A lot of activities will take place at Baker Park in Frederick.
There will be plenty to do at Baker Park in Frederick on July 4th. "Celebrate Frederick" is holding the annual Independence Day celebration. "Everything kicks off at noon with an opening ceremony at the Bandshell. And then full steam ahead with everything from free entertainment, free kids amusements, lots of activities for the whole family. It's just jammed pack," says Jen Martin, Marketing Coordinator for "Celebrate Frederick," which is putting on the show.
She says the headliners this year are "Ambrosia," a 1970's rock band, which begins playing at the Bandshell at 5:00 PM. On the country stage, there's "Lonestar." They will perform starting at 7:00 PM.
Other musical performers include "Silent Old Mountains," "Still Surfin," "The Knight Brothers," "Joanna," and "Spires Brass Band," which will lead the closing ceremonies.
Martin says a lot of planning and hard work go into bringing these acts together for the 4th of July celebrations. "We work with a group of volunteers that begin meeting nine to 12 months out from the event. And they plan every aspect of the activities, the entertainment. Particularly with the entertainment, they research many, many groups," she says.
The 4th of July celebrations always end up with a fireworks display at dusk. Martin says this year, the pyrotechnics will be launched at Parkway Elementary School, instead of the Carillon area. "The new location will make the fireworks even more visible throughout the park so more people can enjoy them," she says. "And also allows us to open up that central park area for people to sit and enjoy watching the fireworks. In the past, that area had to remain closed for safety reasons."
People planning to take part in the fun can park at the city's parking decks, which will be free that day. They can also park at Frederick High, where the cost is $5.00. The proceeds benefit the school, according to Martin.
The Independence Day festivities will take place rain or shine.
As with many events where there are large crowds of people, children and parents can get separated from each other. Martin says visitors can go to any one of the information centers for help. "We have two information centers at the event. One is in the gazebo in the main area of the park, and the other is by the swimming pool," she says. "Volunteers will have access to emergency personnel and can get in touch with them." You can also go to the information centers if someone is having a medical emergency. Martin says police officers will be patrolling the park on that day.
Visitors cannot bring their own alcoholic beverages to the park, but there will be three beer gardens for people who want to enjoy a frosty, cold one. All patrons must be 21 or older with a valid ID to enter.
For more information on the event, go to www.celebratefrederick.com.