Note: This page will be updated, along with maps, details, etc., as needed.

Schedule of Events: Monday, July 4th, 2016

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, 2016, 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 and event details 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, 2016, 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, details, prices, times, etc., are subject to change without warning, so please check back frequently or call 410-893-4444 after June 25, 2016!


For location of specific 2016 DAYTIME EVENTS
please select this link for a large-scale map, which will open in its own browser window.

For a map of the 2016 PARADE ROUTE, please select this link, which will open a PDF.

The 2016 Bel Air Independence Day Parade
on July 4, 2016, is sponsored by BGE
in honor of its 200th anniversary!

For a map of the 2016 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

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 — in front of BEL AIR HIGH SCHOOL


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



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

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 -


Face Painting


Location: Shamrock Park. It's free!

9:00 am -


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:



  UNCLE SAM SAYS: 11:00 am


  Map of Events

11:00 am


Bicycle Registration & Rodeo


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 MACPHAIL ROAD, 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.

If your application has been accepted, and if by June 22, 2016, 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, or if you have any questions about the staging of the parade, please call 410-879-4245 immediately.

Additionally, after June 21, please select this link for on-line versions of parade staging instructions.

6:00 pm




Map of the Parade Route. The 2016 Parade will start at the intersection of IDLEWILD and S. Main and procced 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 WBAL-AM 1090, WXCY-FM 103.7 and WAMD-AM 970.

9:30 pm (approximate)


2016 Fireworks Display


Map of Fireworks (2016 version). The 2016 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 Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at approximately 9:30 pm. See Parade Details for information about cancellation notification.
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