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July's Featured Getaway: Fireworks & More In America's First Capital

Published: 06/25/2015

Celebrate America's birthday with an engaging and exciting trip in and around our nation's First Capital city - York, PA!

Experience the July 4 York evening with fireworks at Santander Stadium where the York Revolution continues the tradition of America's pastime in the White Rose City.

Before the fireworks, visit Downtown York's Colonial Complex, including the York County Heritage Trust's Colonial Court House. Learn about the place where our Founding Fathers adopted the Articles of Confederation - the predecessor to the U.S. Constitution - and formed the "United States of America."

Pair your First Capital explorations with a stay at The Yorktowne Hotel - A Historic Hotel of America right in the heart of Downtown York.

Although a little too new for the infamous "George Washington slept here" sign, you'll be surprised to find out just how many famous Americans have joined you and stayed at the Yorktowne.

Or light up your getaway with the 4th of July Fireworks in historic Wrightsville along the beautiful Susquehanna River waterfront, and pair dinner with the experience at the John Wright Restaurant for an up-close and personal view of the display.

See the landscape illuminated more than 150 years after the historic bridge here was set ablaze to prevent Confederate advances toward Harrisburg and Philadelphia during the Civil War - setting the stage for the pivotal Battle of Gettysburg.

Stay at the nearby Heritage Hills Golf Resort for the Color Me Free Celebration & 5K Color Run earlier in the day. Awake July 4 at the full-service resort and start your morning with this scenic and fun run across the golf course.

In between and throughout York County, experience authentic farmers markets beginning to brim with nature's bounty such as fresh baked goods - and perhaps even that most American of desserts: apple pie!

Even discover a York County twist on this favorite with Apple Pie Moonshine, a specialty of Old Republic Distillery.

Stop by the retail store in West York for a bottle of this locally sourced spirit and sample more of the distillery's delicious products.

July is also a month to celebrate the diverse heritage of York County and America.

The Hanover Dutch Festival July 25 is a culinary tour of German-American heritage, from bratwurst to funnel cakes, and also features handmade crafts, authentic German bands and more.

Or step back further into time and explore the history of the first Americans to call York County home.

Take the Native American Rock Art Paddle Tour on the Susquehanna River with Shank's Mare Outfitters and local expert Paul Nevin the next day on July 26 to view petroglyphs that tell the stories of people inhabiting the river region hundreds or even thousands of years ago.

No matter when you visit during the month, choose from a wide-ranging list of themed lodging packages and find the right option perfectly paired to your tastes for a spectacular July getaway.

Your reservation is always made for York County, PA!