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Where to Watch Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront in July 2017

The top places to see the July fireworks 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 July 4th, fireworks enthusiasts can look forward to not one, not two, but three explosive displays, most of which are 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 Concert & Fireworks on the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

Date: Friday, June 30, 2017
Time: 8 p.m.
Fireworks: Approximately 9:30 p.m.
Location: Great Plaza @ Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Blvd.

Now in its 10th year, the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra will perform a FREE concert at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. 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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US Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Concert & Fireworks on the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

Date: Saturday, July 1, 2017
Time: 8 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 its 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. Also highly anticipated: The huge fireworks display that will follow at approximately 9:30 p.m.

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Freedom Festival Fireworks

Date: Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Fireworks: Approximately 9:30 p.m.
Location: Delaware River waterfront

Celebrate the nation’s official birthday with riverfront views at the Freedom Festival Fireworks. Taking place around 9:30 p.m., a grand show will unfold over the Delaware River waterfront.

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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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Independence Seaport Museum

Check out the exhibits, then catch the fireworks

Get a perfect view of the fireworks over the Delaware River outside of the Independence Seaport Museum — and visit the historical museum while you're there.
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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 and 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 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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