JULY 4 ACTIVITIES IN BEL AIR, MARYLAND
Welcome to Bel Air's July 4th Celebration!
There's nothing like spending the day in Bel Air, Maryland, on Independence Day! From dawn to dark, we promise you will experience a clean, lively community and a progressive spirit. Professional and service organizations, churches, museums, historic landmarks and schools are concentrated in our town, which is also the county seat of Harford County.
We offer fun, family-friendly events all day!
Daytime events include Horse-shoe Pitching, Watermelon Eating, and Uncle Sam Says, and it all begins with a patriotic FLAG-RAISING CEREMONY, complete with "Call to the Colors," and the Star-Spangled Banner (our National Anthem).
Evening events include our fabulous PARADE, one of the largest in the region, followed by a spectacular fireworks display!
Our next parade is Tuesday evening, July 4, 2023, beginning at 6:00 pm. Our theme for 2023 will be chosen in late 2022; as you know our 2022 theme was Honoring Harford's Educators!
Even though this date is far off, we are nonetheless taking applications for it — see below for links to the Parade Rules (which all must read in advance) and the actual Parade Application.
For the complete schedule of what went on in 2022, see our SCHEDULE PAGE,
Planning on Seeing the Parade? Great! Please plan ahead!
The Bel Air July 4 Parade is one of the largest in the state, and features floats, bands, marching units, car clubs, notables, Beauty Queens, Volunteer Fire Companies and much, much more. It's great fun, and takes place over a mile-long route: from Idlewild and S. Main to E. Gordon and N. Main.
Use our link squares below, and our link topics above, to see what we have to offer, in celebration of our nation and our community. We look forward to seeing you in Bel Air on July 4! Please use our "July 4 Contact Form" to ask us a general question. Follow the links to apply to be in the parade!
We Hope You Liked the 2021 Parade!
Our thanks to HARFORD CABLE NETWORK for shooting this video of the July 4, 2021 parade! For results of the parade, please visit our RESULTS page — and especially how you can apply to be a part of it.
Thanks to You, It Happens!
The Bel Air July 4th Celebration is managed by an independent, non-profit committee: the Bel Air Independence Day Committee, Inc., which must raise the money that it takes to bring the whole day together and celebrate our glorious holiday in fitting style.
Won't you help us? You can DONATE safely on line, using PayPal or any major credit card! Just select the button above! All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Thanks and we hope to see you on the 4th! For complete information, browse through our official 2021 program!