Schedule of Events: Thursday, July 4th, 2019
Note: This information was accurate only for the 2018 July 4 festivities. This page will be updated, along with maps, details, etc., as those details become available.
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 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, 2019, 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 15, 2019!
MAPS OF THE ACTIVITIES
For location of specific 2019 DAYTIME EVENTS, please select this link for a large-scale chart and map in PDF format, which will open in its own browser window.
For a map of the 2019 PARADE ROUTE, please select this link, which will open a PDF.
For a map of the 2019 FIREWORKS LOCATION and the Parade all together, please select this link, which will open another large-scale PDF Format Map in its own window.
|Time of Event||Name of Event||Cost||Location & Other Information|
Wednesday, July 4, 2019
|6.45 am and 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; Robert Hudson, Bugler — in front of BEL AIR HIGH SCHOOL.
8:00 am (approx.): ROCKFIELD PARK
8:45 am (approx.): SHAMROCK PARK
10:45 am (approx.): BEL AIR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
|7 am - 11 am||Blueberry/Chocolate Pancake and Sausage Breakfast||
Adults: $8. Children under 10: $5.
BEL AIR HIGH SCHOOL (side entrance facing Baltimore Pike)
|8:30 am||Horseshoe Pitching||FREE||
Registration 8:00 am; Flag Ceremony 8:00 am .
|9 am - noon||Hays House Tours||FREE||
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 am - noon||Family Contests & Competitions!
These are generally in "Age Divisions," depending on attendance. Ribbons and trophies are awarded to winners and all participants.
In Shamrock Park:
Flag Ceremony: 8:45 am
WATER BALLOON TOSS: 9:00 am
COSTUME CONTEST: 10:00 am
UNCLE SAM SAYS: 11:00 am
WATERMELON EATING: 11:30 am
Please select this link for a large-scale chart and map of all day events in PDF format.
|11 am||Bicycle Registration & Rodeo||FREE||
BEL AIR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PARKING LOT & LEE STREET area
Flag Ceremony: 10:45 am
Trophies for Best Decorated Bike (boys AND girls); awards for ages 5 and under; 6-8; 9-10; 11-13
|4:30 - 6 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., are e-mailed to parade entrants if their entry applications have been accepted.
If your application has been accepted, and 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 or send an e-mail to the Parade Committee immediately.
Additionally, please select this link for on-line versions of parade staging instructions.
|6 pm||BEL AIR JULY 4 PARADE||
Map of the Parade Route
The 2019 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 our Facebook page, and broadcast on WXCY-FM 103.7 and WAMD-AM 970.
|9:30 pm (approximate)||Fireworks Display||
Map of the 2018 FIREWORKS LOCATION and the Parade all together.
The 2019 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 map). If the fireworks are cancelled for any reason, they will not be rescheduled.