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Howard County cancels July 4th fireworks celebration, other upcoming events

Posted at 12:04 PM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 12:05:10-04

COLUMBIA, Md. — Howard County has canceled their annual July 4th fireworks celebration at Lake Kittamaqundi in Columbia.

“Our fireworks celebrations for Independence Day draw large crowds of residents and visitors and amid the continued spread of COVID-19 it is not in the best interest of our community to host these celebrations,” said County Executive Calvin Ball. “It is imperative we take these precautions to avoid a potential outbreak of COVID-19 and keep our residents safe in Howard County.”

County Executive Calvin Ball announced the decision Friday. All weddings and other large gatherings at Howard County run facilities were also postponed through at least June 14.

The county says anyone affected was given the option to reschedule or be given a refund. By May 15, the County plans to reevaluate if weddings can resume on June 15.

Weddings and Fourth of July fireworks weren't the only things canceled on Friday in Howard County. All in county programs, classes, events, and leagues were pushed back until at least May 31.

In March, Howard County canceled Wine In The Woods, which was scheduled for May 16-17. Ticket holders received a full refund, according to the county.

Howard County Recreation & Parks says they plan on launching online courses in cooking, fitness, and lectures. Online programs will remain available even when stay-at-home orders have been lifted.

Beginning next week, Howard County will reopen handball courts. The Worthington Dog Park will re-open on Wednesday, May 13. To go you must register and schedule a time beginning Monday at 8:00 a.m. Make sure to keep a confirmation receipt with you, as you will need to show the attendant when you arrive. There will be five 45 minute slots available per hour for the small dog park and eight for the large dog park. A maximum of two dogs can be booked per slot.