Please tell me: who doesn’t like fireworks? Even better- free entertainment? Lambertville (NJ) and New Hope (PA) combine the two and collectively ignite the warmer months with a fifteen minute firework show displayed over the Delaware River every Friday night from Memorial Day Weekend until Labor Day Weekend, starting 9:30 PM.
There are plenty of great eats, sweets, and shops on either side of the bridge for enjoyment before and/or after, but if you’re looking for fun on a budget pack something tasty beforehand. You need only pay for gas and parking. Most of the towns’ lots and spots are metered or require a flat fee upfront, but (without giving away the *secret* locations locals use) there are several areas on the edge of town that are free and within walking distance. Be sure to arrive at least a half hour early to ensure you’re parked and street-side (or better yet, on the bridge); the crowd is usually as thick as a swarm of gnats surrounding the street lights.