A Man Watching the Fireworks in Takoma Park, MD
Takoma Park Fireworks Display, July 4, 2005 (photo courtesy of Mark Koenig)

Fireworks

ALL FIREWORKS, INCLUDING SPARKLERS, ARE ILLEGAL IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Road
Display begins at dark - approximately 9:30 p.m.
(rain date - first clear evening)
Fireworks provided by Bay Fireworks.

DOGS

Dogs (with the exception of service animals) are not permitted at the evening fireworks show for health and safety reasons. It is common for dogs, with their sensitive hearing, to act unpredictably when the explosions start going off, and our liability insurance does not cover injuries to people or animals that result from a panicked or frightened dog. In addition, with so many folks watching from seats on the ground, animal waste is a health concern. Any person bringing a non-service animal to the fireworks will be asked to leave, by the police if necessary. Thank you for understanding.

PARKING

Limited parking is available in the parking lot of the Takoma Park Middle School, and on nearby side streets. We encourage you to come early so that you can park close by, and also enjoy the entire evening program of music and other performances that begin at 7:00 p.m.. There is no parking along Piney Branch Road in order to keep traffic moving. After the fireworks, police officers will be at all critical intersections directing traffic to speed you on your way home.

RAFFLE TICKETS

Raffle tickets will be available at the Committee stand and from Committee members and volunteers out in the crowd. This is one way you can help us pay for the fireworks.

FOOD, DRINKS, T-SHIRTS AND NOVELTIES

You will find the vendors along the fence at the Piney Branch Road end of the field, and at the top of the hill by the school. We welcome vendors to apply.

REST ROOMS

Public rest rooms will be available in the Takoma Park Middle School at the top of the hill, at the entrance to Lee Jordan Fld (portable) and at the north perimeter of Lee Jordan Fld (portable).

SAFETY

For your safety, we use a fireworks provider of long experience and excellent reputation, Bay Fireworks. In addition, the pyrotechnician who sets of the fireworks is tested and licensed by the State of Maryland. We have obtained the necessary permit from the State Fire Marshal's office, and one of their fire marshals is invariably on hand to make sure things are done correctly.

The site and arrangements have been inspected and approved by our local fire department and both the county and state fire marshals. The City Public Works Department has erected snow fence to restrict access to dangerous areas, so please stay on the safe side at all times.

In addition, Takoma Park and Montgomery County Police officers will be on hand to ensure public safety, direct traffic and prevent unauthorized access to restricted areas. Likewise, the Takoma Park Volunteer Fire Department will be present with emergency equipment and personnel in case of fire or medical emergencies.

In an emergency, alert any nearby police officer, firefighter or emergency medical technician, or call 911 on your cell phone.

There will be a First Aid station at the entrance to Takoma Park Middle School.

DON'T FORGET
ALL FIREWORKS, INCLUDING SPARKLERS,
ARE ILLEGAL IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY