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Philly 4th of July Jam and
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

Description

Date:
July 4, 2014
Noon-11 p.m.

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

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.



HOUR-BY-HOUR BREAKDOWN

July 4, 2014 in Philadelphia: Events and Fireworks

  • 10-11 a.m.: Celebration of Freedom Ceremony
  • 11 a.m.: Independence Day Parade
  • Noon-7 p.m.: Party on the Parkway (see below)
  • 7-10:30 p.m.: Philly 4th of July Jam (see below)
  • Approximately 10:30 p.m.: July 4th Grand Finale Fireworks over the Philadelphia Museum of Art (see below)
View July 4th Day-By-Day Guide


Overview

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 vendors and local food trucks, interactive fun and much more.

Don’t miss live music on multiple stages, including the Global Stage (at 20th Street) and The Questlove Stage (on the north side of Eakins Oval at 23rd Street) featuring performances from LOLAWOLF, Good Girl, Mozaiz Flow and The Phosphenes. Learn more here.

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 Roots, Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, Aloe Blacc, Ariana Grande and Vicci Martinez will perform live on the Parkway, with actor and comedian Marlon Wayans serving as host of the event. The festivities will be covered live locally by 6ABC, simulcast on VH1 and Palladia and live streamed on PhillyJam.VH1.com.

The evening ends with an incredible fireworks finale over 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.

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: Parking & Public Transit

Public Transit
City officials urge the public to either walk to the events or take SEPTA. Public transportation is an easy way to get in and out of Center City. SEPTA will operate additional service on July 4th to assist festival-goers. All SEPTA Regional Rail, bus, trolley, Market-Frankford and Broad Street Line services will operate on a Sunday schedule on July 4th, with additional late-night service to accommodate concert-goers.

Here is information on SETPA services:

Market Frankford Line: Ten additional trains will be added to provide service every 5 to 7 minutes, beginning at 4:30 p.m. These service levels will remain in effect through 1:15 a.m. SEPTA’s Overnight subway service pilot program will be in effect through the holiday weekend, with service operating every 20 minutes until 5 a.m. 15th Street Station provides easiest access to and from the festivities on 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 customers leaving Center City after the fireworks display on the Parkway. A total of seventeen trains will depart from Suburban Station between 11:30 p.m. and 12:45 a.m. Trains will make all local stops. Special schedules are accessible online at www.septa.org/events/holiday.html

Trolley: Additional trips will be added on Routes 10, 11, 13, 34, and 36 following the fireworks display, as needed.

Buses: Riders should be on alert regarding detours that will be in place for road closures due to the festivities on the Parkway and Center City area. Specific detours for routes 5, 7, 9, 17, 21, 33, 38, 42, 43, 44, 47, 48, 57 and 61 have been posted online, with some beginning on Wednesday, July 3. More service-detour information is available on the septa.org

Passengers are encouraged to purchase fares in advance. Complete service information is available on SEPTA’s website and from its Customer Service, at (215) 580-7800, or on social media @septa_social.

PHLASH Trolley
PHLASH trolley transportation is an inexpensive, convenient way to visit attractions in Center City ($2 per ride; $5 all-day). The PHLASH service will operate on July 4th. For holiday route detours and schedules, contact the Independence Visitor Center, (800) 537-7676 or visit PhillyPHLASH.com.

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 visit the Philadelphia Parking Authority website.


Getting Around & Questions

Expect large crowds and closed streets throughout the city for the Fourth of July, so your best bet getting to and from the Parkway is to take public transportation including SEPTA and the PHLASH.

SEPTA’s Market-Frankford and Broad Street subway lines will be offering all-night weekend service for the festivities. Click here for more information.

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.

The PHLASH offers stops near 20 popular Philadelphia attractions including Penn’s Landing, The Barnes Foundation, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Eastern State Penitentiary, the Franklin Institute, the Please Touch Museum and the Philadelphia Zoo.

The PHLASH Bus will be operating normal hours (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) on July 3-4, but will operate under the revised routes below:

Thursday, July 3: Stops 6, 7, 10, 14, 15 and 16 will be out of service the entire day.
Friday, July 4: Stops 6, 7, 10, 14, 15 and 16 will be out of service the entire day. Stops 1, 2, 3, 19 and 20 will be out of service through 2 p.m. due to the Independence Day Parade. After the parade, service will resume through 6 p.m.

Questions

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

View Where To Watch Map

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?


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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