From the Bel Air Independence Day Committee:
The Bel Air Independence Day Committee invites all to join in a tradition-filled, “Olde-Fashioned Fourth of July” in downtown Bel Air this Saturday!
The day starts off with a ceremonial flag-raising at Bel Air High School at 6:45 a.m., featuring Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 30 and American Legion Post #39, and a musical accompaniment. In fact, each of the day’s events will begin with a flag-raising ceremony at their respective sites.
The Blueberry Pancake and Sausage Breakfast kicks off at 7 a.m. just around the corner in the courtyard of the Bel Air High School cafeteria, facing Baltimore Pike. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children.
Registration for Horseshoe Pitching begins in the playing fields at Rockfield promptly at 8:00 a.m.–plan to arrive early! Play begins at 8:30 a.m.
Beginning at 9 a.m., the historic Hays House will offer guided tours of Bel Air’s oldest house, conducted by docents in period costumes! Plus, the Catherine Street Consort plays period music and country dance tunes using a full family of recorders, along with guitar and percussion.
Over in Shamrock Park, a bevy of community favorite events gets started at 9 a.m. There’s something for everyone, from face painting, the Turtle Derby, and the Great Bel Air Frog Jumping Contest, and a watermelon eating contest–and don’t forget about Uncle Sam Says! (For full rules regarding the Turtle Derby and Frog-Jumping Events, please visit belairjuly4.org)
Nearby, the Bicycle Rodeo begins at Bel Air Elementary School at 11 a.m. There are trophies for the Best Decorated Bike, both boys AND girls, and awards for age groups 5 and under, 6-8, 9-10, and 11-13.
At 6 p.m., the Bel Air Independence Day Parade steps off from the intersection of South Main Street and Idlewild Street! Remember that the parade route is reversed from previous years; the parade will march up Main Street to Gordon Street.
“If it is sunny, and we can only hope, the parade viewing will be spectacular with a late evening sun on the front of the parade units,” said Bel Air Independence Day Committee President Don Stewart. “The difference will be like comparing HD video to standard.”
If the parade is cancelled due to inclement weather, it will not be rescheduled. Cancellation information is announced on WBAL-AM 1090, WXCY-FM 103.7 and WAMD-AM 970.
“I think we’ve got a terrific blend of units in the parade,” says parade chairman Michael Blum. “We have more floats than bands (which is rare), and we have a lot of wonderful organizations and businesses, as well as private citizens, joining us for our parade in marching units, mobile units, comic acts and more!”
The Fourth of July in Bel Air reaches its conclusion with the spectacular fireworks display over Rockfield Park at approximately 9:30 p.m.! Spectators may watch from any permitted area in or around the Town of Bel Air. Please obey no-entry zones (see maps).
If the fireworks are cancelled due to inclement weather, they will be launched instead (weather permitting) on Sunday, July 5, 2015 at approximately 9:30 pm. See Parade Details for information about cancellation notification.
Independence Day is a time-honored tradition in Bel Air, and we hope you and your family will spend an “olde-fashioned” day with us on the Fourth!