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Montgomery County to Host Fireworks Shows in Kensington and Germantown

For Immediate Release: Thursday, June 1, 2023

Montgomery County will once again host two free Independence Day fireworks displays, one on Saturday, July 1 and the other on Tuesday, July 4. 

"We are thrilled to bring this wonderful tradition of fireworks and celebrations back again for 2023,” said Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich. "It is such a wonderful way to bring everyone together to celebrate both our local community and our County’s independence. I hope you have a safe and happy July Fourth.” 

The Independence Day celebrations will take place at the following locations: 

  • Saturday, July 1, 6 p.m.: Mid-County Sparkles at Albert Einstein High School, located at 11135 Newport Mill Road, Kensington 
  • Tuesday, July 4, 7 p.m.: Germantown Glory at South Germantown Recreational Park, located at 18041 Central Park Circle in Germantown (Boyds) 

“Our Independence Day fireworks displays are such wonderful events and the perfect opportunity to enjoy music, outdoors and time with family and friends,” said Montgomery County Recreation Director Robin Riley. "We look forward to celebrating together once again this summer.” 

Mid-County Sparkles will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 1 with concerts by Ocho de Bastos and Earth Wind and Fire Tribute Band. The only parking available on-site will be for individuals with disabilities. Free parking and shuttle service will be provided starting at 5:30 p.m., from Westfield Wheaton, located at 11160 Veirs Mill Road. Event goers who park at Westfield Wheaton prior to 5:30 p.m. may be subject to towing by the property owner. Follow the directional signs for event parking and shuttles. 

Germantown Glory will kick off on July 4 at 7 p.m. with a concert by Forever Tina, a tribute band to the late queen of rock and roll, Tina Turner.  On-site parking is available. 

The fireworks displays will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. at both celebrations. The timing of the fireworks may change due to weather conditions. Lawn chairs, blankets and coolers are welcome at both events. There will be food vendors at both locations. Alcoholic beverages and pets are not permitted. 

Sign language interpreter services and other auxiliary aids or services will be provided upon request with as much notice as possible, preferably at least three business days before the event. To request special accommodations, contact 240-777-6840 or email

Montgomery County Recreation thanks its sponsors the Maryland Soccerplex, Montgomery Parks and Westfield Wheaton for their support. 

For more information, call MC311 at 311 or 240-777-0311 or visit the Montgomery County Recreation website. You can also follow Montgomery County Recreation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

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Release ID: 23-232
Media Contact: Monika Hammer 240-463-2442

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Monika Hammer
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Montgomery County Recreation
2425 Reedie Drive
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Wheaton, MD 20902
(240) 463-2442