On July Fourth each year, the city of Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, D.C., celebrates America's birthday with music and a huge pyrotechnics show. Fourth of July fireworks are presented by the mayor and council of the City of Rockville at Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park in King Farm with musical entertainment by well-known musicians.
The family-friendly celebration on Independence Day draws a large crowd from around the region. When you go, bring chairs, blankets, some good old traditional American picnic food, and drinks so you can settle in and enjoy the day. The live music and fireworks are viewable from the park grounds.
The schedule is similar each year and includes a round-up of both current and traditional patriotic music with a day capped off by everyone's favorite, the colorful and exciting fireworks.
- 7 p.m. - Live music
- 8:45 p.m. - Mayor and council greeting
- 8:55 p.m. - National anthem
- 9:15 p.m. - Fireworks display
There is ample free parking (with convenient exits) within a short walk of the fireworks viewing areas. Parking lots border Shady Grove Road, Gaither Road, Choke Cherry Road, and Piccard Drive by the park. Expect road closures—Rockville police and signage will guide traffic to and from the designated lots before and after the event.
Visitors are encouraged to exit onto main roads such as Route 355 and Shady Grove Road. There is no parking allowed in the King Farm neighborhood.
With the expected crowds, going early is encouraged. Note these planning tips:
- Food and beverages will be available for purchase. You can bring your own food, but no barbecuing or open flames will be allowed in the park.
- There will be a first aid tent on Piccard Drive for minor injuries. This location doubles as the lost child recovery area.
- Drones are prohibited.
- No rain date is planned. In case of an inclement forecast for the day, check with the City of Rockville to see if the event will go on.
Park Access Changes
Portions of Stepanek Park are closed for the event with dates and times for the closures posted in June. Usually, the dog park will be closed from July 3 at 7 a.m. to July 5 at 9 a.m. and there will be limited access to certain parts of Stepanek Park from July 1 to July 4. The fireworks safety zone, which includes the football fields, tennis courts, playground, and parking lots will be closed July 3 to July 4.
About the Location
Located 17 miles from Washington, D.C, Rockville is considered a part of the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan region. The city is home to numerous software and biotech companies as well as several federal government institutions. The city also has several upscale regional shopping centers and is one of the major retail hubs in Montgomery County.
Stepanek Park is located in King Farm, which is a planned residential community within Rockville, Maryland.
Other Festivities on July Fourth
If you are looking for different festivities on the day of July 4, consider a jaunt into the nation's capital for the mother of all Independence Day celebrations along Constitution Avenue on the National Mall. Festivities end with a spectacular display of fireworks over the Washington Monument.
There are dozens more Independence Day celebrations throughout the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan region including a parade, music, and fireworks at the scenic Annapolis City Dock. At Colonial Williamsburg, there's colonial-era entertainment, a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence, performances by the Fifes and Drums, and fireworks in a patriotic setting.