AAACCVB lays out July events in Anne Arundel County

| June 28, 2015 | 1 Comment

The Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau (AAACCVB) wants to make it easy for individuals to enjoy the many exciting events and activities that will be taking place in Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay throughout July 2015. To assist individuals who are making advance plans for business or vacation travel, the AAACCVB has put together a July 2015 Major Events Calendar. For a more comprehensive overview of events large and small, visit  


Wednesday Night Sailboat Races

Wednesday evenings, July 1 through September 2

First Gun: 6:10 p.m.

Annapolis Harbor


Grab your favorite dockside seat in America’s Sailing Capital to watch some 150 crews compete in midweek races that involve sailing around several marks in the Bay before heading back to Spa Creek for a finish in front of the Annapolis Yacht Club. For many, the post-race party is the official beginning of the weekend.

Tides & Tunes Summer Concert Series

Thursdays, July 2 to August 20

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Annapolis Maritime Museum

Admission: Free, $10 donation suggested

410-295-1040, ext. 4

Ten weeks of folk, classic rock, soul, psychedelic funk, country, Hawaiian swing, Island music, boogie-woogie, and swing – all on the beach!

Annapolis Towne Centre Free Friday Concerts

Every Friday – July 3 to August 28

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole, 1906 Towne Centre Blvd., Annapolis

Admission: Free  

Every Friday night, the area’s best talent will take the stage on Towne Centre Boulevard to deliver a rockin’ performance. Enjoy local music, including classic rock, jazz, 80s, blues, swing and Motown. Event includes a beer garden hosted by Towne Centre restaurants. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

Annapolis4thofJuly2013-23Annapolis Fourth of July Parade

Saturday, July 4

6:30 p.m.

Downtown Annapolis


The festivities kick off at 6:30 p.m. with an old-fashioned community parade. This patriotic salute to our nation is always a crowd pleaser with thousands of viewers lining the route. The night wraps up with fireworks over Annapolis Harbor starting around 9:15 p.m.

Severna Park’s July 4th Parade

Saturday, July 4

10:00 a.m.

Benfield Road to Cypress Creek Park, Severna Park, MD  


One of the largest in Anne Arundel County, the parade begins at St. Martin’s In-the-Field Episcopal Church on Benfield Road and ends at Cypress Creek Park. The parade is celebrating its 41st year in 2015. For more information or a parade application, contact the Chamber at 410-647-3900 or email us at  

Shady Side Independence Day Parade

Saturday, July 4

10:00 a.m.

Downtown Shady Side

Admission: Free


Sponsored by the Shady Side Community Center, the annual parade runs through the streets of downtown Shady Side – starting at Cedarhurst Road and ending at the Shady Side Community Center on Snug Harbor Road. Floats, celebrities, politicians, marchers, clowns, bicyclists and decorated vehicles will all be participating. Each float or vehicle will be assigned a number and a position the morning of the parade. Trophies and ribbons will be awarded.

Naturalization_July_2014_60Independence Day Naturalization Ceremony

Saturday, July 4

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George Street, Annapolis 21401

Admission: Free. No reservations required. Seating is limited.  


Join Historic Annapolis in welcoming dozens of new citizens into our American family at the 9th annual naturalization ceremony. President of Historic Annapolis, Robert Clark, will host the ceremony, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials will administer the Oath of Allegiance to the candidates for citizenship. Annapolis High School’s NJROTC unit will provide a cadet color guard, and the All Children’s Chorus of Annapolis will lead the singing of the national anthem and perform a selection of patriotic songs. Annapolis Towne Crier Squire Frederick Taylor is slated to officially open and close the program. 

July 4th at a Signer’s Home & Garden

Saturday, July 4

11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George Street, Annapolis, MD   


William Paca was one of the four Maryland men who signed our nation’s Declaration of Independence in 1776. Celebrate America’s birthday by touring the grand Georgian mansion he built 250 years ago. While strolling along the paths of his beautifully restored two-acre pleasure garden, visitors will likely encounter Paca himself and hear why he pledged his life, his fortune, and his sacred honor to the revolutionary cause of American independence. Craft activities for children.

