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Posted on: July 1, 2015

BY CAROLINE SELLE ― This July 4, local fireworks displays will be taking place throughout the holiday weekend.

According to the Prince George’s County Fire Department, consumer purchased fireworks are illegal to transport or use in Prince George’s County. However, there are plenty of places to see a big, colorful display! Below, find a list of local Independence Day (weekend) celebrations.

Friday, July 3

At a cookout all day Saturday? View fireworks in the Lanham ball field behind Trinity Church at 7800 Good Luck Road. Fireworks begin at dusk.

Saturday, July 4

In the City of College Park, view the Fourth of July Fireworks and Concert with music beginning at 7 p.m. The show takes place around the University of Maryland’s Parking Lot 1, and fireworks will begin at dusk (approximately 9 p.m.) Rain date is Sunday, July 5. Call 301.864.8877 for more information.

The 126th Takoma Park 4th of July Parade and Fireworks is an all-day event. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Carroll and Ethan Avenues and will wind its way through the city. At 7 p.m., the Polyphony Marimba Ensemble and the Takoma Park Community Band perform at Takoma Park Middle School (7611 Piney Branch Rd). Parade winners will be announced following the performance. Then, at 9:30 p.m., watch fireworks outside of the school. Limited parking is available at the school and on side streets. The rain date for fireworks is the first clear evening.

In Greenbelt, the July 4th Fanfare begins at 5:30 p.m. Attendees are invited to bring a picnic and walk the lake trail at Buddy Attick Park on 555 Crescent Road. The event begins with a Community Drum Circle, followed by the Greenbelt Concert Band. Fireworks begin at approximately 9 p.m. Call 301.474.0646 for more information in case of inclement weather.

Looking for a sports event? The Red, White & Boom Independence Day Celebration includes a picnic and post-game fireworks show at the Bowie Baysox stadium at 4101 NE Crain Highway. Special tickets are required for the picnic. Call 301.464.4880 for more information. Tickets are available online.

Though National Mall Fourth of July Celebration is televised across the country, it’s close enough to Hyattsville for in-person viewing. According to the National Park Service (NPS), the show begins at 9:09 p.m. and will last for 17 ½ minutes. The fireworks will be launched from the Reflecting Pool area can be viewed from the National Mall, the U.S. Capitol, many of the Tidal Basin memorials, The White House Ellipse, West Potomac Park, East Potomac Park, and Anacostia Park.

Note that NPS says, “Immediately following the fireworks, areas along Independence Avenue between the Lincoln Memorial and World War II Memorial will be closed for safety related to the fireworks launch site. The road will re-open after cleanup crews have completed their inspection and removed any hazardous materials.”

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