July Events in Southern Maryland

Happy 4th of July! In addition to the obvious July 4th events, July is a great month for picnics, family gatherings, music, food festivals, boat races, and even more. Here is a round-up of some of the most fun and interesting things to do around Southern Maryland during the month of July:

July 4th Celebration at the Charles County Fairgrounds

When: Thursday, July 4 from 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Where: Charles County Fairgrounds, 8440 Fairgrounds Rd, La Plata, MD 20646

The Charles County Fairgrounds invites you and your family to enjoy their 4th of July Celebration. There will be live music from local bands, a variety of food options from local food vendors, and an amazing musical fireworks display. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs or blankets as bleacher seating is limited.

Chesapeake Beach Fireworks

When: Wednesday, July 3 @ dusk (approximately 9:15 p.m.), gates open at 4 p.m. (Rain Date is July 5)
Where: Kellam’s Field, 3825 Gordon Stinnett Ave, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732

Chesapeake Beach is an amazing option for a dazzling firework display over the Chesapeake Bay. Pack up your picnic and bring the whole family to celebrate. The water park is open until 10PM and the boardwalk and beaches are a perfect place to relax.

Leonardtown First Friday

When: Friday, July 5 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Where: Leonardtown Square and Leonardtown Shopping Centers, Leonardtown, MD 20650

On the first Friday of every month, historic Leonardtown’s art galleries, restaurants, cafes, gift shops, antique shops, and bookstores showcase local artists and serve up specials for everyone to enjoy. This Friday highlights the “Red, White, and Blues Jam” with musicians Bob Schaller and Friends. Come out with your family and friends for an evening of fun and music!

Leonardtown Summer Music Festival

When: Friday, July 5 @ 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 6 @ 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, July 20 @ 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: 22670 Washington Street, Leonardtown, MD 20650

The Leonardtown Summer Music Festival features multiple concerts over the course of the summer, and the majority of the concerts are free. The festival offers something for everyone, from family-friendly events to more adult-oriented evenings. You can even order a picnic from participating restaurants in town and bring it with you on your evening, or have a date night with Drop N’ Dine, where children will be entertained with kid-friendly activities at certain businesses in town. Saturday the 6th boasts Latrice Carr, gospel and R&B singer, while the 20th brings in the soul and funk group The Ryan Forrester Band.

20th Annual Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival

When: Friday, July 12 @ 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, July 13 @ 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday, July 14 @ 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Where:  St. Clement’s Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Coltons Point, MD 20626

This festival boasts great seafood, amazing jazz, and an even better time for you and your family. Their 20th year celebration includes a FREE Friday concert celebration in Leonardtown, Sunday jazz brunches, activities in downtown Historic Leonardtown, as well as the iconic Saturday festival at St. Clement’s Island Museum. The Saturday event will have an array of food vendors who will feature seafood as well as a variety of other foods including barbeque, healthy/vegetarian options, and even more. Your ticket will also include a complimentary boat ride around the island, but make sure you buy your ticket in advance – they’re not always guaranteed at the door.

2019 Summer Boat Regatta At The Wharf

When: Saturday, July 27 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, July 28 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Leonardtown Wharf, 22550 Washington Street, Leonardtown, MD 20650

Come on out and enjoy a day on the water being entertained by the vintage boat races.  Food and drink vendors will be there to serve you, the Southern Maryland Boat Club will be holding a raffle, and the Vintage Race Boats Pits will be open to the public during the lunch hour and after the regatta heats.


July has arrived with activities and events galore. Enjoy the warm weather and have a happy 4th of July holiday. Make sure you enjoy some of the events that beautiful Maryland has to offer this July. What are your favorite July traditions? Tell us in the comments.

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