Treaty of Paris Center’s Monthly Presentation

Saturday, July 4

11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Treaty of Paris Center, Crown and Crab Room, Maryland Inn, 16 Church Circle, Annapolis, MD

Admission: Free   


A highlight of this month’s opening will be a 2:30 p.m. lecture on what happened in our country after the Declaration of Independence was signed and Congress left Philadelphia for Baltimore. Other events of the day include films, walking tours and exhibits related to the 1783-1787 Treaty of Paris period. 

First Sunday Arts Festival

Sunday, July 5 (and every first Sunday through October)

Noon to 5:00 p.m.

First block of West and Calvert Streets, Annapolis

Admission: Free


Enjoy live entertainment as you stroll along the first block of West Street and Calvert Street next to Whitmore parking garage and peruse the work of 100 local and regional artists. Local restaurants set up outside cafes that are perfect for people watching and an afternoon bite to eat. Free parking for the family-friendly event is available at the state parking garage on the corner of Calvert and Bladen Streets.

Maryland Hall Summer Concert Series

Tuesday, July 7

6:30 p.m.

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

Admission: Free


Enjoy a concert by Jim Stephenson, one of the most highly regarded vocalists/guitarists on the Washington, DC roots music scene. Bring your lawn chair or blanket for your favorite spot on Maryland Hall’s front lawn or labyrinth.

AIF-2014-Friday-047Annapolis Irish Festival

Friday-Saturday, July 10-11

Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, 1450 General’s Highway, Crownsville, MD

Admission Charged


Celebrate everything Irish at the only festival of its kind in the region. Enjoy traditional Celtic music and Irish rock bands on three different stages, along with workshops and exhibits. When you get hungry, try some delicious Irish beef stew and other Irish favorites. Little Leprechaun Land provides pony rides, face painting and other free activities for the kids. As in past years, the festival will benefit local charities.

Revolutionary London Town

Sunday, July 12

Noon to 4:00 p.m.

Historic London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater, MD

Admission: $10 for adults; $9 for seniors; $5 for children 7 and over


Costumed re-enactors bring the 18th-century seaport of London Town to life. The daylong event includes free costume rental for kids, colonial games, and hearth cooking.

Sundae Sunday

Sunday, July 12

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Captain Avery Museum

1418 E West Shady Side Road, Shady Side, MD 20764


Enjoy a cool ice cream Sundae on a hot Sunday afternoon in the second of three Sundae Sundays. While you’re there, try your hand at croquet, badminton and more on Captain Avery’s breezy waterfront lawn.

Endless Summer 6-hour Run

Saturday, July 25

7:30 a.m.

Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Rd, Annapolis, MD

This is the 5th year for the Annapolis-Striders’ event.

Dodon ‘til Dusk

Sunday, July 26

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Vineyards at Dodon

391 Dodon Road, Davidsonville, MD 20135

Admission: $15


Dance to the music of Big Boy Little blues band during this outdoor party. Wine by the glass and small plate pairings will be available for purchase. The event is part of the Anne Arundel County Economic Development Corporation’s Summer Farm Series.

Maryland Hall Summer Concert Series

Thursday, July 30

6:30 p.m.

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

Admission: Free  


Enjoy a concert by the Afro Bop Alliance, a Latin Grammy Award-winning jazz ensemble based in Washington, DC. Bring your lawn chair or blanket for your favorite spot on Maryland Hall’s front lawn or labyrinth.

42nd Annual St. Mary’s College Governor’s Cup Yacht Race

Friday and Saturday, July 31 – August 1

Annapolis Area mark “X” (R-2)

Starting at 3:00 pm  


More than 100 yachts compete in the oldest and longest overnight race on the Chesapeake Bay. The 70-mile Annapolis race to St. Mary’s City at the mouth of the Potomac River includes two separate starts – 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. The event provides an impressive on-the-water spectator opportunity. There is also a Potomac Leg race from Dahlgren, Virginia to St. Mary’s City for our Potomac sailors!

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