Bel Air Independence Day Committee Seeking Applications to July 4, 2018 Parade



This baton twirler amazed the crowd in the 2016 Bel Air July 4th Parade.


The Bel Air Independence Day Committee seeks floats, marching units, performers, mobile units and more to join its annual parade on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.

Individuals, clubs, organizations, churches, civic groups and more must fill out the official application form on the committee’s website, after reading the parade rules listed on the site. Applicants should go to and follow the “Join the Parade” prompts.

The deadline for applications is Friday, June 13, 2017.

Entrants are encouraged to reflect the theme of this year’s Fourth of July festivities: “A Salute to American Heroes.”

“The Bel Air Independence Day Parade is one of Harford County’s most beloved traditions, and we want 2018’s parade to be the most exciting one yet,” said Michael Blum, Parade Chairman of the Bel Air Independence Day Committee. “We welcome applicants from the greater Bel Air and Harford County community who would like to help us honor our American heroes by being in this wonderful parade.”

As it has for the past several years, the parade will once again begin at the intersection of Idlewild Street and South Main Street, proceed northwards up Main Street through downtown Bel Air, and end at Gordon Street.

The Society of Italian-American Businessmen is a frequent participant in Bel Air Parades, bringing sights and sounds of Italy to the onlookers. This float won “first place” in the floats category.


“We have Mummers from Philadelphia back in our parade, but we need lots of local floats and scouts and churches and civic groups and businesses and equestrians, too,” Blum adds.

The Bel Air Independence Day Committee, Inc., a 501(c)3  non-governmental organization, produces the annual Bel Air July 4 parade out of respect for our country and our community. The all-volunteer Committee accepts applications as it deems appropriate; all submissions will be reviewed and entrants notified.

Volunteers are also sought to help with all July 4th activities, from the Flag Ceremonies through the fireworks.

For applications, information on the parade, its route, and the full day of Fourth of July celebrations, visit the Bel Air Independence Day Committee website at:

Local Harford County High School bands are a major part of the Bel Air July 4th Parade. Here, the Havre de Grace High School Marching Warriors Band perform in the 2015 Independence Day parade.

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