BALTIMORE COUNTY — The Fourth of July falls on a Thursday this year, and many are using the opportunity to take a long weekend to celebrate patriotism. From early morning parades to nighttime fireworks displays — and maybe a star-spangled cookout or two in between — you can fill your day celebrating our nation’s independence. So find your best red, white and blues and head out to one of these local July 4th events:
85th Annual Dundalk 4th Of July Parade
Starting at approximately 8:15 a.m.
This year’s theme for the Annual Dundalk 4th of July Parade is “Dundalk — Built on Steel; Called to Serve.” Marching bands and other parade participants will start at the Logan Village Shopping Center and head north on Dundalk Avenue, east on Belclare Road, north on Liberty Parkway, west on Dunglow, west on Dunmanway, north on Shipping Place, east on Shipway, north on Admiral Boulevard, south on Liberty Parkway, and end at Dunmanway. For more parade information, go to www.dundalkheritagefair.com/parade.
[Editor’s Note: Don’t miss the Dundalk parade! Avenue News editor B. Rae Perryman is a parade judge this year, and our sister paper, The Dundalk Eagle, is the media partner for the parade. Don’t forget to grab an Eagle for the parade line-up and more information. Have a safe and happy Fourth!]
Dundalk 4th of July Fireworks
Starting at approximately 9:15 p.m. at the North Point Government Center/Grange Elementary, Merritt Blvd. and Wise Avenue
While the fireworks can be viewed in numerous sites throughout Dundalk, they are primarily centered around the North Point Government Center. The rain date is July 5 at dusk. For more fireworks information, go to www.dundalkheritagefair.com/fireworks.
Kingsville 4th of July Parade
Events begin at 10 a.m. at the triangle of Jerusalem, Bradshaw and Bel Air roads
The Greater Kingsville Civic Association Inc. and The Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company are sponsoring the 39th annual Kingsville Independence Day Parade. Pre-parade music and celebration, sponsored by BrightView Senior Living Perry Hall and PNC Bank, begins at 10 a.m. at the Judge’s viewing stand featuring Steve Gambrill “The Extreme Balloon Man,” Upper Falls Dance Academy, The Oriole Bird, Baltimore City Pipe Band and White Tiger Martial Arts 2. The parade will kick off at 10:50 a.m. at the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company on Bellvue Ave., finishing at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Marching bands from the following high schools will participate: Aberdeen, C. Milton Wright, Joppatowne, Edgewood, North Harford, Havre de Grace, and Patterson Mill. The 2019 Grand Marshals are Bill and Mary Jo Button. For more information, go to www.kingsvilleparade.org/default.html.
American Visionary Art Museum’s: Visionary Pets On Parade!
Event begins at 9 a.m., 800 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230
The annual July 4th Visionary Pets on Parade is held each year in loving memory of animal lover Ellis Rosen. Dress your pet and strut your stuff. Trophies will be awarded for Best Costume, Most Patriotic, Most Visionary Pet, Owner and Pet Look-Alikes, Least Likely to Succeed as a Pet, Visionary Pet Tricks and more. Friendly pets of all kinds are welcome. The parade is followed by the Pet Talent (Or Not) Show and a game of pet musical chairs. Pets must be leashed or carried. Water, baggies and cooling stations will be provided. Pet registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The parade kicks off at 9 a.m. This event is free and open to the public, with no advanced registration required. For more information, go to www.avam.org/news-and-events/events/july4-pet-parade.shtml
4th of July Fireworks in Fullerton
The celebration starts at 5 p.m. at 4304 Fullerton Ave., Baltimore, MD 21236
Families can enjoy music by AWAKEN, and a large section of food such as Tex-Mex, Italian, pit beef, seafood, hamburgers, hot dogs and more. Draft beer and wine will also be available for purchase. The Fullerton Fireworks, presented by Jerry’s Toyota, start at 9:15 p.m., and the rain date is Saturday, July 6. For more information, go to www.fullertonfireworks.com.
Towson 4th of July Parade
Starting at approximately 10:30 a.m. at Bosley and Burke avenues in Towson
For more than 120 years, the Towson 4th of July Parade has celebrated the lives of men and women who have served our country. Many are not with us today because they have made the ultimate sacrifice of their lives. Spectators can enjoy the parade complete with bands, local veterans groups, color guards, nonprofits and more. For more information, go to www.towsonparade.com.
4th of July Towson Fireworks
Starting at approximately 9 p.m. at 8101 Lasalle Road, Towson, MD 21286
Bring the family out to Loch Raven Academy to watch the beautiful fireworks display. This has been a popular Loch Raven Village activity for over 20 years and the only Towson fireworks! People congregate on Pleasant Plains Road, in the Ravenwood shopping center parking lot, on the upper field and along side of Loch Raven Academy and, of course, on porches. For more information, go to towsonfireworks.com.