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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.”