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Spend a weekend celebrating American independence on the banks of the Susquehanna, beginning with a carnival, complete with rides, games and food, from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. July 1-3, 4 p.m.-10:30 p.m. July 4 and 5 at Tydings Park, south end of Union Avenue. Admission is free (prices vary for carnival rides wristbands/individual tickets). The celebrating culminates on July 5, first with a 2 p.m. parade, beginning at Union Avenue and Warren Street and ending at Tydings Park, followed by a 7 p.m. free concert at City Yacht Basin, just below the carnival, featuring Head Rush, then capped off by fireworks beginning at dusk.
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Nobody outdoes Dundalk when it comes to the scope of their Independence Day celebrations. This year's Heritage Festival runs July 3-5, and includes live concerts from Heart By Heart, whose members include original Heart members Steve Fossen and Mike Derosier (8 p.m. July 3), America (8 p.m. July 4) and Crack the Sky (8 p.m. July 5). The festival itself, at Dundalk Heritage Park, 2717 Playfield St., is open from noon-10 p.m. daily and includes carnival rides and games, food, arts and crafts, pig races and plenty else. $7 (free for kids 12 and under). Dundalk's 81st 4th of July Parade is set for 8:15 a.m. Saturday, beginning at the Logan Village Shopping Center, 3409 Dundalk Ave. then proceeding North on Dundalk, east on Belclare Road, north on Liberty Parkway, west on Dunglow, West on Dunmanway, north on Shipping Place, east on Shipway, north on Admiral Boulevard and south on Liberty Parkway before ending at Dunmanway.
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July Fourth is not just for parades anymore. Not that there won't be parades aplenty of Saturday, but if this is the Fourth for stepping outside your normal comfort zone, we've got plenty for you, too. So get out your quill pens and tricorn hats and have yourself a flag-waving good time.
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By Darcy Costello and Chris Kaltenbach