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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:

Philadelphia Orchestra Neighborhood Concert
Date: July 1, 2014
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
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.

The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” and Adventure Aquarium Waterfront Fireworks Celebration
Date: July 5, 2014
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
One of the nation’s premier musical organizations, the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”, returns for a free, patriotic performance at Penn’s Landing. The concert will be immediately followed by a spectacular fireworks display presented by Adventure Aquarium.

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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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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Hyatt Regency Philadelphia
at Penn’s Landing

Hyatt Regency 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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Moshulu

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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Morgan’s Pier

Morgan

Why not catch the fireworks from a beer garden?

Morgan’s Pier is 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 to enjoy some food and sample their awesome selection of local craft beer.
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Washington Avenue Green

A quiet park with a great view

This is another park on the Delaware River Waterfront, at 1301 S. Columbus Blvd, formerly Pier 53.
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SugarHouse Casino Philadelphia

SugarHouse Casino

Get lucky with two outdoor seating areas

Everybody wins when it comes to viewing the Delaware River Waterfront fireworks from SugarHouse Casino. Grab a spot on the outdoor patio or waterfront path and enjoy the show.
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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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