Hometown Holidays brought music, games and family fun for its 26th year this weekend at the Rockville Town Center.
The festival, which ran from May 24-26, featured five stages and a concert lineup of over 30 bands and other live performances, including Brothers Osborne, John Brown’s Body and Kelly Bell Band.
There were also amusements for kids, including a variety of rides and games at Middle Lane and Monroe Street.
On Monday festival attendees watched a ceremony featuring music by the Rockville Concert Band and the Rockville Chorus, the traditional wreath laying led by American Legion Post 86 and a 21-gun salute and presentation of colors by American Legion Post 86 Color Guard and Rockville City Police Department Honor Guard.
After the ceremony the 70th annual Memorial Day Parade kicked off, which included more than 70 parade units. The parade began at Martins Lane and N. Washington Street and ended at Monroe Street.
The festival also included Taste of Rockville, which offered attendees the chance to sample fare from local restaurants. Colleen McQuitty, Rockville city special events manager, said Taste of Rockville began about ten years ago. Participating restaurants included Ambrosia Restaurant, Carmen’s Italian Ice and Café and La Tasca.
“It offers people a chance to taste different restaurants they may not have visited and hopefully they go and visit the restaurants afterward,” McQuitty said.
McQuitty said there was something new this year at the Bud Light Beach Stage: sand was brought to the area around the stage so that kids could play in a giant sandbox and adults could relax.
“We (had) picnic tables so people can put their feet in the sand and feel like they’re at the beach in Rockville Town Center,” McQuitty said.
McQuitty said this year was also the first year event attendees could see three bands on three different stages until 10 p.m.