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July 4th Fireworks
in Philadelphia 2017

Everything you need to know about the 9:30 p.m. fireworks shows during July 4th celebrations

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

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Dates:

  • Friday, June 30, 2017: 9:30 p.m. at Penn’s Landing
  • Saturday, July 1, 2017: 9:30 p.m. at Penn’s Landing
  • Tuesday, July 4, 2017: 9:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • Tuesday, July 4, 2017: 9:30 p.m. at the Delaware River waterfront

Overview

Celebrate before, during and after the Fourth of July in Philadelphia with Wawa Welcome America! (June 29 – July 4, 2017), a week of festive events and activities celebrating America’s birthday in America’s birthplace.

The festivities 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 around 9:30 p.m.

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

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With July 4th happening on a Tuesday, turn the long weekend into a patriotic getaway with the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, which includes overnight accommodations, free hotel parking and more than $200 in free perks, including dining gift cards, free admission and skating Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, free bike share and PHLASH passes and more.

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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: Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Fireworks: Estimated to begin at 9:30 p.m.
Location: Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 20th Street and Eakins Oval | Where to Watch Map

The week-long Wawa Welcome America celebration culminates with one of the largest free concerts in America on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert features R&B songstress Mary J. Blige, jazz singer Tony DeSare, Broadway star Mandy Gonzalez and more before an explosive fireworks finale over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Freedom Festival Fireworks on the Delaware River

Date: Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Fireworks: Estimated to begin at 9:30 p.m.
Location: Over the Delaware River waterfront | Where to Watch Map

The Freedom Festival Fireworks at Wiggins Park over the Delaware River waterfront is the second grand fireworks display set to unfold on the night of July 4th. Celebrate the nation’s official birthday with riverfront views by snagging a spot along the Delaware River waterfront at places like Penn’s Landing and Spruce Street Harbor Park. Beyond areas along the river, official viewing areas include the SugarHouse Casino and One Liberty Observation Deck. Additionally, across the river in Camden, NJ, you’ll find a patriotic festival of fun in Wiggins Park going down before the fireworks show.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra Concert & Fireworks on the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

Date: Friday, June 30, 2017
Concert Time: 8 p.m.
Fireworks Time: 9:30 p.m.
Location: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Blvd. | Where to Watch Map

Now in its 10th year, the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra will perform a FREE concert at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. Following the orchestral show, enjoy a grand fireworks display on the Delaware River waterfront.

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

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U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Concert & Fireworks on the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing


Date: Saturday, July 1, 2017
Concert Time: 8 p.m.
Fireworks Time: 9:30 p.m.
Location: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Blvd. | Where to Watch Map

The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” has delighted audiences with its 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.

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

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Getting There: Street Closures, Public Transit & Parking

Street Closures


Many streets will be closed for July 4th celebrations in Philadelphia. Click the button below for more info on the city of Philadelphia’s official July 4th page.

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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. Click the button below for more info from SEPTA regarding public transportation in Philadelphia on Independence Day.

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Parking Information


For-pay parking lots and garages are conveniently located on or near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Click the button below for more info.

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Guide to July 4th in Philadelphia

For our complete guide to the fireworks, concerts, all-ages events and more happening over the week of July 4th, click the button below.

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Questions

For up-to-the-minute updates on July 4th, 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 – TUESDAY, 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, JUNE 30, SATURDAY, JULY 1 and TUESDAY, JULY 4

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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