July 4th Fireworks
in Philadelphia 2016
Where to watch fireworks during July 4th celebration in Philadelphia
July 4, 2016
NOTE: Stay Tuned For Info On July 4th 2016
The information below is for 2015 events. Check back in May 2016 for more info about Philadelphia’s annual July 4th celebration.
When it comes to celebrating America’s birthday, nobody rocks it like America’s birthplace: Philadelphia. And 2015—the country’s 239th birthday—will be no exception.
Celebrate before, during and after the Fourth of July with Wawa Welcome America! (June 27-July 4, 2015), a week of festive events and activities leading up to the largest free concert in America starring Philly hometown heroes The Roots on July 4th.
It wouldn’t be Independence Day without fireworks. Get the best view with our guides to watching fireworks in Philadelphia, below.
Stay Overnight — Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package™
With July 4th happening on a Saturday, turn your celebration into a patriotic getaway with the Visit Philly Overnight® Hotel Package. The special offer includes overnight accommodations; passes to ride the PHLASH bus, offering easy access to Philadelphia’s major attractions; and FREE parking while you celebrate America’s birthday in America’s birthplace.
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.
Philly 4th of July Jam & Grand Finale Fireworks
Date: July 4, 2015
Time: 7-11 p.m.
Fireworks: Estimated to begin around 10:30 p.m.
Location: Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 20th Street and Eakins Oval | Where to Watch Map
The week-long celebration culminates with the “Largest Free Concert in America” on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 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.
Tall Ships Fireworks Show at Penn’s Landing
Date: Sunday, June 28, 2015
Fireworks: Approximately 9:30 p.m.
Location: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing| Where to Watch Map
In celebration of the Tall Ships Festival and Philadelphia’s week-long Independence Day celebration, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation is hosting a massive, FREE fireworks show on Sunday, June 28. Head to Penn’s Landing and look to the sky for a spectacular fireworks display in honor of the Tall Ships Festival featuring more than four tons of colorful explosives from around the world.
The Philadelphia Orchestra Neighborhood Concert & Fireworks
Date: Thursday, July 2, 2015
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Fireworks: Land side display at approximately 9:15 p.m.
Location: Great Plaza @ Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Blvd. | Where to Watch Map
Now in its 8th 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.
July 4, 2015 in Philadelphia: Events and Fireworks
- 10-11 a.m.: Celebration of Freedom Ceremony
- 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Independence Day Parade
- Noon-7 p.m.: Party on the Parkway
- 7-10:30 p.m.: Philly 4th of July Jam
- Approximately 10:30 p.m.: July 4th Grand Finale Fireworks over the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Getting There: Street Closures, Public Transit & Parking
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.
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 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 www.septa.org. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Places to Watch
Philadelphia Museum Of Art – SATURDAY, JULY 4TH
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:
• 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.
Delaware River Waterfront Fireworks – THURSDAY, 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.
• 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 and visit the museum’s new exhibition Tides of Freedom:African Presence on the Delaware River.
• 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.
In the neighborhood
Museums & Attractions
1701 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
- Monument to Six Million Jewish Martyrs
- Henry J. Cadbury Library
- Fairmount Park
- Dilworth Park
- Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders
at the Barnes Foundation
- Philly @ The Movies:
Rocky at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Dinosaurs Unearthed at the
Academy of Natural Sciences
- Rodin Museum
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Restaurants & Dining
529 N. 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
- King of Tandoor
- Dilworth Park
- The Comcast Experience HD Video Wall – Comcast Center
- Water Works Restaurant and Lounge
- Capriccio at Cafe Cret
- Kelliann’s Bar & Grill
- The Barnes Foundation
- Campus Philly CollegeFest
- View more Restuarants & Dining