In celebration of Independence Day, towns and other organizations throughout Carroll County are hosting a variety of festivities, parades and firework displays this week.
Sykesville Independence Day Parade
The Downtown Sykesville Connection is planning its annual Let Freedom Ring parade in celebration of Independence Day. The parade is set for Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m., beginning at Springfield Avenue and Main Street in downtown Sykesville. The event will feature a performance from the Century High School marching band, which will represent Maryland in December at the Pearl Harbor Day Memorial Parade in Hawaii. Also performing will be the Westminster Marching Band, the 229th Army Band and the Woodland String Band of Philadelphia, which has participated in the annual Mummers Day parade there since 1926. The Downtown Sykesville Connection will also award $500 to the top float in the parade. For more information about the event, visit downtownsykesville.com.
Mount Airy’s 4th of July Fireworks Celebration
The Town of Mount Airy will host a professional fireworks display on Sunday at the Mount Airy Fireman’s Carnival Grounds, on the corner of Route 27 and Twin Arch Shop Circle. Gates will open at 4 p.m., and the event starts at 5 p.m., with live music and food vendors. Bands are scheduled to play through 9 p.m., and attendees are welcome to bring their own coolers with food and drinks, as well as chairs, blankets and tents. No pets are allowed. Fireworks will begin at about 9:30 p.m. There is no charge for this event, but attendees are asked to bring a food donation for the Mount Airy Food Bank. For more information about this event, visit mountairyfireworks.com.
4th of July Celebration at Carroll County Farm Museum
The Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster, will host a celebration culminating in fireworks on Monday. The event grounds open at 4 p.m. Live music, food and drink vendors and children’s activities are all planned throughout the afternoon. Fireworks will be set off at about 9:30 p.m. No pets, alcohol, pop-up tents, sunshades, glass containers, grills, fireworks or sparklers are allowed, but picnic blankets and chairs are allowed. Attendees may bring coolers with snacks, but all are subject to search prior to admittance. Admission is $5 per car. The following Westminster roads will be closed beginning at 8:30 p.m., until the fireworks are over: Center Street from Route 140 to Route 32; Gist Road from Route 32 to Kate Wagner Road; Kate Wagner Road from Route 32 to Route 27; Hook Road from Route 32 to the high school entrance; and Smith Avenue from Route 32 to Gist Road. For more information about this event, go to carrollcountyfarmmuseum.org.
Manchester Volunteer Fire Department Carnival
The Manchester Volunteer Fire Department carnival begins Monday on York Street in Manchester. The six-day carnival features live music, games, rides, a beer garden and food. The kitchen opens at 5 p.m. Rides and games will be from 6-10 p.m. A parade of marching bands, floats and fire department apparatus is scheduled for 7 p.m., Wednesday, and fireworks will take place on Thursday at about 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.manchestervfd.org.