4th of July


Our biggest event of the year is back for the 2024 season! Looking for information on all the festivities, packages, and travel information we have for this year? Check out everything July 4th here!

vip seating patio tables + bbq buffet tickets


 This is where you can purchase reserved patio seating for dining and/or the fireworks and we have some (if not the best) views of Howard County’s fireworks over the lake! Our upper patio is only open to those who purchase reserve table seating- our lower patio and lawn is open to guests and the public but there is no seating outside of blankets on the lawn or standing room. We have limited availability and these tables are going fast! If you book your table before June 27th, you can enjoy $25 off with discount code HAPPY4TH. You can choose between two time slots throughout the day and each table comes with one BBQ Buffet ticket per seat at the table! At this time we are only selling by the table, not by seat.


If you wish to just dine inside at the BBQ buffet at some point throughout the day, you can reserve your table free via OpenTable HERE. 

Not interested in our BBQ Buffet? We will have a la carte hamburgers and hotdogs for sale outside at our grill, or our full regular Rookery Bar menu is available in the Rookery only. We do not accept reservations for the Rookery but we open starting at noon!

 This Year’s $45/Per Person Prix Fixe BBQ Buffet Menu:

• Appetizers: Crab Deviled Eggs, Watermelon Salad, Roasted Potato Salad

• Entrees: House Smoked Pulled Pork, Mesquite Rubbed Chicken Thighs, Baby Back Ribs

• Side Sauces: House Smoky BBQ, Sweet Heat BBQ, Carolina Gold BBQ

• Sides: Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Baked Mac N Cheese, Braised Collard Greens, Kettle Chips

• Desserts: Peanut Butter Chocolate Pudding Pop with Magic Shell, Cherry Lemonade Ice Pop, Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bar

Hot dogs and hamburgers from the grill available to add on a la carte

Alcoholic beverages are available but are not included in the buffet price. Soft drinks are included. We have additional a la carte kids menus available upon request!

take the elevator home…


Celebrate Independence Day the Merriweather Lakehouse way- by taking the elevator home! Spend the day (and night) stress-free with our exclusive rooms packages. At this time all of our balcony rooms are booked, but we still have some of our other room types available. We invite you to enjoy the fireworks from our lawn, patio or rooftop (overnight guests only for the roof) or to just come stay with us if you’ll be in the nearby area! We are only a few minutes walk away from all the events at the Lakefront! After enjoying the fireworks show and surrounding festivities, ditch trying to beat traffic and instead settle into your cozy Columbia getaway. With our Independence Day on the Lake package, enjoy discounted rates on our city view rooms, plus a $40 food and beverage credit eligible towards our BBQ Buffet, a la carte bar service and grill items, or breakfast the next morning! And because relaxation is key, we’re offering 1pm late checkout so you can savor every moment with family and friends. All 4th of July reservations also come with a complimentary specialty amenity!



entertainment, kids activities, rooftop and more


This year, we have a lively DJ playing all the best hits on our outdoor patio from 1-4pm and then again 6pm until when the fireworks go off! Bring your favorite blanket and spread out on the lakefront lawn, mingle on the lower patio or just stop by for a quick listen on your way to see our friends at the Columbia Lakefront! Be sure to check out the DJ’s table signage as well, as we will be hosting an enter-to-win a one night stay with us! Winner will be announced at 8pm, but does not need to be physically present to win, just physically present to enter.

We will have kid’s face painting and balloon twisting courtesy of Chicky’s from 5-8pm on the back lawn! This is free and is first come first serve. There will also be some surrounding outdoor games for the little ones, so that mom and dad can relax and soak in the holiday!

Our rooftop pool area is open only to overnight hotel guests this year. By booking a room you will gain access to this stunning rooftop space, complete with breathtaking views of Lake Kittamaqundi and the Columbia fireworks show, plus beverage service! The pool is open for hotel guests to swim until 8pm, where it will then transition to simply a rooftop space to gather and prepare for the fireworks show. The rooftop will then close after the end of the fireworks display. 

Need a break from the heat? Our Merriweather ballroom space, connected to the lower patio, will be open to stop inside and take a break from the sun. The area will also be surrounded by two mobile bars for 4th of July themed cocktails, beers, and water!



Let our experienced event planners organize your meeting or special event.

All it takes is a little information from you to start planning the event of your dreams.

10 + 9 =