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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