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Where to Watch Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront

Penn's Landing

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Where to Watch Fireworks
on the Delaware River Waterfront

The top places to see the show from both sides of the Delaware River

The thrill and excitement of fireworks entertain crowds year after year. Whether its celebrating the beginning of the New Year or America’s Birthday, the party wouldn’t feel complete without an explosive, colorful display in the sky.

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, preceded by some great events:

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.

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.

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Past Events

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

In celebration of the Tall Ships Festival and beginning of Philadelphia’s week-long Independence Day celebration, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation is a spectacular fireworks display featuring more than four tons of colorful explosives from around the world.

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To help you get the best view, we’ve put together a list of a few of our favorite places to watch the fireworks.


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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Penn's Landing

Snag a front-row seat

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.
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Independence Seaport Museum

Independence Seaport Museum

Check out the exhibits, then catch the fireworks

Get a perfect view of the fireworks over the Delaware River and visit the museum’s exhibition Tides of Freedom: African Presence on the Delaware River.
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Spruce Street Harbor Park

The popular pop-up park on the Delaware River Waterfront has been wowing visitors in its second year with more food options, more craft beer and more hammocks for lounging. Stake your seat early and get a great view of the fireworks.
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Hilton Philadelphia
at Penn’s Landing

Hilton Philadelphia at Penn

Enjoy a breathtaking view with your meal

The terrace at Keatings River Grill is a prime location for the fireworks show, and this year the hotel is holding a "Fireworks on the River" event with a special menu for the fireworks on July 5th.
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The Moshulu

Dinner and a show

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.
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Ristorante La Veranda

Stellar Italian food to go with the show

This historic Northern Italian restaurant located on Pier 3 Penn’s Landing offers prime fireworks viewing on two levels.
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Holiday Inn Express
Penn’s Landing

Holiday Inn Express

A fireworks display you can watch from your room

The Holiday Inn Express® Penn’s Landing offers spectacular views of the Delaware River Waterfront from select rooms.
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Washington Avenue Pier

Washington Avenue Pier

A quiet park with a great view

Recently renovated, this waterfront park on the Delaware River, formerly Pier 53, offers fantastic views of the city skyline and riverfront fireworks.
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Wiggins Park

An alternative sightline from New Jersey

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.
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Dave and Buster's Dockside Bar

The dockside bar at Dave and Buster's recently relaunched and is a great spot to catch the fireworks above the Delaware River. While watching the show, guests can enjoy drinks, food and prime waterfront views.
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Penn Treaty Park

Penn Treaty Park

A great vantage point from an historic 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.
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