June 29 - July 4, 2020
Due to the continuing public health crisis, it was determined that the SummerFest could not be safely held due to gathering and social distancing restrictions. Virtual programming will be available in place of the on-site event.
Celebrate America’s independence while you’re staying safer at home with the City of Gaithersburg’s week-long virtual SummerFest. Patriotic-themed arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations, kid’s activities, theater performances, and more will be shared on social media June 29 through July 4. The week will end with a bang on July 4th with a video montage of past fireworks displays that can be viewed from the comfort and safety of your own home. Follow our social media accounts throughout the celebration here.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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 pesented 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. Many may know that she saved the oil painting of George Washington as the British were about to burn the White House during the War of 1812. Few may be aware that she was the First Lady for two presidents, or how she influenced Washington society. 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 & chalk pastels. Text instructions and a supply list will be in the Notes section of the Arts on the Green Facebook page.
- 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.
- Enjoy a “Happy July 4th video montage from the Benjamin Gaither Center.
- Lifeguard Lily wishes all our aquatics family a happy July 4th.
- Get moving with a virtual fitness class teaser with a July 4th twist.
- 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 & Facebook page.