Fireworks Return to King Farm for Independence Day

Rockville tradition, the city’s annual Independence Day celebration, returns to King Farm on Monday, July 4 with music, fireworks, food and fun (other Montgomery County celebrations can be found here).

Hosted by the Mayor and Council, the celebration will once again be held at the 26-acre Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park, 1800 Piccard Drive, in King Farm, which offers easy access and ample free parking, with convenient exits within a short walk of the fireworks viewing areas.

The celebration, now in its sixth year at Stepanek Park following a pandemic pause, includes live music by Vertigo Red at 7 p.m., food vendors and a fabulous 20-minute-long fireworks display at 9:15 p.m.

There is no rain date. The entertainment and fireworks can be viewed from the park grounds. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, food and nonalcoholic beverages. Parking will be available in lots on Shady Grove and Gaither roads and Piccard Drive, near the park. Rockville police will guide traffic to and from the designated lots before and after the event.

To prepare for the celebration, there will be limited access to other parts of the park from Saturday, July 2 through Tuesday, July 5. The Rockville Dog Park at Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park will be closed from 7 a.m. Saturday, July 2 until 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 5. The fireworks safety zone, which includes the football fields, tennis courts, playground and parking lots, will be closed from 7 a.m. Sunday, July 3 through 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 5.

For parking and general information, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/independenceday, email [email protected] or call 240-314-8620.

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Not your average book festival! This festival offers something for everyone!

17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

www.dayofthebook.com

Instagram: @kensingtonbookfestival

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Step into a world where the Caribbean spirit comes alive! From 12:00 PM onwards, immerse yourself in a sensory journey that celebrates the unique culture, cuisine, and music of the Caribbean. Whether you're an African American, a Reggae or Soca music enthusiast, a wine lover, or part of the vibrant Caribbean diaspora, this festival promises to delight and captivate you in every way.

Let the enticing aromas of mouthwatering Caribbean dishes tantalize your taste buds. Feast on traditional delicacies prepared by expert chefs, showcasing the rich and diverse culinary heritage of the Caribbean. Indulge in flavorful jerk chicken, succulent seafood, and delectable plantain dishes that will transport you straight to the islands.

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MUSIC By: DJ ABLAZE, DJ SMALLY & NAJ SUPREME

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KIDS 12 & UNDER FREE!!!

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