Note: Early in 2015 this page will be updated, along with maps, details, etc., as needed.

Schedule of Events: Friday, July 4th, 2014

200 STAR-SPANGLED YEARS!

All events have no admission charge unless otherwise noted. Although every effort has been made to keep this list accurate, this information is subject to change as personnel and arrangements develop during the spring and early summer. Please call 410-893-4444 after June 25, 2014, for full information about what is going on and where you can see it.

Events will be held at various locations in the Town of Bel Air, according to the maps linked below.

Locations are subject to further change, so please check back! Programs with maps showing all locations are available free of charge at various locations in and around the Town of Bel Air beginning on or about June 27, 2014, and also at the Pancake Breakfast on the morning of July 4, and at the daytime event locations that same day.

Refreshments and Souvenirs are available at various sites morning, afternoon and evening. Restrooms and First Aid Stations are also located at various sites morning, afternoon and evening.

Note: information about events, including locations, prices, times, etc., are subject to change without warning, so please check back frequently or call 410-893-4444 after June 25, 2014!
For location of specific 2014 DAYTIME EVENTS
please select this link for a large-scale map, which will open in its own browser window.

For a map of the 2014 PARADE ROUTE, please select this link, which will open a PDF.

For a map of the 2014 FIREWORKS LOCATION, please select this link, which will open another large-scale map in its own window.
 

Time of Event
 

 

Name of Event
 

 

Other Information
 

6:45 am
plus other times 

 

Flag Raising Ceremonies
New for 2014: Flag Ceremonies to kick-off 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 — in front of BEL AIR HIGH SCHOOL

7:45 am: ROCKFIELD PARK
Pamela Rinehart, Soprano soloist

8:45 am: HAYS HOUSE
The Catherine Street Consort will play the ORIGINAL Star-Spangled melody, the Anacreontic Song!

8:45 am: SHAMROCK PARK
Pamela Rinehart, Soprano soloist

11:00 am: BEL AIR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Pamela Rinehart, Soprano soloist  

7:00-11:00 am
 

 

Blueberry Pancake and Sausage Breakfast
 

 

Fee: $7.00 Adults; $4.00 Children under 10 — NEW BEL AIR HIGH SCHOOL (side entrance facing Baltimore Pike)
 

8:30 am
 

 

Horseshoe Pitching
 

 

Location: Rockfield Park. Registration 8:00 am
 

 
 

 

IMPORTANT NOTE
 

 

THERE WILL BE NO HAMSTER RACES IN 2014.
 

9:00 am
 

 

Hays House: Music, Tours and Patriotic Children's Games
 

 

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 -
  noon
 

 

Face Painting
 

 

Location: Shamrock Park. It's free!
 

9:00 am
 

 

Turtle Derby
 

 

Location: Shamrock Park.
Registration 8:45 am
 

 
 

 

 
 

 
Turtle Rules!

Pursuant to Maryland Department of Natural Resources restrictions on turtles captured in the wild, for the benefit of these creatures (many of which are now endangered), no turtle may be entered whose carapace is less than 4" long. Limit 1 member of each turtle species (Box, Painted, Spotted, Redbellied, etc.) per adult. 1 turtle limit per entrant. NO SNAPPING TURTLES ARE ALLOWED!

Help the environment — care for your turtle! Please keep your turtle comfortable; dampened, shredded paper towels inside the box and a newspaper covering the box to keep the sun off your turtle are good ideas. Also, only 1 turtle should be in each box — keeping turtles separate helps in the non-transmission of turtle pathogens. Washing stations for your hands will be available — wash frequently!

We love our turtles — and having a turtle derby has been a feature of this event for decades. We recognize the sensitivity of the issue of treatment of wild animals, and we urge all participants to honor their turtles by caring for them properly, safeguarding them from possible pathogens, and returning them to the proper environment as soon as possible. The Bel Air Independence Day Committee thanks the greater Bel Air Community for its attention to these matters and for its cooperation and fellowship.
 

10:00 am
 

 

The Great
Bel Air Frog Jumping Contest
 

 

Location: Shamrock Park.
Registration 9:30 am
1 Frog Limit per Entrant. Recommended frog length: no less than 2" from nose to rump. Keep your frog comfortable in a cool box with dampened, shredded paper towels and a newspaper covering if possible. Washing stations for your hands will be available — wash frequently after you have picked up your frog!

We love our frogs (just like we love our turtles) — and having a frog-jumpoing contest has been a feature of this event for decades. We recognize the sensitivity of the issue of treatment of wild animals, and we urge all participants to honor their frogs by caring for them properly, safeguarding them from possible pathogens, and returning them to the proper environment as soon as possible. Frogs are endangered throughout the world, and the more we are conscious of the proper way to treat them, the better our natural world will be. The Bel Air Independence Day Committee thanks the greater Bel Air Community for its attention to these matters and for its cooperation and fellowship.
 

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
 

11:00 am
 

 

Uncle Sam Says
 

 

Location: Shamrock Park.
Competition for Prizes in Age Divisions: Ages 5-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14-Adult
 


11:30 am
 

 

Watermelon Eating Contest
 

 

Location: Shamrock Park.
Trophies for ages 6 and under; 7-10; 11-16; 17-Adult
 

4:30-6:00 pm
 

 

Parade Unit Staging
 

 

Parade staging takes place in the streets radiating out from the 2014 starting point, which is the intersection of Gordon and Bond Streets (same as last year). 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.

If your application has been accepted, and if by June 26, 2013, you have NOT received such paperwork via e-mail, or if you are unclear on the status of your application, or if you are not able to receive e-mail, please call 410-879-4245 immediately.

Additionally, after June 28, please select this link for on-line versions of parade staging instructions.
 

6:00 pm
 

 

BEL AIR JULY 4 PARADE
 

 

Map of the Parade Route (2014 version) The 2014 Parade will start at the intersection of E. Gordon Street and North Main Street, at the "Welcome to Bel Air" sign, and proceed down the renovated N. Main Street, to S. Main Street and straight down to Idlewild St. See the map!

Note: 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.

2014 Theme: 200 STAR-SPANGLED YEARS!
 

9:30 pm (approximate)
 

 

2014 Fireworks Display
 

 

Map of Fireworks (2014 version). The 2014 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) on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at approximately 9:30 pm. See Parade Details for information about cancellation notification.
 
 
 
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