This year's event is scheduled for Friday, June 28, 2013, and brings over 15,000 people to Downtown Lancaster to experience great entertainment, food and a tremendous fireworks display that can be seen throughout Lancaster County.
Celebrate Lancaster showcase’s the cultural and diversity of the people who live and work here with local foods, locally crafted beer and wine and also professional, local and regional entertainment.
There will be two stages of entertainment - at Binns Park and Penn Square featuring great live music from a variety of sounds including bluegrass, Latino, R&B, rock n’ roll and more. Also, two beer and wine pub areas will be part of the event, one adjacent to the Penn Square stage and one across from the main stage at Binns Park. Over 25 food vendors will line North Queen Street throughout the day and evening – making this a true festival for the senses.
11:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Over 20 food vendors along North Queen Street and in Lancaster Square.
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Live music on two stages - Penn Square & Binns Park.
Plus two pub areas featuring beer and wine.
Fireworks from the top of the Duke Street Parking Garage.
Hope to see you there!
Penn Square Stage Schedule
5:00 PM - Mark DeRose and the Dreadnought Bridgade
6:30 PM - The Klezwoods
8:00 PM - What Cheer? Brigade
Binns Park Stage Schedule
5:45 PM - Matt Wheeler & Vintage Heart
7:00 PM - Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution
8:30 PM - Luisito Rosario
Performing electric or acoustic, Mark DeRose and The Dreadnought Brigade makes feel-good music feel even better. With mark DeRose on electric guitar and vocals joined by Aaron Gagne on drums and vocals, Jason Mundok on bass and vocals, and Steven Courtney on keyboard, banjitar, harmonica, percussion, kitchen sink, etc., the band brings intensity to live shows, honest lyrics, and emotion. Taking Penn Square Stage at 5:00 pm., Mark DeRose and The Dreadnought Brigade will bring its energy and passion to Lancaster.
Matt Wheeler & Vintage Heart will bring their brand of acoustic folk-rock to the Binns Park Stage at 5:45 pm. With Matt Wheeler on guitar and vocals, Shawn Vago on percussion, Caleb Brown on violin, Brad Rhine on guitar and backing vocals and Mark Unger on harmonica, this Lancaster-based band ‘s show will feature heartfelt songs and a light-hearted humor for a performance everyone will love.
Each unique member of this Boston-based band comes from a different background giving them a distinct sound and style. The Klezwoods got their initial start when asked to form a group of klezmer musicians for a “klezmer Christmas” event. The group stuck together and has continued capturing audiences across the globe. The Klezwoods will bring their medley of traditional klezmer and Balkan music with modern grooves, improvisation and east coast attitude to the Penn Square Stage at 6:30 pm. This combination of strings, horns and percussion isn’t one to miss.
With a vision to make the world a more righteous place, Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution will bring its old school Soul, New Orleans rhythm and feel-good “secular” gospel to Binns Park Stage at 7:00 pm. BroJo began performing in late 2007 and has been putting on performances in New England down to New Orleans. Wowing audiences with a complete EXPERIENCE, BroJo puts on a real show. From an orchestra decked out in its finest whites to parasols, parades and Mardi Gras beads, it’s sure to be a show to remember.
From Providence, RI, What Cheer? Brigade incorporates a 19-piece brass band to create an aggressive mix of Bollywood, The Balkans, New Orleans, Samba and Hip-Hop all wrapped up with the intensity of metal. They’ve played with a wide range of bands from Dan Deacon to Chain and the Gang and have appeared at Lollapalooza, Sziget (Hungary), and Guca (Serbia). Now they’re invading Lancaster and will conquer the Penn Square Stage at 8:00 pm.
Raised in Hoboken, New Jersey, Luisito Rosario has brought his singing career to Allentown, Pa, and will be sharing it with Lancaster at Binns Park Stage at 8:30 pm. With the emergence of salsa in the sixties, Rosario began listening to the Latin music genre which influenced Rosario to become a talented, charismatic salsa singer. Before launching his first solo CD in 2001, Rosario was hired as the lead vocalist for the Fania All Stars, joined New York City’s popular salsa band “Grupo Hechizo,” and toured the Caribbean, United States and Europe.
Vietnamese egg rolls, fresh squeezed fruit drinks, real fruit smoothies and frozen coffee
Pretzels, pretzel dogs, pretzel stix, coffee, water, soda and iced tea
Bricker’s Famous French Fries
Fresh cut fries, chicken strips, fried pickles, fountain soda and water
Chipotle BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, watermelon aquafresca, guacomole and chips
Slushy cappuccinos, hand dipped Kreider ice cream, shaved ice, water and soda
Greco's Italian Ice
Italian ice, ice cream, gelati, ice shake smoothies, hot waffles, ice cream sandwiches and water
BBQ pork, chicken, brisket, cole slaw and beverages
Ice Cream Express
Soft serve ice cream, Italian ice, floats, flurries, gelati and sundaes
J&J Kettle Korn
Kettlecorn, chocolate dipped cheesecake on a stick, lemonade, fresh iced tea and water
JR’s Soda Shoppe
Assorted fountain sodas, sno cones, hot dogs, candy
LA Concessions (4 PM - 10 PM)
Cotton candy, candy & caramel apples, popcorn and fresh squeezed lemonade
Savory and sweet crepes, soda, iced tea, lemonade, hot coffee and iced coffee
Rice and Noodles (4 PM - 10 PM)
Vietnamese egg rolls, spring rolls, fried rice and jasmine iced tea
Funnel cakes, fried Oreos, fresh squeezed lemonade and water
Crab cake sandwiches, lemonade and iced tea
Authentic Greek gyros, kebabs, pita sandwiches, fresh cut fries with feta, salads, rice pudding, baklava and Greek dessert wafers
Tropical Smoothie Café (4 PM - 10 PM)
Chicken and falafel pitas & salads, Wendy Jo’s homemade cookies, water and soda
Friday, June 28th
- East Grant Street at Christian Street to North Queen Street
- Zero and 100 block of North Queen Street
- 100 block North Christian Street
- Zero block East Marion Street to Christian
- Zero block of East Marion to Christian Street
- Zero block of West Orange Street
- Zero and 100 blocks of East Orange Street
- 100 and 200 blocks of North Cherry Street
- Zero and 100 blocks of North Christian Street
- Zero block of West Chestnut Street
- Zero and 100 blocks of East Chestnut Street
- Zero and 100 blocks of East Fulton Street
- Zero, 100 and 200 blocks of North Duke Street
- 200 block of North Queen Street
- 200 block of North Christian Street
Streets will remain closed until all fireworks debris has been cleaned off the streets.
The first street open will be the zero block of West Chestnut Street opening at approximately 11:30 p.m.
Remaining streets will open by 2:00 a.m. Saturday, June 29th.