Delaware North Companies Destinations Awe Independence Day Travelers

Unique American Escapes Offer Visitors Historic Experiences, Natural Splendor and Family Fun

BUFFALO, N.Y., June 29 /PRNewswire/ — This Fourth of July, Delaware North Companies invites Americans to celebrate our country’s birthday at unique destinations that hearken back to the first Independence Day. A global leader in hospitality, food service and lodging management, Delaware North Companies’ locations will provide travelers with the opportunity to commemorate Independence Day with stunning fireworks, fun family picnics, historic steamboat races and more.

* Niagara Falls State Park, N.Y. — From July 1 to 4, the rush of water
will mix with the boom of a phenomenal fireworks display held above the
Falls each evening at 10 p.m. Guests will also notice a remodeled lower
level in the Orin Lehman Visitor Center and a renovated Top of the Falls
Restaurant on Goat Island, offering a captivating view of the Falls from
its floor-to-ceiling windows and two outdoor dining decks. A favorite
of both national and international visitors, Niagara hosts nearly 8
million visitors annually. For more information, visit
http://www.niagarafallsstatepark.com/ or call +1-716-278-1770.

* Yosemite National Park, Calif. — In lieu of fireworks, Yosemite’s
Wawona Hotel, a National Historic Landmark, invites visitors to travel
back in time this Independence Day. Festooned with red, white and blue
bunting, this historic, Victorian-inspired hotel will kick off the
festivities on July 2 with an Old-Fashioned Chuck Wagon Barbecue with
all the fixings. For park guests who want to view America’s “purple
mountain majesties” on Yosemite’s extensive trail system, guided daily
hikes will depart throughout the holiday weekend from Yosemite’s
National Historic Landmark hotel, The Ahwahnee. For $40 per person,
Yosemite Mountaineering School guides will lead adult hikes from 9 a.m.
to 12:30 p.m., and family hikes from 1:30 to 5 p.m. (children 5 and
under are free). Park guests can continue celebrating at Wawona on July
4, with organized kids’ activities such as potato sack races, an egg
toss and face painting; the Fourth of July Barbecue at 5 p.m.; followed
by the first Wawona Barn Dance of the season. Held in the Yosemite
Pioneer History Center barn, this charming dance tradition features live
music, authentic callers and “do-si-do” lessons beneath a starlit sky.
For more information, please call +1-559-252-4848 or visit
http://www.yosemitepark.com/.

* Delta Queen Steamboat Company, La. — Thirty-five years after the
Declaration of Independence was signed, paddlewheel steamboats began
plying the waters of America’s rivers. Passengers on the historic Delta
Queen and grand Mississippi Queen will relive The Great Steamboat Race
of 1870, as the steamboats line up in New Orleans on June 24 for an
11-night cruise to St. Louis, arriving for Fair St. Louis festivities on
July Fourth. History enthusiasts can take advantage of summer packages
on America’s Heartland rivers by calling 800-543-1949 or visiting
http://www.deltaqueen.com/.

* Geneva on the Lake State Park, Ohio — For those who want to celebrate
the Fourth in tranquility, Geneva State Park offers scenic views of days
gone by with Ashtabula County’s 16 famous covered bridges and Wines &
Vines wine trail, featuring more than 15 wineries. Guests can also
enjoy the outdoors with sailing, boating, charter fishing, canoeing and
swimming. Either way, visitors can take advantage of the “July Fourth
Weekend” package (three consecutive nights) with rates beginning at $169
on Friday and Saturday nights and half off Sunday’s rates. Visit
http://www.thelodgeatgeneva.com/ or call 800-801-9982 to learn more.

* Sequoia National Park, Calif. — In the company of the oldest living
things in America, Independence Day visitors can climb nearly 400 steps
to the top of “Moro Rock” for an unparalleled view of the Great Western
Divide and its canyons. Here, visitors can trade fireworks for an
incredible sunset and spectacular stargazing. Or, experience the
“Dinner with a Ranger” barbecue at Wolverton Meadow, where guests enjoy
an all-you-can-eat western-style barbecue in the splendor of the
outdoors. For $18.99 for adults and $9.49 for children 12 and under,
savor America’s favorite fixings like barbeque chicken, ribs, hot dogs
and hamburgers alongside salads, vegetables and homemade cornbread.
After dinner, a National Park Service ranger will present interpretive
programs including campfire sing-a-longs, meadow nature walks, wildlife
talks or living history presentations. For more information visit
http://www.visitsequoia.com/ or call +1-888-252-5757.

* The BALSAMS, N.H. — Nicknamed “New England’s Resort” and built during
the grand hotel era, The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel will delight
Independence Day visitors with elegance and Americana during its 140th
operating season. On July 3, enjoy a gourmet outdoor barbecue or
upscale cuisine indoors, then dance the night away with the sounds of
Rick Erwin and his Orchestra or the Good Times band. Children will
literally taste their way through America’s birthday bash with the
donut-on-a-string or pie-eating contest. Resort guests can finish their
evening with a bang, as Lake Gloriette sparkles under the Balsams’
private fireworks display, followed by Rick Erwin’s final orchestra set.
From July 4 through 11, The Balsams Visiting Craftsman Series will also
present the all-American artwork of Peg Johnson, fiber artist. Johnson
uses fabrics to patch together artistic scenes on quilts, similar to the
way that traditional artists use brushes and paints on canvas.
Johnson’s art quilts have been exhibited and awarded at quilt shows
including the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s show, the Vermont
Quilt Festival, the National Quilting Association and Cocheco Quilt
Guild. Call 800-255-0600 or visit http://www.thebalsams.com/ to learn
more.

* Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Fla. — There’s nothing more
patriotic than exploring the home of America’s space program. This
out-of-this-world travel experience traverses towering launch pads, huge
rockets, history-making technology and vast stretches of Florida
wildlife. Be prepared for an inspiring experience with tours to
behind-the-scenes areas of NASA, daily Astronaut Encounters, hands-on
simulators and IMAX space films. Learn what it takes to launch and land
a space shuttle by touring the Launch Complex 39 Observation Gantry,
offering breathtaking 360 degree-views of the two giant shuttle launch
pads. At the Apollo/Saturn V Center, visitors will encounter a fully
restored massive Saturn V rocket, the most powerful rocket ever built,
and relive the historic first flight to the moon in the Firing Room
Theater. For more information, call +1-321-449-4444 or visit
http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/.

About Delaware North Companies

Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, CA One Services, Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International, FleetCenter (soon to be renamed TD Banknorth Garden), Delta Queen Steamboat Company and American Park ‘n Swap. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with $1.6 billion in annual revenue and 30,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit http://www.delawarenorth.com/.

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