ROCKVILLE – Neither rain, nor rain or more rain could keep local residents from enjoying the local party.
Rockville celebrated its 29th annual Hometown Holidays this Memorial Day weekend with live music, a parade and food from a variety of Rockville restaurants.
Weekend rain kept the crowds smaller than previous years, but thousands still showed up to celebrate.
“I thought it was another opportunity that kind of really showed how warm and welcoming we are as a community,” said Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton.
The weekend began on Saturday with an eclectic range of music of 34 musical performers such as Jah Works, the Nighthawks and the U.S. Navy Band Commodores playing all day Saturday and Sunday in Rockville Town Square.
Musical performers were separated into four different stages in Rockville, along Maryland Avenue, Hungerford’s Tavern, Town Square and East Middle lane were artist performed from 2 to 10 p.m. May 28 and May 29.The festivities also included fun for kids including inflatable rides and a portable beach to play on.
The festivities concluded on Monday, Memorial Day, with a parade and ceremony to honor local military veterans. Activities began with a concert, playing traditional American patriotic songs, followed by members of American Legion Post 86 leading a wreath-laying ceremony and a 21-gun salute to America’s veterans. Cathy N. Troutman, a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, was the grand marshal for the ceremony.
The ceremony was then followed by Rockville’s 73rd annual Memorial Day parade. Attendees also got a chance to sample Rockville’s restaurant scene with a Taste of Rockville, featuring 21 of the City’s participating restaurants. Attendees had the option to pay $1.25 for tickets to use on food during the weekend’s events.
Duncan started the Hometown Holidays tradition in the 1988 as event for residents that did not want to spend their Memorial Day weekend out of town and combine a celebration of the City with the holiday weekend that honors America’s veterans.
“This was an opportunity for people who didn’t go away for the weekend to celebrate all things Rockville,” Newton said.