2017 Grand Marshal Noble Mentzer

Clip from the HCN Parade Video

Hear Noble Mentzer’s speech as he thanks everyone for the honor of being selected Grand Marshal for the Havre de Grace Independence Celebration Parade honoring our “Hometown Heroes.”

It’s easy to see why Noble was chosen. What a beautiful human being!

HdG Parade Winners for 2017

As far as we’re concerned, there were no losers! The parade was amazing! Thank you EVERYONE! But we do have to announce the judges’ choices:

2017 Parade Winners

BEST ENGINE

  1. Bel Air Engine 316
  2. Fallston Engine 1312

BEST AERIAL

  1. Aberdeen Tower 231
  2. Water Witch Truck 72

BEST RESCUE

  1. APGFD – Crash Rescue 1281
  2. Level Rescue 151

AMBULANCE

  1. Bel Air
  2. Water Witch

MARCHING BAND (Non-Highschool)

  1. Baltimore Marching Band
  2. Polish American String Band
  3. Westminster Municipal Band

EQUESTRIAN

  1. Freedom Hills

COLOR GUARD

  1. American Legion
  2. Scottish American Military
  3. Marine Corps

ANTIQUE VEHICLE

  1. Piper Family Fire Truck
  2. Soul Riders
  3. Rick Falcioni – VW Beetle

MOTORCYCLE GROUP

  1. Boumi Shriners
  2. 1st Ladeez of Belair and Banda Leeroes
  3. Buffalo Soldiers

NON-PROFIT GROUP FLOAT

  1. Harford County Library
  2. CAT Club of Havre de Grace
  3. Masonic Lodge – Aberdeen Lodge, MD

NON-PROFIT GROUP (No float)

  1. Treasure the Bay Coalition
  2. Ravens Next #26
  3. Athletes Serving Athletes

COMMERCIAL

  1. Legends of the Fog
  2. All Kids Like to Hop
  3. Maryland Portable Concrete

JUNIOR GROUP FLOAT

  1. Black Youth in Action
  2. Cub Scout Pack #555
  3. Cub Scout Pack and
    Boy Scout Troop #133

JUNIOR GROUP (No float)

  1. Meadowvale Patriots
  2. Hoppin Hawks
  3. Da’Lyn Christy – Police boy

MARCHING BANDS – High School

  1. Edgewood High School
  2. Havre de Grace High School
  3. Patterson Mill High School

JUDGES CHOICE AWARDS

  1. Boumi Shriners
  2. New Edition Legacy Marching Band
  3. East Coast Westside Marching Band

 

Hometown Heroes Week

City of Havre de Grace to proclaim week of July 1, 2017 through July 8, 2017 Hometown heroes Week in Havre de Grace.

At the June 19, 2017 City Council meeting, Mayor Martin and the Havre de Grace City Council will present a proclamation to the Havre de Grace American Legion Joseph L. Davis Post 47, the Weedon-Elliott VFW 8126, and The Havre de Grace Independence Day Commission proclaiming the week of July 1, 2017 through July 8, 2017 Hometown heroes Week in the City of Havre de Grace.

HdG American Legion Color Guard - parade

At the beginning of this year, The Havre de Grace Independence Day Commission announced Hometown heroes as the theme for the upcoming Independence Day Parade and appointed hometown hero Noble Mentzer to the position of parade Grand Marshal. VISIT HERE for a fun interview with Noble.

“We couldn’t be more proud of the theme the Independence Day Commission chose for this year’s parade,” stated Mayor William T Martin. “We would like to use this opportunity to extend our gratitude to all of local active duty, reserve, and retired veterans and proclaim July 1 through July 8 Hometown heroes Week in honor of their service and courageous acts of valor.”

The Havre de Grace Hometown heroes Independence Day Celebration will begin on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 8:00 a.m with the Weedon-Elliott VFW 8126 Hometown Heroes Breakfast held at the Havre de Grace Community Center at 100 Lagaret Lane. Tickets cost $8.00 and are available at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center.

The following day, Sunday July 2nd, the 2017 Hometown Heroes Independence Day Parade will start at 2:00 p.m., followed by the downtown block party at 4:00 p.m. At 7:00 p.m., The Amish Outlaws will perform a free, ticketed live concert under the tent at Hutchins Park (tickets – available on a first-come first-serve basis have all been claimed. ) Proceeds from refreshment sales will benefit the Havre de Grace American Legion Joseph L. Davis Post 47.

The Independence Day Celebration will conclude with the Havre de Grace Fireworks display, which will start at approximately 9:15 p.m.; fireworks will be launched for the first time this year from a barge located off of Concord Point and will be visible throughout the City and along the shoreline.

The Havre de Grace City up lights will be lit red, white, and blue during Havre de Grace Hometown heroes Week.

