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Some sparkling ways to spend the Fourth


Trying to figure out how to celebrate the Fourth of July this year? Here are some Independence Day options:

The Dundalk Heritage Fair runs through today at Heritage Park on Playfield Road between Dundalk Elementary and the old Dundalk Shopping Center, noon-9:30 p.m. The fair has three stages of music, arts and crafts, kids activities and a beer garden. Today's music headliner is the Lettermen at 8 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults, children 12 and younger are free. On Tuesday, the Independence Day parade starts at 8:15 a.m. at the Logan Village Shopping Center on Dundalk Avenue. Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. at the North Point Government Center and Grange Elementary School grounds, Merritt Boulevard and Wise Avenue. 410-284-4022 or

Take a minicruise off the city dock Monday or Tuesday for an unobstructed view of the fireworks. Snacks and a cash bar will be on board, and a DJ will entertain on the Fourth. The boats will board at 7:15 p.m. and cruise from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tickets for Monday are $20-$40. Tickets for Tuesday are $25-$45. 410-268-7601, ext. 104.

The Salute to Cecil County Veterans Celebration will be held on Monday in North East Community Park. The Upper Chesapeake Community Band will play at 6:45 p.m. There will be a flag raising at 8 p.m. and recognition of active duty personnel and veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom at 8:10 p.m. At 8:15 p.m., the 389th U.S. Army Band will play. Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m., and there will be a variety of food vendors. Alcoholic beverages, dogs and sparklers are prohibited. 410-287-5801.

Fireworks start at 9 p.m. Monday in Rock Hall. On Tuesday, the Rock Hall parade starts at 10 a.m. going through Main Street to the Civic Center. 410-778-0416 or

Jamboree in the Park happens downtown and uptown Tuesday. The Inlet downtown will have line dances, live music, comedy shows and clowns starting at 8 p.m. Food and games start at 5 p.m. uptown at the 125th Street pier. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. 410-250-0125.

On Tuesday, the William Paca House Independence Day celebration starts with a naturalization ceremony for new U.S. citizens 11:30 a.m.-noon. From noon to 5 p.m., families can hear live music, talk to Revolutionary War re-enactors, make patriotic crafts and sign their own Declaration of Independence, which will be read at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Free. The Paca House is at 186 Prince George St. 410-267-8146 or


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