Where to Watch the New Year’s Eve
Fireworks in Philadelphia
A few fantastic spots to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks spectacular
Ring in 2014 twice during 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 perfect spot to watch the spectacular displays.
Read up on a few of our top spots to watch the fireworks displays on New Year’s Eve and then check out our interactive map to plan out your perfect night.
Blue Cross RiverRink & Waterfront Winterfest
Details: Columbus Boulevard & Market Street | (215) 925-RINK
Winter sports enthusiasts can celebrate the New Year at the Blue Cross RiverRink’s New Year’s Eve Party on Ice, a family-friendly affair that boasts one of the best views of the city’s breathtaking fireworks displays over the Delaware River. Don’t miss the Waterfront Winterfest, a pop-up holiday winter garden complete with a bar and restaurant, holiday landscaping, a light and video show, and shopping.
Details: 1001 N. Delaware Avenue | (877) 477-3715
SugarHouse Casino is throwing a massive celebration to ring in 2014, presenting Philadelphia’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront AND the Mummers Parade on New Year’s Day. Say goodbye to 2013 with SugarHouse’s Funkadelphia New Year’s Eve celebration featuring live music from the Sensational Soul Cruisers, an open bar, appetizers and an incredible view of the fireworks at midnight (tickets are $65 in advance, $75 at the door). Just want in on the fireworks? Enjoy hot beverages, tasty snacks and a front row view from the riverfront walk for both the 6 p.m. or midnight fireworks shows.
Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
Details: Chestnut Street and Columbus Boulevard
The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing features incredible views fireworks on the Delaware River backed by a synchronized soundtrack during the spectacular show.
Independence Seaport Museum
Details: Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard at Walnut Street | (215) 413-8655
A maritime New Year’s Eve celebration is on deck at the Independence Seaport Museum along the waterfront. Revelers of all ages can rabbi a complimentary party hat and noisemaker before heading outside to the second-floor terrace to watch the fireworks spectacular over the Delaware River at 6 p.m. Countdown to midnight with Vintage New Year’s Eve at the Seaport Museum, featuring an open bar, snacks, live music and a champagne toast when the clock strikes 12.
Dave & Buster’s
Details: 325 N. Columbus Boulevard
Dave & Busters is celebrating New Year’s Eve with not one, but two parties. Bring the family for a fun night of games, dinner and entertainment before getting a front row seat for the early fireworks show at 6 p.m. ($50 per person — includes $40 Power Card; $25 per person without Power Card). The fun continues from 9 p.m.–1 a.m. with a New Year’s Party for adults 21-years and older. Celebrate with a four-hour open bar, dinner, dessert and dancing before watching the fireworks at midnight ($90 per person or $160 per couple with open bar; $55 per person or $100 per couple without open bar).
Race Street Pier
Details: Race Street and Delaware Avenue.
This is an amazing spot to watch but we recommend you get there early, as it’s probably going to fill up fast. Also keep in mind that alcohol, BBQ and glass containers are not permitted at the Pier.
Details: 200 N. 6th Street
Franklin Square is celebrating New Year’s Eve with a FREE, kid-friendly “Square Drop” in lieu of the famous ball. Take a spin on the Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel, putt through the Liberty Bell at Philly Mini Golf, enjoy SquareBurger’s hearty winter menu and celebrate with a Kids Dance Party in the indoor pavilion before watching the Penn’s Landing’s Fireworks early show at 6 p.m. The fun continues with the the final Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show of the year at 8 p.m.
Washington Avenue Green
Details: 1301 S. Columbus Boulevard.
This is another great park spot on the Delaware River Waterfront — formerly Pier 53 — where you can set up with a lawn chair and picnic blanket to cozy up with friends and family and feast your eyes on the night sky.
Penn Treaty Park
Details: Delaware Avenue and Beach Street
Penn Treaty Park’s seven acres of open green space and clean picnic areas provide a great vantage point from which to watch the fireworks. BYO lawn chairs.
Hyatt Regency Philadelphia
Details: 201 S. Columbus Boulevard.
The Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing is kicking off the New Year with not one, but two celebrations. Enjoy a delicious New Year’s Eve Family Buffet starting at 4 p.m. Save room for the Dessert Explosion before the 6 p.m. fireworks show at Penn’s Landing. ($60 for adults, $30 for children 3-12). Starting at 8 p.m., adults can partake in a starlight soiree in the Columbus ballroom featuring a dinner buffet and wine bar followed by drinks and dancing at Keatings River Grill, all leading up to the fireworks spectacular at midnight. ($135 per person)
Details: 1 Riverside Drive | (856) 365-3300
Party with the fishes at Adventure Aquarium’s second annual New Year’s Eve Splash. Families can celebrate the New Year with the Aquarium’s shark mascot Gill while enjoying a special New Year’s Eve “Countdown” Dance Party from 5-8:30 p.m. Guests also get exclusive access to the entire aquarium, family-friendly music and activities, up-close animal encounters and a free gift for children under 12. Enjoy a front row view of the fireworks at 6 p.m. from the Aquarium’s Waterfront promenade Tickets cost $30 for adults, $25 for children 2-12 (children under two get in FREE) and can be purchased online here.
Details: Mickle Boulevard at the River | 856-541-7222
Located near Adventure Aquarium and the Battleship New Jersey on the Camden Waterfront, Wiggin’s Park is a prime spot to view the fireworks on New Year’s Eve. Viewers will be treated to a synchronized soundtrack for the fireworks display from speakers at the park.
Battleship New Jersey
Details: 62 Battleship Place | (856) 966-1652
Celebrate the New Year from the decks of the Battleship New Jersey, the nation’s largest battleship. Featuring spectacular views of the New Year’s Eve Fireworks at 6 p.m. and midnight, the Battleship New Jersey is ringing in the New Year with music, dancing, food and beverages for just a $10 donation per person. Guests can also enter for a chance to fire the Battleship’s five-inch portside gun after each fireworks show!
Ristorante La Veranda
Details: 30 North Columbus Boulevard | )215) 351-1898
This historic Northern Italian restaurant located on Pier 3 Penn’s Landing offers prime fireworks viewing on two levels. Ristorante La Veranda will be offering a special four-course, New Year’s Eve prix fixe dinner for $75 per person to celebrate the New Year.
Details: 401 S. Columbus Boulevard | (215) 923-2500
You’ll have a spectacular view of the fireworks as you dine aboard the Moshulu during a special New Year’s Eve celebration with a four-course prix fixe menu from 4 to 7 p.m. or a later seating from 7:15 to 10:30 p.m. The first seating is $100 per person and the second is $150. The menu is available right here.
Details: 200 Market Street
Celebrate the New Year on the Revolution House’s heated terrace overlooking the Ben Franklin Bridge for great views of the New Year’s Eve fireworks on the Delaware River. Celebrate with drink specials, music and a champagne toast at midnight with NO COVER.
Ristorante Panorama at the Penn’s View Hotel
Details: Front and Market Streets
Ristorante Panorama at the Penn’s View Hotel will be opening at 4 p.m. for dinner prior to the New Year’s fireworks show at 6 p.m. For $85 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., enjoy a special four-course meal and complementary sparkling toast at midnight at Panorama, not to mention a spectacular view of the fireworks on the Delaware Waterfront. Prior to the prix-fixe meal, indulge in selections from the à la carte menu.
Spirit of Philadelphia
Details: 401 S. Columbus Boulevard
Those in the mood for a holiday cruise can set sail on the Spirit of Philadelphia for two special sailing adventures to ring in the New Year. Board the boat at 8:30 p.m. when a night of dancing, entertainment, food and an open bar will begin. The Spirit of Philadelphia will cruise the waterfront from 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. and will finish off with a dockside party until 1 a.m. Tickets are $174.90. An evening cruise is also available for a family-friendly dinner cruise from 4-6:30 p.m. with views of the 6 p.m. fireworks.
Ritz East parking lot
Details: 125 S. 2nd Street
Spend the evening at the cinema at 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.
The entire length of Front Street between the South Street and Market Street bridges are prime fireworks viewing spots on New Year’s Eve.
South Street Bridge over I-95
The South Street Bridge — not the South Street Bridge over the Schuylkill, but the one on the eastern edge of the city passing over I-95 — 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.