50 Nights of Fireworks at Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s IllumiNights

Busch Gardens Williamsburg announced their summer evening event, IllumiNights, will return on Sunday, July 1st.  The theme park will stay open until 10pm through August 19th with special shows in each country and a nightly fireworks finale at 9:30pm.  Continue reading for more details from Busch Gardens.

From Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Press Release

Williamsburg, VA – Busch Gardens is the source for nighttime fun this summer when “IllumiNights: A Busch Gardens Encore” returns with 50 nights of spectacular live performances throughout the park followed by nightly fireworks.

IllumiNights begins Sunday, July 1 with extended operating hours, and continues nightly through Aug. 19.  Guests can visit Ireland for The Legend of Killarney, where larger-than-life puppets spin a magical tale of leprechauns and a lost fortune.  In France, Voila! transports families to the bustling streets of Paris where outdoor performances including exciting ladder walkers entertain park guests.  In Italy, lush gardens transform into a stage for an Italian strength troupe at Giardino Magico.

In addition to the other night-time entertainment, Germany’s Oktoberfest Plaza is turned upside down with colorful characters and crazy critters at the all-new Wunderbarn!.  Henrik and Helga, owners of the zany Black Forest Farms lead the German festivities that build to a rollicking finale with park guests’ favorite, The Chicken Dance.

Park performances begin nightly at 5:30 p.m. and culminate with the park’s signature Tour de Force: Fireworks Finale at 9:30 p.m.  This spectacular fireworks show blends dazzling color with an original score that can be viewed throughout the park.  It’s the perfect summertime capstone to a wonderful day at the Williamsburg theme park.

Between performances, park guests are encouraged to brave the Black Forest aboard Verbolten, Busch Gardens’ totally twisted multi-launch roller coaster.

Busch Gardens offers several packages to make IllumiNights a special occasion.  The IllumiNights Picnic and Fireworks features an all-you-care-to-eat buffet in Busch Gardens’ Black Forest picnic area.  For an additional charge, fireworks fans also can enjoy Busch Gardens pyrotechnic extravaganza from the water aboard a Rhine River cruise boat during IllumiNights On The Rhine.

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Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.