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Welcome Vendors

We welcome vendors to the our July 4th Celebration.

Please review our guidelines for the morning and evening parade venue, the food-service Regulation, and a map of each space. If you find these acceptable, please contact us to find out what slots we have available for morning and/or evening and if your products do not overly overlap other vendors. Then, with my OK, you can send in the vendors application. Then, print the form , fill it out and scan it so it can be e-mailed it to the email address in the Contact Us page.

Please type or print clearly and fill out completely, incomplete or illegible forms will not be processed. Your application must be submitted no later than June 6 of this year.

MORNING PARADE VENUE

ARRIVAL

Vendors MUST arrive before 9:00 AM. According to the Montgomery County Health Department, “A licensed mobile unit would be a food truck with a round red and white decal that has been affixed to the truck by the Health Department. The expiration date is on the decal… However, everything MUST be done within the licensed vehicle.” If your operation is outside of the licensed vehicle, you must be inspected prior to selling.

The Montgomery County Health Department Inspector will be on-site in the morning to begin inspections. All groups requiring an inspection must be present and available by that time or they will not be permitted to sell.

The parade route is closed to street traffic at 9:00 AM. You will not be able to drive vehicles on sidewalks any commercial or residential driveways. You must locate your truck/booth at the site assigned to you, as identified on your permit issued by the Committee. TPIDC permits will be distributed on the morning of July 4th.

BOOTHS

All participants must supply their own tables, chairs and information signs. Also, extension cords may be needed if you are using electricity. You must stop selling promptly at 12:15 PM. All signs, tables and chairs must be removed by 12:30 PM.

POLYSTYRENE

Vendors may NOT use polystyrene-composed containers, plates, trays, cups, lids, utensils, cutlery, bags, packaging for which food or drink will come in contact during preparation, storage, or serving food for on-site or take-away consumption. Violation of this provision will constitute a Class C misdemeanor offense, resulting in a monetary fine. Vendors are encouraged to use durable, reusable, recyclable, or compostable non-polystyrene items instead.

PARKING FOR VENDORS

Parking for vendors will be along the park access road Old Philadelphia Avenue. However, parking is NOT guaranteed. We strongly advise that once you are in, you stay in your spot.

DEPARTURE

Remember that the July 4th PARADE ends at 12:00 PM / NOON. You are committed to remaining on-site until the end of the event in order to retain your invitation to next year’s event. After the parade, please pack-up and vacate the premise ASAP. You can not relocate to another spot on the parade route.

WEATHER CANCELLATION

Should inclement weather be forecast, please go to the T.P.I.D.C. website (www.takomapark4th.org).

TRASH

All vendors MUST bring their own trash bags and MUST take all trash from site. Food vendors should not move or use city trash cans. Vendors are responsible for leaving their area clean. If you do not remove your own trash you will not be asked to participate again!

FOOD ITEMS

Vendors may only sell those items previously approved by the Committee. You will need to remove any items that are not pre-approved.

EMERGENCIES

First aid and help for lost children can be found near the reviewing stand on Maple Avenue.

BATHROOMS

Bathrooms are available in the Takoma Park City Hall; and, a portable toilet at Ethan Allen Avenue and Carroll Avenue.

VENDORS' MEETING

A vendors' meeting will be held on in late May for successful applicants. Vendor’s packets and parking passes will be distributed at that time. Please feel free to contact us for details or with any questions or concerns.

EVENING FIREWORKS VENUE

ARRIVAL

Vendors should arrive after 4:00PM and no later than 6:30 PM. The gates to the field will be secured prior to 4:00 pm. Parking will be available for evening vendors to use until 4:00 pm

VARIETY

T.P.I.D.C. has the right to avoid duplications to ensure variety and vendor success. Vendors cannot make changes in menu items without prior approval from the Committee.

Application does not guarantee vendor participation. Vendors will be selected following the final vendor deadline and at that time, notification of acceptance or denial will be sent via e-mail,

SET-UP SPACE

Spaces are marked and pre-assigned. Vendors may only use spaces they have paid for and which have been assigned to them by TPIDC. If a vendor refuses to set up in their assigned space they will be asked to leave.

POLYSTYRENE

Vendors may NOT use polystyrene-composed containers, plates, trays, cups, lids, utensils, cutlery, bags, packaging for which food or drink will come in contact during preparation, storage, or serving food for on-site or take-away consumption. Violation of this provision will constitute a Class C misdemeanor offense, resulting in a monetary fine. Vendors are encouraged to use durable, reusable, recyclable, or compostable non-polystyrene items instead.

DEPARTURE

Depart after crowds have disbursed from the field and hill of the school.

WEATHER CANCELLATION

Should inclement weather be forecast, please go to the T.P.I.D.C. website (www.takomapark4th.org). If program is canceled it will be re-scheduled for the first clear evening.

TRASH

Bring your own bags and please do not leave it for the city to dispose of. If any trash is left by vendor you will not be asked to participate again.

EMERGENCIES

EMT Services can be found behind the backstop at the dirt infield at Piney Branch Road. Lost children can be brought to the T.P.I.D.C. stand.

BATHROOMS

Bathrooms are in the backside of the school and portable bathrooms are located at the lower level entrance gate.

PARKING

After the gates open at 4PM, except for food trucks, vendor parking is not permitted on the grounds except to load and unload. As soon as unloading is complete; vendors must move their vehicles or risk paying a parking fine.

GENERAL VENDOR INFORMATION

2017 VENDOR FEES

TPIDC has implemented the following rate increase because of rising cost of doing business.

Spaces are 10 feet by 10 feet (except for Food Truck spaces)

A table of fees. The first column is the service and the second is the price."
AM/One 10 feet by 10 feet: $150.00
PM/One 10 feet by 10 feet: $170.00 (more hours than morning)
Food Truck AM/PM: $180.00 per venue

REFUNDS

TPIDC is not responsible for loss of sales due to inclement weather. If severe weather conditions demand early closure of the event, no refunds or credits will be granted. If program is cancelled it will be re-scheduled for the first clear evening. Additionally, please note that no shows forfeit your payment.

VENDORS' MEETING

A vendors' meeting will be held on in late May for successful applicants. Vendor’s packets and parking passes will be distributed at that time. This meeting is necessary to assure that vendors understand and follow the established rules. A discount of $50.00 per vendor/applicant (not per spot) will be given to vendors that attend the vendor's information meeting. Please feel free to contact us for details or with any questions or concerns. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation to ensure a smooth and successful 4 of July experience for vendors as well as for guests.