Update on Tonight’s SummerFest in Gaithersburg

by Patrick Herron

7:15 Update:

5pm Update: Gaithersburg’s SummerFest event and fireworks display are still scheduled to take place tonight, despite the chance of thunderstorms. The City of Gaithersburg released the following statement around 4pm:
“SummerFest at Bohrer Park is still scheduled for today from 6 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Fireworks will begin between 9:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, SummerFest activities may be cancelled, but fireworks will go off if at all possible.”
If the fireworks are canceled due to inclement weather the fireworks ONLY will be rescheduled for Sunday, July 3.

Full SummerFest details per the City of Gaithersburg:
Celebrate America’s independence with friends & family at SummerFest, Gaithersburg’s illuminating summer festival on the expansive grounds of Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm. The free event takes place on SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2022, from 6 to 11:30 p.m. The festival features live music, food trucks, local breweries, family-friendly activities, all leading up to a spectacular fireworks display & SummerGlo After Party.

SummerFest kicks off at 6 p.m. with Nation, one of DC’s top dance bands. Enjoy delicious offerings from food & local craft beverage vendors, including Dogfish Head, Landmade, Lone Oak, Steinhardt Brewing, True Respite & Waredaca. ATMs available onsite.

The Water Park & Miniature Golf Course open at 11 a.m. and the Skate Park opens at Noon. Note that the Water Park will be open for the exclusive use of City residents & aquatics members only on July 2. There are entrance fees for the Water Park & Miniature Golf Course. The air-conditioned Activity Center will serve as a comfort station with indoor bathrooms & space to relax up until 9 p.m.

Guests are welcome to bring their own food & blankets to enjoy a picnic during the event, or purchase a meal and treats from a variety of vendors & food trucks. Coolers are allowed, but for safety reasons, personal grills, outside alcoholic beverages, glass containers, weapons (real or facsimile), and fireworks of any kind (including sparklers) are strictly prohibited. Pets are not recommended due to crowd & noise issues. If brought, they must be leashed. Skateboards, scooters, rollerblades & bikes will be confined to the Skate Park. Smoking & vaping are not permitted in public spaces in Gaithersburg.

Once it gets nice & dark (approximately 9:25 p.m.), a spectacular fireworks display will light up the night with bursts of amazing colors & styles that launch up to 500 feet. Bohrer Park is the best place to watch them, but there are several viewing options in surrounding locations. A map identifying best viewing spots is available here.

Wait out the traffic after the fireworks by staying for our SummerGlo After Party. Nation will give an encore performance while LED hoopers, jugglers, stilt walkers entertain the crowd. The playground will be fully lit, and you can purchase glow-in-the dark merchandise to be part of the fun.

Limited parking is available onsite. It is recommended that those who park onsite stay and enjoy the SummerGlo After Party as significant traffic delays are anticipated following the fireworks display. Bohrer Park is within a ¼ mile walk of Olde Towne, Gaithersburg, where there is free parking in a variety of lots and in the parking garage. A parking map can be found here.

Note that the Gaithersburg Police Department is planning lane reductions along Route 355 adjacent to Bohrer Park and there will be a change in traffic patterns during the event. Cars will not be allowed to cross over or turn left onto Route 355 between Cedar & Central Avenues. Plan your route accordingly. If you are not attending the festival, please take alternate routes to avoid the area completely.

Crossing guards will be stationed along Route 355 at the intersections of South Summit Avenue, Education Boulevard & Deer Park Road. There will be many pedestrians in the area; please use caution. To ensure pedestrian safety, Summit Avenue between Hutton Street & South Frederick Avenue will close to vehicles at 5 p.m.

Please do not stop your vehicle on Route 355 to watch the fireworks display. You will be ticketed, and if you are not with your vehicle, it will be towed.

If the fireworks are canceled due to inclement weather the fireworks ONLY will be rescheduled for Sunday, July 3. There will be no fireworks on July 4. Check the City’s website regularly for updates & follow us @GaithersburgEvents on Facebook and @GburgMD on Facebook & Twitter.



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