Parade Staging Instructions & Road Closures
The Bel Air July 4th Parade is staged on S. Main Street/Emmorton Road (Route 924), Idlewild Street, and on the access roads in the Bel Air Middle School and Homestead-Wakefield Elementary School complex.
All accepted units are sent detailed individual stating instructions via e-mail. These instructions will not be ready until public safety and permits are concluded, probably in mid-June. Therefore please check back at that time.
All parade units MUST ENTER THE PARADE STAGING AREA at the intersection of Emmorton Road (Rte. 924) and MacPhail Road — the "4-Star Intersection" (as it is on the map).
All units are sent identification as to whether each is a GREEN UNIT or a RED UNIT. As per the map, GREEN UNITS proceed north on S. Main Street; RED UNITS go into the school complex.
If you have applied and have been ACCEPTED into the 2023 Parade, your staging instructions are e-mailed to you on or about June 22, 2023. If you have not received or seen these by June 25, 2023, send an e-mail to the Parade Committee immediately.
Parade Marshals check in each unit and direct it to its proper place. Although the parade STARTS at Idlewild and S. Main, ALL motorized units (cars, trucks, trailers, etc.) must enter the staging area at MacPhail and S. Main/Emmorton Road. There are no exceptions!
2023 Parade Staging Maps will be available on or about June 25, along with details instructions for all Parade Units.
ROAD CLOSURES in Bel Air on July 4
Staging and deploying a large parade, followed by a fireworks display, necessarily causes disruption of regular traffic flow through the Town of Bel Air and even in the surrounding area.
If you plan to drive through town on July 4, it may well be necessary to plan an ALTERNATE ROUTE. Here is a map showing the entire Parade Route and the 2022 road closures and suggesting alternate routes to take to avoid the downtown area.