Where to Watch Annapolis 4th of July Fireworks

Come celebrate our nation’s independence in one of the most historic cities on the East Coast! Enjoy lively outdoor concerts, delicious community barbecues, and scenic waterfront views with dazzling Annapolis 4th of July firework shows. Here on the beautiful shores of the Chesapeake Bay you can enjoy fascinating historical tours and gala parades in the heart of downtown Annapolis, take a charming dinner cruise beneath a sky lit with fireworks, or peruse the eclectic shops, restaurants, and pubs along our famous waterfront. Reserve your premium vacation rental in Annapolis today, and start planning your holiday weekend with these festivities, and much, much more!

Annapolis 4th of July Parade

Annapolis’ historic downtown hosts a lively Independence Day Parade from 6:30-8pm. Every spot along the route offers excellent views of the vibrant floats celebrating the community, the city’s traditions, and the nation’s history, with plenty of fun, food, and festive music. Everything from handmade floats to antique fire trucks will be on hand for this family-fun event.

City Dock Celebrations

Local radio station WRNR will be broadcasting live from their “eye in the sky” mobile broadcasting booth at City Dock along Annapolis’ iconic waterfront. Enjoy Red, White, and Blue American classics while exploring the charming stores, pop-up vendors, and local artisans. Make sure to grab an ideal spot with a view of the Annapolis Harbor, because at 9:15pm when WRNR queues up “Stars and Stripes Forever” you’ll know it is time for…

Annapolis 4th of July Fireworks!

Annapolis’ city fireworks show launches from a barge in the center of the harbor, so prime viewing spots can be found in any outdoor area northeast of the Severn River, along City Dock, the Naval Academy Bridge, Spa Creek, or a boat of your own (you can even look into reserving a fireworks cruise, though they are in high demand and sell out quickly!). The spectacular array of rockets, aerials, and daisy chains lasts until approximately 10pm. Parking is limited in downtown, but shuttles ($1) are available to parking lots at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium and Lawyers Mall.

At Home Annapolis offers an incredible selection of rental homes in and around Annapolis, all conveniently located near ideal firework viewing areas. Our best advice is to select one of our premiere downtown offerings, from pre-colonial row houses to contemporary townhomes, in order to avoid the traffic and large crowds associated with this festive holiday. Book your stay online today and save!

Best Annapolis Farmers’ Markets

Built as a trading post on the Severn River and Chesapeake Bay, you would expect Annapolis to honor its heritage with a host of specialty markets. You would not be disappointed. Home to multiple unique and eclectic farmers’ markets, many of which are open year-round, the mercantile tradition is alive and well by the Bay. Whether you are looking to explore, to sample the fresh produce and seasonal fruits, or to admire the skillful local artisans, so lets take a look at some of the best Annapolis farmers’ markets.

Anne Arundel Country Farmers’ Market

Offering an incredible selection of fresh produce from arugula to dandelion greens, this market features 30+ vendors offering locally raised meats, hot food, specialty crafts and food items, and much, much more. On Saturdays (March 31-December 22) and Sundays (year round) the market features hot breakfast foods as well as specialty items like ciders, artisanal cheeses, coffee, honey, jams, and even gourmet pet treats. Local craftsmen also have their wares on full display, from pottery to windchimes to woodworking. The market is located west of Annapolis on Harry Truman Parkway, and is also open Tuesday evenings May through September.

The Pennsylvania Dutch Farmers Market

Located in the Pariole area of Annapolis at the Harbour Center, the Pennsylvania Dutch Market features handmade and homegrown offerings from the Amish communities of Lancaster, PA. Fresh produce mingles with delicious prepared salads, homespun candy, cheeses, organic meats, and prepared foods like fried chicken and ice cream. Bulk food is available, as well as tasty snacks and fresh desserts. A restaurant serves fresh, homemade meals (take-out is available), but it is second in popularity to the beautiful displays of skillfully crafted hardwood furniture, the centerpiece of the market. Open Thursday through Saturday from 9am-6pm (3pm on Saturday), be sure to visit this spacious market during your explorations of historic downtown.

