Where to find 4th of July celebrations, parades, fireworks in Harford County

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Independence Day is just around the corner. Here’s your guide to celebrating in Harford County:

Edgewood/Joppatowne Independence Day Parade, July 2

On July 2, 2011, Saturday at 6pm the Edgewood/Joppatowne Independence Day Parade Committee will present the 4th Annual Independence day Parade. It will begin at the Boys and Girls club on Fern Lane. Exiting Fern Lane it will turn right onto Hanson Road – proceed across SR 755 to Hornbeam Road – left on Hornbeam to Perry Ave.- right on Perry and end at the Deerfield Elem. School. Colonel Ortiz from the Aberdeen Proving Ground is the Parade Grand Marshall. Many civic organizations, bands and churches will participate. No rain date. http://www.edgewoodjoppatowneparade.org/ Click here to follow them on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/lQ6VHy

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Star Spangled Spectacular at Oregon Ridge Park, July 2 & 3

Be sure to bring your picnic basket for this all-American holiday celebration featuring such famed works as Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and Sousa’s Stars and Stripes culminating in a breathtaking fireworks display. A cozy blanket is the perfect seat for the sloping green lawn of Oregon Ridge as the BSO takes to the bandstand and lights up the night. Kids 12 and under ½ price. Sat, July 2 at 8:00 p.mSun, July 3 at 8:00 p.m. at Oregon Ridge Park. Click here to order tickets: http://www.bsomusic.org/main.taf?p=1,29

Havre de Grace 4th of July parade & fireworks, July 3

Havre de Grace’s 4th of July celebration starts Tuesday, June 28 with its annual carnival. Carnival hours are 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 28 through Friday, July 1 and 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3. Price for unlimited rides is $22 Tuesday through Saturday and $25 on Sunday. Coupons for $2 off the ride price are good only Tuesday through Thursday. The Havre de Grace Independence Day parade starts 2 p.m. Sunday, July 3. It continues from Warren Street on Union Avenue to Millard Tydings Memorial Park where a 7 p.m. concert will be held at City Yacht Basin adjacent t  Tydings Park. Fireworks will begin at dark (about 9:15 p.m.). There is no rain date for this event. For more information, visit http://havredegracejuly4.org/

Bulle Rock 6th Annual Havre de Grace Fireworks Party

Sunday, July 3rd, is our 6th annual “Havre de Grace Fireworks party.” Come bring your own beverage, and a dessert to share and watch the fireworks in Havre de Grace from our Residents Club. There is no price for this event. It is a Sunday evening and we will keep the building open until the fireworks show is over. You do not need to RSVP to this party. Bring your friends and family.Sunday, July 3rd, is our 6th annual “Havre de Grace Fireworks party.”  Come bring your own beverage, and a dessert… http://fb.me/Wh632kQJ

Kingsville 4th of July Parade, July 4

Kingsville’s celebration will start at 10 a.m. on July 4 with pre-parade music before the 10:50 a.m. parade which starts at the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company and marches down Bradshaw Rd. from the fire hall. No rain date. For more information, visit http://www.gkca.info/july4.html.

Bel Air Independence Day Celebration, July 4

Bel Air’s 4th of July celebration is an all day event that starts with a 6:45 a.m. flag raising ceremony in front of the new Bel Air High School. That’s followed by a blueberry pancake and sausage breakfast in the Bel Air High School. cafeteria from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. ($6 for adults, $4 for children under 10). The games begin at 8:30 a.m. with horse shoe pitching at Rockfield Park (registration is at 8 a.m.); hamster races at Shamrock Park and Hays House Tours at 9 a.m. and the turtle derby at 9:30 at Shamrock Park (turtles with a carapace less than 4 inches long will be disqualified (click here for full turtle rules http://bit.ly/lqZObB). There’s a Catherine Street Consort concert at 10 a.m. at the Hays House and a The Great Bel Air Frog Jumping Contest at 10:30 a.m. back at Shamrock Park. The bicycle rodeo is at 11 a.m. in the Pennsylvania Avenue parking lot, while the Uncle Sam Says games get under way in Shamrock Park. Parade staging takes place at 4:30 p.m. and the parade starts at 6 p.m. Click here for a map of the route. Gov. Martin O’Malley is scheduled to appear in the parade that will start at the intersection of E. Gordon Street and North Main Street, at the “Welcome to Bel Air” sign, and proceed down the renovated N. Main Street to Baltimore Pike, then south to left on Kenmore. Fireworks start at about 9:30 p.m. and will be launched from Rockfield Park. Click here for a map. Rain date is July 5. (I like to watch them from the fields behind Southampton Middle School. You don’t have an up close view, but it’s decent and there is plenty of room for the kids to run around in the fields. Click here to visit the official Bel Air Independence Day Committee website: www.belairjuly4.org.

For more July 4th celebrations …

For a listing of more 4th of July celebrations throughout the area, visit The Baltimore Sun’s list, which includes everything from the Ports America Chesapeake Fourth of July Celebration in the Inner Harbor to the Star Spangled Spectacular at Oregon Ridge Park and the Visionary Pets on Parade at the American Visionary Arts Museum http://bit.ly/jTUAk2