GET A JUMP ON THE FOURTH

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The Glen Burnie chapter of Parents Without Partners will meet for a pre-Fourth of July celebration dance 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. June 29 at the Orchard Beach Fire Hall.

The cost is $8 for members and $10 for non-members. Beer, chips, pretzels and set-ups will be provided.

Information: Bob, 760-8307.

PLAN FOR THE PARADE

The annual Fourth of July Parade sponsored by the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce is less than a month away. This year's theme is "It's a GrandOld Flag."

The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. at St. Martin's in theField Church on Benfield Road and proceeds to Park Plaza. A festivalof food, games, entertainment and "moon bounce" will follow, from 11a.m. to 3 p.m.

The chamber is looking for community entries: floats, walking units, antique cars, Scout troops, bands and children's entries, including decorated bikes, walking units and floats.

The chamber is interested in honoring any local hero who served in Desert Storm. If you know of someone, please call 987-6625.

Jean Zemo, manager of Teetertotter, is in charge of the Park Plaza festival that follows the parade. Contact her at 647-1094.

For parade information, call 647-6625.

FIREWORKS PRECEDE FOURTH

The annual fireworks program sponsored by the Glen Burnie Improvement Association is scheduled for 9 p.m. July 3 in the Third Avenue Park located at the end of Third Avenue S.W., Glen Burnie.

There will be a program of recorded music starting at 8 p.m. Rain date is July 4.

Information: 761-6603.

OLD-FASHIONED CELEBRATION

Shady Side Rural Heritage Society will sponsor an old-fashioned Fourth of July, complete with a Bay Winds Band concert, a country fair, hot dogs and sodas and children's gamesfrom 1 to 4 p.m. July 4 at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum, 1418 E.W. Shady Side Road.

LISTEN TO POPS

South County Cultural Arts,Kiwanis Club of Shady Side and the county Commission on Culture and the Arts will sponsor an old-fashioned "Pops" concert concert at 8 p.m. July 4 at the West River Yacht Harbour in Galesville.

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets for seating. Food and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

The 55-piece National Concert Band of America will perform, and a fireworks display will beprovided.

Information: 867-0888, 261-5613 or 867-2029.

FORT'S FIREWORKS, PARADE

Fort Meade will start its annual Independence Day Celebration this July 4 with a parade at 9:30 a.m. and conclude it with a fireworks display over Burba Park at 9:30 p.m.

All events are open to the public at no charge.

Activities during the day includea parade from Meade Senior High School on Clark Road along MacArthurAvenue and ending 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.; and a carnival from 1 to 11 p.m.

The latter will include a helicopter static display, U.S. and foreign small arms weapons, trick bike and karate demonstrations, carnival rides, games, food vendors, clowns, magicians, mimes; giant animal characters (including the Oriole Bird and Uncle Sam), street actors and jugglers.

Musical groups offering country and western, hard rock, jazz, ragtime, barber shop quartets a variety of styles will perform all afternoon and into the evening.

Other stage entertainment will take place, culminating with a 8 p.m. concertby the First U.S. Army Band with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

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

Be advised that Mapes Road will be closed from Cooper Avenueto 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 Officers Quarters should use Cooper Avenue behind Dever Hall as an exit and entrance during the race.

Fort Meade is located just eastof the Baltimore-Washington Parkway on Maryland routes 175, 32 and 198. From Route 32 or 198, exit at Mapes Road, turn right at Leonard Wood Avenue, left at Broadfoot Road, then left at Redwood (which becomes Llewellyn Avenue). Proceed to Roberts Avenue. There will be no reserved parking.

Here is a detailed list of activities for the day:

9:30 a.m.: Parade, starting near Meade High School on Clark Road.

11:00 a.m.: Parachute demonstration at McGlachlin Field, featuringthe 11th Special Forces Group (Airborne).

11:15 a.m.: "Cherry Bomb" Criterium Bike Races, featuring six different races, at McGlachlinField. Races end at 4:45 p.m.

1 p.m.: Two- and three-piece band entertainment during the bike races.

1 p.m.: Ragtime band at Burba Park.

1 p.m.: Helicopter and weapons static display at Burba Park until 7 p.m.

2 p.m.: Helicopter flyover and rappelling from helicopters at McGlachlin Field.

2 p.m.: Children's magic show at Burba Park.

2:30 p.m. Children's clown show at Burba Park.

3 p.m.: Manical, a hard rock band, performs at Burba Park.

4 p.m.: Karate demonstration at Burba Park. Another demonstration follows at 4:30 p.m.

5 p.m.: The Down Home Boys, a country-and-western band, performs at Burba Park.

6 p.m.: Poison Whiskey, a variety band, performs atBurba Park.

7 p.m.: Parkway Jazz, a jazz band, performs at Burba Park.

8 p.m.: 1st U.S. Army Band Concert performs at Burba Park.

9:30 p.m.: Fireworks display over Burba Lake in Burba Park.

10 p.m.: Concessions close.

PARK'S HOMECOMING DAY

Downs Park will sponsor a "welcome home" family day for troops on the Fourth of July. Thepark opens at 4 p.m., and all parking will be at Chesapeake High School. A shuttle bus will run to the park.

There will be live music at Bayside Amphitheater throughout the evening. No U Turn will play from 5 to 6 p.m.; the Smith Sisters from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Tommy Gordon from 7:30 to 8 p.m.; Mamma Jamma from 8 to 9 p.m. and again from 10 to 11 p.m.

