A convenience store clerk on “The Simpsons” once told Homer, “Celebrate the independence of your nation by blowing up a small part of it!” Now we’re not advocating any mishandling of explosives, but let’s face it – nothing says Independence Day like some explosions in the sky.
It’s the Fourth of July. It’s First Friday. It’s the summer time. All good reasons to get out and enjoy yourself today, tonight and all weekend long.
Not sure where to go? Here are some options to see high-flying fireworks tonight and this weekend:
Catch a fun-filled day of food, games, music and fireworks at today’s July4York celebration at Santander Stadium. Uncle Sam’s birthday party begins at 3:30 p.m. A carnival with water amusements and festival fare takes place outside the stadium. Inside, concession stands sell beer, burgers, hot dogs and the Maple Donut burger – a quarter-pound burger between two Maple Donuts. What could be more ’Merican than that? The backyard barbecue vibe continues with lawn games like cornhole, ladderball and washers in the outfield.
A screening of the building–block blockbuster, The Lego Movie, takes place at 4 p.m. on the stadium’s video board; country music star Katie Armiger performs from 6-8 p.m. The patriotic party continues with The U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors playing until the sun goes down. The celebration culminates at 9:30 p.m. with a fireworks display.
Lititz Fourth of July
Get patriotic in Lititz during the 197th annual Fourth of July Celebration (UPDATE: The event is postponed until tomorrow – Saturday starting at 12 p.m. – due to last night’s rain.)
This year’s theme revolves around the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz.
Festivities kick off on July 3 at 6:30 p.m. with the 23rd annual Lititz Lions Club Independence Day Parade. Flamin’ Dick & The Hot Rods play hits from the ’50s to the ’70s in Lititz Springs Park after the parade.
continues on Friday afternoon kicks off on Saturday at 12 p.m. in Lititz Springs Park with kids’ games, a pie-eating contest, tethered hot air balloon rides and other events. York-based band Kingsfoil headlines the musical entertainment, and the evening concludes with the 73rd annual Queen of the Candles Pageant, the 171st Illumination of the Candles ceremony and a synchronized fireworks display. Admission to the park on Friday Saturday is $10 for adults and free for children 12 and younger. Visit the event website for full details and schedule.
Fourth of July in Harrisburg
Downtown Harrisburg is the place to be this holiday weekend. From live music performances to fireworks, PA’s Capital City has it all. It all starts tonight from Riverfront Park as the sky over the Susquehanna gets filled with fireworks starting at dusk. Live music performances include rock-n-soulers Be’la Dona in Riverfront Park tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra on City Island tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. and roots/folk duo Mike + Ruthy playing at Italian Lake on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Hersheypark hosts a fireworks display of its own tonight starting at 10 p.m.
Long’s Park Patriotic Concert and Fireworks
The annual Fourth of July concert and fireworks display returns to Lancaster’s Long’s Park on Sunday at 7:30 p.m., this time featuring The U.S. Army Concert Band. Bring a blanket, lawn chair and a picnic basket and relax to the sounds of big band, big fireworks and … cannons!