Montgomery County has canceled its popular 4th of July fireworks displays and festivities, county officials announced late Monday.
Citing continued disruption due to Friday's severe storm, the county needs to devote its resources to cleanup and recovery, officials said.
The Mid-County Sparkles! Fireworks display planned for Einstein High School in Kensington and the Germantown Glory fireworks at the Maryland SoccerPlex in the South Germantown Recreational Park have both been canceled.
The mid-county site is still hazardous due to fallen tree limbs and debris, officials said.
“I made this very difficult decision based on the ongoing need to apply county police, fire and rescue, transportation, and other county resources to help our residents who continue to be severely impacted by this recent storm,” said County Executive Isiah Leggett.
“While I sincerely regret having to take these steps, I believe that the health and welfare of our residents is paramount in this difficult time."
He said residents should have private celebrations and continue to reach out to neighbors and friends feeling the impact of the storm's damage and loss of electricity.
The City of Gaithersburg also announced the cancellation of its fireworks display at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.
"We explored all options to continue with the event as planned while not impeding with restoration work but found that was just not possible," said acting City Manager Tony Tomasello.
The City of Rockville planned for Montgomery College.
The Takoma Park Fourth of July parade and fireworks are being held as scheduled, according to Takoma Park Media Specialist Craig Terrill.
The parade starts at 10 a.m., July 4, at the intersection of Carroll and Ethan Allen avenues. The fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m at the Takoma Park Middle School.
Updated to reflect Gaithersburg and Rockville festivities also canceled.