Thousands attend Fourth of July festivities in Baker Park.

Want to see fireworks over water with family-friendly fun, entertainment and food? Instead of battling crowds at the National Mall, take a trip to Frederick’s Baker Park.

From noon to dusk, Baker Park will hold two stages of live entertainment, one with several county music acts, hosted by local country radio station 99.9WFRE, and another with local acts.

There will also be two beer and wine gardens. While all beer and wine drinkers need to have a valid ID proving they are 21 years or older, there is a family friendly garden by the Second Street tennis courts, which will allow those under 21 to enter with their parents.

Looking to exercise a bit before the fireworks show or just need to show off your competitive side? Check out the volleyball tournament on the front lawn of Frederick High School. People can be spectators, but registration is still open for those who want to show off.

All the activities will likely make you, your friends and your family hungry. There will be several food vendors throughout downtown.

And of course, no Fourth of July celebration is complete without fireworks. Celebrate Frederick, which puts on the annual show, suggests sitting at the Frederick High School lawn, the swimming pool area on Fleming Avenue or the Carillon Area of Baker Park.

Get there early because places fill up fast. And check out Celebrate Frederick’s map to figure out the perfect viewing location at https://www.celebratefrederick.com.

Follow Heather Mongilio on Twitter: @HMongilio

Heather Mongilio is the health and Fort Detrick reporter for the Frederick News-Post. She can be reached at hmongilio@newspost.com.

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