Fireworks will announce the arrival of 2014 in York City yet again.

The same sponsor that came through in the eleventh hour last year has donated $15,000 toward the city's annual New Year's Revolution celebration.

"At this time last year, we were in jeopardy of not having a New Year's celebration," Jim Gross, the city's public works director, said at a press conference Monday.

Because the cash-strapped city does not use tax dollars to pay for special events, it relies on private donors to sponsor its celebratory traditions. After months of speculation last year that the city's New Year's Eve event might be canceled, Sprint came forward in early December to provide the bulk of the needed funds.

The telecommunications company is doing the same this year.

The free event will kick off at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31 in Continental Square.

A children's countdown, sponsored by Shipley Energy, is scheduled for 7 to 8 p.m.

Musical entertainment will be provided by RPM, a multi-genre band, and the Sabrina Duke Band, which plays R&B.

Fireworks will shoot off at midnight.

This year's event will double as a donation drive for the York County Food Bank.

Anyone who takes a non-perishable food item to a York County Sprint location will be eligible for prizes. A winner for the grand prize, a Samsung Galaxy S4 and a Samsung Gear Watch, will be drawn on New Year's Eve.

Sprint will match each donation with a $1 donation up to $2,014.

-- Reach Erin James at ejames@yorkdispatch.com.