Bel Air Independence Day Committee
July 4 Contact Form

Note: do not use this form to apply to be in the parade — instead, fill out the Online Parade Application.

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We Want You to Apply to Be Miss Bel Air 2023!

Pictured: Our last four title holders.

Miss Bel Air 2022 Shyama Bhatt

To qualify for the position of MISS BEL AIR INDEPENDENCE DAY ("Miss Bel Air"), an applicant must:

  • Be a female at least 17 years old as of January 1, 2022, but no older than 26 by December 31, 2023.
  • Be single and never have been married.
  • Live, work full time, or attend school full time in Maryland. Current or former residence in or around Bel Air, Maryland, is preferred but not mandatory.
  • Be at least a high school senior as of the 2022-2023 academic year.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Meet character criteria as set forth by the Miss America Organization (q.v.), and the Miss Maryland Organization (q.v.)
  • Should you be named Miss Bel Air Independence Day, you must be available to speak on behalf of the Bel Air Independence Day Committee to organizations such as the Harford County Council and the Town of Bel Air Commissioners. You may also be asked to participate or appear, as a representative of the Bel Air Independence Day Committee, in other Fairs or Festivals throughout the time of your title-holding, as your schedule permits; these may include the Harford County Farm Fair; the Bel Air Kite Festival; the Bel Air Christmas Parade; and others; your participation in these is not mandatory but is preferred.
  • Miss Bel Air 2020
  • Should you be named Miss Bel Air Independence Day, you must commit the entire day of July 4, 2023, in Bel Air, Maryland, to carrying out the duties of the position.
  • Should you be named Miss Bel Air Independence Day, you must agree to attend the Miss Maryland Pageant mandatory orientation meeting, and compete for the title of Miss Maryland 2023 in Hagerstown, Maryland, conforming to all the requirements, qualifications, conditions and codes of conduct common to those who are contestants in that pageant.
  • Should you be named Miss Bel Air Independence Day, you must agree to raise a set amount for the Miss America Organization, through SpotFund, and/or any other requirements common to all Miss Maryland contestants. The Committee may assist you in these efforts and detailed information is available about this upon request.
  • You must also agree to meet the time-commitment and responsibilities as set forth by the Miss Maryland program, should you win the title of Miss Maryland.

The position of MISS BEL AIR INDEPENDENCE DAY is chosen via interview; said interviews may be in person or via Zoom or Facetime. The deadline for communicating interest to the Committee via e-mail or via the CONTACT FORM on this page (select "Other" and state "I'm interested in being the next Miss Bel Air" in the Comments box!) is FEBRUARY 28, 2023; the deadline for submitting a resume to the committee via e-mail is March 15, 2023. THESE DATES MAY CHANGE IF NECESSARY.

No person may hold the title of "Miss Bel Air" more than once, but previous applicants or contestants are welcome to apply again, assuming they are still qualified (see above).

All communications will be via e-mail or through this web site; please do not use Facebook, text messages, Facebook Texts, tweets, snapchat or any other electronic communications protocol! Don't use faxes — and don't mail us anything!

Miss Bel Air 2019

We will place updates on the Miss Bel Air and the Bel Air Independence Day Committee Facebook pages for general interest. If you have any questions about this, please fill out the CONTACT FORM or ask us via e-mail.

Interviews will be held in March, with the goal of choosing Miss Bel Air 2023 by March 31, 2023. Should that not be successful, later updates will be posted.

Events on Independence Day in Bel Air traditionally include the flag-raising at 6:45 am on July 4 in front of Bel Air High School, and the various family-friendly functions during the day, including the traditional competitive events such as the Water-Balloon Toss, Uncle Sam Says, and the Watermelon Eating Contest. Patriotic flag ceremonies are held in all the day’s locations, including Shamrock Park, Rockfield Park and Town Hall. Finally, Miss Bel Air 2023, as Honorary Grand Marshall, leads the parade down Main Street in Bel Air at 6 pm. Fireworks at about 9:30 pm conclude the day.

Miss Bel Air may also appear at or in official or charitable events throughout the calendar year, including the Bel Air Kite Festival in April, the Harford County Farm Fair in late July, and the annual Town of Bel Air Christmas Parade on December 3, 2023. She competes for the title of Miss Maryland at the annual Miss Maryland Competition, usually held in late June, 2023.

The title and position of Miss Bel Air Independence Day is an honorary one only, with no employment value or compensation to the title holder. No obligation is imposed upon the Bel Air Independence Day Committee towards the title holder, nor is there any obligation imposed upon the title holder, other than the requirements listed on this page. The holding of the title lasts the calendar year of its choice only, as per the general pageant expectations. The Committee reserves the right to change or replace holders of this position if or as needed, at any time, at its sole discretion.


The Bel Air Independence Day Committee, Inc.
P.O. Box 724 • Bel Air, Maryland 21014
410-879-4245 (Answering Service)

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