Baltimore County News
Michael L. Schneider, Community Outreach Liaison
Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks
The spirit of America’s independence can be heard, and seen, across our beautiful County throughout the long Fourth of July weekend – close to home and without the long lines at the toll booths! Baltimore County Recreation and Parks Councils, staff and communities are working hard to make this weekend memorable and fun way to celebrate with family and friends all that is great about America.
Over on the County’s east side, The Heritage Foundation is celebrating with its annual Fair at Dundalk Heritage Park (July 1 through July 3). On the Fourth of July, the fun and community traditions continue with a 6K race (starting at CCBC Dundalk), a parade starting at Logan Village Shopping Center, and the popular fireworks at North Point Government Center. Details of these events can be found on the Dundalk Heritage Fair website.
Up in Carroll Manor, it is the Annual Community Fireworks at Sweet Air Park and Jacksonville Elementary. Join upwards of a thousand of your friends and neighbors for entertainment and fireworks on Saturday, July 2. For details, check out this flier: Community Fireworks with the Jacksonville Optimists.
On the west side of Baltimore County, the 34th Annual Arbutus Firecracker 10K is taking place on the Fourth of July starting at 8 a.m. at Arbutus Middle School. Then at 3 p.m., the Arbutus annual Fourth of July Parade lines up on Montrose Avenue and enters in the 1600 block of Frederick Road. Here’s some FAQ’s about the rest of that exciting day (including fireworks) in the Arbutus community parade and fireworks.
There’s also the 53rd Annual Fullerton Fireworks Foundation’s Fourth of July Celebration at Fullerton Park, where the fun (music, food and fireworks) starts at 5 p.m. There’s lots to do, and you can read about it here at the Fullerton Fireworks Foundation website.
Now, it wouldn’t be the Fourth of July in Baltimore County without the thunderous roar of fireworks and the magnificent sounds of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on July 3 and 4 at Oregon Ridge with the annual BSO Star Spangled Spectacular. The friendly crowds, delicious foods, sights and sounds make this the ultimate community Independence Day celebration. Gates open at 5 p.m. Visit the Star-Spangled-Spectacular website for more details.
So, you can see, by the dawn’s early light and the dusk’s lit sky, there’s much to do this holiday weekend with Baltimore County Recreation and Parks – Happy Birthday, USA!
Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, Haunted Houses and More
With cooling temperatures and dramatic color-changing foliage, fall is a beautiful time to be in Baltimore County. Whether you're in search of the perfect pumpkin, freshly pressed apple cider, corn mazes or spooky haunted attractions, there is something for everyone this season.
Experience the beauty of Baltimore County by visiting your local and state parks. Enjoy nature with access to trails for biking and hiking, educational nature centers, dog parks and lots of other great recreational opportunities.
Autumn in Baltimore County is also home to many local events, with everything from concerts to wine tastings available right in your backyard.
Tourism and Promotion
Great Resources to Help Keep Your Family Fit
Decreasing childhood obesity is on everyone’s mind these days. The rates of childhood obesity have tripled since 1980. More than one in 10 children from the age of two to five will become obese.
The good news is that this year, for the first time, obesity rates for preschool children went down, as reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Family Wellness is Key
The reality is that preventing children from becoming obese is really about family wellness. Daily physical activity, planning healthy meals and limiting screen time all create an environment that promotes healthy kids.
Many federal, state and local programs are working hard to decrease the rates of obesity with better food habits and more physical activity. Some of the interventions that have been implemented are: the Let’s Move initiative from First Lady Michelle Obama, the YWCA’s Fit and Fun Program, National Standards for Foods in Schools, ChooseMyPlate, phone apps and other devices that track fitness and calories. Prevention is the key!
Baltimore County has resources that can help your family move towards a journey to wellness! Since 2012, the County’s Health Coalition has worked with partners to promote physical activity and prevent childhood obesity. Do your part to help our children and yourself. Take advantage of the local parks and walking trails in our County. Visit them as a family and achieve your goal of wellness for your whole family!
Laura Culbertson, RN, MSN
Public Health Nurse Administrator
Baltimore County Department of Health
Revised April 6, 2016