Maryland goes all out for the Fourth of July, and the small town of Frederick especially gets into the patriotic spirit. Independence Day activities include two stages of live music, a volleyball tournament, food contests, patriotic pageants, and more. The community gathers to celebrate Independence Day with a spectacular fireworks display at dusk.
Location and How to Get There
If you're in Washington, D.C., or Baltimore, then it's an easy hour drive west to Frederick. The 58-acre Baker Park is the ideal location for a full day of family fun. In addition to the special holiday events, recreation facilities include Culler Lake, a public swimming pool, numerous playgrounds, athletic fields, and picnic areas.
Free parking will be provided all day in the Church Street, Court Street, W. Patrick Street, and Carroll Creek Parking Decks. Parking will also be available at Frederick High School (located at 650 Carroll Parkway) for a small fee. Proceeds benefit Frederick High School Sports Boosters. Shuttle service will not be provided at this year’s celebration. Handicap parking has been reserved along Second Street just west of College Avenue and from West College Terrace to Midnite Alley, and on Carroll Parkway near the intersection of West College Terrace.
There is plenty of entertainment for kids including pony rides, crafts, a petting zoo, carousel, train ride, moon bounces, a candy cannon, stilt walker, a dunk tank, martial arts demonstrations, and more. Amusements are priced per ride, or wristbands are available for unlimited rides.
Beer and Wine Gardens
There will be three beer and wine gardens set up throughout the park where you can enjoy wine, sangria, and local craft beers. All guests must be 21 years of age or older with valid I.D. to drink. There's a small cover charge for a day pass. Locations include:
- Talley Recreation Center Garden, Second Street next to Recreation Center
- RelyLocal Frederick Family Friendly Carillon Garden, Carillon Area Baker Park, Close to Second Street Tennis Courts
- S.S. Vape Country Stage Garden, Fleming Avenue close to Tennis Courts
Fourth of July Fireworks
At dusk, the fireworks will be shot off from Parkway Elementary School. The best viewing areas are surrounding the swimming pool on Fleming Avenue, on the Frederick High School lawn, or in the open area surrounding the Bandshell in the Carillon area. The show is visible from most areas of Baker Park with the exception of limited visibility from the Band Shell Stage seating area and adjacent playground.