Parade begins at
10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 04, 2013
and lasts about 2 hours
The main roads which are part of the parade route
will be blocked off at 9:00 a.m.
The parade starts at the intersection of Carroll and
Ethan Allen Avenues and travels South on Carroll Avenue
to Maple Avenue, then turns right on Maple Avenue to
Ritchie Avenue where the parade disbands. Note that this
route forms a U which brings the parade back to within
just a few blocks of its starting point - it is just 2
blocks along Philadelphia Avenue from Carroll Avenue at
the Firehouse to Maple Avenue at the Municpal
Along Carroll Avenue from the intersection with Ethan
Allen Avenue south to Laurel Avenue 1 block from the DC
line. There is shade between Philadelphia Avenue and
Along Carroll Street between Carroll Avenue and Maple Avenue. There is no shade along here.
Along Maple Avenue between Carroll Street and Ritchie Avenue. There is lots of shade until you get past Philadelphia Avenue, so this stretch is also the most crowded. Most of our vendors are located in Memorial Park at the corner of Maple Avenue and Philadelphia Avenue.
Near and across from the reviewing stand in front of the Piney Branch Middle School. There is no shade along here.
If you are familiar with the area, these are your main
options: (1) Follow MD-410 (East-West Hwy.) east from
Montgomery County or west from Prince George' County
to the parade route, (2) follow Georgia Ave. south from
Montgomery County or north from Washington, DC, then take
MD 410 west to the parade route, or (3) follow any road
to the beltway I-495 and follow the directions below for
those from out of the local area.
From out of the local area: Take I-95, I-66, I-270 US-50, US-1, or whatever route is convenient to the Washington Beltway, I-495. Proceed to New Hampshire Avenue (MD-650) and take the Takoma Park exit (28) south. Continue about 3.25 miles to MD Route 410 (this is called East West Highway on your left and Ethan Allen Avenue on your right). There is a big U-Haul facility across the intersection on the left. Turn right onto Ethan Allen Avenue (MD Route 410 West). Proceed to the first traffic light (about .7 mile) - you will see the Takoma Park - Silver Spring Coop store on the left and a Texaco station across the street on the right - this is where the parade starts.
Click here for Metrorail information: Take the Red Line to the Takoma Park station. When you exit the station continue straight ahead up the street to the right of the 7-11. One block up from there is the corner of Maple Avenue and Carroll Street, which is the 2nd turn in the parade route - there is a CVS Pharmacy on the right side across Maple Avenue. You can watch the parade from Maple Avenue to the left, from Carroll Street along the two blocks ahead, or along Carroll Avenue to the left at the end of Carroll Street. Refer to the Viewing Area section above for more information.
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There is no rain date. This is because it is impossible
to reschedule and coordinate all of the participants,
volunteers, committee members, as well as all of the
police, fire, and public works personnel for a second
day. It is prohibitively expensive, people have other
plans, and it would be a major headache, so we just
don't do it.
Park wherever you find a legal space on the local side
streets - it is first-come first-served. The streets of
the assembly area in the vicinity of Ethan Allen Avenue
and Carroll Avenue, including Manor Circle, Grant Avenue,
Lee Avenue, Sherman Avenue, and Boyd Avenue will all be
posted for NO PARKING until after the parade is over.
Likewise, the parade route will have parking prohibited
until after the parade. The parking lots at the library,
municipal building and Piney Branch Elementary School
will also be closed for use by the dignitaries, parade
cars and Committee officials and volunteers - a special
pass is needed to park there on the morning of the 4th.
These parking lots are posted well in advance and
unauthorized cars found there will be towed.
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