Mayor Scott, Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore are partnering to produce an evening of activations around the Inner Harbor

(Baltimore, MD) – Mayor Brandon M. Scott announces the return of festivities and fireworks to the Inner Harbor on Monday, July 4, 2022, from 4:00–10:00 p.m. “I am genuinely excited to announce that our 4th of July celebration, including fireworks, will be back and bigger than ever for Summer 2022,” says Mayor Scott. This multifaceted event is produced by a tremendous partnership of prominent Baltimore organizations coming together under Mayor Scott’s leadership to give Baltimore something beautiful to celebrate.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO), and Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore (WPB) are collaborating on the evening’s programming to create a truly special event for the Baltimore community, the people of Maryland, and visiting guests. Also participating in the day’s festivities is a host of renowned Baltimore institutions including the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore (DPOB), Baltimore Orioles, American Visionary Arts Museum (AVAM), National Aquarium in Baltimore, and media partner WJZ.

“When Baltimore’s world-class arts and cultural institutions collaborate on events like this, we amplify each other’s work and strengthen what is great about Baltimore — our sense of community and our Charm City pride. This spectacular free Independence Day celebration with music, history and performing arts is worthy of Baltimore and we are thrilled to invite residents and visitors to what we hope will be the first of many collaborative celebrations,” says BOPA CEO Donna Drew Sawyer.

Looking forward to the festivities, Laurie Schwartz, President of Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, adds, "We are delighted to see the Promenade activated from Fells Point to Rash Field as we celebrate this monumental occasion and welcome the BSO to Rash Field Park. We will see a return to the tradition of fireworks over the harbor and a spectacular day-long experience for Baltimoreans downtown. The Waterfront Partnership will also curate street performers between activities adding even more magic and awe as downtown organizations and talent join forces to shed light on what makes Baltimore so very special."

The event will kick off at 4:00 p.m. with a traditional performance by the United States Navy’s oldest band, the Navy Band Commodores, at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater. The performance will last about 2.5 hours with a brief intermission. Between concerts, there will be street performers and activities from various attractions along the entire promenade. Additionally, WPB and DPOB are teaming up to coordinate local food trucks at West Shore Park by the Vistors Center.

Mayor Scott is excited to announce that BSO Artistic Partner and Baltimorean Wordsmith will deliver a spoken word performance of Frederick Douglass’ “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” from the BGE Pavilion mainstage in Rash Field Park at 7:30 p.m. Then at 8:00 p.m., the BSO will host a Star- Spangled Celebration concert under the baton of Assistant Conductor Jonathan Rush at the BGE Pavilion in the newly renovated Rash Field Park. “The BSO is proud to be part of a grand return to community celebrations this Fourth of July,” says BSO President and CEO Mark Hanson. “This holiday is a time to celebrate all the creativity that Baltimore has to offer, and we’re looking forward to joining with a free, patriotic performance, bringing the entire BSO downtown to our city’s newly renovated Rash Field.”

The full orchestra performance, sponsored by PNC Bank, will culminate around 9:30 p.m. with a dazzling 13-minute fireworks display produced by fireworks company Pyrotecnico. The best views are along the Inner Harbor promenade and surrounding areas, including Canton, Federal Hill, Fells Point, Harbor East, and Locust Point. “Commemorating our Nation’s anniversary with a special Fourth of July celebration at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is a statement to the importance this location holds in the history of America,” says Laura Gamble, PNC regional president for Greater Maryland. “PNC Bank, as long-time resident of the Inner Harbor, is honored to be sponsoring the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s participation in this event and proud to bring all of the parties together to make it happen.”

“A huge thanks to BOPA, the Waterfront Partnership, BSO, and PNC Bank for making this event possible, and special thanks to the Downtown Partnership, Baltimore Orioles, National Aquarium, American Visionary Arts Museum, and WJZ for partnering to add to the day's festivities,” Mayor Scott says. “It has been an extremely long two years, and I am thrilled to welcome residents and visitors from all over the region back to the world-famous Inner Harbor for a fun-filled day celebrating our nation’s independence.”

Echoing the Mayor’s enthusiasm, WJZ Vice President and General Manager Kathy Hostetter says, “WJZ has a strong history of supporting the local communities we serve. We couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to bring together our sports, cultural arts, and downtown partnership communities in this very fun-filled and patriotic way.”

