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Where to Watch the July 4th Fireworks in Philadelphia

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Where to Watch the
July 4th Fireworks in Philadelphia

Grab a seat at our favorite spots to catch the show

Celebrate America’s Birthday in America’s Birthplace: Philadelphia. The city goes all out for July 4th with great food, fun and entertainment all day long on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway followed by an explosive fireworks display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art that can be seen from Belmont Plateau to the Loews Hotel.

The day-long Party on the Parkway kicks off at noon on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 20th Street to Eakins Oval. The Parkway will be packed with blocks of delicious food, live entertainment, interactive fun and much more. The “Largest Free Concert in America”, hosted by actor and comedian Marlon Wayans, begins at 7 p.m. with performances from The Roots, Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, Aloe Blacc, Ariana Grande and Vicci Martinez.

Then it’s on to the explosive fireworks finale over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Check out our interactive map below to get the scoop on a few of our favorite spots to watch the fireworks on July 4th.

Party on the Parkway: Noon
Largest Free Concert in America: 7 p.m. (first performance starts at approximately 8 p.m.)
Fireworks:Estimated to begin around 10:30 p.m. (immediately following concert)


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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Schuylkill River Trail

Center City residents' best viewing spot

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.
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Drexel Park

Drexel Park

A small park across the river

Located near the campus of Drexel University, Drexel Park offers incredible skyline views and a perfect spot to watch the fireworks away from the crowds.
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Lemon Hill

Fire up the grill and watch

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!
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Paine's Park

A show in a skatepark

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.
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Sister Cities Park

Sister Cities Park

A pretty park just off Logan Circle

Philadelphia's newest green space on the Parkway is also one of the best spots to relax and refresh on July 4.
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Embassy Suites Philadelphia – Center City

A guest room at the Embassy Suites

A straight shot down the Parkway

Located seven blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art straight down the Parkway, the Embassy Suites hotel offers a number of rooms that have fantastic views of the fireworks. Staycation perhaps?
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Belmont Plateau

Away from the crowds

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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