Some other Best Annapolis Farmers’ Markets

If you are looking for fresh produce and seasonal fruits to take home to your luxury vacation rental, there are several smaller produce markets around Annapolis sure to meet your needs. The Department of Natural Resources sponsors a summertime market with fresh produce and local fruits on Thursdays (3-6pm) from June through September, while farm-fresh eggs, premium cuts of beef, and free-range poultry is a specialty of the Westfield Annapolis Market (Sundays, 11am-3pm, May-October). Annapolis Town Centre’s market is great for fresh herbs, cheeses, coffee, and poultry (Wed. 4-7pm, June-October) and FRESHFARM Market by City Dock is an ideal spot for a Sunday stroll with fresh coffee while you peruse freshly baked breads and artisanal produce (8:30am-noon, May through November).

Whatever catches your eye, you can easily prepare a gourmet feast in the modern kitchen of your luxury vacation home. All of our premium properties are in close proximity to one or more of these incredible markets, so prepare your shopping list and make your reservation with us today, then stock up on Maryland’s finest produce and relax in Annapolis’ finest vacation rentals.

Must See Attractions in Annapolis

One of America’s great historic cities, Annapolis is famous for its Georgian and beaux arts buildings, romantic cobblestone streets, and charming harbor district with shops, fine dining, and family-friendly attractions. This city by the bay is not shy about its love of the sea, from yachts to evening sails to decadent seafood, and that’s just how we like it. With so many historic sites, fascinating museums, and scenic waterways we know it can be daunting to plan your itinerary, but you won’t want to miss any of these must see attractions in Annapolis!

Sail On!

As the sailing capital of America, no trip to Annapolis is complete without a voyage out onto the charming waters of Chesapeake Bay. Take a romantic sunset cruise aboard a classic wooden schooner, learn to sail at Annapolis Sailing School, or simply hop aboard one of the water taxis linking all the points of interest along Annapolis’ shoreline. For a special treat check out Schooner Woodwind and indulge in one of their decadent dinner cruises, or stay overnight for their popular “Boat and Breakfast”, one of our favorite ways to catch a sunrise over the Bay (while enjoying a delicious breakfast, no less).

Historic Downtown and Other Must See Attractions in Annapolis

Founded around the confluence of the Severn River and the Chesapeake Bay, the historic downtown district is impossibly idyllic. Cobblestone streets intertwine around colonial-era architecture and historic builds. We love spending at least a morning here, though you can easily enjoy an entire day. Take in the manicured grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy and marvel at its classic Beaux Arts facades, visit the country’s oldest capital building, the Maryland State House (built in 1772), or grab a meal with a view at one of the many delicious restaurants lining the waterfront.

Ego Alley

The City Docks are also known as Ego Alley thanks to the penchant for captains of all classes to showcase their boats on this narrow waterway. Here the streets are lined with cafes, boutiques, gift shops, art galleries, and more. Nearly everywhere you go has splendid views of the river, harbor, and the bay, making it a perfect place to grab a meal any time of year but especially during the weekend sailboat races in May and the annual boat show in October. Which reminds us…

Eat Crab Cakes!

This one speaks for itself. Available in nearly every restaurant, this Maryland specialty is not to be missed! If your stay is over a first or third Sunday (July-Sept.), don’t miss the Annapolis Crab, Crash & Cruise at Chesapeake Brewing Co. of Annapolis. Eat your fill of steamed crabs, fried chicken, crab cakes, grilled corn, Maryland’s state cake (yeah, we have one), and of course, beer!

At Home Annapolis is proud to offer more than just the best selection of vacation rentals in Annapolis; we strive to provide you with the absolute best vacation possible. While you may have trouble deciding what to do when you visit, you can sleep easy knowing you made the right choice in your accommodations. Browse our wide selection of properties or contact our expert local guides to help you plan your trip, today!