Where to watch fireworks in central Pa. this Fourth of July

Written by The York Daily Record and WITF Staff | Jun 26, 2018 11:06 AM


Grab your lawn chairs and blankets and head to one of these fireworks shows this Fourth of July.

Adams County

Gettysburg Fire Department Carnival

  • When: 11 p.m. Friday, June 29
  • Where: Gettysburg Rec Park on Long Lane
  • Details: The grounds open at 6 p.m. nightly from June 26-30. Visitors can pay one price to ride all night or buy tickets for individual rides. A fireworks show will take place at 11 p.m. June 29.
  • More info: Visit

Gettysburg Patriotic Pops Concert & Fireworks

  • When: 5-10 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 (Rain date: Tuesday, July 5)
  • Where: Gettysburg College Science Center lawn, Constitution Avenue
  • Details: Bring blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic for the Patriotic Pops Concert and fireworks at Gettysburg College. The field and concessions open at 5 p.m., and The Willys will kick off the fun with folk and classic rock music at 6 p.m. Patriotic music from the Gala Pops Orchestra will follow, and fireworks will be set off at about 9:30 p.m. The event includes vendors, food trucks, local beer and wine for purchase, free parking on campus and an open space for children to play. 
  • More info: Visit

Cumberland County

Star Burst Over Carlisle Fireworks Show

  • When: 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 3 (Rain date: Wednesday, July 4)
  • Where: Carlisle Fairgrounds
  • Details: As part of Carlisle Summerfair, come early for the Tractor Twang concert for line dancing starting at 7 p.m. Fireworks will be launched from one of the highest points at the fairgrounds, making them visible from both Carlisle and neighboring municipalities. 
  • More info: Visit

Shippensburg 4th of July Celebration

  • When: Noon-10 p.m. Wednesday, July 4
  • Where: Memorial Park, Park Place
  • Details: Celebrate the holiday with swimming, live music and fireworks. The Memorial Park Pool will be open to the public for free from noon to 5 p.m. Veterans Stadium opens for fireworks spectators at 6 p.m. A Shippensburg Town Band performance and annual candy scramble will occur before the fireworks are set off at 9:30 p.m.
  • More info: Visit

Dauphin County

Londonderry Township

  • When: 7 p.m. to dusk Saturday, June 30
  • Where: Sunset Park
  • Details: Festivities kick off with performances from the Whiskey Brothers on the deck at Sunset Bar & Grill at 7 p.m. and the New Holland Band at the Main Stage in Sunset Park at 8 p.m. Fireworks will follow and can be viewed from the Main Stage area and Sunset Bar & Grill. Admission and parking is free.
  • More info: Call the Londonderry Township Office at 717-944-1803 or visit

Koons Park Fireworks Display

  • When: Dusk Tuesday, July 3
  • Where: Koons Memorial Park, Linglestown
  • Details: Linglestown Fire Company volunteers will be walking around to "fill the boot," so bring some extra cash to donate to the show.
  • More info: Visit the Facebook event listing.

Riverfront Park Fireworks

  • When: 5-10 p.m. Tuesday, July 3
  • Where: Riverfront Park, Millersburg
  • Details: Festivities begin in the evening with food vendors, live music and family-friendly activities. There will also be a "Wall of Gratitude" for the public to write messages for service men and women. Fireworks will be set off over the Susquehanna River at about 9:30 p.m.
  • More info: Visit the Facebook event listing.

