Everything You Need To Know About July 4th in Philadelphia 2015
Celebrate America’s birthday in America’s birthplace
When Fourth of July rolls around, Philadelphia — America’s birthplace — paints the town red, white and blue thanks to eight days of music, exhibitions, Colonial characters and re-enactments, patriotic ceremonies and fireworks.
This year, the city amps up the revelry surrounding the annual Wawa Welcome America! festivities with a citywide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement.
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With July 4th happening on a Saturday, turn your celebration into a patriotic getaway with the Visit Philly Overnight® Hotel Package. The special offer includes overnight accommodations; passes to ride the PHLASH bus, offering easy access to Philadelphia's major attractions; and FREE parking while you celebrate America’s birthday in America’s birthplace.
Read on for our FAQ on July 4th in Philadelphia.
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.
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Head to the Delaware River waterfront on July 2 for a free concert from the Philadelphia Orchestra and a brilliant fireworks display.
When and where are the fireworks shows this year?
There are three fireworks shows for 2015:
The Philadelphia Orchestra Neighborhood Concert & Fireworks
Date: Thursday, July 2, 2015
Time: 8 p.m.
Fireworks: Land side display at approximately 9:15 p.m.
Location: Great Plaza @ Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Blvd.
Now in its eighth year, the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra will perform a FREE Neighborhood Concert on the RiverStage at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing. Following the orchestral show, enjoy a land-side fireworks display on the Delaware River Waterfront.
Philly 4th of July Jam & Grand Finale Fireworks
Date: July 4, 2015
Time: 7-11 p.m.
Fireworks: Estimated to begin around 10:30 p.m.
Location: Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 20th Street and Eakins Oval
The week-long celebration culminates with the "Largest Free Concert in America" on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Philly 4th of July Jam features The Roots and special guests including Miguel and Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland before an explosive fireworks finale over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Tall Ships Fireworks Show at Penn’s Landing
Date: Sunday, June 28, 2015
Fireworks: Approximately 9:30 p.m.
Location: Great Plaza at Penn's Landing
In celebration of the Tall Ships Festival and Philadelphia's week-long Independence Day celebration, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation is hosting a massive, FREE fireworks show on Sunday, June 28. Head to Penn's Landing and look to the sky for a spectacular fireworks display in honor of the Tall Ships Festival featuring more than four tons of colorful explosives from around the world.
Where are the best places to watch the fireworks?
Delaware River Waterfront — JULY 2
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.
Benjamin Franklin Parkway — JULY 4
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.
What time do the fireworks start?
Delaware River Waterfront — JULY 2
Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. after the free orchestra concert.
Benjamin Franklin Parkway — JULY 4
Fireworks on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway are estimated to begin at 10:30 p.m.
How can I get to events on the 4th of July?
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. All SEPTA Regional Rail, bus, trolley, Market-Frankford and Broad Street Line services will operate on a Sunday schedule on July 4th, with additional late-night service to accommodate concert-goers.
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 holiday route detours, call (800) 537-7676 or click the button below.
The PHLASH bus is a convenient and affordable way to get around on Independence Day. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
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 website.
4th of July Jam
When and where is the show?
Celebrate America’s birthday with the “Largest Free Concert in America” on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The show starts at 7 p.m.
The Philly 4th of July Jam features The Roots, Miguel and Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland and more. Click the button below for the full lineup.
Do I need a ticket to attend?
The 4th of July Jam is FREE and open to the public.
Click the button below to read more about the 4th of July Jam.
Party on the Parkway
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. The Parkway will be packed with blocks of delicious refreshments from vendors and local food trucks, interactive fun and much more.
What time does it start?
The Party on the Parkway starts at noon on July 4th and runs until 7 p.m., when the 4th of July Jam begins.
Click the button below for more info on the Party on the Parkway.
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, a reading of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence and a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first major LGBTQ protest in the United States.
After the parade, head back to Independence National Historical Park for Let Freedom Ring, where descendents of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence and Pennsylvania Society’s Sons of the Revolution take part in a special event in the shadow of Independence Hall. The morning celebration concludes with symbolic tapping of the Liberty Bell at 2 p.m.
For more information on the Independence Day Parade, click the button below.
More things to do
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.
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: July 1. Click here for more info.
- Wawa Hoagie Day: July 2. Click here for more info.
- Philadelphia Orchestra Neighborhood Concert & Fireworks: July 2. Click here for more info.
- Liberty Block Party: July 3. Click here for more info.
- POPS! On Independence: July 3. Click here for more info.
Click the button below for our full guide to activities around the week of Independence Day.