In the spirit of partnership, ticketholders to the Orioles’ afternoon home game on July 4 will be able to extend their stadium parking through the evening at no extra cost. Plus, members of the BSO will deliver a special performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Oriole Park to kick off a day of celebrations.

After several years off, AVAM is holding their Pet Parade and Animal Talent Show. Pets of all kinds are encouraged to enter. AVAM founder Rebecca Hoffberger says, “Be they our healing helpers or best friends, our American Visionary Art Museum celebrates our Fourth of July with a patriotic salute to our beloved pets! Come see our costumed parade of owner, kid and adult, and adored pet creature, and for our moment of silence for those lost — including war dogs and porpoises.” Pet registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the pet parade begins at 9:00 a.m. Participation is free. For more information, visit www.avam.org.

Festivities don’t stop there: For the first time in three years, Top of the World Observation Level, managed by BOPA, is hosting Picnic at the Top on Monday, July 4, 2022, from 7:30–10:00 p.m. This family-friendly event features a one-of-a-kind view of the Inner Harbor and the fireworks display, food, beverage, children’s activities, a DJ, and photo booth. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. For tickets, visit www.viewbaltimore.org.

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

Time

Event

Location

8:30 a.m.

Pet Parade registration begins

AVAM

9:00 a.m.

Pet Parade begins

AVAM

1:05 p.m.

Orioles v. Rangers; national anthem

performed by the BSO

Camden Yards

4:00 p.m.

Navy Band Commodores performance

begins

Harborplace Amphitheater

6:30 p.m.

Street performers and activities

Waterfront Promenade

7:30 p.m.

Spoken word performance by BSO

Artistic Partner Wordsmith

BGE Pavilion mainstage in

Rash Field Park

7:30 p.m.

Picnic at the Top begins

Top of the World Observation

Level

8:00 p.m.

Star-Spangled Celebration concert by the

BSO begins

BGE Pavilion mainstage in

Rash Field Park

9:30 p.m.

Fireworks begin, accompanied by the

BSO

Waterfront Promende, BSO at

the BGE Pavilion mainstage

9:43 p.m.

Fireworks end

Waterfront Promenade

 

Contact BOPA For broadcast inquiries, contact Lauren Green (443-263-4310). For all other media inquiries, contact Barbara Hauck (443-263-4315).

Contact BSO For media inquiries, contact Rosie Constantine at rconstantine@bsomusic.org or (410-487-2582)

Contact WPB For WPB media inquiries, contact Alex Silverman, PROFILES (alex@profilespr.com).

 

About the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

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 providing funding and support to artists, arts programs, and organizations across the city, and by producing large-scale events such as Artscape, Baltimore Book Festival, and Light City, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city. Learn more about BOPA by visiting https://promotionandarts.org and following BOPA on social media: @promoandarts.

About the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

For over a century, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has been recognized as one of America’s leading orchestras and one of Maryland’s most significant cultural institutions. The orchestra is internationally renowned and locally admired for its innovation, performances, recordings, and educational outreach initiatives including OrchKids.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs annually for more than 275,000 people throughout the State of Maryland. Since 1982, the BSO has performed at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, and since 2005, with the opening of The Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD, the BSO became the nation’s first orchestra performing its full season of classical and pops concerts in two metropolitan areas. More recently, 2020 marked the beginning of a new era of artistry, innovation, stability, and digital accessibility, including the launch of the virtual platform BSO OffStage and a groundbreaking docu-concert series BSO Sessions. More information about the BSO can be found at BSOmusic.org.

About the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore

Waterfront Partnership, in collaboration with our government, business, and community partners, creates a clean, green, safe, sustainable, and thriving urban waterfront for all to enjoy. We're lean, nimble and effective; the only organization that wakes up every day, rolls its sleeves up and gets to work on new ways we can make Baltimore's Waterfront even more active, attractive and appealing. We're the hosts who greet visitors, the creators of programs and promotions and managers of our beautiful parks. We encourage investment in Baltimore's most celebrated asset so it can continue to grow, to serve as a place of pride and the place where Baltimoreans come together to recreate and to celebrate. For more information, visit waterfrontpartnership.org.