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M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks July 4th Holiday Celebrations and Operating Hours

by Melissa Chotiner on June 27th, 2013

-Holiday programs include Annual Germantown Glory Fireworks, Mini-Golf Splash-a-Thon and Friday Summer Nights at Olney Manor Skate Park-


SILVER SPRING, MD – Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has a variety of activities and programs for families to enjoy this July 4th holiday and weekend.

Spend the day at South Germantown Recreational Park July 4th:

 The South Germantown Driving Range will be open July 4th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

S. Germantown Mini Golf_June 2012

Visit the Splash Playground for a special Mini-Golf Splash-a-Thon from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $5 per person for two rounds of mini-golf and a full day at the Splash Playground.



Enjoy live music, food and fireworks at the Annual Germantown Glory festival (co-hosted with Montgomery County Department of Recreation). The free event starts with live music at 7 p.m. followed by fireworks at 9:15 p.m.  Visitors should expect traffic delays up to 75 minutes exiting the park, and are urged not to leave back packs, purses or bags unattended.  For more information call (240) 777-6821 or visit

Other family-friendly July 4th activities and programs in Montgomery Parks include:

Black Hill Boats at Black Hill Regional Park and Lake Needwood Boats at Rock Creek Regional Park will have extended hours for the July 4th holiday from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (last rental is 6 p.m., boats must be returned by 7 p.m.).

The Olney Manor Skate Park will be open July 4th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The following day, July 5 kicks off the skate park’s “Friday Summer Nights” celebrations which run every Friday, through August 23 from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. and feature live bands, food vendors, contests and prizes all for $5.

Take a ride on Montgomery Parks’ miniature trains at Wheaton Regional Park and Cabin John Regional Park, open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on July 4th. The Ovid Hazen Wells Carousel at Wheaton Regional Park is also open July 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Enjoy the Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly & Caterpillar Exhibit which will be open July 4 and operating on the standard 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. schedule.

The following Montgomery Parks’ facilities and programs will be closed for Independence Day:

Montgomery Parks Nature Centers:

  • Black Hill Visitor Center
  • Brookside Nature Center
  • Locust Grove Nature Center
  • Meadowside Nature Center

All regional / recreational athletic fields

Tennis and Ice Centers:

  • Pauline Betz Addie Tennis Facility
  • Wheaton Indoor Tennis
  • Cabin John Ice Rink
  • Wheaton Ice Arena

Montgomery Parks Permits Office

There are no Montgomery Parks’ summer camps scheduled for July 4.

July 4th is one of the most popular park visitation days. The Montgomery Park Police urge park visitors to adhere to park rules and regulations during the holiday and remind you that possession and use of fireworks in Montgomery County is illegal.

All other Montgomery Parks’ facilities and programs are operating on standard schedules; visit for more information.

About Montgomery Parks:

Montgomery Parks manages more than 35,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 418 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems.

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