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Where to Watch Fireworks
on the Delaware River Waterfront in 2016

The top places to see the shows from both sides of the Delaware River

The Delaware River Waterfront in Philadelphia is a perfect backdrop for holiday fireworks shows, with prime viewing spots from both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. This 4th of July, fireworks enthusiasts can look forward to not one but two explosive displays, preceded by some great events.

To help you get the best view, we’ve put together a list of a few of our favorite places to watch the fireworks.

The Philadelphia Orchestra Neighborhood Concert & Fireworks

Date: Friday, July 1, 2016
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Fireworks: Approximately 9:30 p.m.
Location: Great Plaza @ Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Blvd.

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 marvelous fireworks display on the Delaware River Waterfront starting at approximately 9:30 p.m.

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“Pershing’s Own” Concert at Penn’s Landing and Fireworks

Date: Saturday, July 2, 2016
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Fireworks: Approximately 9:30 p.m.
Location: Great Plaza @ Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Blvd.

The US 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 approximately 9:30 p.m.

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Guide to July 4th in Philadelphia

For our complete guide to the fireworks, concerts, family-friendly events and more happening over the week of July 4th, click the button below.

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Penn's Landing

Snag a front-row seat

The Great Plaza (closest intersection is Columbus Boulevard and Chestnut Streets), where the main stage is, is of course a solid option. Other good spots at Penn’s Landing are anywhere along its southern stretch, from Dock Street to South Street.
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Independence Seaport Museum

Check out the exhibits, then catch the fireworks

Get a perfect view of the fireworks over the Delaware River and visit the museum’s exhibition Tides of Freedom: African Presence on the Delaware River.
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The Moshulu

Dinner and a show

Get a front row seat for the fireworks aboard the Moshulu. Dine on selections from the Moshulu’s regular menu, or just watch from the ship’s deck.
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Ristorante La Veranda

Stellar Italian food to go with the show

This historic Northern Italian restaurant located on Pier 3 Penn’s Landing offers prime fireworks viewing on two levels.
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Wiggins Park

An alternative sightline from New Jersey

Across the river in Camden, you can get an equally spectacular view of the fireworks from Wiggin’s Park, located near Adventure Aquarium and the Battleship New Jersey. It’s free and open to the public.
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Dave and Buster's Dockside Bar

The dockside bar at Dave and Buster's recently relaunched and is a great spot to catch the fireworks above the Delaware River. While watching the show, guests can enjoy drinks, food and prime waterfront views.
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