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Update – 3:30 p.m. on July 1

Despite the threat of storms, early Fourth of July fireworks celebrations are still on tonight in Gaithersburg and Kensington.

A representative with Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm said Saturday afternoon that the fireworks display at the SummerFest in Gaithersburg is still on, but may start later–anywhere between 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. The event includes live music and food trucks. The rain date is July 2. Event goers are encouraged to stay tuned to the City of Gaithersburg’s Twitter and Facebook for updates.

A Montgomery County Recreation Facebook post advertising the Mid-County Sparkles celebration at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington indicates the event is still happening as of 5 a.m. Montgomery Parks and Montgomery County Recreation could not be reached by phone Saturday afternoon to confirm.

Mid-County Sparkles will begin at 6 p.m. with concerts by Ocho de Bastos and an Earth, Wind and Fire tribute band. There will only be on-site parking for individuals with disabilities, according to the county website.

Other event goers can take advantage of free parking and shuttle service that will be provided at Westfield Wheaton starting at 5:30 p.m. Vehicles parked before that time may be subject to towing by the mall, according to the county website.


-Ginny Bixby

From sunup to sundown, parades to fireworks, there are plenty of ways to celebrate Independence Day on Tuesday around Montgomery County.

Take part in any of these local events: 


Chevy Chase

The Village of Friendship Heights presents its annual Independence Day celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. in Hubert Humphrey Park, at 4433 South Park Ave.

Festivities include music, food including popcorn, hot dogs, snow cones and apple pie.



Gaithersburg presents SummerFest from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday at Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm, at 506 South Frederick Ave.

The free Independence Day celebration features live music, food trucks, local breweries, activities, a firework display and SummerGloAfter Party.


Guests are welcome to bring their own food and blankets or purchase food and drinks from vendors and food trucks. Coolers are allowed but personal grills, outside alcoholic beverages, glass containers, weapons, and fireworks of any kind are strictly prohibited. Pets are not recommended during the event due to crowd and noise issues.

Montgomery County Recreation

Montgomery County Recreation presents two Independence Day Celebrations.


Mid-County Sparkles will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at Albert Einstein High School, at 11135 Newport Mill Road in Kensington. The event will start with a live music performance.

Germantown Glory will start at 7 p.m. with a live music performance at South Germantown Recreation Park, at 18041 Central Park Circle in Boyds.

Fireworks will begin at about 9:15 p.m.


Montgomery Village

Montgomery Village presents its July 4 celebration from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Apple Ridge Recreation Center, at 10101 Apple Ridge Road.

Festivities include a parade featuring fire engines, classic cars, community groups, mascots and floats and music.


Concerts will immediately follow the parade. There will also be carnival rides, yard games, a petting zoo, pony rides and festival food from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Takoma Park

The Takoma Park Independence Day Parade will kick off at 10 a.m. starting at Carroll and Ethan Allen avenues.


The theme of the parade is “Celebrating Democracy in Takoma Park,” and U.S. Rep Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Dist. 8) will serve as grand marshal.

There will also be an evening celebration on Maple Avenue between Philadelphia Avenue and Ritchie Avenue. The event will include a performance by the Takoma Park Community Band, the JoGo Project and Yellow Dubmarine, food trucks, a beer and wine garden, a raffle and childrens’ activities with Let’s Play America.



The Upper Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department presents a fireworks celebration at dusk. Gates open at 5 p.m. at the soccer fields at Hughes Road and Sugarland Road.

The event will include fireworks, live music and food trucks. Admission is $10 per car.



The City of Rockville will have music and fireworks at its annual Independence Day Celebration at Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park in King Farm, 1800 Piccard Drive. Musical performances start at 7 p.m. and the fireworks are scheduled to go off at 9:15 p.m.

Washington D.C. Temple Visitors’ Center

The Washington D.C. Temple Visitors’ Center presents a Fourth of July Celebration at 6:30 p.m. at 9900 Stoneybrook Drive in Kensington.


The event will feature multiple performances including by the Washington D.C. Temple Choir.