It’s that time of year to paint the town (or Canton) red, and while you’re at it throw in some white and blue too. July 4th falls on a pretty little Friday this year, which means #Murica ought to be the theme of your entire weekend (as if you hadn’t already heard or seen that hashtag enough this week.) We may be a little low from our recent World Cup loss, but that certainly doesn’t need to hold us back from celebrating with class: drinks, obnoxious fireworks, and even more obnoxious flag-styled outfits.
Parade with your Pet
Dress your pet in some good ol’ U.S.A. gear (or his fave costume), and go on parade July 4 at 10 a.m. (registration 9:30 a.m.) at the American Visionary Arts Museum. Trophies awarded for Best Costume, Most Patriotic, Most Visionary Pet, Owner & Pet look-alikes, Least likely to succeed as a Pet, Visionary Pet Tricks, and more. The event is free and followed by a pet talent (or not talent) show. Pets must be leashed or carried and water/baggies provided. Give your pup its chance to shine on the 4th!
Celebrate at the Spa
Everyone knows that you need your red, white, and blue mani/pedi for July 4th festivities, but what if you didn’t have time to get one before the weekend? Don’t fret: About Faces in Canton is open until 3 p.m. on Friday for all of your spa and pampering needs.
Grab a Picnic to Go
Head to Canton’s Can Company and grab a few bites at Langermann’s, which is open on July 4 with some good ol’ American favorites: fried chicken, corn on the cob, St. Louis ribs, and strawberry shortcake. Planning to watch the fireworks from a rooftop or park? Grab a to-go picnic.
Sit and Sip at The Boathouse Canton
For those looking to leave the car at home, but still catch a glimpse of the fireworks, The Boathouse Canton may be a prime location to watch if you get there early. Live music – Al Walsh & Three Flights Up playing from 5:30 to 9:30pm — will keep you entertained as you lounge waterside, with snacks and drinks close by.
Watch from the Top of the World Observation Level
Lack of a roof deck got you down? Head to the best firework watching perch in town: Top of the World Observation level at the World Trade Center. Tickets are $25 for children and $50 for adults. Pricey, we know, but you might just be able to reach out and touch that sparkly stuff in the sky.
People Watch at the Ports of America 4th of July Celebration
If you prefer to be in the mix instead of watching from afar, the Inner Harbor-based celebration begins at 4 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. (and you should be able to catch a good view from Canton). Performances will take place at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater at Pratt and Light streets. Nearby restaurants and attractions will have their doors open for patriotic revelers.