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Thousands Brave the Rain to Watch Germantown Glory Fireworks



The crowd may have been later arriving than usual, but by the time the first rocket shot into the cloudy skies above the Maryland SoccerPlex thousands had gathered to watch the annual Germantown Glory Fourth of July Fireworks on Monday night.


After a weekend of folks asking will they be canceled or postponed, and Montgomery County Recreation keeping residents updated on the status via email and Twitter, it was announced shortly after 3:30 pm on Monday that Germantown Glory was a GO.

At 7:00 pm with a light rain falling, the band Quiet Fire began to play an old disco classic for the handful of folks gathered on the lawn just outside the stadium in South Germantown Recreational Park.


Fifteen minutes later, as Montgomery County Councilmember Craig Rice, County Executive Ike Leggett, and District-6 Congressman John Delaney took the stage to address the ever growing crowd and officially kick off the evening, the rain continued but had begun to weaken.

“It was a close call,” said Councilmember Rice, when asked how close the County was to canceling the fireworks. “It was close, especially when Gaithersburg canceled their display, but we think there will be a window where we can get the fireworks in.”

Indeed, Montgomery County Recreation later put out a Tweet reading “Thanks to the quick window of weather, fireworks are underway at #Germantown Glory.”


A few short moments later, the rain had stopped completely, and the spaces on the lawn began to fill in as more folks realized that the rain had stopped, and the fireworks were going to light the skies over Germantown.


Quiet Fire continued to play as the sun set behind a veil of clouds, and the lawn continued to fill with people. As twilight faded, the lawn was filled with folks jamming to the music and waiting for the fireworks.


At 9:14 pm Councilmember Rice took the microphone again to being the countdown to the fireworks. At 9:15 pm the rockets blasted away and booms were bursting in air to celebrate the 240th Birthday of our great nation.

Captions:

Top: Despite the rain and soggy conditions thousands of folks watched the Germantown Glory fireworks at South Germantown Recreational Park in the Maryland SoccerPlex.

Next: The band Quiet Fire played great R&B music and got the crowd moving.

Next: Congressman John Delaney (MD-6), County Executive Ike Leggett, and Councilmember Craig Rice addressed the crowd.

Next: By the time it was dark enough for the fireworks the band had the folks on the lawn dancing and grooving.

Next: The clouds did hamper some views of the fireworks, but they also made for some dramatic skies for the Fourth of July.

Photos by Germantown Pulse.

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