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Rock Hall, Chestertown to celebrate Fourth of July in new ways

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Rock Hall, Chestertown to celebrate Fourth of July in new ways

Pictured in 2019, Hattie Creighton, then 5 months old, takes in her first July 4 parade in her hometown of Rock Hall. This year, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, some Fourth of July events in Rock Hall are moving to a virtual platform.

ROCK HALL — Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, some towns in Kent County are celebrating the Fourth of July.

There will be house decorating contests in Chestertown and Rock Hall.

“Show your patriotic spirit” by decorating your home, a Rock Hall Parks and Recreation Facebook post states. Cash prizes will be awarded.

All homes to be considered for judging must be registered by June 30. Judging will take place July 2. Submit your name, address and phone number to or text 443-480-9013.

The top three place-finishers will be awarded $300, $200 and $100, respectively. They will be announced July 3. The contest is sponsored by Rock Hall Parks and Recreation.

Rock Hall’s annual baby beauty contest is moving to a virtual platform this year.

Rock Hall residents are invited to vote by liking entries on Facebook starting June 25. Vote through the Parks and Recreation Facebook page, @rhparksandrec.

The winners will be announced July 3. One winner from each age group — newborns though age 2; ages 3, 4 and 5; ages 6, 7 and 8; and ages 9, 10, 11 and 12 — will receive a gift certificate for $75 to the Rock Hall business of their choosing.

“We may not be able to get together for the (Fourth) of July, but we can celebrate in a new way,” the Facebook post reads.

The Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Company will host its annual Old-Time Fish Fry from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 4 at the firehouse.

The cost for the all-you-can-eat event is $18. The menu includes fried fish, hot dogs, fried potatoes, baked beans, corn on the cob, applesauce, shortbread and molasses, soda and beer for purchase. Call 410-639-7888 for questions or additional information.

The Town of Chestertown is hosting a “Safer at Home Fourth of July Decorating Contest.” Judging will take place July 4. The winners will be announced July 6.

Prizes will be based on “wow” factor, originality and aesthetics. Any decorated door, house or business in town is entered to win cash prizes.

“While the (Fourth) of July will look different this year, we as a town are determined to show our patriotism and still have fun,” a Chestertown Arts and Entertainment post reads. “We are all in this together. United we stand.”

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