Howard County’s July 4th Fireworks


Event Info

County Executive Allan H. Kittleman Invites You to the Columbia Lakefront for an Evening of Fireworks!

Bring a picnic or purchase food from on-site vendors. Parking is free (no VIP parking available).

Date: Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 5-10pm
Fireworks after dark 
Rain date: Thursday, July 5
(Fireworks Only) 
Location: Columbia Lakefront
Site Map: Map of Area
Inclement weather line: 410-313-4451 

Note: Those wishing to place a blanket or sheet may do so beginning at 8am on July 4. Those wishing to place a tarp on the grass may do so beginning at 3pm. Placement of tarps and chairs must wait until 3pm in order to protect the grass. For more information on your tarp, contact the Columbia Association at 410-312-6330. No boats are permitted on the lake July 3-5. We encourage all attendees to arrive early to avoid traffic congestion. Little Patuxent Parkway will be closed at approximately 7pm and is not to be reopened until the conclusion of the fireworks. 

Parking: Free parking is available in the parking lots at the mall or off of Wincopin Circle. 

Food vendors

  • A&B Soft Serve Ice Cream
  • Convenience Catering
  • Hoffman’s Funnel Cakes
  • Kettle Korn
  • Salernos
  • Fireside Pizza

Live Performance by The United States Air Force Band, Airmen of Note for two-hours of enjoyment. Fireworks will start at dark, around 9:30pm, weather depending.   


Download the FREE festival app, "HoCo July4th", to listen to the soundtrack playing at the fest before 7pm, or to view maps, directions, parking info, and vendors.


Where are the fireworks being held?
The event will be held at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront near the Mall in Columbia and adjacent to Lake Kittamaqundi . The address is 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, MD 21044.

What time are the fireworks?
The fireworks display is scheduled for approximately 9:30pm.

Is this event free?
Howard County's July 4th Fireworks are free and open to the public.

Where do I park?
Free parking is available in the parking lots at the mall or off of Wincopin Circle.

What happens if it rains?
Please note that conditions such as inclement weather may require that the fireworks be delayed. In the case of a severe weather event (i.e. heavy rain or thunderstorms), the fireworks may be rescheduled for July 5th. For information on delays, check our official Facebook page.

When can I put down a blanket, chair or tarp to reserve my spot for the fireworks?
We allow individuals to place blankets on the morning of July 4th. Tarps and chairs may be placed on the property any time after 3pm.

Where can I download the HoCo July4th app for my phone? 

The free HoCo July4th app is available through the iTunes app store (iPhone) or Google Play store (Android).