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Due to power outages and debris from Friday’s storm, Montgomery County officials announced late Monday the cancellation of the county’s annual Fourth of July celebrations, “Germantown Glory” and “Mid-County Sparkles!,” in Kensington.

Rockville and Gaithersburg also canceled their cities’ planned events Monday.

“I made this very difficult decision based on the ongoing need to apply county police, fire and rescue, transportation, and other county resources to help our residents who continue to be severely impacted by this recent storm,” County Executive Isiah Leggett stated in a press release. “In the absence of our annual fireworks celebrations, I urge all residents to fly the flag, to mark the occasion of our nation’s independence with their neighbors and their families, and to continue to reach out to help those neighbors and friends impacted by this storm.”

The county’s Germantown event had been planned for South Germantown Recreational Park, while the Kensington event was slated for Albert Einstein High School.

Several trees and power lines still are down in the area of the usual Rockville celebrations, and many streetlights are out, said Marylou Berg, city of Rockville communication officer.

"From a public safety standpoint, we didn't feel comfortable having pedestrians walk back to their cars in the dark,” Berg said.

No one remembers the Rockville event having been canceled in the past, Berg said. Roughly 20,000 people usually attend the event, though it’s not a major source of revenue for the city, she said.

Gaithersburg Mayor Sydney Katz announced the cancellation of that city’s celebration Monday.

Takoma Park’s celebration will go on as planned.

“We really tried to come up with a way for our plans to work out,” Berg said.” It’s unfortunate."