By the time you are reading this (Thursday) we will be just 22 days away from the Dundalk Independence Day Parade!
It is important to note that the Parade will take place on July 3, not July 4, as the Fourth is a Sunday. In deference to the community’s religious traditions, we moved the Parade so families can attend church/religious services.
Your Dundalk Independence Day Committee has been working hard all year to put together a spectacular event that children and adults alike can enjoy. We are excited to brag about being the only Parade in Baltimore County last year, keeping a continuous Parade for 86 years. Tradition is important to Dundalk, and we were honored to be able to carry the Parade tradition forward, despite it not being the “traditional” Parade, the caravan was still able to celebrate with the community.
On June 18, 2020, we were informed of the denial of a permit from county government, but the Baltimore County Police Department informed us that we could have a caravan with limitations. That afternoon we began making calls and within a little over two weeks we had participants, convertibles, a new route, a lineup order, a staging area, and trailers to pull costumed characters (since no one could walk). Of the 42 entries, no one needed convincing. The discussions on the phone were, “What, a caravan? I thought everything was canceled! You better believe I will be there.”
We even had two groups say they would love to participate but with the short notice and holiday work schedules they could not make it happen.
Our iconic 2.5 mile long Parade has been winding through the streets of Old Dundalk for more than 86 years. Multitudes still flock to line both sides of the street; watching Baltimore’s longest parade in their traditional parade spot. We look forward to our familiar streets and familiar families lining the road cheering us on, collectively celebrating our great country’s birth. We recognize we live in one of the most patriotic communities, no other community celebrates Independence Day like Dundalk, with a parade, fireworks, and a 3-day fair.
We invite you to explore and use our updated website, dundalkparade.com, and our Facebook page, Dundalk Independence Day Parade. All are asked to let us know, via our sites, what you thought of this year’s program and your thoughts to make it even better in the years to come. Please post your patriotic parade pictures on our Facebook page, we will be having our Dundalk community vote for their favorites and the winners will receive local-area business gift cards. Our official Parade lineup will be posted on June 28. At this time we are not revealing all of our participants, we will be posting teasers over the next few weeks. This year we have some great additions and some surprises, you’ll have to stay tuned and be there to see it!
A great big thank you goes out to our sponsors and our donors. This Parade happens every year because of the generous donations of local residents and businesses. Without them we could not put on a parade. Dundalk businesses, despite weathering a global pandemic and a complete change of their business model, have stepped up and funded our great parade. To them we owe a debt of gratitude!
After the parade Saturday, hop right on over to the Heritage Fair. They are adjusting their gate hours so you can head in right after the Parade ends.
Baltimore County has issued our permit for the 2021 Parade, applications are coming in, our entries are preparing and our musicians are practicing, All we need is YOU!
Come out and support your Dundalk Independence Day Parade, kicking off at 8:15 a.m. on July 3.