Parade Staging Instructions & Road Closures
NOTE: The Parade is now CLOSED to applications — Specific Parade Staging Instructions have been e-mailed to all accepted Parade Units. If you did not receive your instructions, or have any question about them, IMMEDIATELY send us an e-mail and we will respond!
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 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 2019 Parade, your staging instructions are e-mailed to you on or about June 25, 2019. If you have not received or seen these by June 28, 2018, 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!.
Parade Staging Instructions, General
These maps and forms, in PDF format, may be downloaded for use by Parade Units.
The following sets of instructions are provided for our Parade Units in case they need to direct members of their units to them. Please note that no one is allowed into the parade unless an application has been affirmatively accepted by the Parade Chairman and the unit contact person has received the official forms. Vehicle passes are only disseminated directly to units via e-mail. Not all sets of instructions are included here. If you have any question about this, or need additional instructions or forms or passes, send an e-mail to the Parade Committee.
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 road closures and suggesting alternate routes to take to avoid the downtown area.