Bombs Bursting in Air . . .

Photo courtesy of Mike Lee


Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

The words penned by Francis Scott Key, in 1814, never cease to bring a chill to Americans everywhere.  But what most Americans don’t have is the same privilege Baltimoreans do – seeing Fourth of July fireworks over the same harbor that inspired Key to write his famous poem.

This year’s fireworks display is being sponsored by Ports America.  The “bombs bursting in air” will start at 9:30 p.m. on July 4th.  But don’t wait until evening to head to the Inner Harbor as there are many festivities leading up to the main event.   The schedule of events is:

West Shore Park (near 401 Light St).

Noon –2:00 p.m.    The Magic and Comedy of Jason Moffett

1 – 3 p.m.            Milkshake, interactive musical entertainment for children

Inner Harbor Amphitheater

4 p.m.                  Pennsylvania Air National Guard Band, patriotic

7:30 p.m.            Electric Brigade, a U.S. Naval Academy Band

9:30 p.m.            Fireworks Show

For more information on the Ports America Chesapeake Fourth of July Celebration, visit or call 1-877-BALTIMORE.

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