first friday for merchants
Downtown Inc assists merchants in organizing and promoting First Friday. Merchants should note the event dates and information deadlines below, and plan accordingly.
If you are hiring entertainment and anticipate having amplified sound, please be sure to request a special event permit from the City of York at least 30 days in advance.
First Friday Programming on Continental Square!
Join us in Continental Square for fresh programming from May through November! Grab a bite to eat with a local food vendor, participate in family friendly activities, take in some live music, and more! Keep an eye out on our Facebook for updated lists of vendors, activities, entertainment, and more.
Permit Reimbursement Program
Neighborhood and merchant groups within the Business Improvement District (BID) are encouraged to apply for their own block/street closure permits through the City of York Public Works Department.
Downtown Inc has reserved up to $3,600 to support merchant’s applications for street closures and will reimburse/pay for up to 3 street closure permits in the BID per month on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no restriction on how many months a group can apply for reimbursement.
To find out more information and see how Downtown Inc will help, click here.
First Friday Flags
Businesses who regularly participate in First Friday are also eligible to receive a First Friday flag at no cost courtesy of Downtown Inc. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a flag.
Promotional information is due the second Friday of the month prior to your First Friday promotion to email@example.com or via this form. Promotions received by the deadline will be included in Downtown Inc's First Friday Facebook page, the Downtown Inc website and in a news release sent to local media.
Grant Application Program
First Friday Grant Applications are due on a quarterly basis.
December 14, 2018 – First Quarter (January, February, March 2019)
March 8, 2019 – Second Quarter (April, May, June 2019)
June 7, 2019 – Third Quarter (July, August, September 2019). Please note: Grants for July 2019 will support a patriotic window display contest.
September 13, 2019 – Fourth Quarter (October, November, December 2019)
First Friday Grant Partnership with Brewery Products
Downtown Inc works directly with Brewery Products to offer downtown businesses and merchants beer for their First Friday activities! Any downtown business or merchant may apply for a First Friday Grant to be used for beer (or any other beverage distributed by Brewery Products), and once the grant has been approved by Downtown Inc, a check will be sent directly to Brewery Products to cover the cost. To see an updated list of offerings and prices, please contact Vic Stambaugh: VStambaugh@breweryproducts.com.
2019 FIRST FRIDAY Events and Promo due dates
January 4, 2019 — Promotions due December 8, 2018
February 1, 2019 — Promotions due January 11, 2019
March 1, 2019 — Promotions due February 8, 2019
April 5, 2019 — Promotions due March 8, 2019
May 3, 2019 — Promotions due April 12, 2019
June 7, 2019 — Promotions due May 10, 2019
July 5, 2019 — Promotions due June 14, 2019
August 2, 2019 — Promotions due July 12, 2019
September 6, 2019 — Promotions due August 9, 2019
October 4, 2019 — Promotions due September 12, 2019
November 1, 2019 — Promotions due October 11, 2019
December 6, 2019 — Promotions due November 8, 2019