From the Bel Air Independence Day Committee:
The deadline to submit an application to be part of the Bel Air Independence Day parade is nearly here, but it’s not too late to join in the celebration of “200 Star Spangled Years”!
The Bel Air Independence Day Committee is looking for Harford County’s most patriotic floats, marching units, antique cars, and comic/novelty acts. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, June 13; applications are available at the committee’s website, http://www.belairjuly4.org/innerpages/contact.html. Full rules and regulations governing parade entries are available at http://www.belairjuly4.org/innerpages/paraderules.html.
“Parading on July 4th is one of the best ways to show community spirit, thank our founding fathers for their bravery and sacrifice, and uphold the best in patriotism, love for our country and respect for each other,” says Parade Chairman Michael Blum, who has chaired the Bel Air July 4th parade since 1992. “We are still looking for applicants and interested parade people.”
The parade’s 2014 theme, “200 Star-Spangled Years,” marks the anniversary of the bombardment of Fort McHenry and the Battle of North Point during the War of 1812, and the composition of our nation’s anthem. Parade entrants are encouraged to support the theme with exciting decorations and displays honoring the occasion.
Helping the committee drum up support for Harford County’s largest Fourth of July celebration is Cynthia Ford, the 2014 Miss Bel Air Independence Day. Speaking before both the Town of Bel Air Commissioners and the Harford County Council in early June, Ford outlined her platform of “Be Comfortable in the Skin You’re In,” which promotes safe tanning practices and skin cancer prevention. She will represent Bel Air at the Miss Maryland competition from June 22 to June 28.
In addition, Ford unveiled the winning design for the 2014 program cover, drawn by Maya Feick, a fifth-grader at Homestead Elementary School. The bold, colorful artwork will grace the cover of programs distributed across the Bel Air area, and Feick herself will ride in the parade.
For complete information about the Bel Air Independence Day celebration, including a complete schedule of events throughout the day, go to www.belairjuly4.org!