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It's almost here, the big HdG July 4th celebration

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Saturday is the big day in Havre de Grace, dear readers,

Flags, banners and bunting throughout Havre de Grace are shouting red, white and blue in expectation of the Havre de Grace Independence Parade at 2 p.m., traversing Union Avenue from Lafayette Square (Legion Square) to Tydings Park. A concert will commence in Tydings Park at 7 p.m. followed by a spectacular fireworks display at dark (about 9:15 p.m.). The Havre de Grace carnival operates in Tydings Park tonight (Friday) 6 to 10:30 p.m., and Saturday, 4 to 10:30 p.m. Contact 410-939-2100 for information.


T-shirts for the independence celebration are available at the Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Ave. for $7 while supplies last. War of 1812 T-shirts are also there for $10. Phone 410-939-3303.

First Fridays will be held in downtown Havre de Grace tonight from 5 to 9 p.m. Since July 5 is Workaholics Day, let's take a break this evening and join the crowds at First Fridays. Have a blast!


Venture to the Saturday Farmer's Market, 9 a.m. to noon, 450 Pennington Ave. near the visitor center.

Grace Place Serving Center will host a free, hot luncheon to anyone in need July 9 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave., 410-939-2107.

Since July is National Ice Cream Month, stroll to Bomboy's Ice Cream parlor on Market Street or visit Bruster's on Route 40 for the frozen treat to celebrate the birthdays of Earl Cullum (July 6); Rebecca Craig (July 11); Amanda Shaffer (July 12); and Scott Kirkendall (July 13). July anniversaries will be remembered by Bob and Debbie Jobes (July 7), Amanda Shaffer and Gary Wasielewski (July 8) and Diane and Wayne Krauch (July 10). Congratulations all.

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More adventurous folks might celebrate July as American Beer Month with a pub crawl to Coakley's, MacGregor's and Tidewater Grille along St. John Street for starters. Cheers!

The Steppingstone Museum will host Summer Fun Day: lawn mower races and car show, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum, July 7. Contact 410-939-2299 or visit Varooom!

Stop by the visitor center, too, for the student quiz of the Lafayette Trail, created by the Havre de Grace Historic Preservation Commission for students kindergarten through fifth grades and sixth through 12th to win an oval sticker "I walked the Lafayette Trail." Lafayette Trail T-shirts are available for $10 at the Spencer-Silver Mansion B&B, 200 S. Union Ave., 410-939-1485. A great family fun project!

Take a guided historical walking tour every first weekend through November, Saturdays at 10 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. or schedule a tour by appointment. Enjoy a 1 1/2 hour walking tour through tree-lined streets. Tickets available online: or

Terri Glenn at the Havre de Grace Senior Activity Center on Lewis Lane, 410-939-5121, sponsors the following: Ice Cream Day (July 8, 12:30 p.m.); jewelry workshop (July 9, 1 p.m., $15); fitness orientation (July 12, 11:30 a.m., $5); bingo (July 12, 1 p.m., 25-cent cards): Blueberry Celebration (July 15, noon); ice cream social (July 17, 12:30 p.m.); movie "Dolphin Tale" and popcorn (July 19, 1 p.m.).


The July 12 to 14, weekend will be a huge Pirate Fest in Havre de Grace. On July 12, a concert will be held in Tydings Park, 7:30 p.m. and a pirate pub crawl will begin at 7 p.m. A Pirate Fest 5K Run will begin July 13 at 8 a.m. with a Pirate Gala 7 to 11 p.m. at the Lockhouse. The canopy for these events is the Pirate Fest Weekend pirate encampment at the Susquehanna Museum at the Lockhouse, July 13 to 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact 410-939-5780 or email or visit Yo ho ho!

That's all folks. Please keep me informed at 410-939-6562 or drop by 226 N. Union Ave. (or drop a note). It is always a pleasure to chat with you. See ya!