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13 Fourth of July Celebrations in the Brandywine Valley

From fireworks displays to patriotic concerts, there’s something for the whole family.

By Danielle Bouchat-Friedman, Lisa Dukart, Connie Lunanuova and Cassidy Smedley |

 

 

Wawa Welcome America
Thru July 4, Philadelphia, Pa.

The annual Wawa Welcome America festival features tons of free events throughout Philadelphia from June 30 to July 4, culminating in a fireworks show and concert.

 

Longwood Gardens’ Star Spangled Spectacular

July 3, Kennett Square, Pa.

See the night sky in a new light at this special Fireworks & Fountains Shows. On July 3, the show is paired with patriotic music including The Olympic Fanfare, The Winds of War and The Stars & Stripes. There is lawn seating (bring your own chair) or reserve your seat in advance, which allows you to select your seat for the show. 

 

Wilmington Blue Rocks Independence Celebration

July 3, Wilmington, Del. 

Enjoy nine innings of fun (and a few orders of crab fries) and watch the Blue Rocks take on the Potomac Nationals. The game starts at 6:35 p.m. Stick around for the post-game fireworks show at 9:15 p.m.

 

Fourth of July at Constitution Yards

July 4, Wilmington, Del. 

Enjoy a great family celebration topped off by the huge waterfront fireworks display. Country By Night will perform an eclectic mix of original country, rock and pop music.

 

Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery

July 3-4, Kennett Square, Pa.

Enjoy a glass of wine and a limited view of the fireworks from neighboring Longwood Gardens. Wine sales will end 15 minutes before the fireworks begin. Bring a blanket to sit on the front lawn. Reservations will not be accepted after 3 p.m., and Wine Club Members are excluded. Or, head to the vineyard on July 4, which will be open from 12-8 p.m All guests must be 21 and over. 

 

Hockessin Fourth of July Festival and Fireworks

July 4, Hockessin, Del. 

Hockessin’s annual festivities start with relay races, followed by a parade at 3 p.m. The food truck festival starts at 2 p.m. and runs through 9 p.m. in a new location, the Hockessin Corner Parking Lot. The food truck festival will include a beer garden for guests 21 and older. An assortment of kids’ games and activities, local businesses and entertainment will also be available from 2-8 p.m. The fireworks display begins at dusk and can be seen from all over Hockessin, but best viewing areas are Swift Park, Piedmont Baseball Fields, Hockessin Library and Artesian Soccer Fields. 

 

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Media’s Independence Day Celebrations
July 4, Media, Pa.

Kids will have a blast at both the morning celebration in Barrall Field and at Glen Providence Park’s movie under the stars screening of National Treasure.

 

Newark Fourth of July Fireworks

July 4, Newark, Del.

The University of Delaware Athletic Complex will be full of great activities and plenty of space to lay down a blanket and enjoy the fireworks show. Fine arts and crafts booths are available to browse, and games abound for the kids. Live musical entertainment begins at 6 p.m. 

 

Patriots in the Park: Celebrating the 4th of July at Valley Forge
July 4, Valley Forge, Pa.

One of the most fitting places in the country to celebrate July 4 has to be Valley Forge National Historical Park, which hosts its Community Picnic in the Park with a cookout, music and more.

 

Wilmington and Western Railroad Fireworks Express

July 4, Wilmington, Del. 

Hop aboard the Wilmington Fireworks Express, which will take you  to Hockessin for the annual fireworks show. The train will return at approximately 11 p.m. Passengers are welcome to bring coolers, blankets and folding chairs aboard for the scenic ride. 

 

Wilmington Fourth of July Celebration

July 4, Wilmington, Del. 

The City of Wilmington’s annual Fourth of July Celebration includes a fireworks show at Tubman-Garrett Park. Admission to this family-friendly event is free. The Delaware Symphony Orchestra is honoring the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with music from 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Trek and the 1812 Overture. The performance starts at 8 p.m. and fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. If you’re looking to get the best of both worlds and have dinner with a great view of the fireworks show, consider Iron Hill Brewery’s Summer Backyard BBQ Beer Dinner or Banks Seafood Kitchen and Raw Bar‘s outside patio seating.

 

Chaddsford Winery’s Red, White + BBQ

July 4-7, Chadds Ford, Pa. 

Enjoy four days of fun at Chaddsford Winery’s Red, White + BBQ, a Fourth of July celebration featuring food trucks, live music, special frozen wine cocktails, wine discounts and more. Admission is free and all wine and food purchases are pay-as-you-go.

 

Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation’s Independence Day Celebrations
July 4-7, Newtown Square, Pa.

Pay tribute to the nation’s founding fathers by signing a Declaration of Independence replica at Ridley Creek State Park’s historic plantation. Weekend activities include personal flag designs, s’mores and candle making.