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June 28, 2017

Media Contact:
Mark Miller, Administrator, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022

July 4th Festival and Fireworks Celebration
Tuesday, July 4, 5:00 to 10:00 p.m., Fireworks after dark
Columbia Lakefront

Join the celebration of our nation’s independence. This year’s July 4th Celebration will feature fireworks, live music and food vendors. For a complete schedule of events, visit Little Patuxent Parkway from The Mall at Columbia entrance at Union Jack’s to Sterrett Place will close to through traffic beginning around 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and will not reopen until the crowds have dispersed following the conclusion of the fireworks. The Columbia Concert Band will perform from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The rain date for fireworks only is: Wednesday, July 5.

Contact: Phil Bryan, Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-1668 or

Coffee with a Cop
Thursday, July 6, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The Mall in Columbia, Chick-fil-A, 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia

Join the Howard County Police Department (HCPD) the first Thursday of each month for “Coffee with a Cop,” a community outreach program offering community members an opportunity to meet face-to-face with HCPD officers in an informal, neutral space to ask questions, voice concerns and build relationships one cup of coffee at a time. Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the United States Department of Justice.

Contact: Howard County Police Community Outreach Section, 410-313-2207 or

Solar Fest
Saturday, July 8, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Alpha Ridge Park, 11685 Old Frederick Road/MD Route 99, Marriottsville

Howard County Recreation & Parks is teaming up with the Howard Astronomical League for an evening of science, engineering, arts, crafts, games, demonstrations, astronomy and more. Enjoy the many vendors providing interactive and dynamic STEAM activities geared towards kids 5 to 11 years old. Pre-registration is required; cost is $5 per participant. For more information, visit

Contact: Danielle Bassett, Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4634,

Sunset Serenades
Wednesday evenings through August 23, 7:00 p.m.
Centennial Park South, 10000 Route 108, Ellicott City

On Wednesdays between June 27 and August 23, enjoy this popular summer concert series. The following groups are scheduled to appear in July:

  • July 12 – The Scotch Bonnets (Punky Reggae)
  • July 19 – Jenee & Black Butterfly (R&B)

The series is free. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, a picnic supper, rent a canoe or paddleboat and enjoy music in the park.

Travelin’ Bands
Various dates/locations through August 25, 2017

Enjoy these free concerts. The following groups are scheduled to appear in July:

  • Friday July 21, Noon – Rainbow Rock (Children’s Music)
    The Chrysalis, Symphony Woods at Merriweather Park, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia
  • Friday, July 28, 7:00 p.m. – PANAMA REX (Buffet Tribute)
    Schooley Mill Park, 12975 Hall Shop Road, Highland

Refreshments will be available for sale during Sunset Serenades concerts. Also, at all Sunset Serenades concerts the Community Action Council of Howard County, Inc. will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Howard County Food Bank. Check out for a complete schedule and details.

Contacts: Karen Bradley Ehler, Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4635,, or Danielle Bassett, Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4634,

Howard County Police Collision Avoidance Training
Saturday, July 22, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
James N. Robey Public Safety Training Center, 2200 Scott Wheeler Drive, Marriottsville

Howard County Police Department’s defensive driving and vehicle control program, Collision Avoidance Training (C.A.T.), is designed for new drivers who need more specialized experience on the road. C.A.T. teaches hands-on techniques for evasive maneuvers, emergency braking, cornering, skid recovery, steering, acceleration and more. Offered once a month, participants must be 16-20 years old, possess a valid Maryland “Class C” license and have a vehicle to drive. The cost is $95 per student. For more information or to register, call 410-313-3758 or email Jessica Beram at

Media Contact: HCPD, Office of Public Affairs, 410-313-2236