Thursday, July 5, 2012
Gaithersburg officials have decided to deliver "a midsummer celebration" on Friday, July 13.
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" the event will feature live music, food, and spectacular firework. 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 …
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…
Backyard fireworks are illegal in Montgomery County.
If you're thinking of skipping the area's municipal fireworks altogether for a show of your own in the backyard, think twice. All backyard fireworks are still illegal in Montgomery County — including sparklers — and the penalty for owning them comes with a hefty fine. Violations of the fireworks ban may include a fine up to $1,000 and six months in jail, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services. “The law in Montgomery County is clear and the safest, and smartest, way to enjoy fireworks is to enjoy one of the many public displays in the area,” said Montgomery County Fire Chief Richard Bowers. MCFRS participated in a Council of Governments fireworks safety demonstration on June 21. They offer the following safety tips for …
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:
Whether you're watching the fireworks in DC on the National Mall or sitting in your backyard hosting a barbecue, follow these tips from the ASPCA to keep your pet safe.
Summer weather is the perfect time for backyard barbecues, outdoor festivals and Fourth of July fireworks shows. But when you’re heading to the National Mall for the fireworks display or enjoying other summertime festivities, it may be best to leave the pets at home. Check out some safety tips from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): Keep alcohol out of reach There’s nothing like a cold beer on a hot day…. Just be sure to keep it out of reach of your pets. If ingested, it could cause pets to become severely depressed, go into a coma and in extreme cases, have respiratory failure. Read your sunscreen and insect repellent labels Insects will likely be buzzing around your pets when they’re outside. But …
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 …
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
The annual family festivities and fireworks show went off with a bang for July 4th 2011!
Independence Day in Germantown was celebrated with families, local businesses and fireworks at the South Germantown Recreational Park! The open land of green grass was filled with blankets, chairs, ice coolers and plenty of kids playing football or soccer. Local food vendors kept the crowd indulged with funnel cakes, fried Oreos, fresh lemonade, barbecue sandwiches, Italian ice treats and kettle corn. While everyone waited for the main fireworks show, the Regal Beagles Yacht Rock Band entertained the crowd with sounds form the 1970s and '80s and even included a saxaphone and accordian performance! Due to the rainy weather the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra was unable to perform and share their art of sound. However, the firewroks show did go…
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Thousands of people turn out every year to watch the fireworks show in Washington.
If you are tempted to head downtown Monday to watch the country's most spectacular fireworks light up the National Mall, plan to take the metro. Parking will be all-but-impossible in downtown D.C. on July 4 when hundreds of thousands of people from all over the country will descend on the capital to celebrate the most patriotic day of the year. Metrorail service will run from 7 a.m. to midnight Monday. Ridership levels will peak between 6 p.m. and midnight. According to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, the Smithsonian Station will not be open during the day. That station will re-open after the fireworks show is over. Residents traveling from Montgomery County are advised to use other stations to access the National Mall…