Interactive Map of the Best Places to Watch July 4th Fireworks in Philadelphia
Grab a seat at our favorite spots to watch the fireworks
Celebrate America’s Birthday in America’s Birthplace: Philadelphia. The city goes all out for July 4th with a day-long party on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway followed by an explosive fireworks display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Get a great view of the show with a few of our favorite spots to watch the fireworks on July 4th. Click here for more July 4th in Philadelphia.
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Tuesday, July 2: Philadelphia Orchestra FREE Neighborhood Concert – Interactive Map
Thursday, July 4: Party on the Parkway, Concert and Fireworks on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Friday, July 5: First Friday Park After Dark and SugarHouse Casino Fireworks Show – Interactive Map
Saturday, July 6: Taste of Philadelphia Concert and Adventure Aquarium Waterfront Fireworks Spectacular – Interactive Map
Places to Watch
Best places to watch the giant Fireworks display above the Philadelphia Museum of Art on July 4
• 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 new 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.
• Best Western Center City: Conveniently located right on the parkway, this hotel is the closest hotel to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and affords prime views of the events if you know anyone staying there and can watch from inside (or outdoor pooldeck, anyone?) or just want to situate yourself close to the action.
• Bistro St. Tropez: Beat the heat, the rain and the crowds at Bistro St. Tropez. Thanks to the resturant’s huge picture window overlooking the Art Museum, you’ll have an unblocked view of the fireworks. Enjoy dinner, an appetizer or just a cocktail at the bar. Chef Rames’ a la carte menu will be offered beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tip: call (215) 569-9269 now to receive the best seating.
• Embassy Suites Philadelphia: Located seven blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art straight down the Parkway, the Embassy Suites hotel offers a fantastic view of the fireworks. Staycation perhaps?
• Loews Philadelphia Hotel: Guests staying at the Loews Philadelphia or diners celebrating Independence Day at Solefood restaurant can head to the 33rd floor for a bird’s-eye view of the fireworks at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.