Top 16 Fourth of July Fireworks Shows in Philadelphia for 2016
Fireworks displays illuminate the sky all over the city and countryside
It’s not truly the Fourth of July without fireworks shows filling the sky. And this year marks the first year since 2011 that Philadelphia will hold not one, not two but THREE awesome fireworks displays.
The Benjamin Franklin Parkway hosts its annual fireworks show on Monday, July 4, preceded by the Party On the Parkway and the Wawa Welcome America! Concerts, featuring a free concert by Leon Bridges, a tribute to the tunes of Gamble and Huff and other live performances.
You can also catch fireworks on July 1 at Penn’s Landing after a free show by the Philadelphia Orchestra and on July 2 at Penn’s Landing following a performance from the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own”.
Beyond downtown Philly, tons of other areas in the region invite you to take in expansive firework displays. Read on for our guide to the best fireworks shows in and around Philadelphia.
With July 4th tacking on an extra day to the weekend, why not consider turning your holiday into a patriotic getaway with the Visit Philly Overnight® Hotel Package? Stay over and celebrate America’s birthday in America’s birthplace!
Please Note: All events are scheduled rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, follow @July4thPhilly on Twitter and Wawa Welcome America on Facebook and @DelRiverWfront and @penns_landing on Twitter for the latest updates.
Wawa Welcome America! July 4th Fireworks on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
When it comes to celebrating America’s birthday, nobody rocks it like America’s birthplace of Philadelphia. And 2016 — the country’s 240th birthday — will be no exception. Starting at 5 p.m., the Wawa Welcome America! July 4th Concert will feature Leon Bridges and notable local acts before an explosive fireworks finale over the Philadelphia Museum of Art at approximately 10 p.m.
Philadelphia Orchestra Neighborhood Concert & Fireworks
Now in its ninth year, the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra will perform a FREE Neighborhood Concert on the RiverStage at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing at 8 p.m. Following the orchestral show, enjoy a fireworks display overlooking the Delaware River Waterfront starting at approximately 9:30 p.m.
U.S. Army Band Performance and Fireworks Show
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. followed by an equally anticipated fireworks display beginning at approximately 9:30 p.m.
XFINITY Fireworks Show at Citizens Bank Park
To celebrate America’s independence, the Philadelphia Phillies illuminate the sky above Citizens Bank Park following the baseball games against the Kansas City Royals on July 1 and 2. The fireworks occur 15 minutes after each game, so tickets to the game are necessary to catch the action.
Tchaikovsky with Fireworks at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts
A universe of stellar performers entertains under summer skies
The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Mann Center for Performing Arts kick things off on June 24 with a Philadelphia favorite: Tchaikovsky with Fireworks. This summer, the orchestra will begin with the most dramatic of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies, "No. 4," leading into "Swan Lake" and ending with a thrilling rendition of the "1812 Overture" during the epic fireworks finale.
Fireworks with the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium
Head to the beautiful Talen Energy Stadium on Saturday, July 9 to see the Philadelphia Union take on the D.C. United. Stick around after the game for a spectacular fireworks display framed against the Delaware River and the Commodore Barry Bridge.
C Is For Celebrate: Fireworks at Sesame Place
Celebrate Independence Day at Sesame Place with your favorite characters from Sesame Street including Elmo, Abby Cadabby and Cookie Monster. Immediately following the evening performance of the "Neighborhood Night Parade," look up to the sky to see brilliant bursts of color set to Sesame Street tunes.
4th of July Freedom Festival and Fireworks at Wiggins Park
Just across the river in Camden you'll find a patriotic festival of fun (and fireworks!) in Wiggins Park. The fireworks won't start lighting up the sky over the Delaware River until 9:30 p.m., but the event kicks off earlier in the evening with the Tri-County Symphonic Band at 5 p.m., followed by a full lineup of other local performers.
New Hope/Lambertville Fireworks 2016
Lambertville, NJ and New Hope, PA — towns separated by a narrow stretch of the Delaware River — come together to celebrate the Fourth of July with a fireworks display on July 1. The show goes down south of the New Hope-Lambertville Toll Supported Bridge. Earlier in the evening, consider checking out the the two towns' First Friday festivities before settling in for the show.
Glenside’s “Real Americana” July 4th Independence Day Celebration
Coming into its 113th year, the Grand, Glorious Patriotic Parade precedes the fireworks show in Glenside, promenading primarily along Easton Road. Fireworks will take place later in the night at the Abington Senior High and Middle Schools.
Chester County Freedom Fest — Concert and Fireworks
Pack a picnic or enjoy festival-style foods from one of the dozen food vendors at the Chester County Freedom Fest. In addition to fireworks at the end of the night, the event holds a live concert, opportunities to spin on an Orbotron (designed by a former NASA engineer) and more.