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Date(s) - July 4, 2023
9:15 pm - 10:15 pm


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 2023. 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
  • One and Two Merriweather Garage – 10970 Grantchester Way (Free on July 4)   
  • Symphony Woods garage, 6275 Mango Tree Road (Free on July 4)
  • Sterrett Place North * limited * 

There is no parking at the Lakefront. The Whole Foods parking lots will be closed at 6pm and will reopen at approximately 11pm. Parking on the Wincopin top deck or garage below is reserved for event staff and will require a permit for access.

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 fireworks show will start around 9:20 p.m. at Lake Kittamaqundi in Columbia. 

Vendors, food trucks and bands have been chosen for 2023.

The following food trucks are confirmed: 

  • Tasty Treats – ice cream & hot dogs
  • Tasty Treats – chicken fingers and French fries
  • Pacha Mama
  • Blowfish Poke
  • Kona Ice
  • Malik’s Ice Cream
  • Althea’s Almost Famous
  • Hardy’s BBQ

Entertainment at the Lakefront Stage

Presented by Columbia Association
Produced by Columbia Festival of the Arts

Holly Montgomery

6-7:15 p.m.

Montgomery’s career spans nearly three decades, and in that time she’s wowed audiences as a frontwoman and toured internationally as the bassist for The Mustangs of the West. In the early 2000s, she made the radical choice to leave the industry to pursue another fulfilling path: becoming a mother. She adopted three Kazakhstani teenage orphans after meeting them through Kidsave International, an organization that advocates for older child adoption. Montgomery mines her experience as a mother with “For My Son,” featured on her forthcoming 2022 LP Sorry for

Nothing. Now Montgomery is returning to tell her story. Today she’s a staple of the Mid- Atlantic live circuit, booking hundreds of gigs each year.




Sugaray Rayford

7:30- 9 p.m.

Rayford has gone on the record to say “We don’t play concerts. We play parties!” according to a World Records news release. Rayford and his six-piece band have toured and recorded with Gladys Knight, Amy Winehouse, Deep Purple, Ben Harper and Neil Diamond. Caron Nimoy “Sugaray”

Rayford discovered his love of music where many in the South do: in church. His grandmother was a driving force for his churchgoing ways when she took him in along with his two brothers, taking him to church daily. He developed his skills as a musician, a vocalist, songwriter and bandleader before enlisting with the Marines for 10 years. After his service, he