(June 9, 2022): Everything’s better with musical accompaniment – especially Independence Day!
Traditions Bank, presenting sponsor of July4York, and the York Revolution announced today that York’s biggest July 4 party will be better than ever in 2022 thanks to the long-awaited return of the York Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. The city’s renowned musicians will present a free patriotic concert and sing-along after the Revolution’s matchup against the rival Lancaster Barnstormers and just before a stunning dual-fireworks display inside and outside the ballpark.
“We are excited to once again be working with the Revolution to bring this annual celebration to our community,” said Gene Draganosky, President and CEO of Traditions Bank. “And we are thrilled that the York Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will join us this year. We always look forward to this fun opportunity to come together in appreciation of our country. We are honored to be a part of this local, longstanding family tradition.”
The York Symphony performance is presented by WellSpan Health, with additional support from the Powder Mill Foundation.
“We have wanted to bring the York Symphony back to this event for a number of years,” said Revolution President Eric Menzer. “We are always asking ourselves how we can bring York the very best celebration of America, and the addition of the symphony concert has always been part of that wish list.”
"We are thrilled to revive a once longtime tradition of the York Symphony performing with fireworks on the 4th of July,” said Michael Reichman, Executive Director of the York Symphony Orchestra. “To do it with the city's beloved York Revolution is a privilege, and we're super grateful to celebrate with everyone in this patriotic performance!"
The first 250 adults and children will receive special holiday necklaces and sunglasses, courtesy of Traditions Bank.
Gates to the ballpark will open for free after the Revolution game that evening, so that the general public may enjoy the one-hour symphony and chorus performance and the fireworks to which it will lead up.
This year’s fireworks show presented by Glatfelter Insurance Group will again launch from both outside the ballpark – from Small Athletic Field – and center field of the ballpark, in keeping with Revolution tradition, resulting in a spectacular one-two punch of pyrotechnics. Both the inside-the-park show and Small Field display will be visible to fans inside the ballpark who attend the July 4 game and concert.
The day will kick off with the return of the Judgement Free Funzone presented by Planet Fitness on the Brooks Robinson Plaza before the game. The free event will feature inflatables, child-oriented games, and the return of the Big Boy Brass Band that wowed the crowd in 2021.
In total, Menzer added, July4York will pack more than eight hours of entertainment into the city’s largest Independence Day celebration. The event’s schedule is as follows:
2:00 p.m. – Judgement Free Funzone presented by Planet Fitness opens
3:30 p.m. – gates open for ticketed fans
4:30 p.m. – York Revolution vs. Lancaster Barnstormers
8:00 p.m. (approximate) – gates open for free admission
8:30 p.m. (approximate) – York Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performance
9:30 p.m. (approximate) – fireworks display
Tickets for the 4:30 p.m. Revolution game are available here.