Welcome to our beautiful city. We’re glad you joined us to celebrate our Nation’s Independence and our very own Hometown Heroes!

Exciting Update for Parade Day

Elevated Element, a drone operator, will be providing aerial photography for the HdG Independence Day celebration!

Terry and Belinda Kilby will have their eyes above the festivities capturing unbelievable photos. For the parade, they will be setup at the very end of the route and capture photos as the parade approaches Tydings Park from Union Avenue.

They will later be buzzing around the Block Party, concert, and fireworks to capture Havre de Grace in all its glory ❤️🇺🇸

PLUS they are allowing us to sell the photos to raise funds for the Commission! The photos, starting at $10, will be available for viewing and ordering by mid-July! We will provide the link when it becomes available.

You can’t ask for a more unique ‘sponsor’ for our festivities!Aerial Photo from drone by Elevated Element - will be at Havre de Grace July ParadeJust imagine the photos they’ll be sharing with us!

Be sure to check back for information regarding photos and, hopefully, they will be able to capture your act in the parade!

Don’t forget to smile and don’t forget to wave! 😁

Check out more info and previous work by this amazing company. They are one of the few to hold a 333 exemption from the FAA, allowing them to operate commercially within the guidelines issued to them by the federal government. 

Visit the site of Elevated Element!

Amish Outlaws Concert Update

The Amish Outlaws entertain at the Havre de Grace Independence Celebration

The Amish Outlaws to perform a free ticketed Concert at Hutchins Park July 2, 2017 as part of Independence Day Celebration.
Limited free tickets available ALL CLAIMED!
beginning June 23, 2017.
 

The Amish Outlaws will perform a free ticketed concert under the tent at Hutchins Park July 2, 2017.  Gates open at 5:00 p.m.  Concert begins at 7:00 p.m. and will end when the fireworks begin.

The Amish Outlaws are known for their high energy, performing music ranging from Johnny Cash to Jay-Z in full Amish Garb.

NOTE: Ticket supply is limited and will be available on a first-come first-serve basis beginning Friday, June 23, 2017. Tickets can be picked up at The Havre de Grace Visitor Center (450 Pennington Ave) or Joseph’s Department Store (122 N. Washington) – Tickets now available! ALL TICKETS HAVE BEEN CLAIMED!

Food and beverages will be available for sale at the concert.

  • No coolers, bottles, outside alcohol
  • No weapons will be permitted in Hutchins Park.
  • Must be 21 to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages.
  • No leaving park with alcoholic beverages.
  • No disorderly conduct.
  • No public intoxication.
  • Beer sales end at 9:00 p.m.
  • Hutchins Park will be closed at 10:30 p.m.
  • People found in violation will be removed or possibly arrested.

Band Location:  Band to play at Hutchins Park at the foot of Congress Ave. This area will provide room for attendees to safely enjoy the concert, and for the sale of food and beer
When: 
Sunday, July 2nd; FREE TICKETS REQ’D, gates open at 5pm,
concert will begin at 7 pm and end prior to fireworks
Who: A free outdoor concert featuring The Amish Outlaws

There is no “typical” Amish Outlaws show, but the average crowd can expect to see men in full Amish garb releasing all of their pent up energy with an infectious joy. With a set that is always evolving as the Brothers discover more and more music and culture, The Amish Outlaws constantly surprise the audience and keep them guessing as to what they could possibly play next, from Johnny Cash to Jay Z, Lady Gaga to Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, Bon Jovi to Elvis Presley, The Foo Fighters to Dropkick Murphys, to theme songs from the TV shows they have come to know. Throughout, The Outlaws spin yarns about the Brothers’ upbringing and adventures since Rumpsringa. Amish Outlaw gigs are less performances than they are initiations into the life of an Amish Outlaw and parties celebrating the Brothers’ newfound freedom.
From their website

It takes a village…

It takes lots of dedicated volunteers, the merchant community, parade participants, vendors, city employees, police, emergency services,  the folks who put on the great fireworks display, and more to create our Havre de Grace Independence Celebration.

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With a parade, the new downtown block party, a free concert followed by fireworks… well, it takes all of us – including each and every one of you who show up to enjoy the festivities!

But it also takes dollars. And for that we thank the previous committee’s transfer of funds, the City of Havre de Grace, many sponsors and every single individual donation. Each and every one of you have a part in making this celebration possible.

Please check our Sponsorship page every now and then. Don’t forget to visit the sponsors and thank them for their support.

Enjoy the Fireworks Aboard the Black-Eyed Susan

A Cruise and Fireworks Celebration Combine to Create An Awesome Experience

Step aboard the Black-Eyed Susan, an authentic paddlewheel dinner boat, savor the cuisine of Laurrapin Grille, listen to live jazz and acoustic music, all while waiting to enjoy the spectacular fireworks display over the Susquehanna River in Havre de Grace.

