Where to Watch Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront
Our top places to watch the fireworks from both sides of the Delaware River
The thrill and excitement of fireworks entertain crowds year after year. Whether its celebrating the beginning of the New Year or America’s Birthday, the party wouldn’t feel complete without an explosive, colorful display in the sky.
The Delaware River Waterfront is a perfect backdrop for holiday fireworks shows, with prime viewing spots from both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. To help you get the best view, we’ve put together a few of our favorite places to watch the fireworks.
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Tuesday, July 2: Philadelphia Orchestra FREE Neighborhood Concert
Thursday, July 4: Fireworks on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway – Interactive Map
Friday, July 5: First Friday Park After Dark and SugarHouse Casino Fireworks Show
Saturday, July 6: Taste of Philadelphia Concert and Adventure Aquarium Waterfront Fireworks Spectacular
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Delaware River Waterfront Fireworks Watching Spots
• Penn’s Landing: 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.
• Independence Seaport Museum: Get a perfect view of the fireworks over the Delaware River and visit the museum’s new exhibition Tides of Freedom:African Presence on the Delaware River.
• Morgan’s Pier: Morgan’s Pier, a waterfront beer garden just to the north of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Get there early to stake out one of the picnic tables on the deck to enjoy the new menu from Chef George Sabatino and sample their awesome selection of local craft beer.
• Penn Treaty Park: 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.
• Race Street Pier: This lush park is an amazing spot to watch, complete with bleacher seating, but we recommend you get there early as it’s going to fill up fast. Also keep in mind that alcohol, BBQ and glass containers are not permitted at the Pier.
• Washington Avenue Green: This is another park on the Delaware River Waterfront, at 1301 S. Columbus Blvd, formerly Pier 53.
• Hyatt Regency Philadelphia: The terrace at Keatings River Grill, which just reopened for the season, is a prime location for the fireworks show. A new summer menu this year fuses local fare with a modern edge and tapas-style dishes.
• Holiday Inn Express Penn’s Landing: Recently renovated and reopened, the Holiday Inn Express® Penn’s Landing offers spectacular views of the Delaware River Waterfront from select rooms.
• Moshulu: 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 (with $10 cover).
• Ristorante La Veranda: This historic Northern Italian restaurant located on Pier 3 Penn’s Landing offers prime fireworks viewing on two levels.
• Village Belle: A Northern Mediterranean-inspired restaurant and bar in Queen Village, Village Belle offers delicious dishes to go with fantastic views of the Delaware River Waterfront fireworks.
From Camden Waterfront (New Jersey Side)
• Adventure Aquarium: Get an unforgettable view of the fireworks as they cascade over the Philadelphia skyline from outside Adventure Aquarium.
• Battleship New Jersey: Enjoy live entertainment and a great view of the fireworks over the Delaware River from the deck of the Battleship New Jersey.
• Wiggin’s Park: 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.