Let me start by saying that I hope everyone had a safe and fun-filled 4th of July! I am happy to report that Nicholas and I had a fantastic one! This year we attended the Oregon Ridge fireworks show in Cockeysville, Maryland. Fireworks at The Oregon Ridge Nature Center are a Baltimore tradition for most Marylanders. It is definitely one of the best spots to get together with your friends and family on Independence Day!
At Oregon Ridge, the show starts with a beautiful performance by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. They play songs ranging from the traditional American favorites to songs from movies and musicals such as Pocahontas and Les Misérables. Then the fun really starts with their amazing firework show! They by far have one of the best firework shows around. However, here’s a word of advice: Oregon Ridge has some pretty steep prices ($15 to park, $20 per adult, and $10 for children under 12) so if you’d rather save some money I suggest checking out the firework show at the Inner Harbor, but definitely get there early to get a good parking spot!
Now in order to have the perfect 4th of July outing, there are definitely some things you should know. Humid heat, high refreshment costs, and of course BUGS, all can turn your Independence Day picnic from fun in the sun to a day that’s well… Not so fun. To avoid the dangers of the 4th, here are my tips!
- Pack your own cooler: If you go to an event like I did at Oregon Ridge you know that even buying a single ice cream can cost $5, when you could by a whole box of them for that amount! This year Nick and I packed easy outdoor food. We packed sliced pork, tuna salad, and shrimp salad along with buns and condiments for our friends to make sandwiches. We also had crackers and chips to dip into guacamole and our tuna! We also had fruit salad and a TON of water! They were all easy snacks that were easy to pack and easy to clean up!
- Bring your own drinks: When going to any concert or show you’re always at the mercy of whatever drinks the establishment carries. Now I don’t know about you, but I am not a huge fan of overly expensive beers in July heat, so make your wallet and your tastebuds happy by packing your favorite drink. Nicholas and I packed a bottle of gin with cranberry juice which was super refreshing! We could add our ice and fruit in it too to make our drinks extra delicious!
- Have a checklist: The only way I ever truly pack everything for an outing or a vacation is if I make a list! I always end up forgetting something important so having a checklist helps me be sure I’ve got all my supplies! For the fourth there are definitely some essential items: bug spray, water, blankets, cash, sunscreen, and plastic ware are all majorly important (I also think packing chairs are great if you’re not one who likes sitting on the ground for long periods of time).
Now you know the easy essentials for your next Fourth of July outing!