Havre de Grace, Bel Air plan holiday events


There's plenty around Harford County to fill your Fourth of July celebrations with fun.

Beginning at 2 p.m. today in Havre de Grace, the town will hold its Fourth of July parade, consisting of 19 bands -- five from Harford high schools -- 22 floats, fire engines and beauty queens. The parade will begin at Union Avenue and Warren Street and follow Union to its end at Tydings Park.

Amusement park rides for children and adults, games and food also will be offered from 2 p.m. until midnight in the park. A puppet show is scheduled at 6 p.m., and A-10 jets from the Maryland Air National Guard and paratroopers will jump onto Tydings Island in an air show at 7 p.m.

Deuce Coupe, a country rock band, will take the stage at 7:30 until the 45-minute fireworks show starts at dark, about 9 p.m. After fireworks, an hour of music will round out Havre de Grace's celebration of the nation's 219th birthday.

On Tuesday, Bel Air will have more than 12 hours of events,

spread out on the grounds of Bel Air's elementary, middle and high schools off Route 924.

Start the Fourth early at the Bel Air Middle School with the raising of the flag and a pancake breakfast afterward, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m..

Entertainment for the day will begin at 9 a.m. with horseshoe pitching and hamster racing. At 9:30 a.m., anyone with a turtle (no snappers) can get into the turtle derby, and at 11 a.m. there will be game of Uncle Sam Says, for children 5 to 13 years old; frog jumping; and a bicycle inspection and rodeo at Wakefield Elementary School. Afternoon events will include a watermelon-eating contest at 1 p.m. and model car racing at 1:30 p.m.

At 6 p.m., a fly-over of helicopters by the Maryland Army National Guard will launch Bel Air's parade at business U.S. 1 (Baltimore Pike) and Route 24. The parade will follow Baltimore Pike and make a right turn onto Kenmore Avenue, to Route 924 to Idlewild Street.

The Bel Air Community Band will play patriotic songs near the high school at 8:30 p.m., with fireworks beginning at 9:30 p.m. over the fields behind the middle and high school.

In Havre de Grace on Tuesday, the Great North American Road Race will make its only stop in Maryland during its two-week trip from Ottawa to Mexico City. The racers will arrive at Tydings Park about 7 a.m. to display their antique and vintage cars and to talk to the public until 10 p.m.

For those living near the Harford-Baltimore County line, the town of Kingsville will hold a parade Tuesday sponsored by its civic association and Fire Department.

Kingsville will kick its day off with one hour of music at 10 a.m. The parade, featuring high school marching bands, the Oriole Bird and Miss Teen Harford County, will begin at 11 a.m. It will start at the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company on Bradshaw Road, turn right onto Jerusalem Road and end at St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

Kingsville's theme this year is: "America, the Spirit of Teamwork!"

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