Oh say, can you see? It's time to make July 4 plans. Celebrate Independence Day downtown with deals, entertainment and goodies during A York Fourth First Friday. Parking is free at metered spots and garages on the holiday. Use the hashtag #FFYork if you're tweeting or posting photos.
Fewer businesses are participating in First Friday festivities this month, but there will still be a lot to check out around town. Check out the event flier.
July 4 fun:
At Santander Stadium: Attend a free Fourth of July celebration at the stadium, 5 Brooks Robinson Way. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. A carnival will feature inflatables, water attractions, food, ice cream, face painting, balloon artists, games and access to the Downtown Playground. Visitors can watch "The Lego Movie" at 4 p.m. Country artist Katie Armiger will perform at 6 p.m. Jazz Ambassadors of the US Army Field Band will perform at 8 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Fans can sit in stadium seating or on the field. Get details and find other York area fireworks and July 4 events.
Benefit for soldier: White Rose Bar & Grill, 48 N. Beaver St., will host live music at a benefit for U.S. Army Cpl. Matthew Hanes, a 2010 Northeastern High School graduate critically injured in Afghanistan. Donations will be accepted for admission. Read more about Hanes.
Sport patriotic colors: Wear red, white and blue to get 20 percent off any purchase at Watchmaker's Daughter, 22 N. Beaver St. View artwork by Ketti Repstik.
Art, music and food:
Boutiques host barbecue: Elizabeth & West Fashion House, 15 N. Beaver St., and Arthur & Daughters, 49 N. Beaver St., host a barbecue and will offer discounts and fashion cash.
Get a cool treat: Esaan Thai, 30 N. Beaver St., will offer a free gelato to anyone who buys a dinner and gelato. Cherie Anne, 48 W. Philadelphia St., will serve summer-inspired smoothies and will host live music by The Plums.
Celebrate an anniversary: King's Courtyard, 124 E. King St., is turning 2. Check out work by new artists Jordyn Kelcy and Tiffany Bruce Derr. Enjoy patriotic refreshments.
More music and art: I-ron-ic, 256 W. Philadelphia St., hosts live music by Soul Thieves. The Pennsylvania Arts Experience, 37 W. Philadelphia St., will feature Tanya M. Snyder's "As I See It" exhibit.