Released on June 24, 2020 - 9:46am

As you may have already heard, after discussions with Mayor Craig A. Moe, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and in compliance with Governor Hogan’s and Prince George’s County Executive Orders prohibiting large gatherings, the decision was made, for the safety of the Laurel community, to cancel this year’s Independence Day Celebration that was scheduled for July 4, 2020.

However, the Laurel 4th of July Committee couldn’t let it go by without celebrating virtually and we hope you will celebrate with us!

The Laurel 4th of July Committee has come up with the following virtual events, so please participate and let’s make sure this 4th of July doesn’t come and go without being recognized:

  1. Flag Raising Ceremony

Even though we will not have the celebration, we couldn’t let the day come without raising the American flag! The Laurel Volunteer Fire Department Honor Guard has graciously volunteered to hold our Flag Raising ceremony. This event will not be open to the public, but we will cover it live on the City of Laurel’s Facebook page, City of Laurel – Government.

II.      Home Decorating Contest

Following the flag ceremony, Committee members will scatter through the neighborhoods looking for homes decorated for the 4th of July, so we are asking you to spread the word to your neighbors and dress your homes up in red, white and blue! We will take pictures and post to the Laurel 4th of July Celebration Facebook and City of Laurel Facebook page! If you would like to be considered for some prizes, 4th of July decorated face masks, please send your address to [email protected] to be entered in the decorating contest!

III.      Favorite Laurel 4th of July Memory

What is your favorite memory of the City’s Independence Day Celebration? Send it to [email protected] and we will share it on the Laurel 4th of July Celebration Facebook page. Send pictures if you have any of years past as well!

IV.      Virtual Antique Vehicle “Parade”

If you own an antique/classic vehicle, please send us a picture with make, model, year and owner and we will have a virtual parade on our Facebook page, Laurel 4th of July Celebration!

V. Air Last Year’s Fireworks

Since most fireworks in the immediate area have been cancelled, the Committee thought we would pull up fireworks from last year and re-air them at 9:15pm! We know it’s not the same as the real thing, but let’s close the day with some good memories from the past!

Thank you in advance for your participation in the Laurel 4th of July Committee’s Virtual 4th of July Celebration. We look forward to receiving your submissions and to seeing you at next year’s celebration!

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