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Fourth of July festivities heating up

One down and four more to go for Independence Day festivities in and aroundHarford County.

Darlington celebrated Saturday, but this long holiday weekend features four more events: in Edgewood, Havre de Grace, Kingsville and Bel Air.

Bel Air has the biggest celebration, with breakfast, and competitions such as frog-jumping and watermelon-eating in the morning, then will wrap up after the parade in fireworks.


Start the holiday weekend in Edgewood Saturday.

In keeping with tradition, this year's Edgewood-Joppatowne parade will be held in Edgewood at 6 p.m. The parade starts at the Boys and Girls Club and finishes by Deerfield Elementary School, according to Chairperson Dianna Guthrie.

There will be eight marching bands and 50 to 75 entries representing the theme of "Hope, Liberty and Justice For All."

There is no rain date.

Havre de Grace

On Sunday, head out to an all-day celebration for the Fourth of July in Havre de Grace.

Starting at 2 p.m. is the parade, running from Warren Street on Union Avenue to Millard Tydings Memorial Park. It features 23 musical units and several other participants, according to Carolyn Narvell, a member of the committee.

Once in the park, a concert is scheduled at 7 p.m., featuring LIXX and DJ Jeff Thompson. The fireworks start at dark and following them, the concert will continue until 10:30 p.m.

Sunday is also the last day of the carnival, which opens around 4 p.m. after the parade is over, and runs to 10:30 p.m. Unlimited rides are $25.

There is no rain date. Check for more information.


Kicking off the festivities on July 4 is Kingsville with its unique pre-parade celebration starting at 10 a.m., with the parade following at 10:50 p.m.

The parade ropes from Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company to St. Paul's Lutheran Church with a theme of "Honor the Stars, Be Proud of our Stripes, Wave Your Flag."

The opening ceremonies will include the national anthem and a fly-over from the Maryland Air National Guard.

There is no rain date.

Bel Air

Ending the holiday weekend is Bel Air on July 4, with a 6 p.m. parade followed by fireworks at dark.

The 1.1 mile long parade will start at the "Welcome to Bel Air" sign embodying the theme of "Three Cheers for the Red, White & Blue."

Fireworks will be launched from Rockfield Park and visible throughout Bel Air.

Earlier in the day, Bel Air also has several activities, starting at 6:45 a.m. at Bel Air High School for the flag-raising ceremony:

7 to 11 a.m.: Blueberry pancake and sausage breakfast at Bel Air High;

8:30 a.m.: Horseshoe pitching at Rockfield Park, registration at 8 a.m.;

9 a.m.: Hamster races at Shamrock Park, registration at 8:45 a.m.;

9 a.m.: Hays House tours;

9:30 a.m.: Turtle derby at Shamrock Park, registration 9 a.m.;

10 a.m.: Catherine Street Consort concert at the Hays House;

10:30 a.m.: The Great Bel Air Frog Jumping Contest, registration at 10:30 a.m.;

11 a.m.: Bicycle registration and rodeo at the Pennsylvania Avenue parking lot;

11 a.m.: Uncle Sam Says game at Shamrock Park; and

11:30 a.m. Watermelon eating contest at Shamrock Park.

There is no rain date for the parade but the fireworks one is the following day, July 5.

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