Towson's Fourth of July Parade kicks off the morning of July 4 at 10:30 a.m., but youngsters, and the young-at-heart are invited to gather at 9 a.m. before the start of the parade for the traditional Bike Rush.
The Bike Rush leads the parade through downtown Towson, and in past years, there have been scores of bikes, scooters, wagons and strollers, which have set out on the parade route, bedecked in all things red, white and blue. Participants are asked to decorate their "wheels" with balloons, ribbons, flags, crepe paper, etc., and to dress in patriotic colors for the rush.
Participants for the 16th Annual Bike Rush — open to all— are asked to gather at the Towson University Health Center parking lot at 9 a.m. July 4. The lot is across Burke Avenue from the Marriott Burkshire Conference Center. Parade volunteers will be onsite to help decorate and to form the group into their parade unit.
Bikers younger than 6 must be accompanied by a parent. The route is 1.4 miles long, beginning at Bosley Avenue and Towsontown Boulevard, proceeding north to Allegheny Avenue, then to Washington Avenue.
Parade organizers say the route takes between 25 and 30 minutes. It ends west of Susquehanna Avenue near the Baltimore County Police Towson Precinct. For information, go to http://www.towsonparade.org.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun