Four fireworks displays offered for a week of Independence Day fun

The ambitious fireworks enthusiast will have plenty to celebrate this Fourth of July.

Thanks to spacious dating and a number of generous communities and organizations, folks in our region can take in as many as four different fireworks displays in under 20 miles.

The fun kicks off with one of the largest and most grand displays this side of the Magical Kingdom with Fireworks and Fountains at Longwood Gardens on July 3.

Accompanying the extravagant display in the sky is the famous Longwood lighted fountain exhibit, where lights, water and sound combine for a unique one-of-a-kind show.

The July 3 theme, Celebrate America, pairs the show with well-known patriotic favorites, including John Philip Sousas The Stars & Stripes, Richard Rodgers Victory at Sea, Irving Berlins God Bless America, and more.

This event is known to attract huge crowds, so plan your visit now and be prepared to arrive early if possible. For tickets or information on parking, visit www.longwoodgardens.org.

Then, you can hop on over to Hockessin, Del., on July 4 for their traditional day of patriotic fun.

The event starts at 3 p.m. along Old Lancaster Pike, between St. Mary of the Assumption Church and Valley Road, with their annual parade, featuring antique cars, local marching bands and a number of floats.

This years best float will receive an award from the Hockessin-Greenville Rotary.

Then, set up camp in the fields beside the library and prepare for the fireworks to start around 9 p.m. Afterwards, take the family on over to Woodside Farms Creamery, which will remain open until 11 p.m. for frozen treats.

This event is free for the public to attend.

On July 5, Parkesburg will continue its weeklong Keystone Valley Fire Dept. fair with a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Keystone Valley Fire Department and the Parkesburg Lions Club, the fair is held at Minch Park from Tuesday, July 2 to Saturday, July 6 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Admission to the fair is free to the public. Rain date for the fireworks is Saturday, July 6.

And finally, top it all off with one of the regions oldest continuous fireworks displays, Freedom Fest at Nottingham Park.

Sponsored by Herrs Snack Foods and the Chester County Commissioners, this daylong event at Nottingham Park attracts thousands of visitors each year for fun and games, food and live music under the sun throughout the afternoon.

Then around 9:30, one of the longest fireworks displays in the region begins, with a finale that cannot be missed.

Admission to the event is free. There is a $10 parking fee and no parking is allowed at the park. Shuttles run constantly between Herrs and the park throughout the day. For details or more information, visit www.chesco.org.

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