Monday, July 16, 2012
Donald Steward submits letter to the editor.
A lot of work went into the Bel Air Independence Day parade, and the parade chairman is appreciative of both behind the scenes efforts and community participation. Donald Stewart, president of the Bel Air Independence Day Committee, submitted a letter to the editor to express the committee's thanks. Below is the unedited letter in its entirety: Dear Editor The Bel Air Independence Day Committee, Inc. hosted a terrific family-oriented day this past 4th of July. We make most of our activities be an opportunity for families to go somewhere fun on the 4th of July. Given all of the families that I saw out there, I would say that we were successful in that effort. I want to tell you a couple of stories from this past event. A few days ago I was …
Monday, July 9, 2012
The local marching band's performance in the Bel Air Independence Day Parade was caught on video from a few different angles.
There's no question there were a number of talented musicians in the Bel Air Independence Day Parade July 4th, but the judges said one Harford County marching band stood out from the crowd. C. Milton Wright High School Marching Mustang Band was awarded the 2012 Harford County High School Bel Air July 4 Parade Trophy. You can check out video of the award-winning performance here. What do you think of this performance? Leave a comment.
Friday, July 6, 2012
Check out the names of those who took home the prizes.
The following are results from the July 4, 2012 parade in Bel Air provided by the Bel Air Independence Day Committee. Six independent Parade Judges viewed the parade, whose theme was "Land of the Free!" and awarded prizes. Check out the attached video from the parade and share your thoughts below. Prize Baha'i's of Bel Air Heart of David Worshippers Bel Air Terps Football Ripken Baseball Equestrian Units Shining Eye Percherons America in Miniature Smith Family Antique Vehicles & Tractors Tom Harrington's 1962 Chevy Charlie Company 22nd Battalion Mt. Ararat Masonic Family Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Bel Air Community Band John F. Nicoll Pipes & Drums The Harford County High School Bel Air July 4 Parade Trophy 2012 C…
Check out the names of those who took home the prizes.
The following are results from the July 4, 2012 daytime events events in Bel Air provided by the Bel Air Independence Day Committee. Do you have pictures from any of the events? Share them.
Parade chairman submits letter to the editor.
A lot of work went into the Bel Air Independence Day parade, and the parade chairman is appreciative of both behind the scenes efforts and community participation. Michael Blum, parade chairman and vice president of the Bel Air Independence Day Committee, submitted a letter to the editor to express the committee's thanks. Below is the unedited letter in its entirety: July 5, 2012 To the Editor: On behalf of the Bel Air Independence Day Committee, Inc., I wish to thank the greater Bel Air and Harford County community for its response to this year's parade. The weather was hot — maybe the hottest ever for a July 4, although as I recall, July 4, 1999 was pretty hot, too — and I was concerned about the effect this would have both on the parade…
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
The 2012 parade went smoothly, if a little hotter than the ideal.
Main Street in Bel Air became a picture of patriotic pride and hometown celebration Wednesday during the Independence Day parade. Despite high temperatures and high humidity, the parade route was lined with people young and old celebrating our nation's independence in the Bel Air tradition. Have your own pictures from the parade? Share them by clicking the "Upload Photos and Videos" button.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
The Bel Air Police Department warns placing blankets and chairs along the parade route before Wednesday could lead to safety issues.
Wednesday marks July Fourth, and parade goers are eager to mark the perfect spot to watch the floats, bands and patriotic entertainment make their way along Main Street. The Bel Air Police Department, however, is asking that members of the community show restraint and wait until the day of the parade to set out chairs or blankets. "When chairs and other items are placed on the parade route to get 'just the right spot' it has created unintended consequences," states a release from Bel Air police. Unattended chairs left for days can blow into traffic and have damaged vehicles in previous years, police say. They can also prove to be tripping hazards for those walking the sidewalks of Bel Air, according to the release "There will be plenty of …
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
A lukewarm response greeted Gov. Martin O'Malley at the Bel Air Independence Day Parade.
Most community members were less than enthusiastic about Gov. Martin O'Malley's appearance at the Bel Air Independence Day Parade Monday evening. "One of the highlights of my parade is when Mr. O'Malley comes by and I get to turn my back on him," Terry Tipton of Bel Air said beforehand. "He is not the governor in my mind." Some others agreed. Elaine Rumke, also of Bel Air, said she didn't have an interest in seeing O'Malley. "I think he spends too much and has broken a lot of promises," Rumke said. Michael Powers of Kingsville put it bluntly: "I'll boo at him when he comes by." Rhonda Watkins was more positive, but still skeptical. She said O'Malley's parade appearance serves the public good. "It shows his patriotism, but it also shows …
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
From politicians to performers on stilts, Bel Air's latest July 4th parade had plenty of great moments.
Possibly Bel Air's biggest event—the annual Independence Day parade—took more than two hours to march through Main Street on Monday. Gov. Martin O'Malley and many local politicians, including the Bel Air Board of Commissioners, were in the procession. Local high school bands including Bel Air itself, along with other groups, provided entertainment. Do you have your own photos or videos from Monday's march? Upload them to the site.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Gov. Martin O'Malley and Rep. Andy Harris are set to appear in the Bel Air Independence Day Parade.
Those celebrating July 4th at the Bel Air Independence Day Parade will see many familiar faces. Along with Gov. Martin O'Malley, Rep. Andy Harris is expected to make an appearance at Bel Air's parade. County Executive David Craig, however, is not expected to attend. Also joining the festivities is Katie Meadowcroft, who was selected as the first-ever "Miss Bel Air Independence Day." Meadowcroft is a 23-year-old Bel Air resident and graduate of The John Carroll School. She will lead the parade, which starts from Main Street at 6 p.m, and is set to make appearances during the blueberry pancake breakfast, turtle derby and other activities throughout the day. For a full list of Monday's scheduled activities, click here. Check back with Patch …