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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.

Party on the Parkway, Philly 4th of July Jam & Grand Fireworks Finale

Philadelphia’s Independence Day on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway begins at noon with the day-long Party on the Parkway. Stretching along the Parkway from from 20th Street to Eakins Oval, the festival features delicious food, live entertainment, interactive family fun and much more.

The Philly 4th of July Jam, the “Largest Free Concert in America,” kicks off at 7 p.m. on the main stage at Eakins Oval and features performances by The Roots, Miguel, Jennifer Nettles and additional special guests.

Once the performances end, the celebration concludes with the incredible fireworks finale over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Get the scoop on a few of our favorite spots to watch the fireworks on July 4th with our guide and interactive map, below.

Bonus: Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront for Thursday, July 2

Check out our best spots to view the fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront during the FREE Philadelphia Neighborhood Concert & Landside Fireworks show on Thursday, July 2.

Delaware River Waterfront Viewing Guide & Interactive Map

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Schedule for July 4, 2015
12 Noon – 7 p.m. – Party on the Parkway
7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. – Largest Free Concert in America (First performance starts at approximately 8 p.m.)
10:30 p.m. – Fireworks Grand Finale (Fireworks display to begin immediately following the concert at approximately 10:30 p.m.)


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.

View guide to July 4th in Philadelphia



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Schuylkill Banks

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 Chestnut and Walnut Street Bridges and crossings at Locust and Race Streets.
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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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