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Taste of Philadelphia Festival

A weekend of food, music and fun at Penn’s Landing

Food-loving Philadelphians come out in throngs for this kick-off to Wawa Welcome America!.

Food-loving Philadelphians come out in throngs for this kick-off to Wawa Welcome America!. Credit: J. Smith for GPTMC


July 5-7, 2013

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.


One of the highlights of Welcome America, Taste of Philadelphia is a weekend celebration on Penn’s Landing with incredible food, entertainment, fireworks and more.

Admission is free with “tastes” of top dishes from Philadelphia restaurants and food trucks available for just a few dollars each.

Enjoy live music on the RiverStage each day with a special performance from Marsha Ambrosius and fireworks display on the Delaware River on Saturday, July 6.

Where to Watch the Fireworks

Check out a few of our favorite spots to watch the fireworks on the Delaware River, below.

NOTE: there’s a $3 Camden Waterfront to Philadelphia Shuttle, which links the Camden Waterfront to the Independence Visitors Center at 5th & Market Street, the perfect vantage point for fireworks-watching.

• 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.

• Morgan’s Pier: A waterfront beer garden just to the north of the Ben Franklin Bridge, Morgan’s Pier is a wonderful spot to watch the fireworks with picnic tables on the deck, delicious food and plenty of craft beers on draft.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• Ristorante La Veranda: This historic Northern Italian restaurant located on Pier 3 Penn’s Landing offers prime fireworks viewing on two levels.

• Moshulu: Docked permanently on the Penn’s Landing waterfront, the Moshulu offers multiple dining options and views of the fireworks from the ship’s deck.

• SugarHouse Casino: Located on the Delaware River Waterfront, Sugarhouse Casino features spectacular views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and festive firework displays.

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Great Plaza at Penn's Landing Columbus Boulevard and Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

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