Black-Eyed Susan Paddlewheeler offers a Fireworks Cruise in Havre de Grace on Sunday, July 2, 2017

You must make reservations by calling 410-939-2161 or visiting the website, where you can also learn more about the Black-Eyed Susan. Tickets are $100 with a portion of proceeds donated to the Havre de Grace Independence Commission.

The boat will depart Sunday, July 2nd at 7:30 pm from the Havre de Grace Marine Center and will return at 10:30 pm. This is the cruise that will make your Independence Celebration truly unique. Bring family and friends and enjoy a unique boat, extraordinarily delicious food with a cash bar, live jazz and acoustic music, and spectacular fireworks – all from the waters of the Susquehanna. Will we see you there? We’ll be waiting to welcome you aboard!

Call for Local Veterans to Join Havre de Grace Parade

All local military - active, reserve, veterans - invited to participate in Havre de Grace Independence Parade 2017Havre de Grace Independence Day Commission calling on all local active duty, reserves, and retired veterans to serve in Havre de Grace’s 2017 Hometown Heroes Independence Day Parade.

Earlier this year, the Havre de Grace Independence Day Commission announced the upcoming Independence Day parade, to be held on Sunday, July 2, 2017 will be dedicated to local hometown heroes. During the announcement, the commission appointed hometown hero Nobel Mentzer to the position of parade Grand Marshal.

Noble Mentzer - Grand Marshal for 2017 Havre de Grace Independence Parade“Mr. Noble Mentzer is the epitome of everything our community, and our Independence Day parade represents,” said parade chairperson Taryn Martin. “We would also like to invite all local active duty, reserves, and retired veterans to serve with Mr. Mentzer by leading the parade on our hometown hero float.”

Any and all local active duty, reserves, and retired veterans interested in serving in this year’s Hometown Hero Parade are asked to call the Havre de Grace Visitor Center at 410-939-2100.

The Havre de Grace Hometown Heroes Independence Day Celebration will begin on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 8:00 a.m with the Weedon-Elliott VFW 8126 Hometown Heroes Breakfast held at the Havre de Grace Community Center at 100 Lagaret Lane. Tickets cost $8.00 and are available at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center.

Havre de Grace Joseph L. Davis American Legion Color Guard at the Independence Celebration (July 4)

The following day, Sunday July 2nd, the 2017 Hometown Heroes Independence Day Parade will start at 2:00 p.m, followed by the downtown block party at 4:00 p.m.

At 7:00 p.m., The Amish Outlaws will perform a free live concert under the tent at Hutchins Park.  Proceeds from refreshment sales will benefit the Havre de Grace American Legion Joseph L. Davis Post 47.

The Independence Day Celebration will conclude with the Havre de Grace Fireworks display, which will start at approximately 9:15 p.m.; fireworks will be launched for the first time this year from a barge located off of Concord Point and will be visible throughout the City.

Anyone interested in volunteering or participating in the 2017 Hometown Heroes Independence celebration, please visit havredegracejuly4.org/application

Want to Join Our Block Party?

We are accepting vendors for our Downtown Block Party for the Havre de Grace Independence Celebration on Sunday, July 2, 2017. The parade starts at 2 pm. The Downtown Block Party will begin at 4 p.m.

If you’d like to join our party, please download the application and get it back to us ASAP! Time is short, but we’d love to have you!

Independence Celebration Downtown Block Party

 

 

VENDOR APPLICATION

 

Noble Mentzer Named 2017 Grand Marshal

A Perfect Choice for 2017 Hometown Hero 

A Grand Marshal is chosen for his/her exceptional leadership qualities, community involvement, and heroic character. Those reasons (and many more!) are why we asked Mr. Noble Mentzer to lead our parade, and we are very honored that he humbly accepted our invitation to be the Grand Marshal of the 2017 Hometown Heroes Independence Day Parade!

Noble Mentzer named 2017 Grand Marshal of Havre de Grace Independence Celebration Parade for July 2017
Independence Celebration Commission members with Noble Mentzer and Mayor Bill Martin (rt)

Mr. Mentzer has been a resident of HdG since he was just 3 months old. A 1946 HdG high school graduate, he donated his time to the community for many years including organizations such as Little League, Susquehanna Hose Co, Masonic Lodge, American Legion, and the Decoy Museum. Noble not only served our community, he also served our great country by joining the Navy and fighting in the Korean War.

Mr. Mentzer was married to his late wife, Dorothy, for 60 years; he has 2 children, 4 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren.

We could not be happier Noble Mentzer will be leading the parade as Grand Marshal for he is truly the epitome of a Hometown Hero!

Enjoy this audio of an interview with Noble Mentzer.
CLICK HERE to read the post and transcript if you like.