4th of July, 2016: Whether you plan on staying home, or heading out in Howard County, we’ve got the facts on the fun!
Break out your party poppers and red, white, and blue! America’s birthday is almost upon us. The State of Maryland holds a special place in the heart of American history. As many know, the final version of the Declaration of Independence was approved on July 4, 1776, in the midst of the Revolutionary War. The war would later end with the signing of the Treaty of Paris, which formally established the United States as an independent nation.
The Treaty of Paris was actually ratified by Congress on January 14, 1784 in the Senate Chamber of the Maryland State House. The city of Annapolis would thus become the new country’s first peacetime capital. Maryland was also one of the twelve colonies to participate in the First Continental Congress, and the signing of The Declaration. Hence, it seems fitting that this significant day be celebrated with a touch of Maryland pride.
All across the state on the Fourth of July there will firework displays, cookouts, and concerts. In Howard County specifically, the annual Festival and Fireworks extravaganza will be taking place from 5 to 10 p.m. on the Columbia Lakefront (10275 Wincopin Circle). There will be free parking, live music, and numerous yummy vendors to purchase food from. The River Hill Community Association will also be hosting its 17th Annual Independence Day Parade, for which registration is still open if you would like to apply for a float. The show begins at 9 a.m. If you’re looking for even more morning fun after that, the Harper’s Choice Community Association will additionally be putting on its traditional Longfellow Parade from 10 to 11 a.m.
As meaningful as the holiday is in its ability to bring Americans of all walks of life together, this may also be the year that you’ve decided to avoid the massive crowds and traffic surrounding the fireworks. Even if you’re planning a party at home, there are still plenty of ways to keep the spirit strong. From a red, white and blue Smith Island Cake, to Old Bay steamed shrimp kabobs topped with a festive star on the skewer, the dual theme options are endless. The same idea also applies here with these adorable firecracker hot dogs. And speaking of Maryland pride, what’s more American than crabs and craft beer? It’s all in the presentation.
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