Skies across the country will light up next week as Americans celebrate the Fourth of July, and York County will, of course, join in the festivities.

Here are some of the celebrations:

Wednesday, July 4: The July 4th Blast in Jacobus begins at 9:15 a.m. with a children's parade to the 9:30 a.m. opening ceremony at the Jacobus Community Park flag pole area on South Main Street. The event offers children's games, live music and baseball through the day, plus a kid's tractor pull at 1 p.m. and a beep baseball demonstration at 3:30 p.m. Evening entertainment includes the First Capitol Drum Line at 6 p.m., Emigsville Band at 6:30 p.m. and Trash Can Band at 7:15 p.m. The evening ends with fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Free, some events require a fee. Information:

Wednesday, July 4: Wrightsville's Fly the Flag celebration begins at 10 a.m. at the playground, Fourth and Orange streets, with a bicycle contest, followed by a pet show, basketball, Frisbee contest and more through the afternoon. At 6:30 p.m., the event moves to the John Wright Building, Front and Walnut streets, for a concert by the Twin Rose Community Band, along with a peanut and lollipop scramble for kids at 7 p.m. and an ice cream walk at 7:30 p.m. The evening ends with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Information:

Wednesday, July 4: July4York begins with free family fun at 3:45 p.m. at Brooks Robinson Plaza outside PeoplesBank Park, with inflatables, balloons and more. At 5 p.m., the York Revolution takes on the Sugar Land Skeeters, and the first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive red, white and blue glow necklaces. The free party resumes at 7:30 p.m., with seating in the stands or on the field. The Unforgettable Big Band will swing the tunes, and at 9:30 p.m. the American Town Fireworks show will be presented. Information:

Saturday, July 7: Stewartstown offers food and music through the day at the Stewartstown Fairgrounds, 16 College Ave., ending with fireworks at dusk. Raindate is Sunday, July 8. Information:


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