July 4th “Golden Stars” parade and fireworks

BY MARCEL WARFIELD

Prepare for “A Golden Star Celebration” at Takoma Park 125th annual Independence Day celebration.

This year the Takoma Park Independence Day Committee, Inc. honors the late Kay Daniels-Cohen. She awarded virtual gold stars to individuals who did anything great in the community, said Mary Anne Miles, a committee member.

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Kay Daniels-Cohen at a previous Independence Day parade. Photo by Julie Wiatt.

Community members and visitors can expect to start their Independence Day celebration at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Carroll and Ethan Allen Ave with a parade.

The Grand Marshal, Pat Rumbaugh, known as the “Play Lady,” found a nonprofit organization called Takoma Plays, which is devoted to encouraging young and old to go out and play.

She invites other playful people to march with their bikes, toys, balls or other forms of entertainment.

Community members and visitors can expect the usual parade with a few new additions, Miles said.

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Takoma Park’s Independence Day Parade.

Parade participants will include Bolivian groups in colorful costumes, Ronald McDonald, steel drum bands, boy and girl scouts and many more.

It is an international celebration, said Gene Herman, committee president.

A panel of appointed citizens, business owners, and others friends of Takoma Park will be scattered throughout the crowd judging parade groups as they pass.

$2,400 total will be given to prize winners through the eight different award categories. The categories include Performing Arts, Costumed Entries, Wacky Tacky Takoma Award, Military/Veterans, Youth Groups, Roscoe Award and the Takoma Park Independence Day Committee Memorial Award.

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Community members and visitors can purchase raffle tickets at the Municipal Building. The raffle prizes are two tickets to Clarice Smith Performing Arts (courtesy of University of Maryland), two tickets to Strathmore in Rockville, $50 gift certificate to Vicino Ristorante Italiano in Silver Spring and many more. Raffle winners are announced just before the start of fireworks.

A wide selection of food and beverages will be sold, including hot dogs and lemonade at the corner of Maple and Philadelphia Avenues, ice cream on Maple and Grant Avenues, french fries, funnel cakes and fried oreos on Old Philadelphia and Maple Avenue
The public will be presented an evening of mixed entertainment leading into the grand finale, fireworks.

At 7 p.m. there will be musical entertainment and an acrobatic performance behind Takoma Park Middle School.

A gymnastics team participating in a previous Takoma Park Independence Day Parade.

The fireworks begin around 9:30 and last approximately 20 minutes.

The Takoma Park Independence Day celebration is great way to feel a sense of community, Miles said.

Takoma Park Independence Day Committee, Inc. is a non-profit organization that raises money through variety of fundraising activities including door-to-door collections, donations from businesses and other organizations, raffles, and t-shirt sales.