July 4, 410-263-7958

Inner Harbor, July 4, 410-837-4636

July 4, 410-228-1000

Chesapeake Beach
July 3, Rod 'N' Reel Restaurant

July 4, 410-778-0500

July 5, 410-968-2500

July 4, 410-275-1200

Havre de Grace
July 5, 410-939-2100

Herrington Harbour South
July 3, 301-855-8435

Middle River
July 5, Eastern Yacht Club

North East
July 3, 410-287-5801

July 3, 410-226-5269

Rock Hall
July 3, 410-778-1342

St. Michaels
July 5, 410-745-9511

July 4, 410-326-1950

St. Mary's River/Carthagena Cr.
July 4, Dennis Point Marina

July 12, 703-883-4686

Cape Charles
July 4, 757-331-2304

Colonial Beach
July 4, 804-224-7181

June 28, Tim's Rivershore

July 4, Tides Inn

July 4, 804-725-3236

Newport News
July 4, 757-926-1400

July 4, 757-441-2345

July 5, 804-453-6529

July 4, 804-758-0464

July 4, 757-890-3500

Virginia Beach
July 4, 757-385-2990

National Mall
July 4, 202-619-7225


Sat. races at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Sun. races start at 10:30 a.m. 410-639-2182.

Chester River Yacht & Country Club series

Rock Hall Yacht Club series

Miles River Yacht Club Governor's Cup weekend


Annapolis Maritime Museum Summer Concerts
Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m.
Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis

Big Band Night
July 5, 7 p.m.
Tolchester Beach Bandstand, St. Michaels, MD

Big Bands on the Bay
Sundays, 7-9 p.m.
Ocean View Beach Park, Norfolk, VA

Havre de Grace Maritime Museum Concerts
Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m.
Havre de Grace Maritime Museum, Havre de Grace, MD

Concerts in Muskrat Park
Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.
St. Michaels, MD

Friday Concert Series
Fridays, 8 p.m.
Smithfield Times Gazebo, Smithfield, VA

Groovin' By the Bay
Sundays, 6-9 p.m.
Buckroe Beach Park, Hampton, VA

Groovin' in the Park
July 26, 6-8 p.m.
Deltaville Maritime Museum, Deltaville, VA

Londontown Summer Concert Series
Sundays, 5-7 p.m.
Historic London Town and Gardens, Edgewater, MD

Music on the Nanticoke
July 19, 4-7 p.m.
Vienna Waterfront Park, Vienna, MD

Music Under the Stars
July 19, 7 p.m.
Taber Park, Urbanna, VA

Beach Concert
July 12, 6 p.m.
North Beach, MD

St. Mary's College River Concert Series
July 4, 11, 18, 25, 7 p.m.
Historic St. Mary's City, MD 

U.S. Navy Band Concerts
Tuesdays through August 13, 7 p.m.
City Dock, Annapolis

Sassafras River Boat Parade
Watch the wild and wacky boat parade (or decorate your own) as it parties and parades its way down the Sassafras River. Then stick around for fireworks at dusk. Georgetown, Md. Parade begins at 5 p.m. 410-725-1200;

Fourth of July Great American Picnic
This giant family picnic comes complete with entertainment by local armed forces bands, children's games and more, followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Town Point Park, Norfolk. 5-10 p.m.;

Liberty Celebration
Honor the founding of our nation at the Yorktown Victory Center, with re-enacted tactical drills, military exercises and demonstrations. Yorktown Victory Center, Yorktown, Va. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 888-593-4682;

5, 12, 19, 26
Market Days
Stroll Yorktown's Riverwalk Landing and stock up on fresh local produce, seafood and baked goods, while enjoying live entertainment and local artwork. Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown, Va. 8 a.m.-noon. 757-890-3500;

5, 19
Thomas Point Lighthouse Tours
Enjoy a boat ride and a tour of Thomas Point Lighthouse. Space is limited, so book early. Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis. 9 and 11:30 a.m. 415-362-7255;

Waterman's Day
Celebrate the watermen (and women) of Rock Hall, Md., with a celebration that includes a most-patriotic workboat contest, anchor toss contest, docking contest, entertainment and family activities. Rock Hall bulkhead, Rock Hall, Md. 1 p.m.;

Waterfront Wine Tasting
Enjoy a glass of refreshing summer wine and some appetizers while overlooking Middle River. Docking available. Conrad's Ruth Villa, Middle River, Md. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 410-335-4468;

Nanticoke Riverfest
This annual summer festival features canoe and kayak races, the "duck dash" rubber duck race, a float-in on the river, live entertainment, a treasure hunt, and a carnival. Seaford, Del. See schedule of events online.

