Chesapeake Bay Magazine's Talk of the Bay

The science fussbudgets may say that summer doesn't officially begin until the Friday the 21st. At 1:04 a.m., to be exact. But we Chesapeakers know better: It's hot, we're getting thunderstorms pretty much every afternoon, and we've even had a brush with a hurricane. Given all that, we choose not to stand on meteorological ceremony: Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines and raise your sails! It's summer! Get out there and start having summer fun!

Of course right around the corner are the Fourth of July festivities up and down the Bay, from North East, Md., to Virginia Beach and dozens more betwixt and between. Click here to see our July Cruiser's Calendar, which, as always, includes a complete listing of Independence Day celebrations around the Bay. (And there's much more, of course, it being summer in Chesapeake country: there are also more festivals, boat parades, museum exhibits, people dressed like pirates, wine tastings, skiff races, poker runs, concerts and crab feasts than you can shake a sparkler at.) Below is a partial list of Fourth of July celebrations to whet your appetite. Take note: they're not all on the fourth.

Sassafras River Boat Parade, July 4
Gather shoreside or get funky and decorate your own boat for this wacky boat parade, featuring wildly decorated boats partying and parading down the Sassafras River. Georgetown, Md. Parade begins at 5 p.m. Fireworks at dusk. 410-725-1200;

Fourth of July Great American Picnic, July 4
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, July 4-6
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;

Heritage Day, July 6
Celebrate the Fourth in Deltaville, Va., with arts and crafts, an art show, crab races, live music and a parade. Deltaville, Va. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 804-776-7117;

Independence Party, July 6
Reedville celebrates the Fourth with a Main Street parade, live music, food, games and fireworks. Fireworks 9 p.m. Reedville, Va. 804-453-6529;

Chesapeake Bay Magazine has teamed up with Bay Boat Buzz to create the largest exclusively Mid-Atlantic brokerage site on the Bay. Let the searching begin!

Kings Creek Marina and Resort in Cape Charles is offering an Early Week Special for overnight stays at the marina on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Call for details. (757) 331-8640

Yachtview Brokerage
of Annapolis is offering complimentary dockage and weekly professional cleaning until your boat is sold. Available for power and sailing yachts from 20' to 80'. 410-923-1400

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
is offering free day docking at their members-only marina for all Family-Level members and above. To join call 410-745-2916 or online at

This weekend you could sail one of Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's melonseeds, rowing skiffs or bateaus in St. Michaels, cheer your favorite racing crab at the Tilghman Island Seafood Festival, or watch hydroplanes exceed speeds of 100 at Thunder on the Narrows.

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