June 26, 2020 Celebrate Lancaster

Celebrate Lancaster is an annual celebration of Lancaster City’s vibrant culture & diversity along with the city’s Fourth of July celebration. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Celebrate Lancaster 2020 is taking a different format that spreads the event “around town” and does not involve large gatherings.

The Celebration Goes On! We’re On The Move

Celebrate Lancaster will take place Friday, June 26, 2020 throughout Lancaster City from 12pm to dusk. Here’s what to look forward to: four 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 two locations (Northwest & Southeast Quadrants) at dusk residents can view from various points of Lancaster City.

illustration of Central Market in Lancaster City

Entertainment Mobile Music Trucks

On Friday, June 26th, from 5-7pm, there will be four mobile performances with bands on flatbed trucks. The trucks will cover each of the four quadrants of Lancaster City.

Ralphreal

RalphReal, Singer, Touring Musician, Entertainer, Host, World traveler, Producer, Engineer, Husband, and Father of Two. RalphReal is a PA native, Born in Reading, PA, Raised in Lancaster, PA, now Resides in York, PA. Currently, RalphReal tours with Oddisee and Good Company. Playing for Oddisee gave RalphReal the opportunity to travel around the world and really make a name for himself. Now Back off tour he is back with his own Band “RalphReal and the Family Jam”! This band is made from talented musicians and singers from local areas. This is a high energy show, bringing a little funk, soul, R&B, hiphop and some jam band instrumentals as well.

Julia Jordan Kamanda

Julia Jordan Kamanda’s original music is best described as “conscious acoustic soul”. As a singer-songwriter, teaching artist and children’s book author originally from New York City, Julia moved to Lancaster with her young family almost 10 years ago. She has since grown roots within the creative teaching artist community here. Julia is the creative director for J3 Music Studios, a contemporary music mentoring program which provides people of all ages with a safe space for music exploration and creativity. You can read about her experiences as a mom and musician at TheMusicMommy.com.

Andy Mowatt Trio

Andy Mowatt (guitar): Andy has enjoyed a growing career as a full time musician in Lancaster for over 10 years while living in the city. The love for Lancaster grows everyday! Local bands include: AMFM, Steely Jam, Herbie, UZO, Tuck Ryan Band, Hadassah Edith. Theaters include American Music Theater and Fulton Theater.

Jake Ritchey (drums): Jake Ritchey has spent the last few years touring with Chubby Checker and is the house drummer at American Music Theater. He is a Lancaster native and proud to be apart of its’ flourishing music scene.

Randy Jeter (vocals): Randy Jeter hails from the DC area. He spent a few years in New York City before coming to Lancaster. He’s been residing in Lancaster since 2012. Randy has shared the stage with many talented and fantastic artists at American Music Theater, Prima Theatre, and Fulton Theater to name a few. He is proud to call Lancaster home and loves to share and create with the many artists who live in here.

Tuck Ryan

Tuck Ryan is a local musician who’s Lancaster born and raised. Accompanying him will be Josh Kanusky on Drums, of the David Bromberg Band alongside Matt Hostetter, Zoetropolis co-owner and long time friend, guitar player and band leader in his own right of Hoss & Friends. They all met playing in different groups around Lancaster and have recently been in the studio along side Caden Myers, of Sun Not Yellow, recording new material in a collaborative band format. Stay tuned for more info on their upcoming release!

Big Boy Brass

Big Boy Brass is an eight-piece brass band from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. They play energetic jazz based brass band music, that pulls inspiration from many of the brass bands that came before them as well as rock, pop, and funk influences. Adding variety to their shows, Big Boy Brass can often be found with different instrumentations, depending on the event and venue.

Dining Food Trucks

During Celebrate Lancaster on June 26 from 12pm-7pm food trucks will placed at various locations around Lancaster City to enjoy. Plus, you can dine at restaurants offering outdoor seating or takeout.

Dough Head Waffles

Lancaster Rec, 525 Fairview Ave.
12pm – 7pm

Walk-O Taco & Mista Twista

Buchanan Park, Buchanan Ave. between College & Race Avenues
12pm – 7pm

Reunion

Crispus Attucks, 407 Howard Ave.
12pm – 7pm

See A Full List of Open Restaurants

Fireworks

This year the Celebrate Lancaster fireworks will be spread out at two different locations; one in the Northwest quadrant & one in the Southeast quadrant. This means the firework shows can be viewed from various points of the city.

The brief firework shows will take place shortly after dark. The specific locations of the fireworks will not be announced to avoid crowds gathering. Residents are encouraged to watch from their porch, yard, or sidewalk and remain socially distanced.

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!