York County begins its Independence Day fireworks celebrations next week with an event in Springettsbury Township on Sunday.
The township's annual fireworks display has gone strong for about seven years, said David Wendel, director of township parks and recreation. Typically more than 10,000 people attend the event, he said.
In addition to the fireworks, this year will feature Vocal Trash, an ensemble that is family-friendly, Wendel said.
"They're a very high-energy band," he said. "And their instruments are made out of items that have been recycled."
Recycling is the theme of the band's shows, and it is something the township promotes, he said. The band has performed in York before and has a large local following, he said.
"We wanted to bring an act that's going to reach a broad section of the population," Wendel said. "This group seems to bridge that gap between young and old."
Food vendors will hit Springettsbury Township Park at 6 p.m. and stay throughout the evening. Vocal Trash will perform at 7 p.m. at the park's amphitheater.
Following the concert, fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m. More information is available at 505-0406 or www.springettsbury.com.
Other fireworks events around the county include the following. There is no admission fee for the fireworks.
Red Lion: The Fourth of July celebration begins Wednesday, July 3, at 7 p.m. at Horn Field with live music by Bluestone, a local bluegrass band, at 7 p.m. Fireworks will begin at 9:45 p.m.
On July 4, festivities will go from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fairmont Park. Cars of all makes and models will be featured at a car show, and other activities include craft and flea market sales, chicken barbecue, a performance by the Red Lion Felton Band and the area's new splash park. For more information, call 246-2211.
Stewartstown: On Wednesday, July 3, the Stewartstown Community Fairgrounds will present live music by the JC Fisher Band and concessions from 7 p.m. onward. Fireworks will light the night at 9:30 p.m. More information is available at 993-2255 or www.harp-online.org.
Jacobus: On Thursday, July 4, fireworks will begin at dusk at Jacobus Community Park, with events starting with a children's parade at 9:15 a.m. The event will include a full day of activities including food, games, face painting, a salute to veterans, a silent auction, live music, two baseball games, a book sale and more. For more information, call 428-3983 or visit www.jacobuspa.com.
York City: Sovereign Bank Stadium will open its gates at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4, for a family-friendly carnival, playground, car show and movie. The U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors will play at 8 p.m., and fireworks are set for 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit yorkrevolution.com.
Hanover: The annual Liberty Day celebration at the Moul Field Recreation Complex will feature fireworks at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 4. For more information, call 637-3877.
-Reach Mollie Durkin at firstname.lastname@example.org.