Happy Independence Day, dear readers!

Flags, banners and bunting throughout Havre de Grace shout red, white and blue as we prepare for our nation's birthday and our Independence Day. The Havre de Grace carnival will continue in Tydings Park through Sunday. On Sunday at 2 p.m., the traditional parade will traverse Union Avenue from Lafayette Square (Legion Square) to Tydings Park. A concert will commence in Tydings Park at 7 p.m. (featuring LIX and DJ Jeff Thompson) followed by a spectacular fireworks display at dark (about 9:15 p.m.). Plan your celebration now. Contact 410-939-2100 for information.

T-shirts for the Independence celebration are available at the Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce/Visitors Center, 450 Pennington Ave. for $7. Have a blast! Phone 410-939-3303.

No Friday concert in the park tonight (Friday).


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As we gear up for our Independence Day celebrations here in the USA, our Canadian neighbors will celebrate their Confederation Day (unification of the provinces) on July 1. Happy birthday, Canada!

Happy birthday USA on July 4 will be celebrated at Grace Place Serving Center, Tuesday, July 3 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers will serve a free, hot meal luncheon to anyone in need who enters St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave., 410-939-2107.

July is National Ice Cream Month. Ice cream and cake will be the fare in red, white and blue at the birthdays of Ceili Guldenzopf (June 29); Peggy St. Amour (July 4); Katie Klisavage, daughter of John and Kathy Klisavage of Washington Street Books (July 5); and Earl Cullum (July 6).

Here's the buzz, what is the only food item that does not spoil, even in June/July's warm weather? You can purchase that food item along with fresh farm produce, flowers and potting plants, baked goods and homemade soaps at the Havre de Grace Farmer's Market, every Saturday through October, from 9 a.m. until noon. Stalls set up at the visitors center. Dial 410-939-5270, Rory White of Main Street Inc., for more information. Oh yes, the lone food that does not spoil is honey, Honey!

The Jerusalem Mill Village will host a summer concert (Sunday) at 6 p.m. Dean Sapp and the Harford Express are the featured musical group. For details, phone 410-877-3560 or visit http://www.Jersalemmill.org.

Guided historic walking tours of Havre de Grace are available ($12 ticket) on the third weekend of the month, Saturdays at 10 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. or by appointment, 410-939-0565. Start the 1 1/2 hour tour at Jana's Java coffeehouse, 217 . Washington St. Reservations are required – buy tickets at mainstreethdg.com.

Tammy Brinkman phoned to let us know the Concord Point Lighthouse gift shop has some new items in the Keepers House for sale. Havre de Grace dog collars and leashes are available. The gift shop is open Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. 410-939-3213.

The Cal Ripken World Series Parade will be held in downtown Aberdeen Aug. 11. Entries for the parade are due by July 30. Call Caroline, 410-272-5242, or Betty, 410-272-4981, for details and applications.

Upcoming July events include: First Fridays (July 6), Concert in Tydings Park (July 6); Pirate encampment at lockhouse (July 14 and 15); and Summer Fun Day (July 8) at Steppingstone Museum. Check hdgtourism.com or phone 410-939-2100.

Workaholics may be overwhelmed to learn that July 5 is their special day – Workaholics Day.

On June 9, scouts and leaders from Boy Scout Troop 967 of the Havre de Grace United Methodist Church enjoyed a bicycle trip on the Torrey C. Brown Trail, known more familiarly as the North Central Railroad Trail, in northern Baltimore County. They began at the Hunt Valley junction and rode toward Pennsylvania and returned. Scouts participating included Caleb Scott, Matt Rovine and Ben Schulz along with leaders Kim and Dan Rusin on their tandem bike. It was a beautiful day for riding and the trail was in fine shape with a minimum of traffic. Support to get the riders and their equipment to and from Havre de Grace was provided by Tim Rovine and Susan Schulz.

That's the end of the fireworks display. Keep me informed at 410-939-6562 or drop by 226 N. Union Ave. It is always great to hear from you.

While we prepare for our most patriotic holiday of all – that of our independence, let us always remember those who have fought in many ways and wars to maintain that independence and those liberties for us. Happy birthday, America! See ya!