Harrisburg Taste of Independence Food Truck Festival

  • When: 3-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 4
  • Where: Riverfront Park, 200 S. Front St.
  • Details: The event features live music, food from nearly 40 food trucks, children's activities, Farm Show milkshakes and fireworks beginning at approximately 9:15 p.m. An outdoor screening of "Moana" will follow at about 9:30 p.m. at the Market Street stage, and children will have the opportunity to meet Moana. The Harrisburg Symphony will also perform earlier in the day at 7:30 p.m. in Reservoir Park. The rain location is The Forum Auditorium.
  • More info: Visit


  • When: 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 4
  • Where: Hersheypark, 100 W. Hersheypark Drive
  • Details: If you're looking to watch the fireworks from inside the park, Hersheypark recommends the view from Midway America.
  • More info: Visit

Franklin County


  • When: Wednesday, July 4 (Rain date: Saturday, July 7)
  • Details: TBD


  • When: Noon to 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 4
  • Where: Memorial Park, Park Place
  • Details: Families can enjoy swimming, pool games, live music and fireworks at Shippensburg's Fourth of July celebration. The Memorial Park Pool will be open to the public for free from noon to 5 p.m. Pool games, including relay races, cannon ball contest, pop drop, kiddie pool games and a water balloon toss, will begin at 1:30 p.m. Veterans Stadium gates open at 6 p.m., the Shippensburg Town Band will play at 8 p.m., the annual Candy Scramble will begin at 9:15 p.m., and fireworks start at about 9:30 p.m.
  • More info: Visit

Waynesboro Summer Jubilee

  • When: 7:30 a.m. to dusk Wednesday, July 4
  • Where: Across from Waynesboro Hospital on East Main Street
  • Details: The Summer Jubilee kicks off with a Kids 1-Mile Fun Run at 7:30 a.m. and a Firecracker 5K at 8 a.m. Other activities throughout the day include a craft show, parade, flag raising ceremony, magic show, live music, hot dog eating contest, children's activities and fireworks at dusk.
  • More info: Visit for a complete schedule of events.

Lancaster County

Mountville fireworks

  • When: Dusk Saturday, June 30 (Rain date: Sunday, July 1)
  • Where: Froelich Park, 350 W. Main St.
  • Details: The annual fireworks display will be set off at dusk.
  • More info: Visit

Long's Park

  • When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 1
  • Where: Long's Park Amphitheater, Route 30 and Harrisburg Pike
  • Details: The U.S. Army Band, "Pershing's Own," will perform as part of Long's Park's Summer Music Series. Fireworks will follow.
  • More info: Visit

Lancaster Barnstormers Picnic in the Park

  • When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 4
  • Where: Clipper Magazine Stadium, 650 N. Prince St., Lancaster
  • Details: Enjoy all-you-can-eat barbecue chicken, ribs, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw and dessert as the Barnstormers take on the Road Warriors. Tickets are $20. Fireworks will follow the game.
  • More info: Visit

Lititz July 4th Celebration

  • When: Noon to dusk Wednesday, July 4
  • Where: Lititz Springs Park, 24 N. Broad St., Lititz
  • Details: Festivities throughout the day include a baby parade, children's activities, live music, dance party and fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance or $15 at the gate. Children 10 and under are free.
  • More info: Visit

Lebanon County


  • When: 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 (Rain date: 9 p.m. Thursday, July 5)
  • Where: Coleman Memorial Park, 1400 W. Maple St., Lebanon
  • Details: The Lebanon Community Concert Band will perform in the lower parking lot prior to the fireworks at 7:45 p.m. The fireworks display will follow at approximately 9 p.m. and will include performances of the Star Spangled Banner and Overture 1812.

July 4th Celebration and Grand Illumination

  • When: 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 4
  • Where: Pennsylvania Chautauqua, Mt. Gretna
  • Details: The Keystone Band of Rehrersburg will perform a concert at 7 p.m. Afterward, follow the luminaries along Pennsylvania Avenue for a fireworks show near the tennis courts.
  • More info: Visit

York County

Grace Family Fireworks

  • When: 7-10 p.m. Sunday, July 1 (Rain date: July 4)
  • Where: Grace Baptist Church of Lewisberry, 780 Woodland Ave., Lewisberry
  • Details: The fair begins at 7 p.m. and will include free games, food and family fun. Fireworks will follow at dark. Parking will be available on site, and overflow parking and a shuttle will be available at Wyndamere Heights Evangelical Church.
  • More info: Visit or call 717-938-6902.

