Thursday, July 5, 2012
Gaithersburg officials have decided to deliver "a midsummer celebration" next Friday that includes music, food and fireworks.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Gaithersburg will celebrate a bigger, belated version of the Fourth of July next Friday with an event called “Finally, Fireworks!” Dubbed “a midsummer celebration featuring live music, food, and spectacular fireworks,” gates at the Montgomery County fairgrounds open at 5 p.m. Friday, July 13, according to a a city press release. The event, sponsored in part by the Montgomery County Agricultural Center, is a result of officials canceling this year's Fourth of July festivities in the wake of this weekend's violent storm system that left much of the state's population in the dark. Bobby and the Believers will provide live music starting at 7:30 p.m. until dusk, or about 9:25 p.m. – when the fireworks display begins, according to the release…
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Almost two-thirds of annual fireworks-related injuries happen in the 30 days centered on the 4th of July, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Fireworks are a traditional part of 4th of July festivities—but can also be dangerous. Area firefighters have warned of the dangers of consumer fireworks and in Montgomery and Prince George's counties, consumer fireworks are illegal. A recently released study from the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission revealed that last year, 65 percent of all fireworks-related injuries in the U.S. occurred in the 30-day period centered on the 4th of July. About 46 percent of those injuries involved the hands, and 34 percent affected the head, face or eyes, the agency reported. Injuries to the eyes are particularly serious. According to Dr. Michael P. Grant, director of Oculoplastic Surgery and of the Eye and Orbital Trauma Center at Johns Hopkins…
Celebrating America is the highlight of my year.
Independence Day—or the Glorious Fourth, if you like—is, without a doubt, my favorite holiday. There is no artifice to the Glorious Fourth, no need to comply with societal pressures to consume 10 percent of GDP or pretend to enjoy the company of layabout relatives. No one stresses over the Fourth of July. Christmas is months' worth of planning and shopping and news about the state of the economy or religion or the secular state viewed through the prism of a holiday. This is not a concern come Independence Day. Typical planning session, on or about July 2: American 1: “Hey, the Fourth is coming up. Want to come over and grill?” American 2: “Sure. I’ll bring the beers.” American 1: “And after it gets dark, we’ll blow something up! Then have …
It will feel like it's more than 100 degrees this Fourth of July.
Whether you're at a pool, at the beach or planning on attending a Fourth of July parade and fireworks show, it's going to be hot day. The entire Washington, DC, metro region, including Montgomery and Prince George's counties, are under a heat advisory, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Although temperatures will remain between 90 and 100 degrees across the region, the heat index could reach 105 degrees. The heat advisory will remain in effect until 9 p.m. Wednesday evening. "The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible," the forecasters wrote. NWS asks people to stay out of the sun, stay hydrated, cool off in air-conditioning where available …
Most county operations will be closed on Independence Day.
Here's your guide to the Fourth of July in Montgomery County: Closed Montgomery County offices. Montgomery County libraries, except Wheaton Regional Library and Bethesda Library TRiPS Commuter stores in Silver Spring and Bethesda. All county public schools and offices. State of Maryland offices and courts. All senior centers. All recreation department classes, including aquatics classes, are cancelled. (Indoor and outdoor aquatic facilities will be opened as scheduled.) All Montgomery Parks Nature Centers, including Locust Grove Nature Center, Meadowside Nature Center and Brookside Nature Center. Pauline Betz Addie Tennis Center at Cabin John Regional Park. Wheaton Ice Arena at Wheaton Regional Park. Schedule Changes Ride-On and Metrobus …
Want to capture those bright lights bursting in air? Here are some tips from Patch photographers.
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Although capturing fireworks on a camera can be difficult, if you have the right equipment and your camera is switched to the correct settings, you should be able to get some fantastic images. Here are some tips from Patch photographer Edward Maurer. Equipment needed: Other tips from photographer Darren Rowse's website:
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville remains only 24-hour center.
Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville remains open as the county's only 24-hour cooling center. The school is at 250 Richard Montgomery Drive. Residents should bring prescription medicines, critical phone numbers and comfort items such as personal pillows. Due to decreased demand, the White Oak Community Recreation Center is no longer needed as a 24-hour center and will close at 9 p.m. Tuesday, the county said in a news release. It will reopen from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday. About 86,000 Montgomery County homes remain without power following Friday’s storm, according to the release. While many county facilities are closed Wednesday in observance of the Fourth of July, several will open as cooling centers: The Germantown Indoor …
With the county-sponsored fireworks displays canceled and cookouts made difficult due to continuing power outages, how will you celebrate the Fourth?
Grocery stores are low on food, kitchens are low on power and now Montgomery County has canceled its Fourth of July fireworks display. What’s an American to do when Independence Day celebrations are interrupted due to a freak storm that knocks the power out for millions of people? Here’s a list of some July 4 events that will take place: Let us know if your neighborhood community will host its annual festivities in the comments below. Poolesville and the Upper Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department will host a fire works display at the Hughes Road polo grounds. The grounds will open at 6 p.m. and the fireworks will begin at dusk. Coolers, grills and alcohol will be prohibited, according to UMCVFD. Parking is available. The Takoma …
The U.S. Census Bureau provides some fun, interesting statistics about the Fourth of July.
The Fourth of July, marking America's 236th birthday, is less than a week away. Boost your knowledge about the holiday with some Fourth of July themed fun facts, courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau. 2.5 million In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation. Source: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970 313.9 million The nation’s estimated population on this July Fourth. Source: Population clock $3.6 million In 2011, the dollar value of U.S. imports of American flags. The vast majority of this amount ($3.3 million) was for U.S. flags made in China. Source: Foreign Trade Statistics $663,071 Dollar value of U.S. flags exported in 2011. Mexico was the leading customer, …
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Your trip to the beach for the 4th may not cost as much in gas as you expect.
As you prepare to take your summer vacations and Fourth of July trips, you’re probably bracing yourself for how much your drive to the beach will cost. The good news is it may not be as much as you expect -- or at least not as much as it used to be. According to AAA’s daily fuel gauge report, the average national cost of gas was about $3.53 per gallon, the Maryland state average cost was $3.32 per gallon and the average for the D.C. suburbs was $3.35 as of early this morning. These costs have been steadily declining since the nation experienced a peak average price in April at $3.94 per gallon, AAA Mid-Atlantic says. In addition, the national average has decreased by $0.19 per gallon, the Maryland state average has decreased by $0.26 per…