This information was part of a press release today from Howard County Government:

Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks has canceled plans for July 4th fireworks, hosted annually at Lake Kittamaqundi in Columbia. The Department also canceled all weddings and other large gatherings at their facilities through June 14th. Each couple was contacted by the Department and was given the opportunity for a refund or to reschedule. By May 15, the County will evaluate if weddings may resume starting June 15. Additionally, the department canceled all programs, classes, events, and leagues through May 31. Amid continued mitigation measures, some programming has been made available online for Howard County residents to access.

“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.”

In March, Howard County announced Wine In The Woods was canceled, which was scheduled for May 16-17, 2020, and ticket holders received a full refund.

“Without a definitive timeline on when each stage of the state’s recovery plan will be executed, we cannot safely hold an event that draws 20,000-30,000 people in a crowded area,” commented Raul Delerme, Director of Recreation & Parks.

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