Bel Air 4th of July mid-day report


    July 4th started with a light rain that kept attendance light at the Bel Air Lions Club blueberry pancake breakfast — until about 9 a.m., when we arrived. The rain had let up and the line outside Bel Air High School’s cafeteria stretched the full length of the building. But it moved rather quickly and we only ended up waiting about a half hour before we got our big fluffy pancakes. It was fun to see the new high school building under construction right next to the old school, which is looking like it’s about had it. BANV & family finished breakfast in time to catch the championship round of the turtle races at Shamrock Park. A turtle named Booger took first place in the “non-box turtle” category. Turns out the Abingdon turtle owned by Ian Wilde is something of a Triple Crown winner. He’s raced in the past two July 4th races coming in 2nd his first time out and 3rd last year. (Click here to see last year’s results.) We caught only the beginning of the frog jumping contest, so if you know who won, please let me know. When the sun is out today it’s pretty hot so we headed home for a break. If you’re headed to Shamrock Park, be careful not to park too close to residents’ driveways. The police are out giving tickets. They’re also riding Segways around the park, which looks like fun.

    If you’re thinking about setting out chairs to save your spot on the parade route, it looked like there was still some room. And if you put yours out now, you’ll have the only dry chairs and blankets on the block. The parade starts at 6 p.m. Click here to see the parade route.

    The fireworks are scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. at Rockfield Park. Click here for a map of the fireworks site. The shopping center parking lots north of the park are a good places to watch them. Please leave a comment below if you know of any other good viewing spots.

    For more information on today’s events, visit the Bel Air Independence Day Committee’s website at