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6 things to do in York this 4th of July weekend

Enjoy the long weekend with good food, live music, fireworks and more at these festive events.

Happy Fourth of July, York!

Here's to a long weekend filled with good food, live music and family fun. Oh, and fireworks, too.

Enjoy the holiday weekend with these festive events.

DreamWrights Celebration

It might not be a Fourth of July celebration, but this DreamWrights event will be a don’t-miss party for those who love York entertainment. The center for community arts is kicking off its $2.5 million capital campaign with live music, food trucks, theater acts and dance performances. While munching on a Mad Dash grilled cheese or Savory’s pumpkin funnel cake, you’ll enjoy entertainment from acts like York’s own pop rock trio Kingsfoil, the cast of “Legally Blonde,” the YWCA Temple Guard Drill Team and Greater York Dance. The free event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at 100 Carlisle Ave., York. Click here for more info.

Celebrate Christmas in July at First Friday

First Friday is always a great reason to visit downtown York. But this month’s Christmas in July theme means even more themed fun. Don’t miss our FlipSidePA Happy Hour at the Yorktowne Hotel’s Offcenter Grill from 5 to 7 p.m. We’ll have delicious specialty Christmas cocktails, free appetizers, live carolers, an ugly Christmas tie contest and a photo booth to document all the fun. Then, head to Otto’s Kitchen & Cocktails for some adult milk and cookies or take the kids to Creative York for a winter wonderland craft. Downtown York won’t have this much Christmas spirit ‘til December, so don’t miss your chance to celebrate!

READ MORE: More fun festivities happening in downtown York for First Friday

Shrewsbury Fireman’s Carnival

Take a spin on a ride, fill up on fried food, listen to live entertainment and test your luck at carnival games at the Shrewsbury Fireman’s Carnival this weekend. The carnival runs from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. through Friday and 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday at Shrewsbury Volunteer Fire Company, 21 W. Forrest Ave., Shrewsbury. Fireworks are scheduled for Saturday at 11 p.m. Visit for more info.

Beer, Band & BBQ Bash

Nothing says ‘Murica like beer, bands and barbecue. Stop by Liquid Hero Brewery, 50 E. North St., York, from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday for gourmet barbecue from Killer Kitchen. York’s acoustic trio The AKT will perform from 6-9 p.m., followed by a fireworks show at dusk. Visit for more info.

Reds, Whites & Blues Festival

Pour yourself a glass or red or white and spend your weekend listening to the blues. Moon Dancer Winery’s annual two-day Fourth of July festival will feature live music from Head Shot, Olivia Castriota, Corty Byron and Chaz DePaolo on Saturday and Sly Foxes, Drysdale, Reggie Wayne Morris and Blue Voodoo on Sunday. The event runs from 2-10 p.m. both days at 1292 Klines Run Road, Wrightsville. Tickets are $20 for one day or $30 for the weekend. Visit for more info.


It’s Fourth of July weekend, and you know you can’t properly celebrate without fireworks. So, head over to PeoplesBank Park, 5 Brooks Robinson Way, York, on Monday for live music, an outdoor movie, food, lawn games, inflatables and more. The July4York fun starts at 5:30 p.m. and ends with a fireworks show over the field at 9:30 p.m. Other fun Fourth of July events in the county include the Jacobus Fourth of July Blast and Wrightsville Fourth of July Celebration. Click here for more fireworks shows in the region.

Willing to travel?

5 Seconds of Summer is sure to put on a great show at Hersheypark Stadium, 100 Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, on Saturday. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $29.95 to $79.95. Visit for more details.