8 Things Baltimoreans Like to Do on the 4th of July

by Stacy Tharp 30. June 2014

Independence Day is a national holiday, and one that celebrates our beautiful nation. But if you live in Baltimore, we celebrate the day a little differently. If you’re new to Baltimore or coming to visit for the holiday and want to fit right in, this list is for you. Here are the top 8 ways Baltimore does the 4th of July.

1) Have a Crab Feast

Have some friends and family over and pick up a bushel of steamed crabs – jumbo of course, after all, this is a celebration! Don’t forget to pick up some crab mallets. True crab-picking pros can crack open a claw with their teeth, but there’s no shame in using a mallet. Dental work is expensive. Rookies will fail to pick up some extra Old Bay®, thinking that since the crabs are already submerged with the stuff, there is plenty to go around. Don’t underestimate just how much Old Bay® us Baltimoreans require! Also, steamed crabs are not an appetizer nor are they a side dish. Get your steamed crabs, grill up some corn on the cob and you’ve got yourself a complete and satisfying Baltimore meal.

2) Drink Your Natty Bohs and Orange Crushes

If you don’t know what either of these refreshing adult beverages are, you’d better learn NOW if you have any chance of fitting in here in Baltimore. Although the beer is no longer brewed here in Baltimore, we still have Mr. Boh watching over our town. And Orange Crushes…just yum. ‘Nuff said.

3) Join in the Local Celebration at the Inner Harbor:

Baltimorean or not, everyone fits in and has a good time at Baltimore’s Ports America Chesapeake Fourth of July Celebration at the Inner Harbor. Bring the whole family and enjoy live music, good food and a fantastic fireworks show.

4) Enjoy the Fireworks from Your Rooftop Deck:

For those locals who want to see the Inner Harbor fireworks but don’t want to deal with the crowds, head over to that friend’s house. You know which friend I’m talking about, the one with the rooftop deck. Don’t know anyone with a rooftop deck? Looks like you only have a few days left to make a new friend!

5) Go Downee Ocean, Hon!

For those new to Baltimore, you might be confused about what I just said there. “Go downee ocean, hon” translates to “Go to Ocean City.” If you’re with a group of adults and don’t mind a crowd, spend the day at Seacrets. Stay the evening for a great view of the fireworks. Or bring the family and head to the boardwalk. Here’s a tip to make sure you fit in: you are at the ocean, not the shore. This isn’t New Jersey (no offense to New Jersey).

6) Go to an O's Game

Although the Orioles will be out of town beating the Red Sox on July 4th, you can start your Independence Day festivities a night early rooting for our O’s at the July 3rd game against the Rangers at Camden Yards. You have to stay ‘til the end to enjoy the fireworks show.

7) Don't Forget the Berger Cookies

What are Berger Cookies? Pure bliss. More specifically, they are shortbread cookies piled and piled and piled some more with chocolate fudge. Wondering how Maryland doesn’t rank higher on the state obesity scale? Me too. These Baltimore cookies may not be the healthiest, but man do they taste amazing. And do you see what I’ve just done for you? Take #1, #2 and #7, put them together and you’ve got yourself a nice well-rounded Baltimore meal.

8) Reveal Your Maryland Flag Pride

Maryland has the coolest state flag in the country (source: all the people that live in Maryland), which is why we aren’t shy about showing it off. While people around the nation generally don their red, white and blue on Independence Day, many Marylanders take this day as an opportunity to show off their state flag pride. You can find the Maryland state flag design on shirts, shorts, sunglasses, towels, belts…I could go on, but I won’t. Bottom line: find a piece of Maryland flag apparel and you’ll fit right in here.

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Father's Day Gifts He'll Actually Use

by Stacy Tharp 11. June 2014

Father's Day

If your father is anything like mine, when asked what he wants for Father’s Day, he’ll reply, “I could use more socks.” No, Dad, I’m not going to get you socks. Instead, take matters into your own hands. Get him a unique gift based on one of his hobbies or interests – that way you know he’ll put it to good use! Here are some examples:

For the Dad with Baltimore Pride:

If there’s one thing that all Baltimore dads have in common, it’s that they can’t get enough Old Bay®. Help your dad season his crabs, shrimp, fries, eggs, pizza, etc. with style with this Old Bay Crab Feast 2 Piece Set. Throw some of these Old Bay® Seasoned Virginia Peanuts on the side (or make your own Old Bay® concoction!) and you’ve got yourself a nicely themed gift for your Baltimore dad.

For the Baltimore Techie:

If your dad spends a lot of time by the computer, get him something useful that also allows him to show off his Baltimore pride, such as a crab-themed wireless mouse. Or if your father always has at least one eye on his mobile phone, how about a crab-themed iPhone case? You could also go for the DIY approach with a hand print crab. It’s shown here on a T-shirt, but you could do the same thing on a mouse pad or anything else!

For the Golfer:

If you’re looking for a nicer gift (possibly a group gift), consider the Garmin Approach® S1. This sport watch features a GPS which can measure individual shot distances and track how far you walk on the course. Also check out the other Approach® models for different features.

If you’re looking for a golf-themed gift that’s a little bit easier on the wallet, golfer dads could always use more of their favorite golf balls or golf gloves. Add a personal touch by creating a basket of all of his favorite items on the green: golf balls, tees, snacks, drinks, sunscreen, etc. Or this DIY golf tee porcupine is a great gift from the kids.

For the Grill Master:

No matter how much your dad enjoys grilling, no one likes cleaning up afterwards. This Grand Grill Daddy Platinum Steam Cleaning Grill Brush makes cleanup a breeze. If you’re looking to spend less, how about a BBQ wing rack, a seafood grill rack, or even a jalapeno popper grilling rack? Round out the gift with your dad’s favorite rub or barbeque sauce, or make your own homemade sauce.

If your dad doesn’t fall into one of these categories, choose a hobby he does enjoy and I’m confident you can come up with a creative gift that he will love! You can view our Pinterest board for more ideas.

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Memorial Day Steals and Deals

by Stacy Tharp 21. May 2014

American Flags

This weekend while you are down the ocean, firing up the grill and enjoying your extra day off, try to remember exactly WHY you are celebrating this federal holiday. Memorial Day was created to remember those who died while serving our country. Memorial Day celebrations are often extended to our living veterans and those who are currently serving in the U.S. Military. Here are some 2014 Memorial Day deals – some apply specifically to veterans and current military personnel, and some are for all to enjoy.

Home Depot: On Memorial Day, all veterans are eligible for Home Depot's 10% military discount. (This discount also applies to veterans on July 4th and Veterans Day.)

Hooters: Hooters is offering 10 free wings with a drink purchase to all active duty military, veterans and their spouses on Memorial Day.

Lowes: Lowes honors all veterans on Memorial Day (as well as July 4th and Veterans Day) with a 10% discount.

King's Dominion: All active, inactive or retired United States Service men and women can enjoy free park admission on May 24 -26 (as well as July 4-5) with a valid military I.D.

Wendy's: On Monday, May 26 from 12 PM to 8 PM everybody gets a free waffle cone Frosty™ at participating locations.

Boston Market: In honor of National Military Appreciation Month, you can get 10% off your in-restaurant order when you show your military or veteran ID for the entire month of May. Additionally, Boston Market is offering a 50% discount on any family meal for everyone on Memorial Day.

General Motors: All active, reserve, retired and veteran military are eligible to receive the General Motors military discount on Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles until June 30, 2014.

Baja Fresh: Receive 25% off your purchase with proof of Military ID the week of May 20th - May 26th.

Please contact the businesses for restrictions, requirements and more details.

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