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Everything You Need To Know About July 4th in Philadelphia 2016

Celebrate America’s birthday in America’s birthplace

When the Fourth of July rolls around, Philadelphia — America’s birthplace — paints the town red, white and blue with eight days of music, exhibitions, Colonial characters and re-enactments, patriotic ceremonies and, of course, fireworks.

Read on for our FAQ on how to spend July 4th in Philadelphia.

Fireworks | 4th of July Concert | Party on the Parkway

Parade | More Things to Do | Accommodations


Twitter Accounts To Follow For the Latest July 4th Updates

Most events during July 4th in Philadelphia are rain or shine, so be sure to get the most up-to-date information by following the accounts below on Twitter.

Twitter Accounts To Follow
@July4thPhilly @visitphilly @INDEPENDENCENHP
@PhiladelphiaGov @uwishunu @HistoricPhilly
@philly311 @PHLVisitorCntr @penns_landing
@SEPTA_SOCIAL @ConstitutionCtr @DelRiverWfront


Fireworks

When and where are the fireworks shows this year?

There are three(!) main fireworks shows in Philadelphia for 2016:

1. The Philadelphia Orchestra Neighborhood Concert & Fireworks

Date: Friday, July 1, 2016
Time: 8 p.m.
Fireworks: Approximately 9:30 p.m.
Location: Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard

The weekend gets a tuneful start with a free performance by the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra along the Delaware River Waterfront at Penn's Landing at 8 p.m. After the acclaimed musicians take their bows, all eyes will be on the skies for the spectacular fireworks display at approximately 9:30 p.m.

For the latest updates, please visit @DelRiverWfront and @penns_landing on Twitter.

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2. U.S. Army Band Concert and Fireworks

Date: Saturday, July 2, 2016
Time: 8 p.m.
Fireworks: Approximately 9:30 p.m.
Location: Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard

The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” has delighted audiences with their rousing and rollicking renditions of old standards, new hits and patriotic tunes. The group returns to the Delaware River waterfront this year for another highly anticipated performance starting at 8 p.m. Also highly anticipated: The huge fireworks display that will follow at about 9:30 p.m.

For the latest updates, please visit @DelRiverWfront and @penns_landing on Twitter.

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Head to the Delaware River waterfront on July 2 for a free concert from the U.S. Army Band and a brilliant fireworks display. (Photo courtesy M. Stanley for DRWC)

3. July 4th Concert & Fireworks on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Date: July 4, 2016
Time: 5-10 p.m.
Fireworks: Estimated to begin around 10 p.m.
Location: Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 20th Street and Eakins Oval

The week-long July 4th celebration culminates with one of the largest free concerts in America on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway featuring Leon Bridges, a tribute to Gamble and Huff and more before an explosive fireworks finale over the Philadelphia Museum of Art at 10 p.m.

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Where are the best places to watch the fireworks?

Delaware River Waterfront — JULY 1 & 2, 2016 at 9:30 p.m.

The Delaware River Waterfront is a perfect backdrop for holiday fireworks shows, with prime viewing spots from both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Click the button below for our comprehensive guide on where to watch the fireworks on the waterfront.

where to watch the fireworks on the delaware river waterfront

Benjamin Franklin Parkway — JULY 4, 2016 at 10 p.m.

The official July 4th fireworks finale at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is sure to draw a massive crowd, so be sure to stake your spot out early. Check out a few of our favorite spots to catch the show by clicking the button below.

where to watch the fireworks on the benjamin franklin parkway

What time do the fireworks start?

Delaware River Waterfront — JULY 1 & 2, 2016 at 9:30 p.m.

Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. after the free orchestra concert (July 1) and the U.S. Army Band concert (July 2).

Benjamin Franklin Parkway — JULY 4, 2016 at 10 p.m.

Fireworks on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway are estimated to begin at 10 p.m.

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The fireworks at the Philadelphia Museum of Art are set to go off at approximately 10 p.m. (M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

How can I get to events on the 4th of July?

Public Transit

City officials urge the public to either walk to the events or take SEPTA.

Public transportation is an easy way to get in and out of Center City. SEPTA will operate additional service on July 4th to assist festival-goers.

