Parade directors will remain the same, and Joni Nugent, "a longtime resident and supporter of the Darlington community," will be honored as grand marshal this year.
"I would expect that under the direction of the Darlington Lions Club, some minor adjustments may be made, but the tradition of the Darlington Independence Day celebration will continue as it always has," Dare said. "I have enjoyed being president for the past 10 or 11 years. It has been my pleasure serving the Village of Darlington and the surrounding community, and I am grateful for all of the generous support I have received during my tenure in this role."
Bel Air and Kingsville are alone in celebrating on July 4, which falls on a Thursday this year.
The day's events in Bel Air start with a flag-raising ceremony at 6:45 a.m. followed by the blueberry pancake and sausage breakfast at 7 a.m. Games and contests continue throughout the day throughout town. Horseshoe pitching is at Rockfield Park, with the Turtle Derby, the Great Bel Air Frog Jumping Contest, Uncle Sam Says and watermelon eating contest at Shamrock Park.
Kingsville's 33rd annual celebration, sponsored by the Greater Kingsville Civic Association and Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company, will start at 10 a.m. on July 4 with music, the Orioles Bird and a barbershop chorus, among other things. The parade starts at 10:45 a.m. at the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company on Bellvue Avenue and proceeds down Bradshaw Road to Jerusalem Road, finishing at St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
The city's parade begins at 2 p.m. on Warren Street and will culminate in a concert at the Yacht Basin at 7 p.m. Fireworks will follow at dusk, about 9:15 p.m.
The Joppatowne-Edgewood parade will be held in Edgewood this year, with participants lining up at 5 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club building. The parade will kick off at 6 p.m., organizer Dianna Guthrie said.
Its theme is "Ageless Excellence Marching Forward" and will feature 96-year-old Ken Hammer as the grand marshal.
A World War II veteran will also be singing the national anthem. The event will conclude with a free concert by a 36-piece brass band at Flying Point Park.
Sen. Nancy Jacobs, who recently announced her retirement from politics, will be honored in the Edgewood-Joppa parade.