Posted: 06/11/2021 | by Olivia

Things to do this July in Lancaster, PA

Soak up the sun in Lancaster this summer!

Summer is a great time to visit Lancaster, PA, due to the abundance of things to do and see. No matter who you’re visiting with or what your interests are, there is something in Lancaster for everyone.

Fourth of July Celebrations

God bless the USA! If you happen to be in Lancaster County for the Fourth of July, there are several celebrations to attend! Head over to Lititz Springs Park on July 3rd for the 204th Lititz Fourth of July Celebration. Gates open at noon and guests can expect a baby parade, the New Holland Community Band, US Air National Guard Band, a DJ’d dance party and of course fireworks! Keep the fun going all weekend and visit Clipper Magazine Stadium on July 4th for free admission to the park where you can enjoy local beer and food at the Broken Bat Craft Beer Deck Bar & Grill, corn hole, Jenga and the chance to play on Lancaster’s Field of Dreams. The Star Barn Village is excited for their 4th annual Independence Day Celebration on July 3rd. There will be great food options, homemade ice cream, outdoor festivities and fireworks to end the night. For more places to see fireworks click here.

Go Camping

There are few things that are as refreshing and fun as camping! Pack your tent, sunscreen and hiking shoes for a weekend of adventure in the Great Outdoors. Several campgrounds are hosting family fun events this July. Spring Gulch Resort Campground will be hosting cornhole and horseshoe tournaments and a craft show on Fourth of July Weekend. Later in July, guests will enjoy the carnival, water and Christmas themed weekend events. Shady Grove Campground in Denver, PA is hosting special events all month long! From Fourth of July Fireworks and t-shirt tie dying to Christmas in July and a poolside movie night, there’s so much fun to be had this summer at Shady Grove. Tucquan Park Family Campground is hosting an ice cream social and water games in celebration of Independence Day. If you can’t stay until later in July, consider visiting for their 50s & 60s costume contest or cardboard boat race weekend! Check out their full list of July events here.

Summertime Dining

Sip on a beer, wine, or a cocktail in the Bulls Head all new Beer Garden at Kissel Valley Farm. The Garden features food trucks and live music on Saturdays and Sundays through now through October. Grab your picnic blanket and chairs to enjoy a summer evening on the Farm. Does floating down Pequea Creek with a drink in hand sound like an ideal summer activity? You can do just that, right here in Lancaster County. Sickman’s Mill tubing is back, seven days a week, June 18th – August 9th. A new addition to the space is Jimmy’s Place. Chill out there for drinks, food and live music on select nights.

Enjoy a catered country picnic at Bird-in-Hand's Family Fun Fest. On July 24th, at the Smucker Homestead, families are invited to spend the day exploring and dining on the farm. From tethered hot air balloon rides and wagon rides to a farm fresh dinner and live entertainment, this is sure to a day out with the family that you won't want to miss! Get your tickets today.

Adventures on the Water

Speaking of water activities, book an outdoor adventure with one of the outfitters below for a memorable experience on or near the rivers and creeks of Lancaster County!

Kid Approved Fun in the Sun

Summer season officially kicks off at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm on July 2nd. Make your own butter, watch pig races, experience the award-winning corn maze, and so much more. Escape the heat in the underground caves at Indian Echo Caverns and Echo Dell. Bring your own lunch and have a picnic in the free area on-site. There is also a playground and petting zoo complete with Echo Dell raised goats. If you’re looking for farm animal experiences, Eastland Alpacas allows guests to pet, feed, and take pictures with alpacas. Call ahead to schedule your appointment Monday – Saturday.

Experience the Amish

Lancaster County is known for its rich and deeply rooted Amish culture. Whether you’re a local or visiting from out of town, there are some intimate and unique ways to experience that culture where you’re sure to learn something new and interesting. Hear the story of “Jacob’s Choice” at the Amish Experience, the theatre has multiple screens and tells the story through special effects and ghostly images. This is a great place to begin your tour of the Amish because it provide historical background on how to Amish arrived in Lancaster. Get an interactive experience at the Amish Farm and House. Test-drive an Amish scooter or go behind the fence with the Farm Animal Fun Tour. Play with baby goats, feed the animals, collect eggs and brush the donkeys! It’s a must-do family experience in Lancaster. For more farm fun, book the Farm & Garden Tour at the Old Windmill Farm. This authentic working Amish dairy farm offers the opportunity for guests to pet animals, bottle feed a calf, pick fresh flowers, milk a cow and more one-in-a-lifetime experiences. The Amish Village has an amazing Backroads Bus Tour that takes you off the beaten path to working farms and country roads that horse and buggies frequently travel on. Each bus tour includes a stop at a unique location such as an Amish home, quilt shop, pretzel bakery or bake shop. This is relaxing ride will allow you to see beautiful farmland vistas along while hearing stories and getting answers to all your burning questions about the Amish.

For more events in Lancaster County this July, click here. Start planning the perfect trip to Lancaster with our digital getaway guide.

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