See fireworks in Germany before and after July 4

by Karen Bradbury
Stripes Europe

No fourth without fireworks? If displays of pyrotechnics are a must for your Independence Day celebrations, you’re in luck. As the closing element to a handful of German fests taking place on the weekends bookending July 4, here are some places to watch the heavens will light up:

Tuebingen: the city’s Sommerfest on the Weilheimer Wiesen features fireworks as darkness descends on July 8.

Darmstadt: Darmstadt’s lively Heinerfest, a volksfest in the very heart of the city, closes with a colorful display. The Herrngarten, a stately park just steps behind the Hessisches Landesmuseum, makes for a prime viewing site. The skies are alight from 10:30 p.m. on July 8.

Eltville: the Sekt und Biedermeier Fest closes on July 8 with concerts by cover bands playing rock, pop and soul and a fireworks display launched from a pontoon boat in the Rhine. Fireworks go off at 10:45 p.m.

Wiesbaden: The German American Friendship Festival runs through July 4; on its last night, fireworks high above the parking lot of the old PX on Hainerberg end festivities with a bang from 11 p.m.

Bingen and Rüdesheim: one of four annual “Rhine in Flames” events coincides nicely with U.S. Independence Day. As darkness falls on July 6, illuminated vineyards and a brightly lit up convoy of ships in the Rhine form the backdrop to the fireworks. Visitors along the riverbanks on either side of the Rhine are sure to get an eyeful.

Ludwigsburg: The Bluhendes Barock castle grounds hosts its annual Musical Fireworks on July 6. Illuminated gardens and a musical side program from 7 p.m. precede the main event scheduled for 10:30 p.m.  Entry fees are charged: Adults pay 12 euros, while ages 4-15 get in for 7 euros.


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