Annapolis celebrates the 4th of July with a parade, fireworks and live music

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The 4th of July is here, and if you’re thinking of getting a little patriotic and hitting the road for something fun, I’ve got a great idea for you.

Our capital has everything you need. Parades, marching bands and great food.

The parade will kick off around 6:30 a.m. and start at Amos Garrett Blvd., go down West Street, down Main Street and end at the city wharf.

The Navy Band will play our favorite patriotic tunes and then the Navy’s newest band, the Blues & Gold, will play music by BB King, Joe Bonamassa and Eric Clapton.

The fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m.

A lot of our ancestors, George Washington, Ben Franklin and this guy came through Annapolis for a drink or two. The Naval Academy and the birth of the Star-Spangled Banner are just a small piece of our region’s history.

“I didn’t know that,” Jordyn Alm said.

Alm is from Minnesota and this is her first 4th of July parade. She couldn’t have picked a better city than Annapolis to see her first.

“I’ve never known a city with so much history involved in everything. I’m excited to see the fireworks, to see the parade,” Alm said.

If you are worried about parking because the main parking lot is closed downtown, you can park in one of the parking lots or drive to Navy Marine Corps Stadium.

Park for free and take a free shuttle from any of these locations.

Who else would you expect to see in Annapolis for the 4th than John Hancock.

“My name is William John Hancock,” Hancock said.

He may not be the real John Hancock, born in 1737 in Braintree, Massachusetts, but this “John Hancock” is an Annapolis boy through and through.

“Absolutely, my wife and I got married there and partied at Middletons,” Hancock said.

It’s not too often that Hancock is asked what the 4th of July means to him.

“It means a lot. It means independence, means freedom. It means being here on a boat with my buddies, meeting good people like you, my wife behind you. I love it man, that’s what it is. is,” Hancock said. .

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