Springettsbury Township resident Virginia Miller looks at clothes designed and made in America that are on display at Arthur & Daughters at 49 N. Beaver
Springettsbury Township resident Virginia Miller looks at clothes designed and made in America that are on display at Arthur & Daughters at 49 N. Beaver St. The line of clothing from American designers will be featured during the city's First Friday event on the Fourth of July. (Candy Woodall — cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com)

Most of buzz this week about York City has been focused on the Fourth of July celebration at Santander Stadium.

But downtown businesses are reminding local residents that it's also First Friday, a popular city event during which shops and restaurants offer evening specials and leave their doors open a little longer.

Not every business will open for this First Friday, and those that are will close before most people head over to the ballpark for the fireworks that begin at 9:30 p.m.

Those businesses also plan to add to the festive atmosphere and draw from the 10,000 visitors expected at Santander Stadium.

"We expect some great foot traffic," said Hilary Arthur, owner of Arthur & Daughters, a luxury boutique at 49 N. Beaver St.

Her store will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, hosting a free barbecue in front of the store.

Arthur & Daughters sells several items that are designed and made in the U.S., and those pieces will be marked 15 percent off on Independence Day.

Chris Clarke is also hoping for a good First Friday.

"I think we'll get a crowd. It might be a different crowd. But it's First Friday, and people will come out," said the owner of Sunrise Soap Company, 29 N. Beaver St.

Sunrise Soap Company will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.

Park Street Pantry, at 24 N. Beaver St., will be open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. that day, offering patriotic drinks and food samples.


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"There will be a lot of people coming downtown. It's a chance to say, 'Hey, we're here.' It's a great marketing opportunity," said co-owner Beth Bulik.

White Rose Bar & Grill at 48 N. Beaver St. is marking the holiday by having a fundraiser for a local soldier.

The restaurant is hosting a parking lot party and evening of live music from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday that will benefit U.S. Army Cpl. Matthew Hanes, a Northeastern High School graduate who was critically injured in Afghanistan.

Family: All proceeds during the event will go to the Hanes family.

Elizabeth & West Fashion House at 15 N. Beaver St. will also be open, offering festive drinks from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.

"I'm hoping it will be a decent crowd and everyone will be ready to be out and about. Hopefully, people will make a day of it and visit the businesses downtown before going to the fireworks," owner Rebecca Wattenschaidt said.

The Watchmaker's Daughter at 22 N. Beaver St. will also be open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.

Kimmans, 57 N. Beaver St., and Sweet Melissa's Dream, 38 N. Beaver St., will not be open. Store owners said they wanted their employees to have the day off with family.

—Reach Candy Woodall at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.