With the Fourth of July just one week away, Bel Air is gearing up for a day of celebration.
In addition to the typical highlights of Independence Day—the fireworks and parade—Bel Air has a jam-packed day of fun prepared for the whole family.
Patch is here to make sure you are in the right place at the right time to enjoy the festive displays and patriotic games.
The parade is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on July 4, according the Bel Air Independence Day committee's website.
This year, the Bel Air Independence Day parade will take a slightly different route. The parade is expected to start at the intersection of E. Gordon Street and North Main Street in downtown Bel Air, and continue straight down Main Street to Idlewild Street.
Then around 9:30 p.m., the sky will light with "bombs bursting in air."
Fireworks are planned to be set off at Rockfield Park in Bel Air.
In the case of inclement weather, the fireworks will be set off at the same time on Thursday, July 5.
Where do you go to watch the fireworks? Do you have a designated "spot" at the parade? Leave a comment.
Check out the chart below to find the schedule of Bel Air July 4th events:
|6:45 a.m.||Flag Raising Ceremony||In front of Bel Air High School||The ceremony will be officiated by Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 30 and American Legion Post #39.|
|7-11:30 a.m.||Blueberry Pancake and Sausage Breakfast||Bel Air High School, use the side entrance facing Baltimore Pike
||The event costs $6 for adults and $4 for kids under the age of 10
|8:30 a.m.||Horseshoe Pitching||Rockfield Park||Registration begins at 8 a.m.|
||Hamster Races||Shamrock Park||Registration begins at 8:45 a.m.|
|9 a.m.||Music, Tours, Children's Games||Hays House||Guides in colonial costumes will conduct tours of Bel Air's oldest house|
|9:30 a.m.||Turtle Derby||Shamrock Park||Registration begins at 9 a.m. No turtle with a carapace less than 4" long may be entered. Limit 1 member of each turtle species per adult and a total 3 turtle limit per entrant.|
|10:30 a.m.||Frog Jumping Contest||Shamrock Park||Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. Limit 2 frogs per entrant.|
|11 a.m.||Bicycle Registration and Rodeo||Pennsylvania Avenue Parking Lot||Those with the best decorated bikes will receive a trophy or award.|
||Uncle Sam Says||Shamrock Park||Kids of all ages are welcome to play a patriotic version of "Simon Says."|
|11:30 a.m.||Watermelon Eating Contest||Shamrock Park||The children in their age group to eat the most watermelon will receive trophies.|
|4:30-6:30 p.m.||Parade Staging||Parade staging takes place in the streets stemming from parade starting point at the intersection of Gordon and Bond Streets.||Specific instructions will be sent to parade participants.|
|6 p.m.||Bel Air July 4th Parade||See parade route||The parade will run from the intersection of E. Gordon Street and North Main Street to Idlewild Street.
|9:30 p.m.||Bel Air Fireworks Display||The fireworks will be launched from Rockfield Park.||The fireworks will be launched from Rockfield Park. If cancelled due to weather, they will be launched July 5, 2012 around 9:30 p.m.
For more information check out the Bel Air Independence Day dedicated site.