The parade and fireworks in Darlington were just a warm-up to the July 4th celebrations planned for this weekend and next week in and around Harford County.
Havre de Grace will kick off the weekend Sunday afternoon with a parade down Union Avenue, to be followed later that evening by a concert in the park and fireworks at dusk.
Didn't get enough parade from Havre de Grace, Edgewood and Joppatowne will hold a joint parade Sunday evening in Joppatowne.
On the real Independence Day, July 4, Kingsville will start off the morning with a parade, while Bel Air will be abuzz with activities throughout the day, beginning with the flag-raising and pancake breakfast, events in Shamrock Park and a parade and fireworks to close out the night.
Havre de Grace
The city's Independence Day festivities began earlier this week with the annual carnival, which runs through Sunday.
"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."
The carnival at Tydings Park will run 6 to 10:30 p.m. through today (Friday), then 4 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $25 for unlimited rides and are available at local merchants, the tourism center, activity center and Frank's Pizza. Individual ride tickets are also available each night.
The parade will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday and run along Union Avenue from Warren Street to Tydings Park.
Several bands will participate in the parade, including the Havre de Grace High School band, the Ravens' Marching Band and Harford Highlanders Pipe Band.
At 7 p.m. that day, there will be a concert at the park. Entertainment will continue after the fireworks display, which will begin at dark, around 9:15 p.m.
Peters described the fireworks as "can't miss" and said they can be seen from anywhere in the park.
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 Joppatowne.
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.