York County ready to celebrate Independence Day

Jason Addy
York Dispatch

Communities throughout York County are putting the final touches on their plans for celebrating Independence Day.

Residents can get their fill of fireworks as America rings in its 241st birthday, with more than a half-dozen displays planned between Saturday and Tuesday. 

Several local groups are also hosting carnivals and festivals, giving families opportunities to spend the day together before capping off the night with a fireworks grand finale.

Jason Cappello, seated, of Red Lion, takes a photo of his children from left, Gabe, 15, Grayson, 9, and Isabella, 7, during Springettsbury Township's Independence Day fireworks display at Springettsbury Township Park, Sunday, July 3, 2016. Dawn J. Sagert photo

York City: The York Revolution is hosting its free July4York event Tuesday, July 4, at PeoplesBank Park. The stadium’s gates will open at 5:30 p.m. for the event that is billed as part-concert, part-carnival and part-food fest, according to a news release.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., revelers can take part in the Americana Music Festival or take in an aerial view of York City from inside a tethered hot air balloon. 

Lawn games and other activities will be held on the field, while families can get their grill-out favorites for a picnic in the outfield. 

The area’s largest July 4 fireworks display, the American Town Fireworks show, is scheduled to get underway at 9:30 p.m., according to the release.

York City residents can start their Independence Day with a service at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 140 N. Beaver St.

The church will hold holy communion at 10 a.m. The service will use the 1789 Book of Common Prayer and feature patriotic music by First Capital Brass, according to a news release.  

Red Lion: Residents in Red Lion will get a chance to start their Independence Day festivities early, with a fireworks display scheduled for 9 p.m. Monday, July 3. 

The best area for viewing the fireworks is Horn Field at Red Lion Area Senior High School, according to the borough’s website.

After sleeping off the fireworks, residents can go to the borough’s annual Stay-at-Home Celebration in Fairmount Park.

The July 4 event will feature food trucks, crafts and antiques vendors and a flea market, as well as the Roarin’ Great Car Show, which will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to the website. 

In the event of inclement weather, the fireworks display will be held on Wednesday, July 5, while the car show would be rescheduled for Sunday, July 9.

Jacobus: For the 53rd year in a row, residents in Jacobus will throw their annual Fourth of July Blast, starting with an early morning children’s parade and lasting through the grand finale of fireworks.

The fireworks display is set to start about 9:15 p.m., following a day of food, crafts and vendors at Jacobus Community Park, 18 S. Main St. in the borough. 

The Fourth of July Blast will feature live music for much of the day, with four performers playing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and another set of acts scheduled to play on the park’s baseball field from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., according to a release. 

Other events:

  • Independence Day festivities at Grace Baptist Church of Lewisberry, 780 Woodland Ave., will start at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 1. Residents can grab food and play games until the fireworks display starts about 9:15 p.m., according to the church’s website. 
  • The Shrewsbury Firemen’s Carnival will come to a close with a fireworks display starting at 10:45 p.m. Saturday, July 1. The carnival, hosted by the Shrewsbury Volunteer Fire Co. at 21 W. Forrest Ave., is a weeklong event starting Monday, June 26, featuring live music and entertainment, games, amusement rides and numerous food vendors. 
  • Fireworks will be set off in Springettsbury Township about 9 p.m. Sunday, July 2, following a performance by the Bachelor Boys Band at the township park amphitheater on Mount Zion Road. 
  • The Rotary Club of Eastern York County will put on a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, at Front and Walnut streets in Wrightsville.