Sunday, July 1, 2012
Floats will reflect this year's theme: "From Sea to Shining Sea, We Celebrate Freedom."
Candy thrown from floats, hand-shaking politicians and kids in their best red, white and blue gear—it wouldn't be the Fourth of July without it. The Greater Kingsville Civic Association and Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company again plan to sponsor the 32nd annual Kingsville Independence Day Parade, community officials announced this week. Check out Patch's photos from the 2011 Kingsville Independence Day Parade here. The holiday celebration begins at 10 a.m. on July 4 at the Bradshaw Road and Jerusalem Road intersection with free music and entertainment. At 10:50 a.m. the parade is expected to begin traveling from the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company on Bellvue Avenue to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Opening ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. This …
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
The Bel Air Police Department's July 4th event allowed local children to sharpen their bike riding and safety skills.
Some young bikers were riding high when the Bel Air Police Department graded them while going through an obstacle course. The activity, staged in the Hickory Avenue parking lot, was part of the Bel Air Independence Day celebrations. The officers promoted safety and proper riding skills during the session. Bel Air police K9 Brutus also paid a visit as children saw firsthand what happens if you disobey Officer Christian Rider—you get bit. By the dog, of course.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
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- Brad Gerick
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Did you miss the Fourth of July fireworks in Bel Air? Or maybe you just didn't have a good view. Either way, I have you covered. Here are two videos of the show from one of Bel Air's busiest days of the year—one from Patch and one from a home video. Enjoy, and feel free to add your own. Video are courtesy of YouTube user epioneer.
Friday, July 8, 2011
The various contests and competitions throughout the day were a celebration of this country.
Bel Air Independence Day truly was a celebration of America, as the various contests and competitions that took place throughout the day had winners not only from Harford County, but also from across the country. The winners are listed below, courtesy of the Bel Air Independence Day Committee. Hamster Races (34 total participants) 1st: Sparkles, Valerie & Ellie Myers, Bel Air 2nd: Scooby, Danielle Lynn, Darlington 3rd: Caramel, Madison Santiago, Abingdon Turtle Derby Box Turtles (92 total participants) 1st: Slowee, Angelina Barrese, Fallston 2nd: Speedie, Dillan Unger, Darlington T-3rd: Bugs Turtle, Erin Drumm, Bel Air T-3rd: Spike, Rachael Ewers, Forest Hill Other Turtles (55 total participants) 1st: Terp, Heather and Taylor Reider, …
This YouTube video apparently was captured shortly after Monday's parade and fireworks.
UPDATE (1:40 p.m.)—I just got an email from a Michael Riskin saying he was the left-handed guitarist in Bel Air that night. Here is his own version of the video. --- If you upload an entertaining local video to YouTube, you should know that I'll be looking for it. What does it take to qualify for the site? Well you could record something like this. Or you could play The Star Spangled Banner (and other songs) on an electric guitar July 4th. Whoever this is, thanks for your awesome rendition of America's patriotic tune. Help us identify this soloist and we will give them credit for their talent. Video courtesy of YouTube user morecroutons.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Jenny and Sam Lynch swept the field.
The Great Bel Air Frog Jumping Contest turned into a family affair as Jenny and Sam Lynch's frogs took the top two spots in the competition July 4th. With an all-time record jump of 171 inches from Jenny’s frog, Hammer, and another from Sam’s frog, Jumper the Frog, of 149 inches, the pair took first and second place, respectively. Seth Bishop of Whiteford took third place, as his frog, Bob, jumped 140 inches. Jenny, 14, said she had been in first place before, but never won. Her brother took first place three years ago. “I guess it’s the centerpiece of my day,” Sam, 11, said. The frog jumping contest was one of the most chaotic events Monday, much to the pleasure of the younger children who chased the loose amphibians. Coming in all sizes…
Bel Air's annual event runs from before 7 a.m. to nearly 10 p.m.
Don Stewart is appreciative of the volunteer efforts ifrom Monday's Bel Air Independence Day parade. Stewart is the president of the Bel Air Independence Day Committee. Here is the letter unedited and printed in full: The Bel Air Independence Day Committee hosted a terrific family-oriented day for the community this past 4th of July. We deliberately orient most of our activities to give families somewhere fun to go to 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. The theme of this year’s day-long event was “Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue.” The concept of cheering for your nation includes, in my opinion, the desire to selflessly serve your community. The 4th…
Bel Air's parade brought cheers and boos for Maryland's governor.
Ryan Perry, who lives in Street, is not happy about potential toll increases in Maryland. In this video he shot at Monday's Bel Air Independence Day parade, the 22-year-old told Gov. Martin O'Malley to "do something about" the proposed toll increases. O'Malley, riding with his wife and children, smiled and responded. "I will," O'Malley said. "We're going to do something about it together." Someone in the background said, "Don't lie!" prompting one of O'Malley's sons to stand up and wave both hands from the passenger seat of the convertible. "Don't they have parades where you got voted at?" someone else asked off camera. Hundreds of people attended a six-plus-hour meeting in Perryville last month to oppose toll increases. A similar hearing …
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
An Abingdon resident won the watermelon eating contest on his fifth try.
The third time is often said to be the charm but for Abingdon resident Dan Petz, it was the fifth try that did it in the watermelon eating contest at Shamrock Park. Petz came away a winner for the first time at Monday's annual July Fourth event. “It feels great,” Petz said. Petz said he looks forward to the contest every year, as he’s been trying to break through to the winner’s circle. “I enjoy the people cheering for me,” Petz said. Toni Meares of Bel Air emceed the event and called it one of the best she could remember. “I was really pleased with the participants,” she said. “They were all good sports.” Meares said that in the past, there has been controversy with some people getting upset over not winning. But this year, the …
Patch interviewed the governor before the annual Independence Day parade.
Gov. Martin O’Malley expected to get booed in Bel Air’s annual Independence Day Parade. But before his appearance Monday evening, the Democrat told Patch he has plenty of support in Harford County. For instant updates, follow Bel Air Patch on Facebook and Twitter. “We have a lot of good friends along the parade route,” O’Malley said. “My kids and my wife have learned that some of the nicest people are the quiet ones that just simply wave and smile.” Elected to a second term in 2010, O’Malley defended the DREAM Act he signed this spring, adding that most people who opposed the law do not understand it. It is expected to go to referendum for the 2012 election. “There are some who try to portray it as free tuition for illegal immigrants, and …