Takoma Park Fireworks Rescheduled For Tuesday, July 5th

Weather-postponed display set to begin at 9:30 p.m.

Due to a rainstorm, last evening's scheduled fireworks during the 122nd Annual Takoma Park Independence Day Celebration, were cancelled.

According to Mary Anne Miles, secretary of the Takoma Park Independence Day Committee, the group plans to have the fireworks display tonight at 9:30 p.m. at the same place—Takoma Park
Middle School—located at 7611 Piney Branch Road.

Peter July 06, 2011 at 04:01 AM
It was huge disappointment for myself, my kids and our family friends who were visiting us from PA on the forth. We had small kids with us and were tuned up for the fun. Still cannot figure out why the two-and-half drops of the rain on the forth had scared the organizers of the fireworks and lead them to cancel it completely. That was the poorest organization of massive event like a fireworks. Neither me or our friends were formally informed about the cancellation of the fireworks. We were keep seating on the grass and playing with our kids when suddenly realized that crowd around us started moving out from the field of Takoma Middle School. THERE WERE NO FORMAL ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT THE CANCELLATION OF THE FIREWORK. I assume being a tax payer in this country and particularly in Takoma Park would give me a chance to be properly informed. It was completely wasted time and July 4th Firework' evening for me. We decided not to come to rescheduled fireworks on the July 5th. Our family made a decision NOT TO COME to Takoma Park fireworks next year too. Too bad but I truly think that it would be much better to spent an extra 20-30 minutes in driving to DC or Rockville to enjoy the fireworks there. At least you will be properly informed about the changes and feel more secure. DISAPPOINTED
April Kissel July 08, 2011 at 04:26 PM
Peter -- I agree with you 100%, and so do my neighbors who waited on our rooftop (evidently now illegal) for an hour. The Independence Day Committee needs some new blood, as does the parade. Fireworks from other locales were clearly visible from 9:15 on. It was nice to see them the next night, but if not for a Google search on "fireworks Takoma Park" the next day from work, I would probably have missed those, too. People caught unaware were no doubt alarmed by the sudden noise (after all, who would have made the connection?). Fireworks delayed for 24 hours, despite clear forecasts? As I say, the eventual display was certainly a treat, but I'm sure that most people ended up disappointed. It doesn't give TP a good reputation. Resign in shame, Ms. Miles. April Kissel 111 Lee Ave. #102
Steve Davies July 11, 2011 at 04:57 PM
The real reason for the postponement/cancellation (not weather) is contained in a statement posted on the Independence Day Committee web site (and not, tellingly, on the city of Takoma Park web site, even though the city provides money to the committee). http://www.takomapark4th.org/sitecode.fol/pages.fol/tpidcfireworks.aspx (full statement, dated July 4(!) pasted below). "The Takoma Park Independence Day Committee is very sorry that we had to postpone the July 4, 2011 evening fireworks program. We regret any inconvenience this change caused you. The decision to postpone the fireworks was a collective one among the Committee officers, the fire marshal, and a Takoma Park Police representative. While the threat of rain was one criterion, the driving force was that the fireworks company was way behind schedule. The full display would not be ready until well beyond the 9:30 p.m. scheduled time. We felt it was best to not have the crowd wait so long, especially given the weather. Our emcee announced the fireworks display postponement between 9:00 and 9:15 p.m. The committee members are sick about this error and are taking steps to minimize a recurrence. We rescheduled the fireworks display for 9:30 p.m. July 5, 2011. We hope you were able to come and enjoy it then." I wasn't there, but I believe the impression given was that the threat of rain caused the cancellation. Is that what was announced from the stage? If so, the crowd was not told the whole truth.
Ryan McDermott July 11, 2011 at 05:17 PM
Anybody who was there July 4 and wants to talk about what happened or your experience, email me at ryanm@patch.com.


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