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Fireworks and Fountains

February 10, 2012
Longwood Gardens presents six fireworks and fountains shows guaranteed to make your summer memorable.

Longwood Gardens presents six fireworks and fountains shows guaranteed to make your summer memorable. This year, enjoy Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake featuring works from the classic ballet.  Favorite patriotic music from John Philip Sousa highlights the program, Stars & Stripes on July 3. Finally, salute the music of the 1980s in The Amazing ’80s . Tickets are on sale now at Shows begin at 9:15 pm unless otherwise noted:

May 26                         Swan Lake                                                                          

July 3                           Stars & Stripes

July 21                         Swan Lake                                                                         

August 11                    The Amazing ’80s

September 1                 Swan Lake (8:15 pm start)          

September 29               The Amazing ’80s (7:15 pm start)  


Swan Lake features some of Tchaikovsky’s most beloved music from what is probably the most famous ballet of all, about a princess transformed into a swan by an evil sorcerer.  Our music features the well-known swan theme, several grand waltzes, dramatic Spanish and Hungarian dances, tumultuous codas, and an over-the-top finale.

Stars & Stripes is a salute to John Philip Sousa, who gave 14 concerts with his band at Longwood between 1922 and 1930, and evokes a Fourth of July parade. Toe-tapping Sousa selections include Corcoran Cadets, Rifle Regiment, Thunder and Gladiator, Liberty Bell, El Capitan, and, of course, Stars and Stripes Forever as the grand finale.

The Amazing ‘80s spotlights popular rock and pop music from the decade’s most iconic artists. From Madonna’s Material Girl, to  Blondie’s Call Me, to John Cougar Mellencamp’s Jack & Diane, to The Police’s Every Little Thing She Does is Magic, the evening takes you on an eclectic musical journey that comes to a climactic end with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts’ signature anthem, I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll.

The shows are designed by Arthur Rozzi Pyrotechnics of Ohio. For information, visit


Ticket Information

Admission is by advance-sale ticket only (although tickets can be purchased the day of the display if still available). Fireworks & Fountains tickets provide all-day admission to the Gardens. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, which provide the best viewing experience. Blankets are not permitted. Chairs can be rented on-site for a nominal fee of $5 each while supplies last. Chairs cannot be put into place for viewing the show until 3 pm. Tickets prices are:

  • Adult……$38
  • Child……$22 (15 & UNDER)
  • Garden Pass Member Adult ……………$31
  • Garden Pass Member Child……………$18

For information and ticket orders, visit or call 610-388-5200. Special group rates for 15 or more people are available.

A decision to delay or postpone under severe weather conditions is made normally 15 minutes prior to show time, based on local weather conditions at Longwood.

Fireworks have been used at Longwood since at least 1907, the year after Pierre du Pont (1870-1954) purchased the property.  The famed Fireworks and Fountains shows, which attract 5,000 people, are operated by carefully synchronized computer programs, and the music is chosen to complement the displays.


Fireworks BBQ

Before each Fireworks show enjoy tasty summer fare at Longwood’s Summer Barbecues. Featuring a selection of summer favorites cooked to order on the grill as well as other delicious picnic fare, these fun barbeques are a great way to relax before the dazzling fireworks show. Special tickets are required and reservations are recommended. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 610-388-1000. Barbeque ticket prices are $30 for ages 12 and over; $18 for ages 5-11; and $5 for ages 1-4. Garden Pass Members receive a discount.  The barbeque is served from 3-7:30 pm.         

About Longwood Gardens

In 1906, industrialist Pierre du Pont (1870-1954) purchased a small farm near Kennett Square, PA, to save a collection of historic trees from being sold for lumber. Throughout his life, Mr. du Pont indulged his passion for gardening, turning his farm into a magnificent horticultural showplace. Today, Longwood Gardens is one of the world’s great gardens, encompassing 1,077 acres of gardens, woodlands, meadows, fountains, a 10,010-pipe Aeolian organ and a 4-acre conservatory. Longwood continues the mission set forth by Mr. du Pont to inspire people through excellence in garden design, horticulture, education and the arts, through programming that includes exhibitions, musical performances by leading artists, renowned horticulture education programs, horticulture research, environmental stewardship and cultural and community engagement.

Visitor Information
Longwood Gardens is located at 399 Longwood Road on Route 1 near Kennett Square, PA, just 30 miles west of Philadelphia. The outdoor gardens and Conservatory open daily at 9 am. The Terrace Restaurant is open daily for full- and self-service dining. The GardenShop is also open daily. Complete information is available online at or by calling 610-388-1000.