Columbia, Maryland celebrates July 4th with a family fireworks extravaganza along the Columbia Lakefront. The event is sponsored by the Howard County Government with support from the Columbia Association. Entertainment includes live bands on 2 stages and a variety of children’s entertainment. Bring blankets, chairs, and a picnic. Food will be for sale onsite.
Fireworks Location: Columbia Town Center Lakefront (10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, MD 21044). The 27-acre man-made lake is located just off of Little Patuxent Parkway, across from the Columbia Mall. It is a popular gathering spot for many summer festivals including the Fourth of July fireworks.
Directions: Take US29 to the Columbia Town Center exit, Little Patuxent Parkway; stay in the left lane. After you go under the pedestrian bridge, look for signs designating public parking. Note: Little Patuxent Parkway will be closed starting at 7 p.m. and will not re-open until after the fireworks are over, so be sure to arrive early enough to avoid the closure and traffic as well.
Parking: Parking is free but limited in the lots near the lake. It is within walking distance to the mall, so attendees usually park in the mall parking lots.
Seating: If you want to bring a blanket to sit on during the show can arrive as early as 8 a.m.; however, if you want to bring a tarp, the earliest you can arrive is 3 p.m. to avoid damaging the grass.
Hours: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (fireworks starting around 9:30 p.m., or whenever it's dark enough) Directions:
Rain date: July 5 (fireworks only)
Entertainment: A military band will play patriotic music until dusk when the fireworks start.
Food: You can bring your own picnic or buy food from one of the vendors onsite. A list of food vendors will be posted here.