Fun 4th of July Celebrations In and Around Laurel

july4thLooking for something to do this 4th of July? There is a lot going on in Laurel and the surrounding areas throughout this holiday weekend. What are you looking forward to – parades, contests, music and of course 4th of July isn’t complete without fireworks. Take a look at what’s scheduled around town and get out there and enjoy as much as you can! 

Laurel – Saturday July 2nd
The City of Laurel’s 38th Annual 4th of July celebration is scheduled for Saturday, July 2nd. The event starts off with a patriotic Independence Day parade and concludes with a fireworks display. The full day of events also includes a flag raising ceremony, car show, hot dog eating contest, field events, and live music. A few of the highlighted events are below but check out the full schedule at

  • 11:00am Parade – 4th Street between Montgomery Street and Cherry Lane
  • 12:00pm Car Show – Gude Park
  • 3:15pm Grand Opening and Flag Raising – Gude Park
  • 9:15pm Fireworks – Gude Park across the lake

Columbia – Monday July 4th
Come to the Columbia Lakefront for an enjoyable 4th of July celebration. The evening of family fun starts at 5:00pm and includes live music by the Columbia Concert Band. Pack your own picnic basket or try something from one of the food vendors on site. The fireworks display will begin at dark. A rain date is scheduled for Tuesday, July 5th and the inclement weather line (410-313-4451) can keep you updated.

Catonsville – Monday July 4th
Catonsville offers an all-day, fun-filled Independence Day celebration. Start your day off with a bike ride to Ft McHenry. Join other cyclist meeting up at Atwater’s Bakery at 8:30am for the 4th Annual CRTT Bike Ride. Show your patriotism by wearing red, white and blue and peddle off to Ft McHenry and back. The family fun begins at Catonsville High School at 9:30am on the athletic fields. There will be games and contests for kids aged 2 to 13. Live music is offered at 11:00am at the Christian Temple Concert. The much anticipated event is the 68th Annual Grand Parade on Frederick Road which starts at 3:00pm. This is a very popular event, so popular that residents put chairs out a week ahead of time. Then it’s back to Catonsville High School for the Fireworks Family Fun Fest at 6:30pm to continue the celebration with live music, food vendors and family fun. The evening concludes with the fireworks display starting at 9:15pm. To learn more about this day long celebration go to

Fort Meade – Friday July 1st
Fort Meade’s Red White and Blue celebration is scheduled for Friday, July 1st at Fort Meade Parade Field and is open to the public. Festivities start at 4:00pm and include a moon bounce, zip line, kiddie train and much more. Listen to the sounds of Jared Mahone at 4:00pm and Til September at 7:00pm. Vendors offering food, drinks and novelties will be on site. A fireworks display is scheduled for 9:30pm. Don’t miss this spectacular event that thousands flock to each year.

Maple Lawn – Saturday July 9th
If you missed out on 4th of July weekend celebrations or didn’t get enough, check out Maple Lawn’s Street Festival held at the Entertainment Pavilion. This event has something for all ages and starts at 3:00pm. Children will love the Kids’ Zone, might be hard to get the adults out of the Beer Garden and everyone will enjoy the local vendors, food and the live music provided by local bands. The evening is capped off with a fireworks display at 9:15pm. A rain date of Sunday, July 10th is in place, visit to stay up to date.

The City of Bowie regrettably had to cancel their 4th of July festivities for this year due to a conflict with Prince George’s Stadium. Bowie Baysox have a home game on Monday July 4th and an alternate venue location didn’t work out. Don’t worry, you can still get your fix of fireworks as there will be a fireworks display following the Baysox game on Monday. Six Flags America will also be celebrating Independence Day all weekend long with live music and fireworks at the end of each day.

Lots of choices to celebrate and show your patriotism this holiday weekend. Enjoy as much as you can, it only comes but once a year. Happy 4th of July!