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4th of July 2009 in Montgomery County – Fireworks in Gaithersburg, Germantown, Rockville, and Kensington

4th of July 2009 in Montgomery County – Fireworks in Gaithersburg, Germantown, Rockville, and Kensington

4th of July 2010 Update:

For current information about this year’s 4th of July fireworks celebration see this new post.

Update:  June 26: The RAINDATE for the Germantown Glory fireworks at the Soccerplex has changed to July 6th at 7PM. Again, this is for the rain check event only.

Just like every other year that I can remember, Gaithersburg will be firing off fireworks from the Montgomery County Fairgrounds on July 4th. Gates open at 5PM, but keep in mind that there is no parking allowed at the grounds, and Perry Parkway will be closed. Between 7 and 9PM there will be a free concert by Free Spirit, “one of the top dance bands in Washington DC”, as well as remarks from the Mayor, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the National Anthem.


For more info about 4th of July festivities in Gaithersburg see the Fairgrounds website.

But there is more! The county will be doing the fireworks thing as well in Germantown (at the SoccerPlex) and in Kensington (at Einstein High School).

More info from the press release they sent out yesterday:

County Fireworks Displays in Germantown and Kensington

Montgomery County this year will again host two Independence Day fireworks displays on Saturday, July 4. Germantown Glory will be held at the SoccerPlex in the South Germantown Recreational Park, 18041 Central Park Circle. Mid-County Sparkles will be held at Albert Einstein High School, 11135 Newport Road, Kensington.

Germantown Glory

A concert by Bobby and the Believers will begin at 7 p.m., with fireworks at approximately 9:30 p.m. Blankets, chairs and picnics are welcome. No alcohol is permitted. Food vendors will be on site. The rain date – for fireworks only – is July 5.

To reach the South Germantown Recreational Park from I-270, take exit 15B (Route 118 south) toward Germantown. Go for 2.8 miles and turn right onto Richter Farm Road. Go one mile and turn left onto Schaeffer Road. The park entrance is 0.3 miles on the right.

For more information about Germantown Glory, call the Recreation Department at 240-777-6820.

Mid-County Sparkles

Pre-fireworks activities will include children’s activities and a musical concert with Superfly Disco beginning at 7:30 p.m. The fireworks will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. The viewing areas will be at the front of the school on the ball field and at the Newport Mill Middle School, 11311 Newport Mill Road. Since there will be no on site parking at either school or at adjacent properties, except for handicapped parking, shuttle buses will pick up passengers, beginning at 6:15 p.m., at Westfield Wheaton and the Wheaton Metro Station.

Low lawn chairs and coolers are welcome. No alcoholic beverages are permitted. Rain date for the fireworks only is July 5. No shuttle service will be available on the 5th.

For more information on the Mid-County Sparkles celebration, call the Mid-County Regional Services Center events line at 240-777-8115.

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Media Contact: Sue Tucker, 240-777-6507

ADDED 6/19/2009: The City of Rockville will also be doing their own fireworks show at the Montgomery College Rockville Campus. More info in the press release and on their website:

ROCKVILLE, Md., June 19, 2009-Live music, plenty of food and a spectacular fireworks display await residents and visitors at the Rockville Independence Day Celebration held on the grounds of Montgomery College, Rockville Campus on Saturday, July 4, from 7-10 p.m. Bring your friends and family to come and celebrate the long holiday weekend with a boom.

Starting at 7 p.m., concerts will entertain the crowd while food vendors will offer a variety of the summer’s best bites throughout the evening.

This year’s entertainment lineup features the band Redline at 7 p.m. on the campus stage, the Fugitive Brass Quintet at 7 p.m., and the Rockville Concert Band at 8 p.m. Both the Fugitive Brass Quintet and the Rockville Concert Band will be performing at the football stadium stage.

At 8:45 p.m. we will hear from Mayor Hoffmann and the City Council as they welcome us and help kick-off Rockville’s Census 2010 outreach efforts.

The fireworks show will start at 9:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chairs, as bleacher seating is limited, to watch the fireworks show. Fireworks can be seen from all locations of the Montgomery College Campus.

Montgomery College is located at 51 Mannakee Street. Parking is available in the campus parking lots and the parking spaces on the corner of Mannakee Street and Route 355. Please note that it could take up to approximately one hour to exit the parking lots at the conclusion of the show.

If the celebration is canceled due to rain, the rain date is the next night; Sunday, July 5th. Please remember that no barbecuing, open flames or alcohol are permitted at the event site. First aid stations will be available on site.

Thank you to Clearly Ambiguous on Flickr for the fireworks shot from Gaithersburg in 2005!

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