Howard County and the Columbia Association will co-host the annual July 4th fireworks at the Lakefront at Columbia, beginning around 9:20pm on July 4. (Please note that Howard County is only hosting the fireworks in 2022. Thank you to the Columbia Association for handling the entertainment, food and more.)
Free public parking for this event will be located at The Mall in Columbia.
Please note, on the evening of July 4th, Howard County Police Department will be closing both directions of Little Patuxent Parkway between Symphony Woods Road and Governor Warfield Parkway from 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Additionally, eastbound Little Patuxent Parkway between Broken Land Parkway and Symphony Woods Road will be closed from about 8:00 pm to 11:00 p.m. Traffic delays can also be expected as a result of these closures and increase vehicular and pedestrian traffic for the July 4th fireworks celebration.
There will be two live music bands on the Lakefront stage.
The 20-minute fireworks show will start around 9:20 p.m. at Lake Kittamaqundi in Columbia. Residents who wish to place blankets may do so after 3:00 p.m.
Vendors, food trucks and bands have been chosen for 2022. Applications are not being accepted for vendors.
The following food trucks will be onsite:
- Althea’s Almost Famous
- Bennett’s Grill
- Blowfish Poke
- Cakes By Cynthia
- Dizzy Cow Pizza
- DMV Taqueria
- For the Soul Food Truck
- Hardy’s BBQ
- Jab’s Ice Cream
- Kona Ice
- Pacha Mama’s Juice
- Tasty Treats
Entertainment at the Lakefront Stage
Presented by Columbia Association
Produced by Columbia Festival of the Arts
6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
It’s been said that creativity takes courage, and self-expression is a way to show the world your inner soul. With a new group of songs and a new full-length album in the works, Bobby has let down his guard, and become more than the instrumentalist he gained a reputation for. He loves performing in both acoustic solo and electric band settings, and brings an authenticity and professionalism to both. As a songwriter, Thompson has expanded beyond the guitar techniques and jams he’s been known for, and built a following off of a holistic view of how a live music experience can take the listener on a journey.
“I want to carry on the tradition of blues and folk music, without mimicking, but with solid interpretation and writing. People like Taj Mahal, John Hammond Jr., and Mississippi John Hurt are top-shelf in my vinyl catalog. Lightnin’ Hopkins and Townes Van Zandt were friends. Bob Dylan sang blues songs. Blues music and folk music are close relatives. That’s the tradition I want to continue in with my songwriting and performances.”, Thompson states.
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
8-TIME BLUES MUSIC AWARD NOMINEE 2022 BMA WINNER “CONTEMPORARY BLUES FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR” 2020 BMA WINNER “HORN PLAYER OF THE YEAR!” 2019 BMA WINNER “HORN PLAYER OF THE YEAR!”
“There’s a young lady [Vanessa Collier] came onstage with me, I forget where I was, but she’s playing an alto saxophone, and man, she was amazing.”
Those are the words of Buddy Guy in a recent issue of American Blues Scene, describing an impromptu performance with Vanessa Collier on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. If you haven’t been fortunate enough to meet Vanessa and witness one of her head-turning, fiery, and passionate performances, you should definitely make sure you do. As a master musician and multi-instrumentalist, Vanessa Collier, weaves funk, soul, rock, and blues into every powerful performance and she is downright impressive. With soulful vocals, searing saxophone, and witty songwriting, Vanessa is blazing a trail, racking up an impressive arsenal of honors, and has already singled herself out as an artist of distinction.