If you live in Harford County, you’ve most likely come to know Bel Air’s 4th of July Celebration. Bel Air’s celebration includes representatives of local heroes, local law enforcement and emergency services personnel to show gratitude to the brave men and women who work to ensure the safety, independence and freedom of this nation. Check out the full schedule of events below.

Bel Air 4th of July Celebration Schedule 2017

6:45 am: Flag Raising Ceremonies – Flag Ceremonies will take place at each individual event location.

6:45 am: Flag-Raising Ceremony, featuring Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 30; American Legion Post #39; Robert Hudson, Bugler; Pamela Rinehart, Soprano soloist, accompanied by Natalie Brosh, Miss Bel Air 2017 – in front of Bel Air High School. The National Anthem will then be presented by Ms. Rinehart and Miss Bel Air:

7:45 am: Rockfield Park

8:45 am: Shamrock Park

11:00 am: Bel Air Elementary School

7:00-11:00 am: Blueberry/Chocolate Pancake and Sausage Breakfast

Fee: $8.00 Adults; $5.00 Children under 10 – Bel Air High School (side entrance facing Baltimore Pike)

8:30 am: Horseshoe Pitching

Location: Rockfield Park. Registration 8:00 am

9:00 am: Hays House: Tours

Enjoy guided tours by docents in period costumes in Bel Air’s oldest house! PLUS, the Catherine Street Consort plays period music and country dance tunes using a full family of recorders, along with guitar and percussion. Don’t miss it!

9:00 am – 12 pm: Family Contests and Competitions – These are generally in “Age Divisions,” depending on attendance. Ribbons and trophies are awarded to winners and all participants.

Location: Shamrock Park:

Water Balloon Toss: 9:00 am

Costume Contest: 10:00 am

Uncle Sam Says: 11:00 am

Watermelon Eating: 11:30 am

Map of Events

11:00 am: Bicycle Registration & Rodeo

Location: Bel Air Elementary School Parking Lot (Lee Street)

Trophies for Best Decorated Bike (boys AND girls); awards for ages 5 and under; 6-8; 9-10; 11-13

4:30-6:00 pm: Parade Unit Staging

Parade staging takes place beginning at the Intersection of S. Main Street and McPhail Rd, the entrance to the Homestead-Wakefield Elementary School complex.

All units should report to that intersection, including bands.

Specific instructions for staging, arrival, routes to get to the staging, etc., will be e-mailed to parade entrants if their entry applications have been accepted.

6:00 pm: Bel Air July 4th Parade

Map of the Parade Route

The 2017 Parade will start at the intersection of Idlewild and S. Main and proceed to the intersection of E. Gordon Street and North Main Street, at the “Welcome to Bel Air” sign. See the map!

Note: If the parade is cancelled due to inclement weather, it will not be rescheduled. Cancellation information is announced on our Facebook page, and broadcast on WXCY-FM 103.7 and WAMD-AM 970.

2017 Theme: One From Many – Celebrating the Creation of the United States

9:30 pm (approximate): 2017 Fireworks Display

Map of Fireworks

The 2017 fireworks will be launched from Rockfield Park. 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 and details permitting) on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at approximately 9:30 pm.

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