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Grand Fireworks Finale

The exciting end to Philadelphia’s celebration of America’s birthday.

Fourth of July Fireworks over the Philadelphia Museum of the Art

Fourth of July Fireworks over the Philadelphia Museum of the Art Credit: G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia


NOTE: Stay Tuned For Info On July 4th 2016

The information below is for 2015 events. Check back in late May 2016 for more info about Philadelphia’s annual July 4th celebration.

Wawa Welcome America!: June 27-July 4, 2015
Party on the Parkway, 4th of July Jam and Grand Finale Fireworks: July 4, 2015
Noon-11 p.m.

Fireworks to begin at approximately 10:30 p.m.

Social Media Accounts to Follow for July 4th Updates

Most events happening during July 4th in Philadelphia are rain or shine, but for inclement weather and last minute updates, follow @July4thPhilly and @philly311 on Twitter and Wawa Welcome America on Facebook.


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.

Party on the Parkway

Time: Noon-7 p.m.
Location: Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 20th Street to Eakins Oval

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 refreshments from local food trucks, interactive fun and much more. Don’t miss the first stop for United States Olympic Committee’s “Road to Rio” exhibition where you can test your skills at virtual games and meet world-class athletes.

Complete Guide to July 4th on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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.” Starting at 7 p.m., The Philly 4th of July Jam features The Roots and special guests including Miguel and Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland before an explosive fireworks finale over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

For a complete list of events, performers and the latest updates on Wawa Welcome America, click the button below.

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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.

View guide to July 4th in Philadelphia

Getting There: Street Closures, Public Transit & Parking

Street Closures

Many streets will be closed for July 4th celebrations in Philadelphia, so officials highly encourage visitors to utilize public transit to get into Philadelphia over the holiday weekend.

On July 4th, the entire length of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, will be closed to traffic from 5 a.m.-midnight. The Parkway will remained closed from 20th-25th Streets through Sunday, July 5 at approximately 6 a.m.

A limited-access perimeter (event participants and residents only) will be established on the Parkway from 18th Street to 25th Street and on Race Street to Pennsylvania Avenue from 5 a.m-midnight on July 4th.

Public Transit

City officials urge the public to either walk to nearby events or take public transportation into and out of Center City for events on July 4.

SEPTA Service
SEPTA will operate additional service on July 4th to assist holiday travelers. All SEPTA Transit Service, including its bus, trolley and subway service, will operate on a Sunday schedule. Regional Rail lines will run on a Saturday schedule on both Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4. On Saturday, service will be added on many lines to accommodate travelers heading to and from events in Center City.

Market-Frankford and Broad Street Subway: Additional trains will be added on each line beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, providing service every 5 to 7 minutes through 1 a.m. on Sunday. Regular weekend “Night Owl” rail service will be effect throughout the holiday weekend, providing trains every 20 minutes until 5 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 15th Street Station on the Market-Frankford Line and City Hall and Race-Vine Stations on the Broad Street Line provide easy walking access to and from the Parkway.

Broad Street Line: Eight additional trains will provide service every 5 to 7 minutes beginning at 4:28 pm. These service levels will remain in effect through 1:15 a.m. Overnight subway service will be in place throughout the holiday weekend with service operating every 20 minutes until 5 a.m. Spring Garden, Race- Vine and City Hall Stations provide easy walking access to the Parkway.

Regional Rail: SEPTA will extend Regional Rail service for riders leaving Center City on Saturday night after the fireworks display on the Parkway. Eighteen trains will depart from Suburban Station between 11:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m.

Trolley: Additional trips on Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 and 36 will be added on Saturday evening headed to Center City before the concert and fireworks show on the Parkway, with additional trolleys departing Center City on each line after Parkway events end.

Buses: Riders should be on alert for detours in and around Center City that will begin as early as 6:00 a.m. on Saturday. Fifteen lines will be affected including Routes 5, 7, 9, 17, 21, 32, 33, 38, 42, 43, 44, 47, 48, 57 and 61. These detours will remain in place until well after events on the Parkway have ended. Specific line-by-line changes have been posted on the System Status page of After the fireworks show on the Parkway ends, additional bus service leaving Center City will be added on some bus routes as needed.

For those traveling into Center City for the day, SEPTA’s Independence Pass offers unlimited one-day travel on SEPTA services ($12 for an individual pass; $29 for a family of up to five people traveling together). For the latest route updates, schedules and travel information, follow SEPTA on Twitter @SEPTA_SOCIAL, call (215) 580-7800 or click the button below.

SEPTA Routes & Info.

PHLASH Downtown Loop
The PHLASH bus is an inexpensive, convenient way to visit attractions in Center City ($2 per ride; $5 all-day). The PHLASH service will operate on on a revised route for July 4th. For travel to July 4th events on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, riders should use the stop at LOVE Park. For the complete holiday route, call (800) 537-7676 or click the button below.

PHLASH Route for July 4th

Parking Information

For-pay parking lots and garages conveniently are located on or near the Parkway. Call individual facilities ahead for parking options, prices and availability, or click the button below.

Philadelphia Parking Authority

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 guide or continue reading for a few of our favorite spots to catch the show:

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Benjamin Franklin Parkway: You can stake out a spot anywhere along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from Logan Circle to Eakins 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.

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?

Full Guide & Interactive Map

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.

View guide to July 4th in Philadelphia


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