From the Bel Air Independence Day Committee:
By popular demand, the official deadline for applications to join the Bel Air Independence Day Committee’s Fourth of July parade on Sunday, July 4, has been extended from June 15 to June 21.
Says parade chairman Michael Blum, “We’ve been hearing from a lot of organizations that they still need a few days to get their plans together, so we decided to help them by extending the deadline to Monday, June 21.”
The Bel Air Independence Day Committee urges scout troops, churches, businesses, and others to consider being a part of the biggest Fourth of July celebration in Harford County. All applications will be promptly reviewed and a decision on acceptance communicated immediately! Full parade participation rules and applications are available on the committee’s Web site at www.belairjuly4.org
According to Blum, “Another truly wonderful parade is in the offing — we’ve accepted about 20 bands, many special entertainers, wonderful floats and entries from local groups, plus some of the largest marching units I’ve ever seen, historic military vehicles and more!” The theme of the parade for 2010 is “America the Beautiful.”
Local high school bands participating include C. Milton Wright, John Carroll, North Harford, Patterson Mill, Havre de Grace and Edgewood High Schools, joined by out-of-town bands such as the Shenandoah Sound from Virginia, the Reading Buccaneers from Reading, Pa., the Alliance Drum and Bugle Corps from Atlanta, the Music City Legend from Nashville, Tenn., the Fusion Corps from New Jersey, and many more!
July 4 will also mark the return of the Pancake Breakfast to Bel Air High School! The popular event will be held in the new school’s cafeteria, with a cost of $5 for adults and $3 for children under 10 for all-you-can-eat blueberry pancakes, sausage, juice and more.
A full morning of events leads up to the parade’s start at 6 p.m., beginning at East Gordon Street and North Main Street, and continuing down Main Street. Fireworks will follow at approximately 9:30 p.m. at Rockfield Park, weather permitting.
Full details and maps for all the day’s events are available on the Bel Air Independence Day Committee’s Web site at www.belairjuly4.org. “It looks to be another fantastic Fourth of July celebration in Bel Air, but we’re still looking for volunteers to help morning, afternoon and evening,” says Committee President Donald W. Stewart. “If you can spare a few hours on Sunday, July 4, to help us honor our country and our community, we’d appreciate it,” Stewart adds.