Seward is a community of 7,000 people, including 2,000 Concordia University students, six miles north of busy Interstate 80.

“America’s Small Town Fourth of July City” celebrates Independence Day with a bang. Since Seward’s first anvil firing in 1868, the celebration has exploded into dozens of events. It kicks off July 4 at 7 a.m. (402) 643-4189.

Seward’s Holiday Christmas Festival, includes a lighted evening parade downtown. (402) 643-4189.

The World’s Largest Time Capsule has a car inside it at 318 Hillcrest Dr.

Concordia University’s Bartels Museum displays rocks and gems from around the world. (800) 535-5494.

Exhibits at the Nebraska National Guard Museum explain the more than century-long history of the National Guard in Nebraska. 201 N. Eighth St. (402) 309-8763.

Seward has an attractive shopping district with a book store, theater and boutiques surrounding a historic county courthouse. The Red Path Gallery & Tasting Room showcases the art of Nebraska artists, as well as artisanal offerings by Nebraska’s vintners, brewers and distillers. 514 Seward St. (402) 641-8211.

Bottle Rocket Brewing Co. brews beer in a historic grain processing mill. 230 S. Fifth St. (402) 304-5673.

Junto Winery makes tasty wines in the rolling hills of Seward County. 1356 182nd St. (402) 646-0515.

Learn more by contacting the Seward Visitors Committee at or (402) 643-4189.

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