Friday, June 26, 2009

Baltimore Recognizes Its African American History This July 4th Holiday Weekend

City-wide African American Heritage Festival Includes Nationally Known Entertainers and Accommodations Packages to Celebrate Baltimore’s History

BALTIMORE, MD June 23 -- Looking for an Independence Day getaway? Come spend the July 4th weekend in Baltimore for the 8th Annual African American Heritage Festival. From July 3-5 at M&T Bank Stadium visitors can celebrate the history, culture, education, heritage and arts that embrace and promote the rich African American traditions of Baltimore.

The largest African American festival on the East Coast will feature carnival rides, new educational and historical exhibits, an interactive children's area and a variety of specialized villages offering free educational, financial and health services and resources.

These villages will also feature special programming including exhibits from the Reginald F. Lewis and National Great Blacks in Wax Museums, a spelling bee competition, fashion show, step show, family reunion planning resources and much more.

Teena Marie kicks off the musical entertainment on Friday evening followed by En Vogue and a 4th of July Fireworks celebration on Saturday. The festival concludes with a performance by Anita Baker on Sunday evening. Visitors can also enjoy performances by Tony Toni Tone, Chubb Rock, Rob Base, Laura Izibor and others throughout the weekend. General admission tickets are $5 and children 12 and under are free. New this year, the Main Stage concerts will also feature a limited amount of reserved seating available via Ticketmaster for $40, $50 and $80. This includes admission into the festival grounds and activities.

Information on special Baltimore hotel offerings can be found online at

For more information on African American Heritage Festival, please visit
The Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association (BACVA) – the official sales and marketing organization for Baltimore that generates economic benefits for stakeholders through the attraction of convention, group and leisure visitors.

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Contact Information:

Robert Einhorn of M. Silver Associates

Monee Cottman of Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association

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