We celebrate the 4th of July as a time to remember when we gained our independence as a nation. For many, it is also a time to remember when they gained independence from addiction. Either way, celebrating this holiday can be difficult for those in recovery because there are temptations and triggers everywhere.
Maryland Recovery wants you to enjoy a fun, safe and sober celebration. This guide to all the activities going on in Maryland this 4th of July can help steer you in the right direction.
Fun 4th of July Activities in Maryland
Since Maryland is so close to our nation’s capital, there are always fun and exciting celebrations happening on the 4th of July. There are events taking place in Annapolis, Baltimore, Washington DC and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
On July 1, a Freedom Festival is planned at the Somers Cove Marina in Crisfield. The event is free and will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., featuring activities for the kids, food and music. The night will end with a fireworks show over the marina.
Salute to Independence Concert
Also taking place on July 1, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra is performing a concert to salute our nation’s independence. The Antietam National Battlefield will host the concert near Sharpsburg, MD. Guests should plan to arrive at this event early and bring a blanket to sit on. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Salute to Independence Concert – 2017
Six Flags 4th of July Fest
Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro will celebrate its annual 4th of July fest on July 2-4. The price of admission will give you access to park rides, live entertainment, special 4th of July menus and a fireworks show in the evening. The park is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. for the festivities.
On July 3, Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville will host a large outdoor concert at 8:00 p.m. The concert will feature Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever. Guests can enjoy food during this event, which will conclude with a fireworks show.
Star-Spangled Spectacular – 2017
Rock Hall 4th of July Parade
The Community Center in Rock Hall is hosting its annual 4th of July parade. The parade includes old-fashioned floats, bands, antique cars and more. The parade is followed by a festival featuring local food and music. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m., and will feature craft activities for the kids.
Rock Hall July 4th Parade – 2017
July 4th Pet Parade
Celebrate with your pets by attending the July 4th pet parade, hosted by The American Visionary Art Museum. Bring the family pet down for animal fun and prizes. Pet registration is at 9:30 a.m., while the parade begins at 10:00 a.m.
Host Your Own Party
Another option for fun over the holiday weekend is hosting your own party. After all, the best way to avoid temptation during the holiday season is by surrounding yourself with supportive family and friends. This is a great way to start a new family tradition that will aid in your recovery.
Have a Backup Plan
It is always important to be prepared. Take the time to research any events you may attend. See what kind of triggers you might be exposed to and prepare for them. Have a backup plan and be prepared to leave the event if you need to.
Celebrating the 4th of July should be a fun, stress-free experience. Take advantage of the holiday as a time not just to celebrate our freedom as a nation, but your freedom from addiction. If you need more information about addiction therapy or are interested in our holistic approach to treatment, reach out to Maryland Recovery.
Dr. Bhalavat is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, and provides inpatient evaluation and consultation services at the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital, Maryland Recovery Partners, and Citizens Care & Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Bhalavat’s background includes treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, bipolar disorder, substance abuse and dementia.