Many of the county's 28 incorporated municipalities will celebrate Independence Day with ceremonies, picnics, music, games and fireworks. The following is a sampling:

TOWN OF BLADENSBURG

Bladensburg will hold a one-hour patriotic ceremony honoring veterans at the town's Peace Cross at 1 p.m., followed by lunch at the town fire hall, 4100 Edmonston Ave. Tickets for the lunch are $6 and may be purchased at Town Hall. For more information, call 927-7048.

CITY OF BOWIE

Bowie has planned an "old-fashioned" Fourth at Allen Pond Park beginning at 6 p.m. It will include performances by musical humorist Ray Owen, the Foggy Bottom Cloggers, Bowie High Pom-Pom Chearleaders and the Bay Winds Concert band. Fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m., followed by more music. Concession stands will have food, drinks and novelties. There will be a $1 charge for parking. For more information, call 262-6200.

CITY OF COLLEGE PARK

College Park and the University of Maryland will hold a parking lot holiday party at the University's lot No. 1 at Adelphi Road and University Boulevard. The Hubcaps band will perform at 8 p.m. and fireworks will follow on the adjacent lawn. For more information, call 864-8877.

CITY OF DISTRICT HEIGHTS

District Heights will hold a fireworks display at dusk on the Municipal Building Ball Field at 2000 Marbury Dr. For more information, call 336-1402.

CITY OF LAUREL

Skydivers will open Laurel's festivities at noon, landing on McCullough Field at Eighth and Montgomery streets.

Entertainment will be provided by the Retrospect band and Bill Haley's Comets. At 4 p.m., a parade starts at Fourth Street and Montrose Avenue and ends at Montgomery Street and Sandy Spring Road. There will be games for children and adults, including a watermelon-eating contest, baby crawl, volleyball and horseshoes. A scarecrow workshop will allow children of all ages to make scarecrows and take them home. Vendors will also display their wares from noon until 10 p.m.

Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. City officials ask residents not to bring glass containers or alcoholic beverages to the field. For more information, call 490-5207.

CITY OF GREENBELT

Greenbelt will begin its celebration with the Greenbelt Concert Band at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks at dark in Buddy Attick Park at Crescent Road near Kenilworth Avenue. For more information, call 474-8000.

CITY OF NEW CARROLLTON

New Carrollton also will get off to a musical start with a performance by the New Carrollton Band at 8:15 p.m. on Beckett Field, at the corner of Westbrook Drive and Legation Road.

Fireworks begin at dark. For more information, call 459-6100.

CITY OF TAKOMA PARK

Takoma Park will begin its celebration with a 10 a.m. parade. It will start at Carroll and Ethan Allen avenues, continue south to Maple Avenue and end on Sherman Avenue. At 1 p.m. the finals of a one-pitch area softball tournament will be held at Lee Jordan Field at Takoma Park Intermediate School, Piney Branch Road and Grant Avenue.

At 7 p.m., Itadi and the First World Band will start a program that will include a hunting demonstration by the District Area Sighthound Association and music by the Takoma Park Municipal Band. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. For more information, call 270-1700.