June 25, 2021 Celebrate Lancaster

Celebrate Lancaster is an annual celebration of Lancaster City’s vibrant culture & diversity along with the city’s Fourth of July celebration. Celebrate Lancaster 2021 will be spread “around town” hitting every neighborhood.

The Celebration Goes On! We’re On The Move

Celebrate Lancaster will take place Friday, June 25, 2021 throughout Lancaster City throughout the afternoon. Here’s what to look forward to: mobile performances with musicians on trucks bringing live music to every neighborhood, food trucks in different areas of the city for residents to enjoy, and to end the night there will be a fireworks display at various locations at dusk residents can view from multiple points of Lancaster City.

illustration of Central Market in Lancaster City

Entertainment Mobile Music Trucks

Multiple mobile performances with bands on flatbed trucks will cover each of the four quadrants of Lancaster City. There will also be bands on city streets and city parks for neighbors to enjoy. All music performances will be from 5 – 7 pm.

DJ Watts @ Mobile Music Truck

DJ Watts

Official Dj For Raldi & Nakuu. Resident Dj @chameleon_club & @launchmusicconference

Julia Jordan Kamanda @ Mobile Music Truck

Julia Jordan Kamanda

“Julia Jordan Kamanda, singer/songwriter, music mentor, and owner of J3Music Studios, is on a music mission. Her focus is on spreading a positive musical message to encourage and empower others. In 2010 Julia co-founded the Creative Arts Initiative in Sierra Leone, West Africa and travelled there to teach young women new ways to express themselves creatively through the arts. She currently offers songwriting, guitar, and vocal mentoring sessions to students of all ages; blogs about the experience of being a musician and a mom on her “Music Mommy” blog; and offers a music supervision service for independent filmmakers.

As a songwriter, Julia’s music is acoustic based; but the arrangements go much deeper, pulling inspiration from her jazz and folk roots and natural R&B soul. On her debut album Urban Legacy, released in 2007, she presents songs about light, love and trusting life’s changes- lessons she learned from her musical genius father, Stanley Jordan, and her poetess mother, Sandy Kilpatrick Jordan. At 30 years old, she already has 21 years of professional performance experience and her voice has carried her around the world to grace the stages of legendary music venues, including the Buzios Jazz y Blues Festival in Brazil; the Cairo Opera House in Egypt; the Long Beach Jazz Festival in California; and Alice Tully Hall in New York City, among many others. In her first music-for-film projects, Julia teamed up with Biko Studios to provide music supervision for two short films, SALAY and Kombra, both of which have gone on to win numerous awards and are currently making their way through the international film festival circuit.”– www.themusicmommy.com

Martini Bros @ Mobile Music Truck

Martini Bros

Harrisburg, PA-based retro-rockabilly combo the Martini Brothers was formed in the spring of 1994 by singer/guitarist Deuce Gibb, bassist Mike Mead and drummer Chad Matson. The following year saw the release of the band’s debut single “Up All Night,” followed in 1997 by the full-length Portable; that October, however, Matson suffered a fatal drug overdose, and although Gibb and Mead originally opted to dissolve the Martini Brothers, they ultimately reformed the group with new drummer Rej Troup.

Trash Juice @ Mobile Music Truck

Trash Juice

Combining energetic performance with raw talent, Trash Juice and their music are paving the way as an instrumental Band for the modern generation.

Tuck Ryan Band @ Mobile Music Truck

Tuck Ryan Band

A soulful blend of Americana, Jazz, and R&B from Lancaster, PA. Tuck’s debut record, Warmest Blue and latest EPs, Little Things Vol. I & II are both out and available on all streaming platforms. Tuck’s band is rounded out by Josh Kanusky, of David Bromberg Band, on drums, Matt Hostetter on guitar/vocals, and Caden Myers, of Sun Not Yellow, on bass. The band is currently in the process of finishing a new album to be released in 2021.

Mark DeRose Band @ Buchanan Park

Mark DeRose Band

“DREADNOUGHT BRIGADE s/sw Mark DeRose has had the pleasure of opening for national touring artists Rusted Root, Gin Blossoms, Michelle Branch, Edwin McCain, Blues Traveler, The Sugar Hill Gang and Josh Kelley. As well, he performed as part of an NFL halftime show for the Baltimore Ravens and his music has been featured for use on daytime television.

