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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Schedule of Events: Tuesday, July 4th, 2023

Note: The information on this page is for July 4, 2023. This page will be updated, along with maps, details, etc., as necessary.

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 19 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 25, 2023, 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 19!


Here is a map of 2022 DAYTIME ACTIVITIES; MAPS of the 2023 DAYTIME EVENTS, PARADE ROUTE and FIREWORKS will be posted on or about June 1, 2023. Please check back often!

Here is a map of 2022 Parade Route and Fireworks. MAPS of the 2023 DAYTIME EVENTS, PARADE ROUTE and FIREWORKS will be posted on or about June 1, 2023. Please check back often!

Time of Event Name of Event Location & Other Information

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 and Sgt. Alfred B. Hilton Memorial American Legion Post #55. 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 - 11:30 am Blueberry Pancake and Sausage Breakfast
Adults: $10. Children 7 and under: $5; 2 and under: free.

BEL AIR HIGH SCHOOL; please arrive no later than 11 am in order to purchase a breakfast ticket. Enter through the school main entrance near the flag pole. This event is hosted and undertaken by the Bel Air High School Athletic Booster Club; if there are are any questions about it, please reach out to; this information is subject to change.

8:30 am Horseshoe Pitching
Rockfield Park.

Registration 8:00 am; Flag Ceremony 8:00 am.

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. INFORMATION HEREIN is subject to change.

  In Shamrock Park:

Flag Ceremony: 8:45 am

WATER BALLOON TOSS: 8:30 am Registration; 9 am Competition


UNCLE SAM SAYS: 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
This event is hosted and undertaken by the Bel Air Police Department.


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.

4:00 - 6 pm Parade Unit Staging
Parade staging takes place beginning at the INTERSECTION of S. MAIN STREET and E. 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 accepted parade entrants in late June.

If your application has been accepted, and you have NOT received such paperwork via e-mail by June 27, 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.

   Map of the Parade Route

The 2023 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
The 2023 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.



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

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