Where do you sit to watch the July 4th fireworks in Bel Air?


Ever since the construction of the new Bel Air High School moved the town’s July 4th fireworks off the school grounds, finding a good place to watch them has been a bit of an adventure. The new launch location from the ball fields of Rockfield Park doesn’t offer many open gathering spots with clear views of the display. The first couple of years, my family would join crowds of others in the parking lot of the Greenbrier Shopping Center off Churchville Road. There are trees and sometimes buildings in the way. It’s not a great view, but it’s OK. It’s a little dangerous as well because you have a lot of families with children walking in the lot while cars are wandering through looking for a place to park. The fireworks start at about 9:30 p.m. and the portion of Churchville Road closest to Rockfield Park is closed shortly before launch. If you get there early enough, I’ve heard you can get a viewing spot near the park before the roads are blocked. But I’ve never done that. Last year, we watched from the playing fields behind Southampton Middle School and I enjoyed that spot the most. I didn’t try to compete for a parking space in the school lot off Moores Mill Road. There was a detour there last year (please let me know if it’s still there now) and I found myself following cars entering the Moore’s Chance neighborhood just west of the school. They led me to a secret passageway off East Broadway, just north of Oak Ridge Court. I parked along East Broadway when I saw the other cars parking and followed people down East Broadway to the little paved path that runs between two houses. The path leads to a little bridge and set of wooden stairs that will take you onto the school fields. My family set ourselves up on the hillside just to the right of the stairs and had a decent view. We were a little far away from the launch site, but we could see most of the display clearly above the tree line and there was plenty of space for the kids to run around in the grass.

Please leave a comment below if you’ve found a good spot to the watch the Bel Air fireworks. See you on the 4th!

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