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Rockville Won't Follow Gaithersburg With Fireworks

Gaithersburg will deliver "a mid-summer celebration" on July 13 that includes fireworks.


Gaithersburg will celebrate a bigger, belated version of the Fourth of July—on July 13 with an event called “Finally, Fireworks!”

Rockville won't be doing the same, a city spokeswoman said late Thursday.

"Part of the reason the decision to cancel was so hard was that we would not be able to reschedule," City Spokeswoman Marylou Berg said in response to an email question from Rockville Patch asking whether Rockville might follow Gaithersburg's lead.

Rockville on Monday. Fireworks in Poolesville, Takoma Park and on the National Mall went on as scheduled.

Dubbed “a midsummer celebration featuring live music, food, and spectacular fireworks,” gates at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg open at 5 p.m. July 13, according to a City of Gaithersburg press release.

The celebration, sponsored in part by the Montgomery County Agricultural Center, is a result of this year's Fourth of July festivities in the wake of that left much of

Live music by Bobby and the Believers goes from 7:30 p.m. until dusk, or about 9:25 p.m.—when the fireworks display begins, according to the release.

A rain date for the fireworks only has been set for July 14, according to the release.

The release provided these notes about accessing the fairgrounds, located at 16 Chestnut Street in Gaithersburg:

  • Walk in at Chestnut or Dalamar Streets; the Perry Parkway entrance to the fairgrounds will be closed. 
  • No unauthorized cars will be allowed in the fairgrounds.
  • Those with handicap tags or stickers will be allowed access to the fairgrounds through the gates at the Dalamar Street entrance.

Call 301-258-6350 or e-mail parksrec@gaithersburgmd.gov for more information.

Sean R. Sedam July 06, 2012 at 03:59 PM
That's a logical follow-up, Theresa. News of the rescheduled Gaithersburg celebration broke yesterday afternoon and we received a response from Rockville early yesterday evening. I've posed your question to Rockville. The city cited public safety as a reason for canceling on the Fourth of July. You might be right that it was a logistics or financial issue that prevented the city from rescheduling. I hope to hear more later today.
Mark Pierzchala July 06, 2012 at 06:08 PM
The Rockville Mayor and Council will discuss it at their Monday meeting July 9, probably during the old/new business item.
mark July 06, 2012 at 07:07 PM
The discussion on fireworks will take place right after the usual council fireworks between Pierzchala/Moore and Marcuccio/Newton.
Tom Rossing July 06, 2012 at 07:51 PM
The simple logic in my opinion appears to be the lack of a facility to put on the show later in the month in Rockville. If you stop, and look, you will see the the location (Montgomery College) is in summer session at other times beyound the 4th. It also host a baseball league and other activities with prior committments. Thus, there is no other time, or place for a Rockville Mulligan. Wait til next year.
Rocky July 06, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Maybe Rockville could have the fireworks in the Great Indoors parking lot !

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