Headed downtown for the Independence Day parade, A Capitol Fourth Concert, and the amazing fireworks display? If you’re planning on spending Independence Day on the National Mall, you can find a schedule of events, best firework viewing areas, and lots of other details on the National Park Service site.

If you don’t want to venture downtown, here are some terrific July 4th events you can take in closer to home:

Montgomery County Mid-County Sparkles

Where: Albert Einstein High School
Address: 11135 Newport Mill Road

Live music will begin at 7:30 PM, featuring Bobbie and the Believers with fireworks at 9:15 PM. The viewing areas will be at the front of the school on the ball field and at the Newport Mill Middle School, 11311 Newport Mill Road. No on-site parking at either school or at adjacent properties, except for handicapped parking. Shuttle buses will pick up passengers, beginning at 6 PM, at Westfield Wheaton Plaza in the parking lot in between the North Building and the CVS store and at the Wheaton Metro Station Georgia Avenue side.

Low lawn chairs and coolers are welcome. Food vendors will be on site. No alcoholic beverages are permitted. To receive the most up-to-date information, register for text alerts by text the keyword MOCOJULY4 to 888777. (Rain date for the fireworks only is July 5th. No shuttle service will be available on the 5th.)

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130th Annual Takoma Park Independence Celebration

Parade: Carroll & Ethan Allen Avenues
Fireworks: Takoma Park Middle School
Address: 7611 Piney Branch Road
Website: takomapark4th.org

The parade begins at 10 AM and lasts until about noon. Parade is held rain or shine and begins at the intersection of Carroll & Ethan Allen Avenues. It will travel south on Carroll Avenue, turn right on Maple Avenue, and continue to Ritchie Avenue. The evening celebration will begin at 7 PM. Due to construction, there are no fireworks this year, instead, they’re bringing the 4th of July to the streets of Takoma Park! With a stage of LIVE MUSIC, food trucks, children’s activities, vendors and more. Party in the Streets of Takoma Park, right in front of the Takoma Park Community Center (7500 Maple Ave)! The Takoma Park Community Band performs a patriotic selection of classical, popular and show tunes and then MO’Fire performs!

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24th Annual Kensington Fourth of July Bike Parade

Parade: St. Paul Park
Address: Plyers Mill Road and St. Paul Street
Website: tok.md.gov

The annual bike parade kicks off at 10 AM at St. Paul Park. Those wishing to participate should begin lining up along St. Paul Street between Plyers Mill Road and Oberon Street by 9:45 am. This event is open to all kids, and those young at heart, that wish to decorate their bike, scooter, wagon or stroller and follow a Kensington Volunteer Fire Department truck through the streets of Kensington.

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City of College Park & The University of Maryland Concert & Fireworks

Where: University of Maryland
Address: Lot 1 adjacent to Campus Drive
Website: eventbrite.com

NightLife will entertain from 7 PM until 9 PM. followed by a 30-minute Fireworks Extravaganza at dusk! Fun for all ages with concessions open at 5 PM offering hamburgers, hot dogs, funnel cakes, ice cream, snow cones, soda and bottled water. Grass seating is limited, so bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Personal coolers are also allowed, but alcohol is not permitted. Rain date for fireworks only is July 5th.

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Looking for something else? Check out these other area events and celebrate!

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Bowie Baysox Ball Game, BBQ and Fireworks!

City of Rockville Independence Day Celebration at Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park

Six Flags July 4th Fest!