Monday, the 4th of July, Takoma Park will celebrate with its 116th annual party. The parade begins at 10 on Carroll Avenue and follows the usual route. The evening festivities start at 7:30, fireworks around 9:30 The rain date for the fireworks is the first clear night. For all the details check the Independence Day Committee web site. Remember to buy raffle tickets. If you attend you should help this small committee pay for the event.
Charles Carroll was the last surviving signer of the the Declaration of Independence. On July 4th 1828 he laid the first stone of the B&O railroad at Baltimore harbor. (Baltimore was the 2nd largest city in the US at that time.) Look in the Maryland section of our reference collection for MD-R 923.273 BICENTE The bicentenary celebration of the birth of Charles Carroll ... and in the J room for J 973.3 LOMASK Charles Carroll and the American Revolution
On that very same 4th of July, 1828 the President (J. Q. Adams) dug the first shovelful for the C&O canal.
Charles Carroll, called Charles Carroll of Carrollton because there were so many Carrolls. was a cousin of Daniel Carroll and the other family members who lived around here. Daniel was a member of the Constitutional Convention and responsible for the motion that changed the selection of the president of the United States from election by the congress to election by the people. He is buried over near Forest Glen. See MD-R B CARROLL Daniel Carroll II, one man and his descendants, 1730-1978Posted by library at July 1, 2005 09:52 AM