Baltimore’s Birthday Bash 2020

Donate. Celebrate!

Baltimore’s Birthday Bash is an annual celebration of Baltimore City’s official birthday, July 30, 1729. Since 2015, city-lovers of all backgrounds have come together with their neighbors, friends, and colleagues each July to say cheers, share cake, open presents, and sing “Happy Birthday” to our beloved city—with event proceeds benefiting Live Baltimore.

Due to the global pandemic, our in-person summer tradition can’t take place this year. But that won’t stop us from celebrating! Make a donation to Live Baltimore this July and observe the City’s birthday through a re-imagined Baltimore’s Birthday Bash.

Your Support Matters!

The forced cancellation of our in-person, annual fundraiser is a major blow to Live Baltimore. In 2019, proceeds from Baltimore’s Birthday Bash accounted for more than 15% of our operating budget. Funds raised through Baltimore’s Birthday Bash support our promotion of Baltimore City’s residential neighborhoods and allow us to tell the real story of city life. Without this income in our current fiscal year, our ability to supply city residents with new neighbors will be significantly hampered. Thank you in advance for helping to offset our pandemic-related losses in 2020!

How to Celebrate Baltimore's 291st Birthday with Live Baltimore:

Donate $10 or more to Live Baltimore in the month of July to receive a commemorative I ♥ CITY LIFE birthday hat. Donations must be made by Friday, July 24 to receive a hat by mail. For donations made July 25 or later, hats can be picked up at Full Tilt Brewing, located at 5604 York Road.

Along with your birthday hat, you’ll receive an invitation to our virtual birthday celebration, on Thursday, July 30 from 8-9pm, featuring host Jason Bass, DJ Impulse, many surprise guests, and the official singing of “Happy Birthday” to Baltimore City in 2020.

No party would be complete without birthday treats. Since we can’t be together in person this year, please consider supporting the small, Baltimore-born businesses that supported our Baltimore’s Birthday Bash event with in-kind donations in 2019. A list of those businesses and links to their websites is provided below. *Wear your birthday hat when ordering in person and receive 10% off! Contact businesses for location information.

On Saturday, August 1, Live Baltimore will share free birthday cake with residents at five secret spots throughout the City. Follow Live Baltimore on social media at @LiveBaltimore for clues leading up to the live location reveal on August 1.

However you’ve chosen to celebrate Baltimore City’s birthday in 2020, share photos, videos, and messages on social media with us at @LiveBaltimore using hashtags #HappyBirthdayBaltimore, #LiveBaltimore, and #IHeartCityLife. We’ll repost your content to create one big Baltimore lovefest during the week of July 26.

No party is complete without something sweet!

Consider ordering a birthday treat from any of the “Born-In-Baltimore Businesses” that supported Live Baltimore’s Baltimore’s Birthday Bash with in-kind donations in 2019.

Toast to Baltimore’s 291 Years Young with an I ♥ CITY LIFE seasonal beer from Full Tilt Brewing.

Find it at local retailers, have it delivered, or pick it up at the brewery at 5604 York Road.

Thank you for helping to keep Baltimore’s birthday celebration going during this unprecedented year!

Thank you also to Johns Hopkins University & Medicine and Ernst & Young, who generously extended their sponsorship, despite cancellation of our in-person event. We are incredibly grateful for your support!