Springettsbury Township

  • When: 7-10 p.m. Sunday, July 1
  • Where: Springettsbury Township Park Amphitheater, 1501 Mount Zion Road
  • Details: Central City Orchestra, a 10-piece ensemble, will take the stage at Springettsbury Township's Sounds of Summer Concert Series Sunday night. They'll perform songs from your favorite artists through the decades. Fireworks will follow the performance.
  • More info: Visit

Red Lion

  • When: 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 3 (Rain date: July 5)
  • Where: Best viewing is at Red Lion Area Senior High School's Horn Field
  • Details: After the fireworks, Red Lion will host its annual July 4th Stay At Home Celebration the following day - Wednesday, July 4 - from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fairmount Park. The event will include food trucks, vendors, chicken barbecue, a craft, antique and flea market and the annual Roarin' Great Car Show.
  • More info: Call the Recreation Office at 717-244-6896 or email

Jacobus Fourth of July Blast

  • When: 9:15 a.m. to dusk Wednesday, July 4 (Rain date is 6 p.m. Thursday, July 5)
  • Where: Jacobus Community Park, 18 S. Main St., Jacobus
  • Details: The free event kicks off with a children's parade at 9:15 a.m. by Salem UCC, followed by an opening ceremony to honor the military and emergency responders at the park's flag pole. Activities throughout the day include a book sale, children's games, two Jacobus Jackals baseball games, a chicken barbecue, live music, tractor pull, drag racing, cake walk, face painting, silent auction and more, leading up to fireworks at dusk.
  • More info: Visit


  • When: 3:45-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 4
  • Where: PeoplesBank Park, 5 Brooks Robinson Way, York
  • Details: For the first time in five years, the York Revolution have a home game on the Fourth of July. The party begins at 3:45 p.m. with pre-game festivities, including inflatables, face painting and balloon art on Brooks Robinson Plaza outside the ballpark. At 5 p.m., the York Revolution take on the Sugar Land Skeeters. During the game, fans can participate in contests and enjoy patriotic-themed entertainment. The party continues after the game with a performance by the Unforgettable Big Band. Ballpark concessions will be available and the playground will be open. The event concludes with the American Town Fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Admission to pre- and post-game festivities is free. Game tickets start at $8.
  • More info: Visit

Liberty Day in Hanover

  • When: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 4
  • Where: Moul Field, 403 Moul Ave., Hanover
  • Details: Fourth of July festivities begin with the Liberty Day 10k at 8:25 a.m. The free, kid-friendly day features food vendors (Bricker's, Beef It Up, Corn Cribb, Moses Family Jerky, etc.), family games, music, and of course, fireworks to end the night. 
  • More information: Check out the Liberty Day Facebook event.

Wrightsville Fourth of July Celebration

  • When: 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 4
  • Where: Wrightsville Memorial Playground at Fourth and Orange streets and the area around John Wright Restaurant at Front and Walnut streets
  • Details: Festivities kick off at 10 a.m. with a Susquehanna Fish and Game trap shoot and a bicycle contest at Wrightsville Memorial Playground. Playground activities continue from 1-4:30 p.m. with a pet show, basketball contest, doll show, baby show, frisbee contest, softball throw and golf chipping. A chicken barbecue will be held at Hope U.M. Church starting at 11 a.m. Then, from 6:30-9 p.m., attendees can enjoy live music from Twin Rose Community Band, a peanut and lollipop scramble and an ice cream walk at John Wright. Bring a chair for fireworks on the river at 9:30 p.m.
  • More info: Visit


  • When: Dusk on Saturday, July 7 (Rain date: July 8)
  • Where: Stewartstown Fairgrounds, 16 College Ave., Stewartstown
  • Details: The event will include food and music. Fireworks will begin at dusk, which is approximately 9:30 p.m.
  • More info: Visit

This story comes to us through a partnership between WITF and The York Daily Record. Some additional fireworks shows were added to the list.

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