Baltimore County Now
Baltimore County Department of Planning
While big-box stores and malls are getting ready for Black Friday, some of Baltimore County’s traditional Main Streets are getting ready for something a little smaller—something with a little more charm. On Saturday, November 30, Dundalk and Reisterstown join other traditional commercial districts in the fourth annual Small Business Saturday.
By shopping in locally owned businesses on Small Business Saturday, you discover unique gifts you’ll never find at the big stores, experience the charm and genuine customer service that you only get from small business owners, and enjoy the sights, the sounds and the beautiful chill in the air that can only be found on Main Street.
In Reisterstown, on historic Main Street, “Holiday Cheer Starts Here!” To kick off the holiday season, businesses are offering a donation discount, which allows consumers to not only shop locally but also give locally. On Small Business Saturday, participating merchants are offering a 10% discount to customers who bring in a canned good donation for the Reisterstown United Methodist Church Food Pantry. When you shop at these small businesses, the money you spend here stays here, and the donations you give stay here, too.
Main Street Dundalk, one of 26 designated Main Street Maryland communities across the state, offers a variety of shopping, eating and entertainment during the holiday season. Dundalk Renaissance Corporation and Little Crystal Bijoux are hosting a Holiday Gallery and Gifts Pop-Up Shop at 79 Shipping Place through December 23. The pop-up shop offers original holiday gifts by local artists and craftsman.
Starting Small Business Saturday, Main Street Maryland is offering a coupon for deals at Dundalk’s Holiday Gallery and Gifts Pop-Up Shop. For every $50 spent from November 30 - December 23, you will receive a $10 gift card for your next purchase. You can download the coupon right now.
Baltimore County also offers a great holiday deal: you won’t have to feed the meters anywhere in Baltimore County from Thanksgiving Day through December 1. Just look for the red “Seasons Greetings” bags and enjoy the free parking while you support local shops in your neighborhood.
From Catonsville to Pikesville, Essex to Randallstown, get out this Saturday and support your favorite small business. It’s a great way to find unique gifts for the folks on your holiday list while you support your local neighborhood business owners. Such a deal!
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.