The City of Gaithersburg celebrates the "unofficial" end of summer with its annual Labor Day Parade. Participants in this year's Labor Day parade include an assortment of fire engines, high school marching bands, giant balloons, horses, clowns, and more. Julie Wright, traffic reporter for WTOP News Radio and member of the Fox 5 Morning News Team, will serve this year as Mistress of Ceremonies.
The Gaithersburg Labor Day Parade is one the City's oldest traditions. The Gaithersburg Fire Department established a rescue squad in 1938 and that year they hosted traditional fundraising events such as dinners and dances and a Labor Day Parade. Early parades included a band competition, carnival booths and a dance.
Eventually the carnival and dance aspects ceased to be a profitable way for the department to earn money, but the volunteers did continue to sponsor the Labor Day parade until 1977, when a citizen's committee undertook the task of organizing the end-of-summer festivity. The event is now coordinated by the City of Gaithersburg
Department of Parks Recreation and Culture, with continued support from the Gaithersburg-Washington Grove Fire Department. It has been held every year except 1942, during World War II.
Date and Time
Monday, September 3, 2012 at 1 p.m.
Rain or shine.
Olde Towne Gaithersburg, including East Diamond and Russell Avenues
Transportation and Parking
Free parking is available in the Olde Towne garage, located at the corner of Olde Towne and South Summit Avenues. Handicap parking is located behind the Victor Litz store on the north side of Diamond Avenue, and behind the Shell station on South Summit Avenue. A shuttle bus will also be provided from the Lakeforest Mall transit station to Gaithersburg Middle School beginning at noon.
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