SEPTA bus, trolley, Market-Frankford and Broad Street Line services will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule on July 4th, with additional late-night service on the Market Frankford subway line to accommodate concert-goers.

Regional Rail service will operate on a Saturday schedule on July 4th, and will also offer extra service after the fireworks show.

For more information on SEPTA on July 4th, click the button below.

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PHLASH Downtown Loop

PHLASH trolley transportation is an inexpensive, convenient way to visit popular city attractions and get to/from Center City ($2 per ride; $5 all-day). For information on July 4th route detours, click the button below.

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The PHLASH bus is a convenient and affordable way to get around on Independence Day. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Parking Information

For-pay parking lots and garages conveniently are located on or near the Parkway. Call individual facilities ahead for parking options, prices and availability, or visit the Philadelphia Parking Authority blog.


Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert

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Residents and visitors flock to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert. (Photo courtesy Wawa Welcome America)

When and where is the show?

Celebrate America’s birthday with the “Largest Free Concert in America” on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on July 4th. The show starts at 5 p.m.

Who’s playing?

The July 4th Concert features Leon Bridges, Tony Award-winning star of Hamilton Leslie Odom, Jr., a tribute to Gamble and Huff and more. Click the button below for the full lineup.

Lineup for 4th of july concert

Do I need a ticket to attend?

The concert is FREE and open to the public.

Will there be food and drinks?

Look forward to 25 Philly-focused food vendors and food trucks, plus two main beer gardens — the Circa ’76 Beer Garden at 22nd Street between the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue and the Flying Key Beer Garden just north of 22nd Street between Park Towne Place and the parkway.

Click the button below to read more about the July 4th Concert.

wawa welcome american july 4th concert


Party on the Parkway

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The Benjamin Franklin Parkway fills up with residents and visitors for the Party on the Parkway and the July 4th Concert. (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

What is the Party on the Parkway?

The day-long Party on the Parkway takes place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 20th Street to Eakins Oval. Kidz Bop kicks off the day of musical performances, dance, children’s activities, foods and cultural events that celebrate the city’s many neighborhoods and nationalities.

What time does it start?

The Party on the Parkway starts at noon on July 4th and runs until 10 p.m., when the fireworks show begins.

Click the button below for more info on the Party on the Parkway.

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Independence Day Parade

Independence Day in Philadelphia begins with a parade through Historic Philadelphia featuring more than 6,000 participants from around the country. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

What time is the parade and where?

Philadelphia's annual Independence Day Parade begins at 11 a.m. at Independence Hall.

What is the parade route? Where should I watch?

The parade winds its way through the streets of Historic Philadelphia, starting in front of Independence Hall at 5th and Chestnut streets, turning right onto 9th Street toward Market Street, traveling east on Market to Front Street and comeing to an end at Front and Chestnut Streets.

What else is happening at the parade?

The Celebration of Freedom which begins at 10 a.m. at Independence Hall, will pay tribute to the history of our great nation with a patriotic and inspiring morning of music and a reading of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence.

For more information on the Celebration of Freedom and the Independence Day Parade, click the button below.

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More things to do

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What else is there to do on July 4th in Philadelphia?

For a full hour-by-hour guide to all the festivities in Philadelphia on July 4th, click the button below.

Hour-by-hour july 4th guide

Are there other activities around the week of July 4th?

Wawa Welcome America! is hosting eight days of activities leading up to the big July 4th celebration, including:

  • Philly @ The Movies: Rocky: Wednesday, June 29. Click here for more info.
  • Wawa Hoagie Day: Thursday, June 30. Click here for more info.
  • Historic Philadelphia Block Party: Sunday, July 3. Click here for more info.
  • POPS! On Independence: Sunday, July 3. Click here for more info.

Click the button below for our full guide to activities around the week of Independence Day.

Guide to July 4th in Philadelphia


Accommodations

Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package™

With July 4th happening on a Monday, turn your celebration into a patriotic getaway with the Visit Philly Overnight® Hotel Package. The special offer includes overnight accommodations; passes to ride Indego Philly bike share and the PHLASH bus, FREE parking while you celebrate America’s birthday in America’s birthplace and more.

Click here to book your stay




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