LAUREL — The Fourth of July events start in Laurel at 7 p.m. Monday, with the Laurel Jaycees' street dance on Second Avenue. Laurel's Seventh Avenue Band provides music from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The Laurel Dodgers host the the American Legion games Sunday through Tuesday. From noon to 8 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, see free displays about space travel in the NASA truck at the Laurel High School parking lot.
On Tuesday, the Jaycees' annual pancake breakfast is from 6 to 11 a.m. in Fireman's Park at First Avenue and Main Street. Also in the park is an arts and craft show. The kiddies parade starts at 10 a.m. at First Citizens Bank and ends in the park.
To be part of the ninth annual Laurel Chief Joseph Run, you can enter the 8-mile, 4-mile or 2-mile run or a 4-mile or 2-mile walk. Register from 6 to 6:45 a.m. at the First Avenue and Sixth Street before the race starts at 7 a.m. The fee is $20. For more information, call Joann Flynn at the Chamber of Commerce at 628-8105.
The grand parade begins at 11 a.m. on Main Street and ends at the high school parking lot. Gates are open at the Graff School parking lot from noon to 6 p.m. for family fun during Grace Bible Church's Freedom Jam. A six-player basketball tournament starts at 1 p.m., and divisions include youth boys and youth girls (sixth-eighth grades) and women's and men's (ages 15 and older). For information, call the church at 628-4978 or register online at freedomjam.org.
Cyclists of all ages are invited to enter a bike rodeo from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the St. Anthony Church parking lot.
Music featuring Del Henman's Rock and Roll Show begins at 6 p.m. before the fireworks after dusk in Thomson Park. During the fireworks display, there will be a candle lighting, sponsored by Laurel Hometown Troops, during the singing of the national anthem. Candles will be available for $1 at a booth across from Thomson Park.