May 8, 2020
An open letter to the community:
The Dundalk Heritage Fair was founded in 1976 as a celebration of our nation’s bicentennial. Since that time, the association that was formed to host that first celebration has become a pillar of the Dundalk community. In the 44 years since that first fair, The Heritage Association of Greater Dundalk has expanded its support of 4th of July festivities in Dundalk to include not only the Fair, but the Parade, 6K Run and Fireworks as well.
The volunteers that make up the Association work diligently throughout the year to raise funds and plan for our annual festivities as well as support other community initiatives. In all of our endeavors, every volunteer knows that we work under a single guiding principle; “It’s all about the community.” We understand that the health and safety of the community must be our first concern.
This week Governor Hogan and his team announced that some restrictions put in place to combat the COVID-19 crisis were being eased. However, the Governor’s team also released estimates for the future phases of COVID-19 recovery, with phase 2 being estimated around Labor Day and phase 3 projected for the January timeframe. Unfortunately, this projected timeline does not bode well for 4th of July celebrations.
The 4th of July in Dundalk has become a great tradition of comradery and friendship with the gathering of thousands of people to celebrate our nation’s birthday at our Fair, 6K Run, Fireworks and Parade. Unfortunately, our community’s tremendous success in bringing people together will work against us this year. For the health and safety of our community, events with attendance of this magnitude are relegated to phase 3 of the Governor’s plan.
Therefore, the Officers and Directors of The Heritage Association of Greater Dundalk regret to announce that the Heritage Fair, Fireworks and the traditional Parade have been cancelled for 2020. The Parade and Dundalk Heritage 6K Committees are exploring different avenues for having events in 2020. We will release updates to the Dundalk Eagle as progress on those exploratory efforts becomes available. The Association and all of our partners will continue to look for alternative ways to celebrate our nation’s birthday while we plan for the triumphant return of our traditional 4th of July festivities in 2021.
We urge you to follow the recommended guidelines to protect yourself, your family and our entire community in these difficult times. While we share your disappointment in this news, we hope that you can share our enthusiasm as we look forward to a happy and healthy 2021 Heritage Fair.
Eric Davis, Sr.
About the Dundalk Heritage Fair Association
The Dundalk Heritage Fair is operated by The Heritage Association of Dundalk, a group of dedicated volunteers who give their time and energy to ensure that the Dundalk community enjoys the greatest 4th of July celebration in the country. Activities include a three-day fair, the largest parade in Maryland, and a fireworks show. Hundreds of volunteers donate countless hours to do everything from putting up fences to hiring entertainers to selling admission tickets, ensuring a long weekend of family fun in the most patriotic community in the world.