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Longwood Gardens Fireworks and Fountains Shows Spotlight Our Most Popular Shows

March 11, 2014
Longwood Gardens presents six fireworks and fountains shows guaranteed to make your summer memorable.

KENNETT SQUARE, PA –Longwood Gardens presents six fireworks and fountains shows guaranteed to make your summer memorable. This year, the world-class Gardens present six of its most popular shows of all time: show tune classics in Big Band and Broadway, patriotic favorites in Celebrate America, the music of Tchaikovsky in A Touch of Classical: Tchaikovsky, pop fun with Abbacadabra: The Magic of ABBA, highlights from the Russian composer in Rachmaninoff: Power & Passion and a salute to the music of the iconic band The Beatles in Ladies & Gentlemen . . . The Beatles. Tickets are on sale now at Shows begin at 9:15 pm unless otherwise noted:

May 24 Big Band and Broadway
July 4 Celebrate America
July 19 A Touch of Classical: Tchaikovsky
August 16 Abbacadabra: The Magic of ABBA
August 30 Rachmaninoff: Power & Passion (8:15 pm start)
September 13 Ladies & Gentlemen . . . The Beatles (8:15 pm start)

Big Band and Broadway (May 24) features favorite classics from the Big Band era and famed Broadway musicals, including Give My Regards to Broadway, Harlem Nocturne, Manhattan Lullaby, Luck Be A Lady, Moonlight Serenade, In the Mood, String of Pearls, and more.

Celebrate America (July 4) highlights well-loved patriotic selections such as The Olympic Fanfare, Victory at Sea, The Colonel Bogey March, The Winds of War, King’s Row, Armed Forces Medley, The Stars & Stripes, The National Anthem, and more.

A Touch of Classical: Tchaikovsky (July 19) spotlights the famed Russian composer’s Fifth Symphony.

Abbacadabra: The Magic of ABBA (Aug 16) kicks off by invoking the disco era with Dancing Queen, Knowing Me, Knowing You, and Take a Chance on Me, then moves into later recordings including the high-energy rendition of The Visitors and a quieter Name of the Game. A throbbing Waterloo is an unforgettable finale.

Rachmaninoff: Power & Passion (August 30) features the famed Russian composer’s Second Symphony.

Ladies & Gentlemen . . . The Beatles (Sept 13) showcases music by one of the most popular and influential music groups of all time. The show opens with Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, followed by the lyrical Penny Lane and the driving anthem, Help. The melodic Here Comes the Sun melds into the title song of the 1964 album, A Hard Day’s Night, followed by We Can Work It Out. The show continues with I Want to Hold Your Hand, followed by Something, Lady Madonna, and the lilting ballad Norwegian Wood. Let It Be and the moving The Long and Winding Road create a memorable finale.

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

Ticket Information

Admission is by advance-sale ticket only and tickets are limited. 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 or online 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 Summer Barbeque

Before each Fireworks show enjoy tasty summer fare at Longwood’s Summer Barbeques. 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 and reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 610-388-1000. Barbeque ticket prices are $32 for ages 12 and over/$29 for Members; $19 for ages 5-11/$17 Members; and $5 for ages 1-4. 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.