BAN&V and family hit the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast at Bel Air High School just after 10 a.m. and found the 10 minute wait much shorter than last year. Parking was easy in front of the high school. I wonder if the high school construction that moved all July 4th festivities except the breakfast off the high school grounds is the reason for the smoother sailing. After breakfast, we hit Shamrock Park where we caught the end of the frog jumping contest and the Uncle Sam says competition. The neighborhoods surrounding the park had been turned into a virtual parking lot and finding a spot was tricky. The kids enjoyed playing on the new playground equipment, which includes baby swings and safety bars. I was pleased to see they kept the lion’s head water fountain. I always get a kick out of seeing the kids put their heads in the lion’s jaws to get a drink. Driving along the parade route, it looks like all the good spots have been staked out. Looks like the trick is to lay down your blankets and lawn chairs between dusk July 3rd and dawn July 4th. For info on the rest of the day’s events see the Bel Air Independence Day Committee’s site. Those gray skies seem to threaten rain. If so, the Bel Air Independence Day Committee’s site says the fireworks scheduled for 9:30 p.m. today at Rockfield Park will be moved to 9:30 p.m. tomorrow. Click here for BAN&V’s parking suggestions.