Maryland goes all out for the Fourth of July and the small town of Frederick gets into the patriotic spirit. Independence Day activities at Baker Park and Culler Lake include two stages of live music, a volleyball tournament, food contests, patriotic pageants, and more. To top off the day, the community gathers to celebrate Independence Day with a spectacular fireworks display at dusk.
Frederick, part of the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, is located in north-central Maryland and is the county seat of Frederick County, the largest county in the state.
Directions and Parking
If you're in Washington, D.C., or Baltimore, 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 is provided all day in the Church St, Court Street, W. Patrick St, and Carroll Creek Parking Decks. Limited parking (due to construction) will also be available at Frederick High School (located at 650 Carroll Parkway) for $5. Proceeds benefit Frederick High School Sports Boosters.
Shuttle service will not be provided at this year’s celebration. Handicap permit parking has been reserved along Second Street just west of College Avenue and the intersection of West College Terrace and will be clearly marked.
There is plenty of good old-fashioned fun for kids including pony rides for the little ones, some hands-on fun making crafts, a petting zoo where you can cuddle with your favorite farm animal, and some exciting carnival rides.
Re-live your childhood with your kids riding the carousel, enjoying a train ride, and dousing someone in the dunk tank. And the activity and entertainment go on with moon bounces, a candy cannon, and watching wobbly-legged stilt walkers. Round out the day with a martial arts demo for your karate kids. 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.
Dogs are not allowed at the event. Bring your own chairs, blankets, food, and drinks (no alcohol) to relax under the starry night and take in the show. If you bring a grill, it is permitted in the picnic areas only and charcoal must be completely out by the time you leave. Anyone putting up an umbrella can only do so if it doesn't impede anyone's sight.
If fireworks are canceled due to inclement weather, they will be rescheduled at the close of the Summer Concert Series event immediately following July 4th.