1) WHY ARE LAMBERTVILLE AND NEW HOPE PROVIDING THESE FIREWORKS DISPLAYS?
We are providing these fireworks events to reinforce our commitment to the towns’ reputations as premier summer destination, and create unique summer events for residents and visitors that will showcase our local restaurants and merchants.
2)WHAT HAPPENS TO FUNDS LEFT OVER FROM CANCELLED SHOWS?
All funds collected for fireworks go towards fireworks. Any surplus funds are rolled into future fireworks shows.
3) WHEN ARE THE DATES OF THE FIREWORKS?
The fireworks displays will occur every Friday evening starting 25 May (Memorial Day weekend) through 31 August (Labor Day weekend.)
4) WHAT TIME WILL THE FIREWORKS DISPLAYS TAKE PLACE?
The fireworks displays will begin every Friday evening from 25 May through 31 August at 9:30 PM.
5) WHERE WILL THE FIREWORKS DISPLAYS TAKE PLACE?
The fireworks displays will take place, at the same launch site each week, about 500 feet south of the New Hope Lambertville Free Bridge, about 500 feet offshore on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware river
6) HOW LONG WILL THE FIREWORKS DISPLAYS LAST FOR EACH EVENT?
The fireworks will consistently last between 8 and 10 minutes.
7) WHERE ARE GOOD SPOTS TO VIEW THE FIREWORKS?
The fireworks “shooting” location is strategically located so viewers from both Lambertville and New Hope will be able to see the display. Most of the towns’ river merchants will have a great view of the fireworks. Some of the fireworks will reach 280 ft above the launch site.
8) WHAT HAPPENS TO THE DISPLAYS IN THE EVENT OF INCLEMENT WEATHER?
We will cancel the fireworks if we have heavy winds (i.e., 25 miles per hour), thunderstorms, or lightening. Both Lambertville and New Hope will also decide by noon of the Friday of the event if we are going to cancel the event for any other reasons.
9) WHO CAN I CALL TO FIND OUT IF THE FIREWORKS ARE CANCELLED?
If the weather is clear, we will set off the fireworks, so you will not need to contact anyone. If the weather is threatening (as noted above), between noon and 5:00 PM, you can call the New Hope Chamber of Commerce at 215-862-9990, or the Bucks County Visitors Center at 215-862-5030 or the Lambertville Chamber of Commerce at 609-397-0055.
10) WILL SPECIAL PARKING BE AVAILABLE FOR THE FIREWORKS?
No. New Hope has ample parking for all visitors. We expect all New Hope residents who come to the display will walk into town. Visitors are encouraged to park at the New Hope-Solebury High School parking lot, take advantage of the parking available at Union Square, and the parking available at the three parking lots on New Street. Visitors should not expect to find on-street metered parking in either town, and both towns will enforce parking regulations. In Lambertville, Niece Lumber (is limited to about 30 cars) Lambertville Station, Lambertville Municipal lot at the ACME town hall).
12) ARE OTHER EVENTS PLANNED FOR THESE FRIDAY EVENINGS?
We strongly recommend that all business owners demonstrate their community responsibility by remaining open until 10:30 PM the evening of the fireworks. Many of the towns’ restaurants are sponsoring “double shot” happy hours, the first happy hour will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM; and the second will be from 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Some of the local restaurants will be offering “Friday Night Specials,” dinners fit for a fireworks evening. Check with your favorite restaurants for details. Some merchants will also be sponsoring special events on these Friday evenings. We encourage all business owners to develop individual marketing and promotions opportunities for their establishments.
13) WILL THE NEW HOPE LAMBERTVILLE FREE BRIDGE BE CLOSED TO AUTOMOBILE TRAFFIC FOR THE DISPLAY?
No. The Bridge will remain open for traffic into and out of the towns’ and vehicles will not be permitted to stop on the Bridge to view the fireworks.
14) WILL THE NEW HOPE LAMBERTVILLE FREE BRIDGE BE CLOSED TO PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC FOR THE DISPLAY?
No. The Bridge will remain open for pedestrian traffic into and out of the towns during the fireworks displays. Pedestrian Bridge traffic will be monitored by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission during the event to ensure public safety.
15) HOW MUCH ARE THESE EVENTS COSTING BOTH TOWNS?
The weekly cost to set off the fireworks, including public safety (Police, Fire, and Rescue) is $7,000. These costs are not coming from local government funds.
16) WILL TRAFFIC ON MAIN STREET AND BRIDGE STREET BE CLOSED DURING THE FIREWORKS DISPLAYS?
No. All vehicular traffic will continue uninterrupted during the fireworks displays. However, vehicular traffic may be heavy one- half hour before during and after, so arrive and park early to ensure you have ample time to enjoy the towns activities.
17) ARE THESE FIREWORKS SAFE?
These fireworks are provided by the Garden State Fireworks, a global company with a long history (since 1890) of safety and professional pyrotechnics. These fireworks are launched at a distance that ensures they are out of range from land and structures. We have taken every precaution available to ensure the public safety of individuals and property. The most important considerations include igniting the fireworks on the river, which practically eliminates the risk of fire. We will also have additional Police, Fire, and Rescue staff on duty to ensure public safety. We expect each individual who comes to the towns to view the fireworks to act responsibly.