6:35 AM EDT, July 1, 2013
River Hill 14th Annual Independence Day Parade
Location: Great Star Drive, Columbia
Time: 9 a.m. to noon
Description: The parade starts at Pointers Run Elementary School and ends at Clarksville's Fifth District Volunteer Fire Department. Included in the parade will be the Precision Lawnchair Marching Dads, vehicles from the fire station, Pheasant Ridge Swim Team members, animals from Deer Track Farm.
Longfellow 43rd Annual July 4th Parade and Softball Game
Location: Hesperus Drive, Eliots Oak Road
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Description: Longfellow will host its 43rd annual parade, rain or shine, beginning at 10 a.m. at Longfellow Elementary School. Fire trucks will lead this year's Grand Marshal, county executive Ken Ulman, followed by the color guard, a marching band and local organizations, down Hesperus Drive. At noon, the Hesperus Wrecks and the Eliots Oaks Nuts will compete in the annual softball game at the Columbia Association field near the intersection of Cedar Lane and Rivendell Lane in Harper's Choice. All are welcome to take part in the parade and game. No registration is required.
AACA Independence Day Parade
Location: Atholton Park, Donleigh Drive, Columbia
Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Description: Parade spectators and participants will meet at Atholton Park at 10 a.m. to begin decorating before the 11:15 a.m. Best Dressed, Best Bicycle and Best Float competitions. At 11:45 a.m., the opening ceremony will mark the start of the parade, which will include the Station 10 fire department, Cub Scout and Girl Scout members and community members. Youngsters are encouraged to ride their decorated bikes along the route.
Lisbon Fourth of July Parade and Festival
Location: Lisbon Elementary School, Frederick Road
Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Description: From 11. a.m. to 12:30 p.m., a parade in downtown Lisbon will feature motorcycles, tractors, floats and antique trucks. After the parade, which starts in front of Lisbon Elementary School, families can walk down near Myers Mini Barn, where Frederick and Woodbine roads meet, for the 1 to 7 p.m. festival. Attractions include a dunking booth, mechanical bull, moon bounce and vendors. Anyone can set up a booth for a $20 fee and all proceeds from the day will benefit the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Company.
Howard County Festival and Fireworks
Location: Lake Kittamaqundi, Columbia downtown lakefront
Time: 5 to 10 p.m.
Description: Families can enjoy two musical stages, face painting and carnival games among other activities at the free Columbia lakefront event. A fireworks display over Lake Kittamaqundi is scheduled at dusk. A fireworks-only rain date is set for Friday, July 5.