Early in 2013, DREADNOUGHT BRIGADE s/sw Mark DeRose was primarily working as a solo artist and considering a new sound for his music. It was at that time, he put together Mark DeRose & The Dreadnought Brigade. A few incarnations of the band’s line up, some musical exploration and what became a needed, shortened name change – brings you to 2019 and the DREADNOUGHT BRIGADE.

The core of the band is held down by DeRose on guitars and keys, Kyle Hancock on electric, Chris Jakubowicz on bass and Jake Ritchey on drums. A rich layer of melodic goodness is then added by the DREADNOUGHT BRIGADE’s two man horn section of Ryan Shenk on tenor and soprano sax, and Blake Hillard on Trumpet. Additionally, DeRose loves the opportunity to take advantage of his bandmate’s ability to sing harmony vocals, frequently adding the use of 3 and 4 part harmonies to their songs.

The DREADNOUGHT BRIGADE’s music calls upon DeRose’s love for rootsy blue-eyed soul and classic rock of the late 60s and 70s. The band brings high-energy performances of DeRose’s upbeat, feel good music to stages across the tri-state region. However, they’re just as happy to leave the amps at home and bring the same positive energy to acoustic settings, listening rooms, and house concerts in an effort to suit whatever the venue and performance space provides.

The main goal when this band steps on stage is simple – spread a little joy through music! For fans of Van Morrison, Dave Matthews, The Doobies, The Allman Brothers and The Band.”– dreadnought-music.com

Swing Combo Salsa Band @ Binn’s Park

Swing Combo Salsa Band

“On behalf of our followers, fans, friends and family we are grateful to still be around another year making playing great music and making incredible memories. Swing Combo Salsa Band is Originally from “The Brick City” Newark New Jersey and has 25 years of Latin Music Experience. Swing Combo has performed in various Festivals, Parades, Salsa Socials, Casinos, Virtual, Clubs & Private Events throughout Tri State Area including Philly and Maryland. We had an incredible 2019 and we are still recovering a Pandemic on 2020.

We appreciate the love and support of everyone who has reached out and wished us well and we look forward to get going on 2021. Our number one goal is have fun in all of our performances so that our followers can enjoy our music. We promise to bring the same level of energy in every single event we perform for you.

Under the direction of Mike Perez and Jeffrey “Jazzy” Lopez, Swing Combo has maintained a level of professionalism that shows in our sound, our appearance and most of all the love for our followers. No event is too small for Swing Combo Salsa Band and we look forward to seeing you enjoying our music.

Once again thank you for the love and support you keep showing us and don’t forget to follow us on our Social Media Facebook and Instagram Pages for more pictures, Upcoming Event Flyers and Videos of our 2021 Events. Also, don’t forget to sign up to our email list for information on upcoming events.” — swingcombo.com

PA Mambo Orquesta @ 318 E. King Street

PA Mambo Orquesta

The Pa Mambo Orquesta is a new project bringing “heavy metal” salsa dura to your event, guaranteed to keep the dancers on the dancefloor! We are experienced professional musicians dedicated to making your event the success you expect. The “heavy metal” we speak of is not of shredding guitar riffs, but the power of three trombones giving you the hard edged salsa sound you’d have to go to Philly or NYC for. We also work with some of the best DJ’s, sound engineers and dance instructors in our area, further simplifying your event planning experience.

3rd Power Family Soul @ King Elementary, S. Duke Street

3rd Power Family Soul

3rd Power “Family Soul” is an exciting interactive musical group with something for everyone. Music base in the “Funk” genre. We’ll give you everything from Chaka Khan to Parliament Funkadelic.

Love Haters @ 551 West (6-9pm)

Dining Food Trucks

During Celebrate Lancaster on June 25 food trucks will be placed at various locations around Lancaster City to enjoy. All food trucks will be out from 12 – 7 pm.* Plus, you can dine at restaurants offering outdoor seating or takeout.

Reunion Soul Food

@ Crispus Attucks, 407 Howard Avenue

Nano Grill

@ King Elementary School, S. Duke Street

Souvlaki Boys

@ Binns Park, 120 N. Queen Street, *5 – 7 pm

Mista Twista


@ Buchanan Park, 901 Buchanan Ave.

See A Full List of Open Restaurants


This year the Celebrate Lancaster fireworks will be spread out at multiple locations. This means the fireworks shows can be viewed from various points of the city.

Thomas Armstrong Blvd., near Clipper Stadium

Southeast Middle, 431 S. Ann Street

A livestream of the fireworks will also be available online on the City of Lancaster’s Facebook Page. Please spread the word to your neighbors of the fireworks!