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Celebrate Fourth Of July With Gaithersburg's #StayHomeSummerFest

Patch logo Patch 6/29/2020 Alessia Grunberger
fireworks in the sky: #StayHomeSummerFest, a weeklong virtual celebration, will be held in lieu of in-person Fourth of July celebrations​. © Shutterstock #StayHomeSummerFest, a weeklong virtual celebration, will be held in lieu of in-person Fourth of July celebrations​.

GAITHERSBURG, MD — The City of Gaithersburg will be holding a series of Patriotic-themed events online in lieu of its in-person Fourth of July celebrations.

The week-long virtual celebration — dubbed #StayHomeSummerFest — will take place June 29 through July 4. Families can visit the city's social media accounts, where they will find arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations, theater performances, and a video montage of past fireworks displays.

Here's a lineup of events, according to city officials:

Kentlands Mansion

  • Learn how to make a patriotic-themed centerpiece as Kentlands Mansion shares a Do-It-Yourself craft video. Using mason jars and red, white and blue paint, you'll be able to create a centerpiece that is easy, budget friendly and super cute for July 4th.

Casey Community Center

  • Let's Cook @Casey will guide you through a strawberry shortcake recipe with Chef Carolyn Crow.
  • Bring a story to life by reading aloud, learning new crafts, and creating delicious snacks at home with our Tasty Books program. "Red, White, and Boom" will have you travel across the country for a city parade, a beach picnic, and fireworks in the park in this poetic celebration of the many cultures and traditions that make America's birthday BOOM!

Arts Barn

  • Watch a special video performance of "Dolley Madison, Presidentress," an original, one-woman play about Dolley Madison, wife of James Madison, starring award-winning actress Mara Bayewitz, originally presented at the Arts Barn in 2015. Dolley was a woman who experienced the highs and lows of life and persevered through her humor, intelligence, and strength. Presented in partnership with Sandy Spring Theatre Group and Best Medicine Rep, Bayewitz treats the audience to Dolley’s life story with humor, warmth, and Dolley's particular view of American history.
  • Watch a special video performance of "Honest Abe: The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln," an original, one-man play about the 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, starring AACT-award-winning actor, Bill Spitz. It was also presented at the Arts Barn in 2015. "Honest Abe" takes place at a speaking engagement in late 1863, where the President talks about the important events of his life with insight, wit, and humor. Presented in partnership with Sandy Spring Theatre Group, the play is a rare glimpse into the man whose mission was to reunite the nation and end slavery.
  • Get crafting with a fireworks mini-art lesson for both kids and adults. Learn fun techniques using paint and chalk pastels. Text instructions and a supply list will be in the Notes section of the Arts on the Green Facebook page.

Community Museum

  • Learn Star-Spangled Banner facts with Tim Grove, author of Star-Spangled: The Story of a Flag, a Battle, and the American Anthem.
  • Do you have an American Flag that needs to be retired? Community Museum Program Coordinator Karen Lottes demonstrates the proper protocol for disposal.

Benjamin Gaither Center

  • Enjoy a "Happy July 4th" video montage from the Benjamin Gaither Center.

Parks, Recreation and Culture

  • Lifeguard Lily wishes all our aquatics family a happy July 4th.
  • Get moving with a virtual fitness class teaser with a July 4th twist.

Fireworks Spectacular

  • On July 4th, hear a message from our Mayor, join in the Pledge of Allegiance, and then enjoy a video montage of past fireworks displays on our City's YouTube channel and Facebook page.
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