July 4, 2013

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July 4, 2013

As the center of the independence movement, Pennsylvania is a state of firsts for the United States, including the country’s first capital in York where the Articles of Confederation were drafted and a nation was established. Consequently, the origins of the U.S. Marine Corps were founded in Philadelphia as the Continental Marines. Pennsylvania is home to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was drafted and signed, in Philadelphia.

Candy, Confectioners and Cravings
The nation’s first pretzel factory, Sturgis Pretzel House, was built in Pennsylvania, along with other major snack-food manufacturing that makes up a large percentage of the state’s economy today. The potato chip and pretzel industries have caused some to dub Pennsylvania the snack food capital of the world.

Rest assured, though, that Pennsylvania is not all salty. The United States chocolate industry is based in Hershey, Pennsylvania, where the namesake company has its headquarters, major manufacturing, and a tourist exhibit open to the public. Other major factories nearby include See’s Candy, Mars and the Wilbur Chocolate Company.

Pennsylvania is also the famed home of the Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich, the hoagie, Italian ice (similar to shaved ice), soft pretzels, the stromboli, and Heinz Ketchup. The popularity of these local foods can be witnessed at the numerous professional sporting events throughout Pennsylvania, centered in Pittsburgh. While traveling Pennsylvania, treat yourself to a Pittsburgh Pirates or Philadelphia Phillies Major League Baseball game or get rough and raucous at a Steelers or Eagles NFL game or a 76ers NBA game. For the race-fans, Pennsylvania has a thriving racecar driving circuit.

Pennsylvania Pastures and Ports

Discover the unique Anabaptist lifestyle of Pennsylvania’s Amish communities in Dutch County by visiting the Plain and Fancy Farm, but make sure to refrain from intruding on the communities as they are active populations and not tourist sites. Head northeast on Pennsylvania’s well kept state highways into the mountainous retreat of the Poconos for superb hiking, ski resorts and a section of the Appalachian Trail. Visit the Coal Region of Pennsylvania and come face-to-face with the state’s oldest working class industry. Mine tours throughout the region demonstrate the history, hazards, hard work and Irish/Polish heritage of the coal industry in Pennsylvania.

“Pennsylvania is the 33rd most extensive, the 6th most populous, and the 9th most densely populated of the 50 United States. The state’s four most populous cities are Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, and Erie. The state capital is Harrisburg. Pennsylvania has 51 miles (82 km) of coastline along Lake Erie and 57 miles (92 km) of shoreline along the Delaware Estuary. The state is one of the 13 original founding states of the U.S.” Wikipedia

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