Tradition—an important part of any community. For the last 20 years, we have had an Annual River Hill Independence Day Parade. While last year’s event was small in scale, we still celebrated our country’s Independence with decorated vehicles parading through the village and by holding “Chalk your Walk” and Patriotic Decorating contests.
Now, with our community getting back to some sense of normalcy, the association is making plans to hold our 21st Annual Parade. While enjoying the opportunity to be together and celebrate the birth of our nation, our top priority is to ensure the health and safety of parade participants and spectators. Large gatherings, even when outdoors, are safest for those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Therefore, based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the State of Maryland, and the Howard County Health Department, we have established parameters for parade entries and participants and modified our parade staging plan. Unvaccinated individuals ages 5+ should wear masks and maintain a safe, social distance of 6 feet from others not in the same household. We strongly encourage families to spread out along the parade route and we ask that everyone be respectful of others. Remember to please stay home if you are experiencing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or if you have been exposed to someone who has had signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
Rest assured, the parade will look much like years past. The Fifth District Volunteer Fire Department will lead the way and Cub Scouts will be our color guard. Veterans, businesses, local officials and hopefully our neighborhood summer swim teams, the Pheasant Ridge Rapids and Pointers Run Piranhas, will join the procession.
As always, this year’s parade will be held on July 4 beginning at 9 a.m. The parade participants will gather in the parking lots at Pointers Run Elementary and Clarksville Middle Schools, travel the length of Great Star Drive, and end at Signal Bell Lane at the Fifth District Fire Station. While we won’t have our traditional after parade festivities for parade participants and volunteers at the fire station, there will be no shortage of fun.
It is not unusual to see chairs set up along the route early in the morning in anticipation of this community tradition. There are many great things about River Hill’s Independence Day Parade. The kids might say it is the candy and trinkets or the opportunity to ride on a float or march with their friends. Of course, who can forget the Lawn Chair Marching Dads and the blasting sirens of the fire trucks! The presence of our elected officials and veterans of our nation’s wars honors our democracy and reminds us of the sacrifices made on its behalf. We can all agree that each Independence Day, our diverse community is fortunate to have the opportunity to think about what it means to be an American and to celebrate our freedom.
So, join in the fun. Come up with a plan for a parade entry, dig out those lawn chairs, hoist the American flag, and find your red, white, and blue. The River Hill Community Association needs your help to celebrate Independence Day as founding father John Adams envisioned in 1776, with “pomp and parade”!
All parade entries/groups must register in advance and no later than June 25. Parade registration forms are available here:
Completed forms must be turned in at Claret Hall or emailed to
Questions may be directed to the Special Events Coordinator, Lesley Ahmuty, via email
at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 410-531-1749.