From golf courses to high schools to the Parkway: 8 fireworks shows to watch in the Philly area

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There’s really only one way to spend your Fourth of July evening in Philadelphia, and that’s through the classic celebration of fireworks. In Center City, the lone option is on the Parkway, which is not always the best if you don’t want to deal with a large crowd or wait until after several musical acts play. Fortunately, several other opportunities abound in Philly and beyond. Here are eight fireworks shows in the Philadelphia area worth viewing this holiday.

Abington America the Beautiful

Where: Abington High School

When: 9 p.m.

What else: They say more than 1,000 shells will be launched, which sounds pretty great.

Lambertville — New Hope

Where: On the bridge between New Hope, in Bucks County, and Lambertville, in New Jersey.

When: 9:30 p.m. July 3

What else: You could use your day off to make a daytrip up to Ringing Rocks Park and New Hope.

Lawncrest

Where: Lawncrest Recreation Center, 6000 Rising Sun Boulevard

When: Dusk

What else: There’s plenty more to do in Lawncrest throughout the day and evening, including a 9 a.m. parade and an afternoon car show, if you want to stay away from the crowds in Center City.

Phoenixville

Where: Reservoir Park and Friendship Field in Phoenixville

When: 9 p.m.

What else: Plenty of breweries to stop at up here, but unfortunately you’ll be a week too early for Blobfest.

Star Spangled Celebration 

Where: Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown

When: 5:30 p.m. entertainment with 9:20 fireworks

What else: Yes, Allentown is far away, but the drive might be worth it if you’re into things like pet parades, skydivers and hot air balloons before the fireworks show.

Upper Darby

Where: Upper Darby High School stadium

When: 7:30 p.m. show time with fireworks starting at dusk

What else: It’s not just fireworks. It’s also a music and light show.

Waltz Golf Farm Fireworks

Where: Waltz Golf Farm in Limerick

When: 9:45 p.m.

What else: Pretty old-school-sounding show. And it’s in a MontCo town called Limerick. How could that be disappointing?

Welcome America Fireworks

Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway

When: Probably around 10:30. The fireworks are the finale to the concert, which is slated to last from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

What else: Check out Visit Philly’s guide for the best places to snag a seat far from or above the Parkway to watch these fireworks.

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