Our Guide to Independence Day in Annapolis

4th of July brings around visions of popsicles and hotdogs and night skies filled with colorful explosions, but it’s more than that. This day of fun and sun is also a time where we celebrate those strong-willed men who risked everything for our freedom, and because a few of those brave gentlemen resided right here in Annapolis, what better place to celebrate than in one of our At Home Annapolis holiday escapes? Offering comfort, warmth, and the perfect place to watch the fireworks from afar, our homes will make this holiday one to remember!

Pancakes and Patriotism for Annapolis Independence Day

The best way to start out your 4th of July shenanigans is with a hearty breakfast at the Double T Diner. Located at 12 Defense Street, they are famous for serving some of the best pancakes in town, but every dish is something special. Offering diner food in a retro-themed business, neon lights, friendly servers, and homemade Belgian waffles topped with ice cream, whipped cream, and chocolate syrup, there’s no other place in town that will make your taste buds smile like the Double T Diner!


Being this close to where it all started those hundreds of years ago, you better believe we celebrate our Annapolis 4th of July in a big way, starting with the Annapolis 4th of July Parade! The fun begins at 6:30 sharp at the corner of Amos Garret and West Street with a cavalcade of red, white, and blue, marching bands, fire engines, old cars, and young kids. This extraordinary patriotic event is our favorite one of the year and can be viewed pretty much from anywhere in the downtown area!

We Scream for Ice Cream

It’s almost a law that ice cream should be consumed on our nation’s birthday, and Annapolis has lots of places that will entice you with their frozen dairy treats! The most popular is, of course, the one whose first name is very important to us: Annapolis Ice Cream Company. Offering a location that is right along the parade route, 196 Main Street, dad can go off to the shop with your list of demands while mom and kids stay behind, saving their spot and being sure not to miss a moment of the excitement!

The Grand Finale of Fireworks

As the night skies darken to that beautiful midnight blue, the moment we all wait so impatiently for begins—the 4th of July Fireworks Show in Historic Annapolis! There are a few different ways to see the show, including the Annapolis Independence Day Fireworks Cruise on the Watermark, watching from the docks, or for those who prefer the comfort of their At Home Annapolis holiday escape, in many of our homes you will be able to witness the show from your own front porch! Our properties are located in the heart of what makes our town special, and our downtown units are perfect for intimate fireworks viewings! Reserve yours today and discover all the other aspects that make our homes the only ones you’ll ever want to stay at during your unforgettable vacation in Annapolis.

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