A great weekend had by all! Fountains and Fireworks!

 

Saturday, Erika and I headed up to Pennsylvania to spend the weekend at Longwood Gardens.  My last post gave five great reasons why Longwood is a perfect place to plant ones chair when it comes to mixing flowers and fireworks!  Today it’s all about the main event!

The Main Fountain at Longwood Gardens © Britt Conley

The fireworks are set off above this main fountain area.  During the day it’s open for visitors to stroll and enjoy.

The Fountains at Longwood Gardens © Britt Conley

It’s a huge space offering a great play area for kids.  This is just one of the garden areas here, but the fountains are a main event!

The Fountains at Longwood Gardens © Britt Conley

We were lucky enough to plan well and got 1st place in line for some 6,000 people who bought tickets, that is until we realized we were second.  A man had saved his spot just infront of us.  Good for him I say!  We also met George and Mary, a great couple, while waiting for our 3:00 entry.  We had our chairs ready and when they let us in we had first pick, right up against the hedge between two of the fountains.  A perfect unobscured view!  As I mentioned the other day, Longwood expects patrons to leave their chairs attended and stroll the gardens for hours.  When we did finally make it back to our seats, they were empty and waiting for us.

Fireworks and Fountains Show at Longwood Gardens © Britt Conley

Just after placing our chairs we headed over to the Fireworks Bar-b-que.  Which had Longwoods famed Blueberry Lemonade!  We each drank at least four cups!  There was stunning asparagus, and veggies, the famous Kennett Square Mushrooms, chicken, cheeseburgers etc… All one could eat!  We happily stuffed ourselves.

Fireworks and Fountains Bar-B-Que at Longwood Gardens © Britt Conley

Desert consisted of phenomenal watermelon, ice cream and cookies.  There were even brownies to be had.  Just superb!

Fireworks and Fountains Bar-B-Que at Longwood Gardens © Britt Conley

After spending the next four hours touring the gardens and simply wandering with camera in hand, we headed back to get in position.

Fireworks and Fountains Show at Longwood Gardens © Britt Conley

At 9:15 on the nose the fountains started up!  Choreographed music and colored lights set them ablaze against the darkening blue sky and fireflies…

Fireworks and Fountains Show at Longwood Gardens © Britt Conley

And then, they were off!

Fireworks and Fountains Show at Longwood Gardens © Britt Conley

The music was fantastic!  The fireworks were amazing!

Fireworks and Fountains Show at Longwood Gardens © Britt Conley

They danced skyward and shot up faster than this shutter bug could keep up with!

Fireworks at Longwood Gardens © Britt Conley

They filled the sky with reds and greens…

Fireworks at Longwood Gardens © Britt Conley

The show was punctuated with those loud, white crackling ones high above for great dramatic effect!  Good thing Erika brought the ear plugs!

Fireworks and Fountains Show at Longwood Gardens © Britt Conley

Every color was represented!

Fireworks at Longwood Gardens © Britt Conley

If only I had taped it!

Fireworks and Fountains Show at Longwood Gardens © Britt Conley

And when the fireworks finale crescendoed the crowed burst with applause.

Fireworks at Longwood Gardens © Britt Conley

The sky was perfect until the half way point when the winds shifted and the smoke began to settle a tad around the area.  But the time they were over, we were surrounded!  But how cool it was!

The post fireworks crowd packing up at Longwood Gardens © Britt Conley

The light was lovely through the haze!

The post fireworks crowd packing up at Longwood Gardens © Britt Conley

Eventually it began to dissipate.

The post fireworks crowd packing up at Longwood Gardens © Britt Conley

As did the crowds.

The last of the crowd leaves Longwood Gardens © Britt Conley

A great weekend had by all!  I have tons more to share from our great weekend.  Stay tuned!  So what did you do to celebrate?  Go to any gardens?  Spend it in your own?  Have any pictures?  let me know : )

‘Til Tomorrow…

Britt : )

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