4:30 p.m.: The July 4th fireworks at the Columbia Lakefront are STILL ON. Depending on the weather, the fireworks may begin earlier than usual (before 9 p.m.). The live music has been cancelled because of weather.
4th of July Celebration


Event Info

The 2016 July 4th Festival and Fireworks is presented by BGE.


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

Live entertainment by the Columbia Concert Band (see below for more info). Bring a picnic or purchase food from on-site vendors. Parking is free (no VIP parking available).

Date: Monday, July 4, 2016, 5-10 PM
Fireworks after dark 
Rain date: Tuesday, July 5
(Fireworks Only) 
Inclement weather line: 410-313-4451

Note: Those wishing to place a blanket or sheet may do so beginning at 8 AM on July 4. Those wishing to place a tarp on the grass may do so beginning at 3 PM. Placement of tarps must wait until 3 PM 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 6:30-7:30 PM and is not to be reopened until the conclusion of the fireworks. 


7 PM – 9:30 PM

Columbia Concert Band

The Columbia Concert Band, a group of approximately 90 musicians, rehearses weekly and performs about five concerts per year. Their repertoire consists of many different musical syles, including traditional band arrangements, classical, contemporary, pop/rock, marches, jazz, Broadway, Americana, and baroque. Founded in 1983, the band provides local musicians the opportunity to perform challenging band literature while entertaining the public in the Baltimore and Washington region. The band is affiliated with Howard Community College, which gives credit to students for band participation. 


Route 29 Pedestrian Bridge: The section of the pathway between Stevens Forest Road and the U.S. 29 pedestrian bridge will be open FOR THIS EVENT ONLY.  The County has worked closely with The Howard Hughes Corporation to provide this convenience, since this section of pathway has recently been closed during construction. This will provide additional parking east of U.S. 29.  Please consider parking in Oakland Mills and using the pedestrian bridge to avoid traffic delays around Lake Kittamaqundi. Click here for a map of the open pathway.


Click here for the festival layout. 

FREE July 4th App - Download now! This year check out our music soundtrack within our mobile app. At the bottom of the app click on the play icon to play the music. 

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