Last year, the Covid-19 pandemic forced the nation to forgo celebrations, fireworks, parades, family gatherings and BBQs. This July 4th, we not only celebrate independence but also our collective effort and progress towards overcoming the Covid-19 pandemic. So whether you venture out to a fireworks display or enjoy a backyard BBQ reuniting with family and friends, Howard County is here to help make your 4th of July one to remember. 

4th of July Events

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The Columbia Lakefront will be holding their annual Fourth of July fireworks, so bring your picnics, blankets, and your friends and family from 5-10pm In addition to the fireworks display, there will be food trucks, live bands and other entertainment.
The fireworks show is 22 minutes long and will begin at 9:20 p.m. The music, food and fun will begin at 5:00 p.m

Head over to Historic Ellicott City this 4th of July from 12-4PM, for an all-you-can-eat BBQ hosted by Little Market Cafe! This will be a ticketed event with reserved seating and live music from our local favorite: Mallow Hill. Cash Bar on site.

The M3 Rock Festival is back for its 12th year at Merriweather Post Pavilion. M3 features the best of the 80's metal and rock scene. Over the span of three days, attendees are transported back to the age of big hair, tight leather, and the rockin tunes of hair metal and glam rock. 

The Historic Sykesville Let Freedom Ring parade will start at 10 am, July 3rd beginning at Sykesville Middle School and proceeding down Springfield Avenue and the length of Historic Main Street, with floats and vehicles.

Celebrate at Home

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If you are grilling at home, be sure to visit our local farms to load up on farm fresh meats and veggies! 

No BBQ is complete without a cooler full of ice cold beer. Check out our local breweries & distilleries, pick up some artisan craft drinks, and be the hit of the cookout. 

Planning a trip to Howard County this July 4th Weekend? Turf Valley is currently offering a special Slide Into Summer overnight package. You can check out all the hotels in Howard County here