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Carnival, contests, fireworks celebrate Fourth of July


Havre de Grace will celebrate Independence Day with a parade, carnival, concert and fireworks today. Bel Air has planned daylong Fourth of July activities for tomorrow.

Beginning at 2 p.m. today, Havre de Grace's parade -- with 18 bands and numerous floats that represent community organizations, businesses, volunteer fire companies and the Army -- will proceed along Union Avenue from Legion Square to (( Tydings Park.

Performances by rock band Jam Trax and the Liberty Dixieland Band will begin at 6:45 p.m. at the park. Entertainment will continue with disc jockey Jeff Thompson, who will play music throughout the fireworks, which are scheduled at 9:15 p.m.

A carnival, which began Tuesday, will be operated throughout the afternoon and evening. Proceeds will pay for the festivities, which organizers said will cost about $40,000.

Fourth of July celebrations in Bel Air will begin tomorrow with a flag-raising ceremony at 6:45 a.m. at Bel Air Middle School. Activities will continue throughout the day at the Bel Air School Complex, which includes Wakefield Elementary, Bel Air Middle and Bel Air High schools.

The Bel Air Jaycees will serve a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the middle school for a cost of $4 for adults and $2.50 for children under 12.

Horseshoe-pitching, the day's first contest event, will begin at 9 a.m. at the high school baseball diamond, off Kenmore Avenue. A turtle derby will be held in the field behind the tennis courts at 9 a.m.

A bicycle rodeo, frog-jumping contest and "Uncle Sam Says" will take place at 11 a.m. The 1 p.m. watermelon eating contest will be followed by the model car racing finals at 1:30 p.m.

Beginning at 6 p.m., the Fourth of July Parade, with the theme "The Stars and Stripes Forever," will proceed along Baltimore Pike from Route 24 to Kenwood Avenue and Route 924 to end at Idlewild Street.

The activities will conclude at Bel Air High School with a concert of patriotic music at 8:30 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

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