Where to Celebrate Fourth of July Across the County

Independence Day celebrations start a bit early in Montgomery County with Gaithersburg’s SummerFest on Saturday, June 29. Then residents have numerous opportunities for celebration on Thursday, July 4th with four fireworks displays, three parades and a 5K run.

Here’s a rundown of the celebrations:

Fireworks Displays

Gaithersburg Summerfest and Fireworks

Celebrate Fourth of July a couple days early with live music, food, and many activities for kids at the Summit Hall Farm at Bohrer Park. Then, following the firework show, enjoy the SummerGlo After Party from 10 to 11:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, June 29
Time: 5 to 11:30 p.m.
Location: Summit Hall Farm
Address: 506 South Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg
Fireworks at 9:20 p.m.

If there is any cancellation due to weather, SummerFest activities will be moved inside the Activity Center at Bohrer Park that same day, and the fireworks will be rescheduled for Sunday, June 30.


Germantown Glory

Start off the night with live music, food from onsite vendors, and end the night watching fireworks. There will be free parking onsite.

Date: Thursday, July 4
Time: Starts at 7 p.m.
Location: South Germantown Recreational Park
Address: 18041 Central Park Circle
Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

If there is any cancellation due to weather, the fireworks will be rescheduled for Friday, July 5.


Mid-County Sparkles

Celebrate the Fourth at Albert Einstein High School with live entertainment, onsite food vendors, and a firework show at the end. Only handicapped parking is available at the school. General parking is available at Westfield Wheaton. Shuttle buses will run between Westfield Wheaton and the school from 6 p.m. until one hour after the fireworks display ends.

Date: Thursday, July 4 
Time: Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Albert Einstein High School
Address: 11135 Newport Mill Rd, Kensington
Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

If there is any cancellation due to weather, the fireworks will be rescheduled for Friday, July 5. Sign up to receive updates by texting MOCOJULY4 to 888777.


Poolesville Fourth of July Family Fireworks

Enjoy an evening of live music, food and fireworks on the Polo Grounds off Hughes Road presented by the Town of Poolesville and Upper Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department. Gates open at 5 p.m., parking is $5 per car. The band Back to the Beach will perform live at 6 p.m.

Purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to press the button to start the fireworks show.

Date: Thursday, July 4 
Time: Festivities start at 5 p.m.
Location: Soccer fields at corner of Hughes and Sugarland Roads
Address:  14660 Hughes Road, Poolesville
Fireworks at 9 p.m.

If there is any cancellation due to weather, the fireworks will be rescheduled for Friday, July 5.


Rockville’s Independence Day Celebration

Start off the night with live music from local band The Nighthawks. Residents will be greeted by Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton and the Rockville City Council and sing the National Anthem together. Afterwards, fireworks will take place at an ample viewing space.

Free parking is available in lots along Shady Grove Road, Gaither Road and Piccard Drive. There is no parking available in the King Farm neighborhood.

Date: Thursday, July 4 
Time: 7 to 10 p.m.
Location: Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park in King Farm neighborhood
Address: 1800 Piccard Dr, Rockville
Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.



Takoma Park 130th Independence Day Celebration

Takoma Park will not have a fireworks show this year due to construction at Takoma Park Middle School. However, the Fourth of July parade and celebration will still take place for residents to enjoy all day long until the night ends.

10 a.m. – The two-hour parade will start its route at the intersection of Carroll and Ethan Allen Avenues and ends at Ritchie Avenue.

7 p.m. – The evening celebration begins in front of the Takoma Park Community Center with performances by MO’Fire, the AcroAirs and the Takoma Park Community Bandl. Enjoy food, kid’s activities, and live music. Purchase raffle tickets to enter to win one of the 12 prizes.

Date: Thursday, July 4 
Time: All day starting at 10 a.m.
Location of Parade: The parade begins at the intersection of Carroll and Ethan Allen Avenues and ends at Ritchie Avenue.
Location of Evening Celebration: Takoma Park Community Center
Address: 7500 Maple Ave. Takoma Park


Town of Chevy Chase Independence Day Parade and Picnic

Town members are invited to decorate bikes, scooters, wagons and baby carriages and then parade through the neighborhood led by the Dixie Land Trio. Following the parade, residents are invited to a town picnic and reading of the Declaration of Independence starting at 12:30 p.m.

The event is free but residents must RSVP with the town office through phone 301-654-7144 or via email townoffice@townofchevychase.com.

Date: Thursday, July 4 
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Jane E. Lawton Community Recreation Center
Address: 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase


Kensington’s 24th Annual Fourth of July Bike Parade

The town of Kensington is celebrating Independence Day by cycling down its streets, calling all kids and “those young at heart” to join with decorated bikes, scooters, wagons or strollers.

At 9:45 a.m., those attending the parade will begin to line up along St. Paul Street between Plyers Mill Road and Oberon Street.

Date: Thursday, July 4 
Time: Starting at 10 a.m.
Location: St. Paul Park
Address: 3701 Howard Ave, Kensington


And One More Event

18th Annual Autism Speaks 5k/1 Mile Walk

The National Capital Area Chapter of Autism Speaks will hold the a 5K run and family-friendly 1-mile walk through a Potomac neighborhood. Proceeds from the 18th annual race will support Autism Speaks’ mission to promote solutions across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for individuals with autism and their families. Registration is required.

Date: Thursday, July 4 
Time: Starting at 8 a.m.
Location: Potomac Library parking lot
Address: 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac

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Frances Moyonero

About Frances Moyonero

Frances Moyonero is a Broadcast Journalism student at the University of Maryland. She was born and raised in Montgomery County, Maryland, but she has expanded her horizons within and outside the U.S. She can be reached at fmoyonero@mymcmedia.org or via twitter @Franny_Moyonero.


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