TAKOMA PARK, Md. (July 10) – Washington Adventist University (WAU) president Weymouth Spence, Ed.D., celebrated America’s 237th year as an independent nation by participating in the annual Takoma Park Independence Day Parade, along with his family and a number of WAU staff and students.
“I believe it is important for the University to connect with the city and I thought this was one way to do that,” Spence said. “It was great; I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.”
This is the 124th consecutive celebration Independence Day for the City of Takoma Park. This year’s parade began at the intersection of Carroll and Ethan Allen Avenues, wound its way along Carroll Avenue through Old Town Takoma, turned right on Maple Avenue, and ended at the intersection of Maple and Ritchie Avenues, a distance of approximately 1.25 mile.
The City of Takoma Park is a municipality of approximately 17,000 residents in Montgomery County, Maryland. It has a long history of political and civic activism, leading to the city declaring itself a nuclear free zone and a sanctuary city. Non-U.S. citizen residents are permitted to vote in municipal elections and environmental initiatives have been pursued for decades by the public and the city government.
Takoma Park is known as “Azalea City” because of the many flowering azalea bushes that brighten the area in the spring.
Washington Adventist University is the only four year residential institution of higher learning in Montgomery County.