A tots and kids parade along park trails will run from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Children must be accompanied by adults and meet at the overlook flagpole at 5:45 p.m.

They are encouraged to wear patriotic colors.

A vintage car show and display will run from 4 p.m. to dusk in the main parking lot area.

There will be 50 vintage vehicles of the Bay Country Region Vintage Chevrolet Club of America.

Anyone interested in entering a vehicle should call Harry Koerner at760-4868.

After a ceremony starting at 9 p.m., there will be a fireworks display from 9:15 to 10.

A handmade quilt will be raffled at 7:45 p.m. The quilt was made by the Downs Park Quilters Guild, andtickets can be bought near the information center.

Downs Park is at the end of Mountain Road in Pasadena.

Information: 222-6230.

VETS SOUGHT FOR PARADE

In cooperation with the Greater Annapolis Chamber of Commerce, the city of Annapolis is seeking Anne Arundel County Persian Gulf war veterans who are willing to participate in the Fourth of July parade.

In response to President Bush's call for a nationwide "welcome home" celebration for those who participated in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, the city has planned a parade in the veteran's honor to precede the annual waterfront fireworks display over Annapolis Harbor.

The parade will leave the marshaling area on St. John's Street at approximately 6 p.m.

In addition to needingthe names and telephone numbers of Desert Storm troops, the Annapolis Parade Committee is looking for marching units, drum and bugle corps, bands of all kinds, owners of antique vehicles and floats and any other individuals or groups interested in begin part of this family-oriented old-fashioned patriotic community parade.

Information: 263-7940 or 268-7676.

CITY HAS ITS OWN FESTIVAL

The city of Annapoliswill sponsor an Independence Day celebration, parade and fireworks.

The parade will begin at 6 p.m. July 4 on St. John's Street, proceed to College Avenue, Church Circle, Main Street, Randall Street, King George Street and then enter the U.S. Naval Academy via Gate No. 1.There it will travel along the perimeter of The Yard, disbanding along Santee Road near Dewey Field.

After the parade, the U.S. Naval Academy Band will play on Farragut Field near the Robert Crown Sailing Center.

Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:15 p.m. The best viewing is from Farragut Field on the academy's grounds. Alternatives include Dewey Field and Hospital Point on the academy grounds; the Annapolis City Dock; the Eastport (Spa Creek) Bridge; any of the several street-end parks in Eastport; and aboard boats in the Annapolis Harbor area.

Many parking restrictions will be in effect in order to expedite the movement of the crowd. Approximately 50,000 people are expected. Free parking will be provided at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium off Rowe Boulevard. A free shuttle will be provided by the city of Annapolis from the stadium to downtown and back. The shuttle will operate from 4 p.m. to midnight.

From 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., parking will be prohibited and violators may be towed from City Dock; Main Street; St. Johns Street; Market Space; Cathedral Street betweenWest and Franklin streets; both sides of Severn avenue between Firstand Burnside streets; the east side of First, Second and Third streets between Severn and Chesapeake avenues; the north side of Chesapeake Avenue; and the first block of Bay Ridge Avenue south of Sixth Street.

In addition, only residents will be able to drive into the north side of the Eastport Peninsula from 6 to 10:30 p.m.; pedestrian traffic will not be restricted.

No automobiles will be allowed into the downtown area from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Roadblocks will be set up at Sixth Street and Severn Avenue to deny access to the downtown area via the Eastport (Spa Creek) Bridge. Roadblocks will be set up at thefollowing downtown locations: College Avenue at King George, Prince George and North streets; Church Circle and Main Street; and Duke of Gloucester Street at Conduit, Green, St. Mary's and Compromise streets.

All other streets within the boundaries of the U.S. Naval Academy, College Avenue, Duke of Gloucester Street and Compromise Street will be closed.

Traffic will be allowed from Duke of Gloucester Street to Church Circle and into Eastport until 9 p.m. Then Duke of Gloucester Street will be closed to all but city transit shuttle buses. The closure is designed to ensure pedestrian safety and help the crowdleave after the fireworks display.

To accommodate the parade, St.Johns Street will be closed at 4:30 p.m. so that units participatingin the parade may assemble. At 6 p.m., College Avenue, Church Circleand King George Street will be closed until the parade has been completed.

Only Department of Defense personnel with cars bearing resident decals and vehicles bearing a handicapped license or authorized handicapped permit will be admitted into the Naval Academy.

Duke of Gloucester and Main streets will be closed at approximately 9 p.m. and remain closed until the last shuttle bus transport runs. Feeder streets will also be closed at Duke of Gloucester.

The draw spans of the Old Severn River Bridge and the Eastport Bridge will be closed to boat traffic from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Because of the anticipated crowded conditions, boaters are urged to select their preferred viewing area anchorage early. They should avoid the 500-foot safety zone the Coast Guard will set up near the Naval Academy sea wall around the barges used for firing the fireworks.

Consumption of alcoholic beverages on the streets and sidewalks of the city is prohibited; no alcoholic beverages are allowed on the grounds of the academy.

The Annapolis Clean City Committee has volunteered to assist the clean-up effort in the City Dock area after the fireworks July 4 and on the academy's Farragut Field 7 a.m. Friday, July 5. Volunteers are needed in this effort.

Information: 268-1036 or 263-7940.

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