Best Places to See Fireworks in South Central PA
For many Pennsylvanians, fireworks — along with barbeque, baseball and festivals — are a key part of a great summer. It’s no surprise that throughout the south central portion of the state, there are plenty of options for anyone looking to take in a fireworks show with the family. Here’s a quick guide to some of the best places to see fireworks in the region. Be sure not to miss out on an event near you!
The Williams Grove Speedway is one of the best places to see fireworks in Cumberland County. Most races are followed by a fireworks show at dusk, making the speedway a great place to spend a whole day with the family. Check out the Williams Grove website for an updated schedule of events.
Other can’t-miss fireworks shows in Cumberland County include Shippensburg’s Fourth of July celebration, traditionally held at Veteran’s Memorial Park, the New Kingstown Fire Company Festival, which in 2016 will be held on July 30 at the company’s grounds on Locust Point Road and the Penn Township Volunteer Fireman’s Fair, hosted annually in Newville.
As the state capital, Harrisburg is a natural destination for fireworks lovers. The city’s annual Fourth of July celebration is always a highlight of the summer. Watch the show from City Island and catch the dramatic display over the Susquehanna River, beginning at dusk. Later in the year, the annual Kipona Festival boasts what’s said to be the largest Labor Day fireworks display in the state. Check it out for free from Riverfront Park or on City Island.
Lancaster residents have no shortage of options when it comes to fireworks, either. Some of the more notable events taking place each summer include the annual Intercourse Heritage Days, celebrating the founding of Lancaster County, which typically close Saturday nights with an impressive show. Mountville hosts its own Fourth of July celebration in Froelich Park, as does Lititz in Lititz Spring Park. There’s also a July 2nd Independence Celebration in East Petersburg Park and the SECA Fest, held in Quarryville’s Memorial Park. In Lancaster proper, be sure to stick around for the fireworks at Celebrate Lancaster!, which also features live music and plenty of food vendors situated along North Queen Street.
The Codorus Blast Festival in Hanover is always one of the best parts of a York County summer. Held at the Codorus State Park, this great event offers plenty of fun for the whole family, including a Saturday night fireworks display made all the more impressive by the event’s lakeside setting. For Fourth of July excitement, check out the festivities in Red Lion’s Horn Field or Jacobus’ Community Park, both of which feature excellent fireworks displays.
Breathtaking fireworks displays are just one of the reasons why summer in south central PA can’t be beat! Use the comments section below to let us know if there’s anything we missed, or to share a great event taking place in your corner of the state.