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York, as usual, starts July off with a bang, with free Fourth of July celebrations planned throughout the area starting Saturday and continuing for a week. The highlights:

Shrewsbury: The Shrewsbury Firemen's Carnival closes with a fireworks display at 10:45 p.m. Saturday at the Shrewsbury Volunteer Fire Co., 21 W. Forrest Ave. 

Springettsbury Township: The township's Sound of Summer Concert Series features food trucks at the township park starting at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. the Bachelor Boys at 7 p.m. at the amphitheatre and a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. Information: www.springettsbury.com.

Red Lion: Festivities begin with a fireworks display at 9 p.m. Monday, with the best viewing at Horn Field at Red Lion Area Senior High School. Then Tuesday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fairmount Park, the Stay-at-Home Celebration features food trucks, a flea market and the Roarin' Great Car Show.

Jacobus: The annual Fourth of July Blast begins with a children's parade, then live music 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Jacobus Community Park and 6-8:30 p.m. at the park's baseball field. Fireworks are scheduled at 9:15 p.m.

July4York: Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at PeoplesBank Park in York City for an event that includes concerts, food trucks, a tethered hot air balloon, games and, of course, fireworks. The American Town Fireworks show scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. is billed as the largest in the area. Free. Information: http://july4york.com.

Wrightsville: The Rotary Club of Eastern York County sponsors a fireworks display, 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at Front and Walnut streets in Wrightsville.

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Reptile Week returns, Saturday through July 9 at Nixon County Park. The event has live animals, interactive displays, a nature trek and more, including a live reptile show at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, July 8, with snakes, lizards, crocs and turtles from around the world. Admission: $2, ages 5 and under and park members free. Information: 717-428-1961. Closed Monday and Tuesday for the Independence Day holiday.

Celebrate the Fourth of July, 1850s style, with Summer Eats at The Goodridge House. The Goodridge Freedom Center, 123 E. Philadelphia St., offers homemade sesame cookies called bene, corn bread and instant lemonade, made in the style of the 1850s. Opens at 4 p.m. Friday, July 7. Free. 

 

Pianist Peter Bottros of York takes the stage at 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 7, at the Strand Theatre, 50 N. George St. Bottros, a native of Egypt, is a self-taught musician who performs original music with a 10-piece orchestra. Tickets: $20-$39. Information: appellcenter.org.

OrangeMite Studios presents "Antigone," July 14-16 at Dover Community Library, 3700-3 Davidsburg Road. "Antigone" is the final piece of Sophocles' tragic cycle that began with "Oedipus Rex," and the play deals with such themes as the abuse of political power, the importance of familial ties and the status of women. Showtimes: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $8. Information: orangemite.org.

 

The stars of the web series #IMomSoHard are taking their blend of honesty, humor and drinking on the Summer Break Tour, with a stop in York. Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 14, at the Strand Theatre, 50 N. George St. For mature audiences. Tickets: $41.75-$51.75. Information:  appellcenter.org.

 

DreamWrights Center for Community Arts' Theatre Under the Trees program presents "The Taming of the Shrew," July 21-30 at parks throughout York County. William Shakespeare's comedy is full of banter, wit, schemes and lovers in disguise as Katherine and Petrucchio bandy barbs on stage in a production set in the early Rat Pack days of the 1950s. Free. Information: www.dreamwrights.org

 

Celebration Pennsylvania's heritage with the 34th annual Hanover Dutch Festival, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 29, around Center Square in Hanover. The free festival features food, crafts and authentic German bands and dancers. Parking available at Ollie's, 1019 Baltimore St., and Tractor Supply Co., 1150 Carlisle St., with free shuttles provided by Rabbit Transit. Information: hanoverchamber.com/dutch-festival.

Steam Into History commemorates American history with its Civil War Weekend, July 29-30. The weekend events include living history encampments, cavalry raids, live music, dancing demonstrations and train rides. A Civil War Gala Saturday, July 29, will feature a reception with Gen. and Mrs. Robert E. Lee, Victorian-style food and music from the Susquehanna Travellers.  Tickets: $26-70. Information: www.steamintohistory.com.

Have a drink with the dogs at Woof & Wine 2017, a fundraiser for the York County SPCA, 1-5 p.m. Saturday, July 29, at Brown's Orchard in Loganville. The event includes wine tastings by Logan's View Winery, an SPCA wine glass, live music, light refreshments and a chance to meet adoptable dogs. Tickets: $20 in advance at the York County SPCA and Logan's View Winery Store in Brown's Orchard, $25 at the door. Information: www.ycspca.org/spca-events.

 

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