DUNDALK, Md. (WJZ) — It’s one of the biggest Fourth of July parades on the East Coast, and it’s a Dundalk tradition.
Ron Matz reports–it is one neighborhood that really knows how to say happy birthday America.
Dundalk’s Engine Company Six leads the way. They’re waving the flag here, where they set up their chairs two hours early to get the best view.
“I get here early, between 6:30 and 7 a.m. I come every year. It means a lot because it’s a family tradition. The kids look forward to it every year. They love it,” said Shannon Mason, of Dundalk.
The Baltimore Ravens Marching Band is always a hit. So are the O’s.
“I really like the marching bands and the Ravens bus,” Mason said. “The kids like the fire trucks.”
The young and young at heart have been coming here forever.
“We come every year,” said Donald Lupse, of Turner Station.
We come to have fun. The grandkids are finally starting to enjoy it too.”
Big crowds line the streets. Veterans from World War II and Vietnam get a big thank you.
Dundalk resident Nick Moskos is a vision in red, white and blue.
“I never ever miss it. I’m proud. I wear red, white and blue. I want everybody to have fun,” Moskos said.
It’s a day to say happy birthday America, as only Dundalk and Senator Barbara Mikulski can.
“It’s great to be in Dundalk. We’re rockin’ and rollin. We never met a hot dog or a hamburger we didn’t like, and a flag we didn’t want to salute. God bless America, and have a great day,” said Sen. Mikulski, (D) Maryland.
The big day in Dundalk will be capped off with a fireworks display at 9:50 p.m. at Grange Elementary School.