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A closer look: Independence celebrations around Montgomery

Parades and fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July

§     With Independence Day less than a week away , celebrations around Montgomery County are taking shape.

Takoma Park and Montgomery Village are each set to hold parades July 4. Takoma Park’s celebration will begin at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Carroll and Ethan Allen avenues. Fireworks are set for 9:30 p.m. at Takoma Park Middle School at 7611 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring.

Montgomery Village’s parade will go from 7 to 10:30 a.m. and will include Apple Ridge Road, Shallow Point Road, Shadow Oak Road, Dellcastle Road, Darlington Road and Torrey Pond Place.

Communities all around the county will host their own public fireworks displays for Independence Day.

Gaithersburg will host its annual display at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds at 16 Chestnut Street, Gaithersburg. Gates open at 5 p.m. at the Chestnut and Delmar streets entrance. The Perry Parkway entrance will be closed. Entertainment, including a concert opening with “Elizabeth Phil and Chris” and headlined by “The Lloyd Dobler Effect” will begin at 5:30 p. m. Fireworks begin at dusk.

In Rockville, festivities commence with performances from Fugitive Brass Quintet at 7 p.m., the Pinneberg Dancers at 7:30 p.m. and the Rockville Concert Band at 8 p.m. The celebration will be held at Montgomery College’s Rockville campus at 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville and parking is available at Montgomery College and at the parking lots on the corner of Mannakee Street and Rockville Pike. Additional parking is available at Rockville Town Center. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.

Germantown Soccerplex at 18041 Central Park Circle, Boyds will host another upcounty Independence Day celebration. The annual “Germantown Glory” display will include at concert starting at 7 p.m. featuring Bobby and the Believers and fireworks promptly at 9:30 p.m.

The Soccerplex will also be hosting a Washington Freedom soccer match scheduled for 5 p.m. the same day meaning parking at the fields could prove difficult, county officials say.

Poolesville’s celebrations will be held at the Poolesville Polo Grounds at 14660 Hughes Road, Poolesville. Live music begins at 6 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m. Parking is $5 per vehicle.

Downcounty, Kensington and Wheaton will co-host festivities at Albert Einstein High School, 11135 Newport Road, Kensington. Entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Aside from handicapped parking, there will be no on-site parking at the school or in adjacent lots. A free shuttle service will be available at Westfield Wheaton and the Wheaton Metro Station beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Columbia County Club in Chevy Chase is also set to host its annual fireworks display July 2 at 9:15 p.m.

To all events, the public is encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and food, though food will be available for purchase. Alcoholic beverages and personal fireworks are prohibited.

jbogage@gazette.net

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