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Where to Watch New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Philadelphia for 2016/2017

Best spots to ring in 2017 on the Delaware River Waterfront

Every year, Philadelphia rings in the New Year twice during the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront.

With fireworks shows along the Delaware River at 6 p.m. and midnight, you’ll have plenty of time to find the perfect spot to watch the spectacular displays. Get a front-row view from the Blue Cross RiverRink WinterFest, Penn’s Landing, the Battleship New Jersey and more.

For more great views of the final event of 2016, check out our interactive guide to the top spots to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks below.

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Penn's Landing

Free and open to the public

The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing features incredible views of the fireworks on the Delaware River backed by a synchronized soundtrack during the spectacular show.
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Independence Seaport Museum

Maritime history and fireworks views

Maritime merriment abounds on New Year’s Eve when the Independence Seaport Museum stays open late for the annual family fireworks viewing party (5-7 p.m.) on its second-floor balcony. Offering a sparkling cider toast and panoramic views of the 6 p.m. fireworks, the event serves as a great time for the whole family.
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La Peg at FringeArts

Dance party on the Delaware River Waterfront

FringeArts is saying goodbye to 2016 with a funky celebration featuring live music, beer garden fire pits, balloons and more. Starting at 11 p.m. (doors open at 10:30 p.m.), celebrate at La Peg before watching the midnight fireworks over the Delaware River. After the show, head back inside and dance the night away – funk and R&B ensemble Red 40 & The Last Groovement will be playing electrifying tunes.
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Adventure Aquarium

Ring in 2017 with underwater friends

Just across the Delaware River in Camden, Adventure Aquarium is kicking off the New Year with its annual New Year's Eve Splash. The celebration is included with general admission to the aquarium, which will be open through 6 p.m. on December 31 — making the 6 p.m. fireworks show the perfect ending to a fun-filled outing.
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Sweet celebration aboard the legendary sailing vessel

Have a sweet celebration aboard the Moshulu as you prepare to ring in the New Year. Head to the deck for great views of the fireworks as well as a dessert buffet, a cash bar and live music. For a more extravagant celebration, enjoy a four-course feast before the fireworks. A jazz trio will perform onboard, piano will be played in the dining room and a DJ will spin on the mid-deck, allowing you to pick the ambiance you want for ringing in 2017!
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South Street Pedestrian Bridge Over I-95

Bridge-side viewing

The South Street Pedestrian Bridge over I-95 — not the vehicular South Street Bridge over the Schuylkill River, but the pedestrian bridge on the east side of the city that connects South Street at Front Street with Penn's Landing — is a perfect spot to set up camp for fireworks viewing this New Year’s Eve. There are a few benches, so you'll have a front-row seat if you get there early enough.
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Ritz East

Entertainment inside and out

Spend the evening at the cinema at the Landmark Ritz East then stake out a spot in the parking lot outside of the theater for great views of the fireworks on the Delaware River.
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Front Street

Taking the front of the line among Philly streets to view the shows

The entire length of Front Street between the South Street and Market Street bridges are prime fireworks viewing spots on New Year’s Eve.
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Ristorante La Veranda

Historic restaurant on Penn's Landing

This historic Northern Italian restaurant located on Pier 3 Penn’s Landing is just south of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, making it a prime location for watching the fireworks.
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New Year’s Eve Haus Party at Brauhaus Schmitz

Those who want to party German-style should purchase tickets for the New Year’s Eve Haus party at Brauhaus Schmitz. Starting at 9 p.m., the bar/restaurant bids farewell to 2016 with an open bar, a buffet featuring German fare (and a prime rib carving station!), music, a champagne toast and more. Another perk? Guests of the party get to head up to a private roof deck to watch the midnight fireworks over the water. Tickets are $95 per person.
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Screens Around Town

Philadelphia’s SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront will also be streamed on screens all over town.

The 6 p.m. fireworks show will be broadcast live on NBC10 and streamed live on For the midnight fireworks show, NBC10 will host a Facebook Live event to capture the festivities and fireworks.

In addition, the fireworks show will be streamed live on the following screens:
  • Verifone screens in 1,400 taxis
  • The Lit Brothers Building
  • The Kimmel Center
  • Schmidt’s Commons in Northern Liberties
  • XFINITY Live!, which will broadcast the fireworks on several of the large screens at their NYE celebration
  • The Electric Factory, which will broadcast the fireworks on all 18 of their large screens at their venue for the attendees of their NYE celebration
  • TVs in Philadelphia hotel rooms via the VATv hotel channel
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