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July 4th Fireworks
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Everything you need to know about the 10 p.m. fireworks show during July 4th celebration

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Celebrate Independence Day with spectacular fireworks throughout Philadelphia. Credit: G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia



  • Friday, July 1, 2016: 9:30 p.m. at Penn’s Landing

  • Saturday, July 2, 2016: 9:30 p.m. at Penn’s Landing

  • Monday, July 4, 2016: 10 p.m. at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway


Celebrate before, during and after the Fourth of July in Philadelphia with Wawa Welcome America! (June 27 – July 4, 2016), a week of festive events and activities.

They all lead up to one of the largest free concerts in America on July 4th and a spectacular fireworks show over the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway starting at 10 p.m.

Read on for more information and tips on the best places to catch the show.

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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.

Wawa Welcome America 4th of July Concert and Fireworks

Date: Monday, July 4, 2016
Time: 5-10 p.m.
Fireworks: Estimated to begin around 10 p.m.
Location: Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 20th Street and Eakins Oval | Where to Watch Map

The week-long celebration culminates with one of the largest free concerts in America on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert features Leon Bridges, a tribute to Gamble and Huff and more before an explosive fireworks finale over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra Neighborhood Concert & Fireworks

Date: Friday, July 1, 2016
Time: 8 p.m.

Location: Great Plaza @ Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Blvd. | Where to Watch Map

Now in its 9th year, the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra will perform a FREE Neighborhood Concert on the RiverStage at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. Following the orchestral show, enjoy a land-side fireworks display on the Delaware River Waterfront.

For the latest updates, please follow @DelRiverWfront and @penns_landing on Twitter.

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US Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Concert & Fireworks

Date: Saturday, July 2, 2016
Time: 8 p.m.

The US Army Band “Pershing’s Own” has delighted audiences with their rousing and rollicking renditions of old standards, new hits and patriotic tunes. The group returns to the Delaware River waterfront this year for another highly anticipated performance. Also highly anticipated: the huge fireworks display that will follow.

Location: Great Plaza @ Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Blvd.

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July 4, 2016 in Philadelphia: Events and Fireworks

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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.

Stay tuned for more information on street closures.

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.

Stay tuned for more inforamtion on public transit on the Fourth of July in Philadelphia.

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.

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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.

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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.

Viewing Tips

Arrive early. Bring lawn chairs, a blanket and a picnic. If you get there early, you’ll be able to grab a great location for the concert and the fireworks. Check out a few of our top places to watch the fireworks, below.

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

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Places to Watch

Philadelphia Museum Of Art – MONDAY, JULY 4

The official July 4th 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 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 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 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.

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Delaware River Waterfront Fireworks – FRIDAY, JULY 1 and SATURDAY, JULY 2

The Delaware River Waterfront is a perfect backdrop for holiday fireworks shows, with prime viewing spots from both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. To help you get the best view, we’ve put together a list of a few of our favorite places to watch the fireworks.

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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.

Independence Seaport Museum: Get a perfect view of the fireworks over the Delaware River from this museum right on the water.

Morgan’s Pier: Morgan’s Pier, a waterfront beer garden just to the north of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Get there early to stake out one of the picnic tables on the deck and sample their awesome selection of local craft beer.

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.

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.

Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing: The terrace at Keating’s River Grill, which just reopened for the season, is a prime location for the fireworks show.

Holiday Inn Express Penn’s Landing: Recently renovated and reopened, the Holiday Inn Express® Penn’s Landing offers spectacular views of the Delaware River Waterfront from select rooms.

Moshulu: Get a front row seat for the fireworks aboard the Moshulu. Dine on selections from the Moshulu’s regular menu, or just watch from the ship’s deck.

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

From Camden Waterfront (New Jersey Side)

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.

Wiggins Park: Across the river in Camden, you can get an equally spectacular view of the fireworks from Wiggins Park, located near Adventure Aquarium and the Battleship New Jersey. It’s free and open to the public.

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