July 4th Fireworks in Philadelphia 2014
Multiple fireworks displays take place over a week-long July 4th celebration in Philadelphia
When it comes to celebrating America’s birthday, nobody rocks it like America’s birthplace: Philadelphia. And 2014—the country’s 238th birthday—will be no exception, thanks to festive happenings before, during and after the Fourth of July. Celebrate during the Wawa Welcome America! Festival from June 28-July 4, a week of festive events, including the largest free concert in America starring Philly hometown heroes The Roots.
It wouldn’t be Independence Day without fireworks, and this year there are a number explosive shows happening in Philadelphia during the week of July 4th. Get the best view with our guides to watching the fireworks displays at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Delaware River, below.
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.
Upcoming 2014 Philadelphia Fireworks Shows
Philadelphia Orchestra Neighborhood Concert
Date: July 1, 2014
Fireworks: Following the 8 p.m. concert
Location: Penn’s Landing
The world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra presents a FREE Neighborhood Concert on the RiverStage at the Great Plaza, followed by a small land-side fireworks salute.
Philly 4th of July Jam & Grand Finale Fireworks
Date: July 4, 2014
Fireworks: Estimated to begin around 10:30 p.m. | Where to Watch Map – Philadelphia Museum of Art
Location: Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 20th Street and Eakins Oval
The week-long celebration culminates with the “Largest Free Concert in America” on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Enjoy performances from The Roots, Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, Aloe Blacc, Ariana Grande and Vicci Martinez before the explosive fireworks finale over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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
- 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: Parking & 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 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.
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.
C is for Celebrate: Fireworks at Sesame Place
Dates: July 4-5, 2014
Time: Following the 9 p.m. Neighborhood Street Party
Location: Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA
Celebrate Independence Day with your favorite characters from Sesame Street including Elmo, Abby Cadabby and Cookie Monster. Following the 9 p.m. evening performance of the “Neighborhood Street Party” parade, look up to the sky to see brilliant bursts of color.
Fireworks and Fountains at Longwood Gardens
Date: July 4th, 2014
Fireworks: 9:15 p.m.
Location: Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA
What better way to celebrate the 4th of July than with beloved music selections including “The Olympic Fanfare,” “Victory at Sea,” “The Stars & Stripes,” “The National Anthem” and more?
Adventure Aquarium Waterfront Fireworks Spectacular
Date: Saturday, July 5, 2014
Location: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing | Where to Watch Map – Penn’s Landing
Fireworks: Immediately following final performance, between 9:30-10 p.m.*
Enjoy a patriotic evening of music with the United States Army Marching Band “Pershing’s Own” followed by the Adventure Aquarium Waterfront Fireworks Celebration.
Note: Estimated times provided by Wawa Welcome America! Performances could happen before or after the listed times.
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Guide to July 4th in Philadelphia
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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.
Places to Watch
Philadelphia Museum Of Art – 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.
• 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?
Delaware River Waterfront Fireworks – JULY 5TH
The Delaware River Waterfront is a perfect backdrop for holiday fireworks shows, with prime viewing spots from both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. This 4th of July, fireworks enthusiasts can look forward to not one but two explosive displays. 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.
• Hyatt Regency Philadelphia: 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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