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Enjoy July 4 at Hersheypark…. Celebrate throughout the day and night!

15fireworksWhen it comes to July 4th, I always think that a bigger celebration is a better celebration! And, what better way to spend the day than at an amusement park that has been celebrating families and fun for more than 100 years.

The day kicks off with presenting of the colors by 193 Special Operations Wing Base Honor Guard, based at the Harrisburg International Airport. Following the presentation of the colors, the Hersheypark Band will play the National Anthem followed by the opening of the main gate which remains open until 11 p.m.

Start the day with a ride on the Park’s historic Carrousel which was built in 1919 by Philadelphia Toboggan Company and was installed at Hersheypark for the 1944 season. The all-wood carrousel, with moving and stationary horses, spins counter-clockwise to music provided by a Wurlitzer model 153 military band organ. Definitely an All-American experience!

Coaster lovers will enjoy a ride on Comet, the oldest coaster in the Park. Built in 1946, this out-and-back wooden coaster has been thrilling generations of riders. Grandparents, parents and kids all remember that first drop: 90-foot down over Spring Creek. Those are memories to share.

This year all guests can enjoy “A Star-Spangled Picnic” from 4 to 8 p.m. in Pioneer Frontier Catering. This all-you-can-eat buffet dinner features classic American fare of hamburgers, hot dogs, pulled pork BBQ, fruit salad, potato salad, chips, rolls & condiments, assorted ice cream novelties and assorted Pepsi products for $15. A cash bar also is available.

Spend the rest of the day enjoying the “dry” rides, or playing on one of the 14 unique water rides in The Boardwalk at Hersheypark, watching a live show, or exploring ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park.

But, at 10:15 p.m., look towards the sky and enjoy a spectacular fireworks display intermingled with the lights and sounds of all the 70 Hersheypark rides and attractions.
I think it sounds like the perfect Independence Day, don’t you? For more information, visit www.Hersheypark.com.