River Hill 12th annual 4th of July Parade
Location: Great Star Drive, Columbia
Time: 9 a.m. to noon
Description: Parade starts at Pointers Run Elementary School and will proceed down Great Star Drive. Six fire vehicles will lead the parade, which will incorporate floats as well as pedestrians. Participants include the Pheasant Ridge Rapids swim team, Pointers Run Piranhas swim team, Moms Club of Clarksville and local Boy and Girl Scout troops. The Precision Lawnchair Marching Dads, crowd favorites for their chants, lawn chair routines and patriotic boxer shorts, are expected to make an appearance. Marchers will pass out free goodies.
Longfellow 41st annual 4th of July Parade and Softball Game
Location: Hesperus Drive and Eliots Oak Road
Time: 9:30 a.m. to noon
Description: The Longfellow neighborhood Fourth of July parade, a tradition for the past four decades, is always full of surprises — no advanced registration is required, so anyone can join in. Floats and cars are a safe bet, as is participation from local swim teams. Paraders start to gather at Longfellow Elementary School at 9:30 a.m. The parade starts at 10 a.m., rain or shine, and is usually done by 11 a.m. At noon, the annual softball game between longtime rivals the Hesperus Wrecks and the Eliots Oak Nuts takes place at the CA fields near the intersection of Cedar Lane and Rivendell Lane, in Harper's Choice.
AACA 4th of July Celebration
Location: Atholton Park, Donleigh Drive, Columbia
Time: 10 a.m. to noon
Description: Allview neighborhood parade starts with decoration of floats and bicycles at 10 a.m. Prizes are awarded for Best Float, Best Bicycle and Best Dressed at 11:15 a.m. The event culminates with a parade at noon that includes a Station 10 fire engine, antique and decorated vehicles and floats and participation from local Cub Scout and Girl Scout troops.
Howard County July 4th Festival and Fireworks
Location: Lake Kittamaqundi, Columbia Town Center Lakefront
Time: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Description: County-sponsored festival with food vendors and a free carnival for the kids. Temporary henna tattooers and wacky hair stylists will have stalls. Children's entertainment, including performances by a healthy eating and exercise puppet show, three-time Emmy award-winning entertainer and educator John "Kinderman" Taylor and "comedy juggler" Michael Rosman begins at 5 p.m. Live band performance by Cruise, specializing in 60s, 70s and 80s rock and roll, starts on the main stage at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks are scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m.