Baltimore County Now
by Marjorie Hampson
Baltimore County Tourism Director
The 4th of July is a holiday that Americans know how to celebrate. Fireworks, cookouts, and parades can be found in communities throughout the country, but I don't think there are many places that can throw a 4th of July Parade better than Baltimore County.
It all starts off in Dundalk, where an entire community gets out of bed to start their Independence Day with an 8:15 parade that is a 78 year old tradition. The parade runs all throughout historic Dundalk, but it all begins at the Logan Village Shopping Center. For a parade route click here.
A little over an hour later, we shut down our County Seat at 10:30 a.m. for a parade that brings together all the bands and floats from the Towson area. The route runs from Bosley Avenue to Allegheny to Washington.
Next, we head over to the west side of the County for the Arbutus Parade, which runs through Arbutus’ historic downtown on East Drive at 12:30 sharp and shows off its residents’ patriotism with some of the biggest American flags you’ll ever see.
Finally, our parades wrap up on Frederick Road in Catonsville at 3:00 p.m. with a parade so popular that residents reserve their spots along the parade route with chairs weeks in advance. It may be too late to get your chair out there, but its not too late to find a good vantage point, just make sure to get there early.
So no matter where you call home, if you’re serious about celebrating our nation’s birthday in style, then Baltimore County is the place to be this 4th of July. I can’t wait to see you on the parade routes, but remember, you have to bring your own sunscreen.