Americans love to celebrate and nothing says let’s celebrate like an Old Fashion 4th of July Celebration. One of the best places to celebrate the 4th of July is in Kent County, Maryland. Established in 1642, Kent County has a long history and tradition of celebrating the birth of our nation.
Kent County may be the smallest county in the state of Maryland but is one of the biggest when it comes to hospitality. The three largest towns in the county, Chestertown, the county seat, Galena and Rock Hall all offer an old fashion 4th of July celebration complete with fireworks. Here’s the schedule of events to help plan your celebration in Kent County, Maryland.
Rock Hall, Maryland, a tiny fishing village filled with small town charm, kicks off the 4th of July weekend on Friday night July 2, with a Pretty Baby and Beauty Contest at 6p.m. at the Firehall. Later that night there is a Youth Dance with a D.J. from 7:30 until 10:00 p.m.
The next morning July 3, begin the day with an “all you can eat” breakfast from 7 until 9:30 a.m. at the American Legion on Sharp Street. At 8:15, runners begin their five mile flat run from Town Hall.
Bring blankets and chairs and reserve your seat early as Rock Hall kicks off one of the best 4th of July Parades on the Eastern Shore. The parade kicks off at 10a.m and runs through Main Street down to the civic center where food, crafts, music and games will be found, running throughout the day.
Fireworks for the 4th are traditionally held on July 3rd, allowing residences and visitors to enjoy firework celebrations in Rock Hall the night before the 4th, and then attend fireworks in Chestertown or Galena on the 4th. Thank you Rock Hall!! Watch the display from the harbor starting at 9p.m. In the case of rain the firework display will be held the following night, July 4th.
As Rock Hall is a fishing town, the town will celebrate the men and women that work the commercial fishing boats with Watermen’s Day. The event will be held at the Bulkhead on Bayside Avenue, starting at 1p.m. The contest will include; Most Patriotic Workboat, Anchor Toss, and Workboat Docking Contest.
Chestertown’s 4th of July Celebration coincides with the towns First Friday Event. The Downtown Chestertown Association is inviting everyone to an Old Fashion Independence Day Celebration on July 2, from 5:30 until 8p.m. The event will be held in the center of town in Fountain Park and will include music, free balloons, free cotton candy, free flags and free popcorn, free lemonade and free snow cones. Wow. Corn dogs and sodas will be available for a tiny fee.
The next morning, July 3rd, return to Fountain Park to visit the longest running Farmer’s Market in Maryland. Pick up one of the best Chocolate Croissants this side of France while strolling through the freshest produce, flowers, meats, bread, cheese and eggs the Eastern Shore has to offer. The Chestertown Farmers Market is more of an event with local artisans, musicians, children and adults playing with hula hoops, next to a three foot chess game. The market runs from 8a.m. until 1p.m.
That evening return to the park with a blanket or chair, a loaf of olive bread and local cheese from the mornings’ visit and listen to the Chesapeake Silver Cornet Brass Band. The free concert in the park is in its 16th year and is a local biweekly favorite. The concert runs from 6:30 until 8:00.
Chestertown’s Firework Display will take place on July 4th and will be visible from boats in the harbor and on land at Wilmer Park. The display is free.
Galena Fire Company’s “all you can eat” breakfast buffet is a local favorite and will be held, Sunday July 4th from 7:30 until 11:00 a.m. at the firehall.
Just a mile north of Galena, the tiny hamlet of Georgetown kicks off its 4th of July Celebration with their annual boat parade. Boats of all sizes both power and sail, classic and decorated parade on the Sassafras River to compete for bragging rights and prizes in 6 categories.
The boat parade kicks off at 5:00 and the firework display begins at dusk.
With so much to do in Kent County Maryland on the 4th of July weekend it’s hard to decide where to begin.