What’s open/closed on July 4

Montgomery County government offices and libraries will be closed July 4. The county’s liquor stores will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the holiday. Aquatics facilities will be open until 6 p.m., except the Germantown Indoor Swim Center, which will close at 3 p.m.

Montgomery Parks has a range of July 4 events and activities planned that are outlined on the department’s website. Ride On buses will operate on a Saturday schedule. Metrorail will operate on a special July 4 schedule with rush hour-level service beginning around 6 p.m. to transport riders to the National Mall for Washington, D.C.’s, Independence Day celebration.

Trash and recycling pickup will not take place Wednesday and regular pickup will be on a sliding schedule, so residents who normally get pickup Wednesday will receive it on Thursday and Thursday’s pickup will take place Friday.

County parking garages, lots and curbside meters will be free July 4. State offices and courts are closed.

Where to watch fireworks

Fireworks shows will take place in the county in Rockville, Takoma Park, Kensington and Germantown. Takoma Park is also hosting its annual Independence Day Parade and Kensington is hosting a community bike parade July 4.

[Related – Where to Watch Fireworks and Celebrate the Fourth of July in Montgomery County]

Absentee and provisional ballot counts continue Thursday and Friday

Montgomery County election officials will return to work Thursday and Friday to count the approximately 3,800 provisional and potentially more than 5,000 absentee ballots cast in the primary election. The results of the counts on Thursday and Friday are expected to decide the Democratic county executive primary in which County Council member Marc Elrich leads businessman David Blair by less than 150 votes as of Monday. The counts are also expected to reveal the winner for the third delegate seat in District 16, which includes Bethesda and Potomac, where teacher Samir Paul leads former ACLU policy director Sara Love by less than 100 votes.

90-degree days expected through Friday

It’s going to be a hot holiday week. Monday’s sunny high could reach 100 degrees followed by a nighttime low around 75, according to the National Weather Service. Tuesday is going to be mostly sunny with a high near 95 and a low around 72. A high near 91 is predicted for July 4, with a slight chance of showers in the afternoon or evening. Wednesday night is expected to be mostly cloudy, which could impact fireworks shows, with a low around 72. Thursday and Friday are predicted to be partly cloudy with highs in the low-90s and nighttime lows in the mid-70s.