Annual Fireworks Information
The 22-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. The event will not have a band, food trucks or other entertainment. For additional information and questions, please visit: https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Recreation-and-Parks
4th of July Guidance & Recommendations
Participating in parades and other large outdoor gatherings is safer if you have been fully vaccinated. Even when held outdoors, crowded events place unvaccinated individuals and those living in their household at increased risk of COVID-19 exposure.
If you are attending a crowded, outdoor event and have not been vaccinated you should:
- Ensure food and drinks are pre-packaged or bottled.
- Refrain from tossing candy or promotional items from vehicles or floats to individuals watching the parade.
- Refrain from handing out paper such as brochures, coupons and/or flyers. Other items are highly discouraged: Silly string, water pistols/guns, super-soakers, water balloons and other devices that propel water from parade entry.
- Strongly consider getting yourself, your workforce and those living in your households fully vaccinated.
Parade participants who have not yet been vaccinated
- Wear your mask over your nose and mouth, secure it under your chin, and make sure it fits snugly against the sides of your face if you are not able to maintain social distancing of 6 feet apart between members of different households while in formation.
- Minimize congregating such as for pre-parade meetings to no more than 15 minutes if physical distancing between households is not possible.
Choosing Safer Activities
Keep in mind that no precaution can eliminate risk of COVID-19 exposure. Those who are not yet vaccinated or at increased risk of severe illness should take special care to avoid activities where the risk of COVID is elevated due to the following conditions:
- Crowding or when there is a decreased ability to maintain physical distance
- Settings with a higher percentage of unvaccinated people (including children) present or people at risk of severe COVID-19 disease
- Activities that involve behaviors such as singing, shouting, physical exertion or heavy breathing, inability to wear a mask, or inability to maintain physical distancing
Considerations for Event Organizers
- Create social distancing protocols for staff and guests who have not yet been vaccinated, with special consideration for entrances and exits, queues, bottlenecks, facility layouts.
- Consider risk factors for unvaccinated attendees and participants when planning event: current community case rate, exposure during travel, event length/setting.
- Ensure employees are trained in proper health and safety protocols.
- Questions about health and safety best practices can be directed to the Howard County Health Department: email@example.com or 410-313-6284.
- Get vaccinated and encourage staff to do the same.