Southern Chesapeake Leukemia Cup Regatta
This hugely popular annual regatta features two days of PHRF, classic-yacht and cruising-class racing and ends with a gala complete with dinner and live entertainment and a chance to see the special John Barber exhibit at the museum. Deltaville Maritime Museum, Deltaville, Va. Call for specific events and times. 804-673-5690;

Pirate Fest
Pirates will take over Havre de Grace, Md., during this weekend of swashbuckling fun, complete with a pirate encampment and gala, live entertainment, pub crawl and more. Lock House Museum, Havre de Grace, Md.
10 a.m.-4 p.m.; 410-939-5780;

Birthday Bash
Alexandria, Va., celebrates its own birthday in conjunction with America's. A night of food and live music by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, including a performance of the 1812 Overture. Fireworks will start at dusk. Oronoco Bay Park, Alexandria, Va. 7:30-10 p.m. 703-746-4343;

Taste of Cambridge
Cambridge's spotlight crab cook-off features local chefs competing for top honors while patrons enjoy the good eats and a fun street festival. There will also be a professional crab-picking contest, live entertainment, family activities and more. Main Street, Cambridge, Md. 5-10 p.m. 443-477-0843;

Chesapeake Stand Up Challenge
Grab your stand-up paddleboards and make your way to Annapolis Harbor to race in either a three- or six-mile course, or just enjoy demos, mini-lessons and a fun after-party with live music, awards and food. Eastport Yacht Club, Annapolis. Races start 9:30 a.m.; demos 12:30-3 p.m. 410-934-4220;; register at

Jazz and Seafood Festival
Spend a day on St. Clements Island enjoying jazz and Southern Maryland seafood in an intimate, riverside setting, all while raising money for the St. Clements Island and Piney Point museums. Advance ticket sales only. St. Clements Island-Potomac River Museum, Colton's Point, Md. Noon-9 p.m. 301-769-2222;

Swim for Life
Swim a one-, two-, three-, four- or five-mile course to raise money for HIV/AIDS research. Rolph's Wharf, Chestertown, Md. Registration 7 a.m., swim starts at 9 a.m. 541-760-1935;

Family Boatbuilding Week
Spend a week together with the family building a wooden crabbing skiff then race it at the town's fish fry and party on July 19 (see below). Deltaville Maritime Museum, Deltaville, Va. Sat. Skiff race and party
10 a.m.-4 p.m. 804-776-7200;

Tawes Crab Feast
This annual all-you-can-eat crab feast also boasts clams, fish, corn on the cob and live entertainment. It is limited to 6,000 people and regularly sells out, so get tickets early! Somers Cove Marina, Crisfield, Md.
Noon-4 p.m. 410-968-2500;

Safe Boating Course
This two-day course will help new boaters obtain their Maryland boating safety certificate. Advance registration required. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Md. 410-745-4941;

Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge
Solomons, Md., will be awash with racers this weekend for round-the-buoys action and lots of festive parties. Also this year, a strictly cruising class is offered. Headquarters at Holiday Inn Select, Solomons, Md.

Sailing Saturday
Get out on the water with the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's boatbuilders. Visitors will have access to the Museum's wooden sailing or rowing skiffs. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Md.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. 410-745-4980;

Charm City Fishing Tournament
This inaugural rockfish tournament is sponsored by Baltimore Marine Centers at Lighthouse Point and features a $5,000 prize to the top rockfish, plus fun prizes like best-dressed captain and youngest angler . . . and of course ends with an awards party afterward. Baltimore Marine Center at Lighthouse Point, Baltimore. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 410-675-8888;

Suddenly in Command
Who will take over the wheel if the captain of your boat falls overboard or gets hurt? If you're a frequent passenger, this three-hour safety and boat-handling course is designed for people not usually at the helm, and to give students the skills to get a boat back to the dock safely. Havre de Grace Maritime Museum, Havre de Grace, Md. 9 a.m.-noon. 443-504-3880;

1812 Sunset Supper Cruise
This cruise aboard the Calvert Marine Museum's Wm. B. Tennison will visit St. Leonard's Creek-the site of the largest on-water battle in Maryland's history-while experts and authors Dr. Ralph Eshelman and Don Shomette discuss the battle and Joshua Barney's standoff with the British. Reservations required. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Md. 5-8 p.m. 410-326-2042;

Wright Skiff Race and Fish Fry
Watch the newly built skiffs race, eat seafood and listen to maritime tunes at the culmination of the Deltaville Maritime Museum's boatbuilding week. Holly Point Nature Park, Deltaville, Va. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Race to Baltimore
This race to benefit Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center starts at the mouth of the Magothy River and finishes at Tide Point, where a post-race party awaits. Race begins at 11 a.m. 410-963-5934;

Star Spangled Banner Classic
If you've raced to Baltimore, why not race back? The Rock Creek Racing Association sponsors this race back out the Patapsco River for boats headed back to the Bay after the Race to Baltimore. Details at

Mount Harmon Paddle
Launch from the Mount Harmon Plantation and explore the upper Sassafras River with naturalists from Sultana Projects, then tour the historic manor house after. Mount Harmon Plantation, Earleville, Md.
9-11:30 a.m. 410-778-5954;

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Paddle
Spend the morning kayaking on the Miles River with naturalists from Sultana Projects, then tour the maritime museum in the afternoon. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Md.
9-11:30 a.m. 410-778-5954;

James River Splash and Dash
After running a 5K trail course, participants will jump into inner tubes and hand-paddle across the river. The after party includes food, music and refreshments. Preregistration required. Richmond, Va. 2:30 p.m.

Cambridge Classic Hydroplane Regatta
This high-speed regatta series serves as the American Powerboat Association's World Championships for inboard hydroplanes and Jersey skiffs. Great Marsh Park, Cambridge, Md. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 410-228-1000;

Cruise for Kids
Volunteer captains will take seriously ill kids and their families out for a day on the water. Magothy River, Md. Register to be a captain yourself or for your family in need at 717-514-6278;

Pony Swim
Watch as Assateague ponies are led across the channel to Chincoteague, where they will be sold at auction. Swim will start at slack tide, sometime between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. Carnival from 7-11 p.m. 757-336-6161;