Philly 4th of July Jam and
Grand Fireworks Finale
The exciting end to Philadelphia’s celebration of America’s birthday.
Celebrate America’s Birthday in America’s Birthplace: Philadelphia! The Benjamin Franklin Parkway hosts the “Largest Free Concert” in the country on July 4th with great food, fun and entertainment all day long. It all leads up to the incredible Fourth of July Jam and Grand Finale Fireworks at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
PLEASE NOTE: All fireworks shows and events are scheduled rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, follow @July4thPhilly on Twitter and Wawa Welcome America on Facebook for up-to-the-minute information.
Party on the Parkway
Time: Noon-7 p.m.
The day-long Party on the Parkway takes place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 20th Street to Eakins Oval. The Parkway will be packed with blocks of delicious food, live entertainment, interactive fun and much more.
Philly’s Fourth of July Jam Concert and Grand Finale Fireworks
Time: 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Concert: Starts at 7 p.m. (first performance at approximately 8 p.m.)
Fireworks: Estimated to begin around 10:30 p.m. (immediately following concert)
Celebrate America’s birthday with the “Largest Free Concert in America.” Hosted by comedian Kevin Hart, this year’s Philly Fourth of July Jam will feature spectacular performances from top artists including John Mayer, Neo, Jill Scott, J. Cole, Grace Potter, Ben Taylor and Philadelphia favorites, The Roots.
The evening ends with an incredible fireworks finale over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Note: Demi Lovato will no longer be performing due to illness. Country music star Hunter Hayes has been added to the lineup.
If for some reason you can’t make it to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, VH1 and Palladia will be simulcasting The Philly 4th of July Jam and Fireworks from 8-11 p.m. You can also see the concert and fireworks online by clicking the link above.
Getting Around & Questions
Expect large crowds and closed streets throughout the city for the Fourth of July. Your best bet is to take public transportation including SEPTA and the Phlash Trolley.
For those coming in from the Philadelphia suburbs, SEPTA Regional Rail will be operating on an extended schedule to get travelers home after the fireworks. Buses will be operating on a Sunday schedule and detours are expected. Click here for more details.
Due to the Independence Day Parade on July 4th, limited service will be available on the Philly Phlash trolley with pickups/drop offs ending at Stop 3 and 7 at 11th and 12th Streets until 12:30 p.m.
Additional route detours are expected throughout the day. Click here for details. Regular scheduled service and stops will resume on Friday, July 5.
For up to the minute updates or July 4th questions, follow @July4thPhilly on Twitter and Wawa Welcome America on Facebook. For the latest street closures, follow the city’s official Twitter accounts: @philly311 and @PhiladelphiaGov.
Where to Watch the Fireworks on July 4th
The fireworks finale at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is sure to draw a massive crowd, so be sure to stake your spot out early. Check out our interactive map or continue reading for a few of our favorite spots to catch the show:
• Benjamin Franklin Parkway: You can stake out a spot anywhere along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from Logan Circle to Eakin’s Oval. The entire street is shut down in honor of the celebration. Tip: try to grab a spot at the baseball fields at 22nd and the Parkway.
• Paine’s Park: A gorgeous new skatepark and recreation space off the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Paine’s Park is directly in the shadow of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, offering spectacular views of the July 4th Grand Finale.
• Martin Luther King Drive: This is another great place, right across the the Schuylkill River from gorgeously lit Boathouse Row. Anyone driving in from the suburbs will find it convenient to settle in along here for the evening.
• Schuylkill River Park: There’s lots of grass along the banks for comfortable viewing, with a beautiful view of the Art Museum. It’s a super convenient spot for Center City residents, since it’s accessible via the Walnut Street Bridge, Race Street crossing and other connectors.
• Lemon Hill in Fairmount Park: There’s a a gorgeous mansion, and lots of space to set up your lawnchairs. One advantage of this site is the elevation. Bring a BBQ!
• Kelly Drive: There are many places along the river with great views of the display, including Boathouse Row and the open field at the intersection of Kelly Drive and Sedgley Drive.
• Belmont Plateau: Part of Fairmount Park in West Philadelphia, the elevated fields at Belmont Plateau should have plenty of space to spread out and enjoy the fireworks from a distance.
• Best Western Center City: Conveniently located right on the parkway, this hotel is the closest hotel to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and affords prime views of the events if you know anyone staying there and can watch from inside (or outdoor pooldeck, anyone?) or just want to situate yourself close to the action.
• Bistro St. Tropez: Beat the heat, the rain and the crowds at Bistro St. Tropez. Thanks to the resturant’s huge picture window overlooking the Art Museum, you’ll have an unblocked view of the fireworks. Enjoy dinner, an appetizer or just a cocktail at the bar. Chef Rames’ a la carte menu will be offered beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tip: call (215) 569-9269 now to receive the best seating.
• Embassy Suites Philadelphia: Located seven blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art straight down the Parkway, the Embassy Suites hotel offers a fantastic view of the fireworks. Staycation perhaps?
• Loews Philadelphia Hotel: Guests staying at the Loews Philadelphia or diners celebrating Independence Day at Solefood restaurant can head to the 33rd floor for a bird’s-eye view of the fireworks at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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