th Century and the American Revolution which took place from 1775 to 1783.

The reason the 4th of July is called Independence Day and America’s birthday is because in June 1776 representatives of the 13 colonies–then fighting in the revolutionary struggle–weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson.

Since July 4,1776 through the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with fun festivities including parades and concerts, fun summer gatherings with friends and family that often include barbeques that end the day with fireworks. The fireworks represent lighting a huge birthday cake in the sky to celebrate America’s birthday of Independence.

Annapolis is the state capital of Maryland located on the water, it  is one of Maryland’s favorite places to celebrate the fourth of July.  Patriotic and family-friendly events include an Independence Day parade, concerts, and fireworks. The City Dock area, along the historic seaport, is a popular destination for pedestrians and boaters to watch the fireworks.

Annapolis annual 4th of July parade begins at 6:30 PM on Amos Garrett Blvd., and then proceeds right on West Street, around Church Circle, down Main Street, left on Randall Street, and ends in front of the Market House. Good views of the parade are located throughout the parade route.

At 8:00 PM until dark at Susan Campbell Park, at City Dock, you can enjoy the United States Naval Academy Band’s Concert Band. The USNA Concert Band performs a public concert series featuring a variety of musical favorites including light classics to marches to classic band literature and patriotic songs.

From Annapolis Harbor, the fireworks will be launched around 9:15 pm. The best viewing areas include public spaces Northeast of the Severn River, along the Naval Academy Bridge, any of the street-end parks facing Spa Creek, and aboard a boat in the Annapolis harbor. The Spa Creek Bridge will be closed to traffic beginning at 9 PM  to create a perfect spot for many to enjoy the fireworks.

Be sure to make your reservations early with Gibson’s Lodging for your 4th of July vacation. You will enjoy the comfort of home in their beautiful bed and breakfast. Call or contact them today at 877-330-0057.

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