Gaithersburg, Md., a charming town just 40 minutes northwest of Washington, D.C., celebrates July Fourth in traditional fashion, with live music, cook-outs, and a spectacular fireworks show. In 2019, the Celebrate! Gaithersburg Festival and the Independence Day Fireworks were combined into one giant SummerFest event. Summerfest includes a street festival, concerts, a crafts fair, food trucks, and plenty of kid-friendly activities like face-painting, lawn games, and inflatable bounce houses. In the evening, find a front-row spot for the fireworks and stay after the show for the Summer Glo After Party.
Where to Go to See the Gaithersburg Fireworks
The 57-acre Bohrer Park at Summit Hall Farm is the ideal place for the Fourth of July fireworks and festivities. Set behind Gaithersburg High School, Bohrer has a skate park, mini-golf course, and a water park with a 38-foot double water slide and splash pools. There's also plenty of picnic tables, playgrounds, and ponds. At the center of the park is a 45,000-square-foot Activity Center that features two large gymnasiums, indoor basketball courts, a fitness area, and more.
Limited parking is available on-site. Bohrer Park is within a short walk of Olde Towne, Gaithersburg, where there will be free parking in the parking garage and a variety of public lots.
Schedule of Events
SummerFest and the Fourth of July celebrations are an all-day event, starting at 5 p.m. and ending around 11:30 p.m. In 2019, the festivities and fireworks were held on Saturday, June 29, so be aware that future celebrations may not take place on July Fourth.
- SummerFest celebrations and concerts begin at 5 p.m.
- Fireworks launch at dusk (approximately 9:25 p.m.)
- Summer Glo After Party follows the fireworks, from 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The playground will be fully lit, the skate park will stay open until 11 p.m., and there will be glow-in-the-dark giveaways and activities, dancing DJs, plus late-night snacks.
In the event of rain, all activities are moved inside the Activity Center at Bohrer Park and the fireworks will be rescheduled.
What to Know Before You Go
Food will be sold at the celebration, but attendees are welcome to bring their own snacks and blankets to enjoy a picnic during the event. Alcoholic beverages, glass containers, rollerblades, skates, bikes, and fireworks are not permitted. Smoking and vaping are also not allowed in the park. Pets are allowed, as long as they are kept on a leash.