Municipal fireworks displays in the US are often held on Saturday night, just as it is getting dark -- i.e. right at tzeis hakochavim, time for Ma'ariv, Havdalah, etc.

Assuming there is a vantage point to view the fireworks within walking distance, is there any problem getting into position before Shabbos ends and postponing Ma'ariv, Havdalah, etc, until the fireworks are over?

Does it take something away from the honor of Shabbos to do this? What if it meant missing davening in a minyan?

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    What obligations do mean? Ma'ariv and Havdalah? You can make them later?
    – jutky
    Commented Jul 4, 2013 at 21:30
  • Maybe that's just the answer. I am wondering if it is appropriate to postpone them just to watch fireworks, especially if getting into position might have to take place on Shabbos itself, or if one might miss davening in a minyan.
    – Premundane
    Commented Jul 4, 2013 at 21:34
  • If the problem is to miss davening in a minyan, then it's another question, has nothing to do with shabbos. According the havdalah - I don't think there is problem to postpone it. Actually, one can make havdalah even on the next day.
    – jutky
    Commented Jul 4, 2013 at 21:36
  • Thanks, I have clarified the question a bit. If you feel like that's a good answer, go ahead and post it.
    – Premundane
    Commented Jul 4, 2013 at 21:39
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    ps you should consult a rav for guidance on this matter.
    – Eric Brown
    Commented Jul 5, 2013 at 0:15


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