Harford Indepdence Day

Harford Indepdence Day (Bel Air Independence Day Committee / June 22, 2012)

Harford County won't be short of Independence Day celebrations this year, so be sure to get your fill of parades, fireworks and Fourth of July fun.

It all begins Saturday with the Darlington Independence Day Parade and Fireworks Celebration.

The parade will kick off at 5:30 p.m. from the weigh station on Route 1 and head down Castleton Road. From there, the parade route will wind down Main Street onto Shuresville Road and end at Francis Silver Park.

"There are lots of neat new things going on this year," Kira Dare, president of the Darlington Independence Day Celebration Committee, said.


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For the first time, the Boumi Temple Motorcycle Group will ride in the parade, which will be led for the first time by first year Boy Scout Troop 301 from the Darlington-Dublin area.

The "always fabulous" Havre de Grace Warriors Marching Band will also perform again this year, Dare said.

Once at the park, trophies will be award to the parade winners, which will be followed by the Darlington American Idol competition.

Donna Burk, last year's winner, will open the celebration by singing the national anthem.

Additionally, Dare said, "Thanks to a generous donation from the Hopkins family of Elberton Hill Farm of Darlington, we are proud to present an extended fireworks display this year."

Fireworks will begin at dusk.

Edgewood-Joppatowne

The Joppa community will hold an extra special celebration this year, as it's the 300th anniversary of the founding of Joppa as a seaport, noted Dianna Guthrie, chair of the Edgewood/Joppa Town Independence Day Committee.

As the communities take turns every year hosting the event, this year the parade will take place 6 p.m. July 1 in Joppa.

The route will begin at Joppa Farm Road at Shore Drive, make its way down Joppa Farm Road and end at Joppatowne High School.

Harford County Sheriff Jesse Bane will be the grand marshal.

At 8 p.m., the Chesapeake Silver Cornet Brass Band will perform at Mariner Point Park, 100 Kearney Drive.

As always, the annual event promises fantastic floats and entertainment for the whole family.

Havre de Grace

The city's Independence Day festivities also begin before July 4, with a carnival June 26 through July 1.

"It's a wonderful week in Havre de Grace with the carnival running and concert in the park," city tourism manager Brigitte Peters said. "There's something there for everyone."