There are always plenty of activities going on around the Poconos, but that’s especially true around the 4th of July. Some people like to hike. Some get together with friends for a cookout. Others just kick back and enjoy the great natural scenery.
When dusk arrives, however, the thoughts of most people in the Poconos turn toward celebrating our Nation's birth by watching fireworks. So if you're in the Poconos region over the 4th of July holiday, where's the best place to watch fireworks? The good news is that you have your choice from a number of locales. Here are just a few.
Look Over Lake Wallenpaupack
There’s something magical about seeing the fireworks in the sky reflected in the water. At Lake Wallenpaupack you can watch from the middle of the lake in your boat! Or you can grab a seat (as early as 7 pm) in the bleachers at Wallenpaupack Area High School. There is no charge. Get yourself in the mood by listening to patriotic tunes (courtesy of Classic Hits 105.3) and watch for the sparkle in the sky around 9:15 p.m.
Shawnee Mountain Fireworks
If you’re in the area of Shawnee Mountain you can catch the action from your blanket or lawn chair on the slopes! The fireworks begin at dusk, but you can enjoy other activities (and food vendors) before then. The $10 per car fee benefits the Shawnee Volunteer Fire Department. Click here for more information.
Make It a Multi-Day Celebration in East Stroudsburg
Who says you have to limit yourself to one day of celebration? At Dansbury Park in East Stroudsburg, there’s a three-day 4th of July festival that includes carnival rides and games, food trucks and vendors, plus live music and entertainment. There is no charge and the fireworks begin at dusk on the fourth. Click here for more information and for a map to the park.
Stay at Home (or Visit) to Celebrate at Jim Thorpe
The folks at Jim Thorpe sponsor the Jim Thorpe Stay at Home Festival on the Fourth of July in Memorial Park that features carnival games, children’s activities and entertainment. The opening ceremonies begin at 3 p.m. and the fireworks start at 10 p.m. There is no charge.
Celebrate in Central Park
There’s no need to drive into New York City to enjoy the Fourth of July in Central Park. Honesdale has it’s own Central Park! And if you just can’t wait for the 4th, you can come to Honesdale and celebrate on Sunday, July 2! There will be fun, food, music, and a fantastic fireworks display. The celebration begins at 6:30 pm with children's activities, vendors, and entertainment in the park. Fireworks begin at dusk. It’s a free event, but donations are gladly accepted. Click here for additional details.
You have your choice of July 4th celebrations! That’s just one of the reasons people love living in the Poconos!
Photo courtesy of Andrey Larin