New Year’s Eve Fireworks In Philadelphia for 2016/2017
Ring in the New Year with two fireworks shows on the Delaware River Waterfront
First show: 6 p.m.
Second show: Midnight
Ring in 2017 twice during SugarHouse Casino’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront. With FREE fireworks shows along the Delaware River at 6 p.m. and midnight, you’ll have plenty of time to find the perfect spot to watch the spectacular displays.
Philadelphia’s main attraction on New Year’s Eve draws thousands of people to the Delaware River Waterfront each year. Conveniently located within a short walk of Old City, Society Hill and South Street, Penn’s Landing becomes a festive party with revelers of all ages delighting in a breathtaking fireworks display.
First Show: 6 p.m.
Families or those looking to celebrate the New Year a couple hours early are in luck: The first fireworks show goes down at 6 p.m. on the Delaware River waterfront. With the sun already set an hour before, the setting should be perfect for a wonderful show.
Second Show: Midnight
To officially ring in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display, head to the Delaware River waterfront with friends or family before midnight to snag a great seat for the festivities. The 15-minute show starts right at midnight.
Best Places To Watch the Fireworks
The Delaware River Waterfront, both Philadelphia and New Jersey sides, features fantastic views of the fireworks display.
For more prime viewing spots, check out our full list of Best Places to Watch the Fireworks on New Year’s Eve by clicking the button below.
Getting There And Parking
If you’re not already in the neighborhood, catch a cab, an Uber or a Lyft, or hop on SEPTA’s Blue Line to Old City. From there it’s approximately a five-minute walk to Penn’s Landing.
If you must drive, there are multiple parking lots up and down Columbus Boulevard. Head to the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s official parking page for hourly rates and locations of parking lots.
Arrive with time to pick out your spot to watch the fireworks display, but not too early — December is typically a chilly month in the city.
The show, approximately 15 minutes in length, has a beautiful backdrop with the illuminated Benjamin Franklin Bridge and, if viewed from Camden, the Philadelphia skyline.
Top Places To Celebrate New Year’s Eve
Before the explosive SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront, join fellow revelers at one of the many New Year’s Eve celebrations taking place on December 31.
Click the button below for our round-up of the best spots to get down before, during and after the fireworks displays.
Best Spots For New Year’s Eve Dinner At Philadelphia Restaurants
Philadelphia’s top restaurants will raise a glass of champagne to 2017 with prix-fixe dinner specials, festive celebrations and midnight toasts to celebrate the New Year.
Browse a selection of New Year’s dinners and celebrations at restaurants around the city by clicking the button below.
Fireworks Streaming Across Philadelphia
Philadelphia’s SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront will also be streamed on screens all over town.
The 6 p.m. fireworks show will be broadcast live on NBC10 and streamed live on nbc10.com. For the midnight fireworks show, NBC10 will host a Facebook Live event to capture the festivities and fireworks.
In addition, the fireworks show will be streamed live on the following screens:
- Verifone screens in 1,400 taxis
- The Lit Brothers Building
- The Kimmel Center
- Schmidt’s Commons in Northern Liberties
- XFINITY Live!, which will broadcast the fireworks on several of the large screens at their NYE celebration
- The Electric Factory, which will broadcast the fireworks on all 18 of their large screens at their venue for the attendees of their NYE celebration
- TVs in Philadelphia hotel rooms via the VATv hotel channel
New Year’s Eve Hotel Packages in Philadelphia
Stay over and take part in all of Philadelphia’s New Year festivities with one of several special hotel packages to help you ring in 2017, including the unbeatable Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package. Click the button below for more info on hotel packages for New Year’s Eve.
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In the neighborhood
14 N. Front Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
- The Franklin Hotel
at Independence Park
- Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel
- Holiday Inn Express
- Hotel Monaco Philadelphia
- Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District
- Best Western Plus: Independence Park Hotel
- Hilton Philadelphia
at Penn’s Landing
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Museums & Attractions
Columbus Blvd. & Race Street Philadelphia, PA
- PECO Multicultural Series
at Penn’s Landing
- Penn’s Landing
- Summer Concert Series
at Penn’s Landing
- Tides of Freedom
African Presence on the Delaware River
- XPoNential Music Festival
- Independence Seaport Museum
- Caribbean Festival
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Restaurants & Dining