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Top Fourth of July Fireworks Shows in Philadelphia

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 Philadelphia will hold not one, not two but FOUR awesome fireworks displays!

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway hosts its annual fireworks show on Tuesday, July 4, preceded by the Party On the Parkway and the Wawa Welcome America! Concerts, featuring a free concert by R&B songstress Mary J. Blige, jazz singer Tony DeSare, Broadway star Mandy Gonzalez and more.

Also on July 4, visitors can head to the Delaware River Waterfront for the Freedom Festival Fireworks show, featuring a grand display above the water.

Leading up to the nation’s official birthday, you can catch fireworks on June 30 at Penn’s Landing after a free show by the Philadelphia Orchestra and on July 1 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, too. Read on for our guide to the best fireworks shows in and around Philadelphia.

With July 4th tacking on a possible two extra days 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.

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C Is For Celebrate: Fireworks at Sesame Place

Monday, July 3, 2017 and Tuesday, July 4, 2017
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.
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Fireworks at Sutcliffe Park in Conshohocken

Monday, July 3, 2018
Come out for food, music and all-ages activities at Sutcliffe Park in Conshohocken. Fireworks will go off once the sun goes down.
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4th of July Freedom Festival and Fireworks at Wiggins Park

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
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 a salute to the country and its veterans, followed by a full lineup of live music.
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Glenside’s “Real Americana” July 4th Independence Day Celebration

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Coming into its 114th year, the Grand, Glorious, Patriotic Parade heads 1.5 miles through Glenside, finishing with a fireworks show at the Abington Senior High and Middle Schools.
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Independence Day Celebration in Lower Providence Township

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Come to Eagleville Park to enjoy a concert at 6:30 p.m., followed by a vibrant display of fireworks at dark. Food, drinks and a ton of community spirit await!
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Upper Merion 4th of July Carnival

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Upper Merion celebrates Independence Day with rides, games, music and more at a carnival in Heuser Park. Stay till dusk for the grand finale fireworks show.
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