Fort Meade will sponsor their annual Independence Day Celebration this year on July 4 with a parade at 9:30 a.m. and conclude with fireworks display over Burba Park at 9:30 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public.

Activities during the day include: a parade from Meade Senior High School on Clark Road along MacArthur Avenue and ends near McGlachlin Field; the Tour de Fort Meade "Cherry Bomb" Criterium Bike Races from 11:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., off Maryland 175 and Llewellyn Avenue; parachutists at 11 a.m.; carnival from 1 to 11 p.m. including: helicopter static display; American and foreign small-arms weapons display; trick bike and karate demonstrations; carnival rides; game and food vendors; roving clowns; magicians, mimes; giant animal characters, including the Oriole Bird and Uncle Sam; street actors; and jugglers.

Musical groups will perform from 1 to 8 p.m..

Other stage entertainment will take place, culminating with a 8 p.m. concert by the FirstU.S. Army Band and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Except for the parade and the bike races, all activities are at Burba Park.

Mapes Road will be closed from Cooper Avenue to MacArthur Avenue during the bike race, effectively blocking traffic exiting from Dever Hall to Mapes Road.

Cooper Avenue will be accessible via one lane, from Mapes Road. All traffic from the Bachelor Area Offices Quarters should use Cooper Avenue behind Dever Hall as an exit and entrance during the race.

Fort Meade is just east of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, I-295on Routes 175, 32 or 198. From Routes 32 or 198, exit at Mapes Road,turn right onto Leonard Wood Avenue, left at Broadfoot Road then left onto Redwood which becomes Llewellyn Avenue, proceed to Roberts Avenue. There will be no reserved parking.

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