Joppatowne, Edgewood kick off Independence Day celebration

A hot and humid Sunday afternoon didn't stop the Edgewood-Joppatowne Independence Day Parade from celebrating July 4 on the streets of Joppatowne this year.

The annual parade switches between Edgewood and Joppatowne, which residents said they appreciate.

Some, however, also wondered about the seemingly smaller and somewhat thinner parade this year.

The event featured plenty of patriotic spirit from both the crowd and participants.

Residents lined the sidewalks of Joppa Farm Road, crowding into shady spots as the temperature stuck around the 95-degree mark.

Harford County Sheriff Jesse Bane and County Councilman Dion Guthrie helped kick off the parade, which featured some Army jeeps and Aberdeen Proving Ground representation, the Joppatowne and Edgewood High School marching bands, plenty of politicians, several church groups and a couple of out-of-town groups, namely the Baltimore-based Knight Ryderz motorcycle group.

The Boumi Shrine Motor Corps did some maneuvers on their cycles, and Clerk of the Circuit Court James Reilly had a bubble-blowing float filled with cartoon characters.

State Sen. Barry Glassman, Sen. Nancy Jacobs, Del. Susan McComas, Del. Glen Glass and U.S. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger also were in the parade.

Extreme Family Outreach carried lots of long, neon-colored balloons, and members of the Copley Parish: The Church of the Resurrection were dressed in 1700s clothing in honor of Independence Day.

An antique car was painted with "Faces of Valor USA," on behalf of a non-profit group that gives assistance to the families of those wounded or killed in action.

Kim Thorn was one of the many Joppatowne residents who comes every year.

She said the parade was enjoyable as always.

"It was good, seeing the high school bands," Thorn said, adding she has children in high school and knows some of the participants.

She also said the parade brings the community out.

"They don't do stuff like this too often," she said.

Colleen Sigmun thought it was a little skimpier than normal.

"It was a very good parade," she said, explaining that when it was in Edgewood, "it was just a lot more stuff going on."

"Sunday night at 6 p.m. is not a good time," Sigmun said.

Nevertheless, she said she and her family attended because they live right down the street.

"For a little town, it was a good parade," she added.

Angela Sigmun said her 2-year-old son, Chase Boblitz, definitely enjoyed it.

"He loved it," she said. "He was dancing to the marching band."

Kathy Causey, who lived in Joppatowne until recently, also said the parade was good, but lacked a little something.

Causey pointed out the Havre de Grace parade took place earlier the same day, at 2 p.m.

"The parade was good considering you had competition earlier in the day from Havre de Grace," she said.

She said she likes that the parade moves between Edgewood and Joppatowne.

"I like that they brought it back, especially because it's 300 years of Joppatowne itself," she said. "It shows that the two towns can work together. Before, they didn't."

Kareen Allen, of Edgewood, was at the parade for only the second time. Last year, she took part in the library float when the parade was in Edgewood.

"I thought Edgewood's was better," Allen said, explaining there were more bands and more participants from other areas.

"It seems more people participated last year," she said.

She also said she likes having the parade move between Edgewood and Joppatowne.

"I guess it's a good thing to do that. I really appreciate that they do that," she said.

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