Pennsport, bordered by the Delaware River to the east, 4th Street to the west, Washington Avenue to the north and Snyder Avenue to the south — though those borders are subject to debate.
The neighborhood has a rich concentration of historically blue-collar families and Mummers’ clubhouses — Pennsport’s “Two Street,” also known as 2nd Street, hosts a serious post-parade street party every New Year’s Day.
But it is also experiencing the beginnings of its own, natural revitalization, complete with a healthy lineup of new bars, coffee shops and restaurants.
Pennsport is Philadelphia’s riverfront enclave that’s seen building exciting momentum in recent years. The influx of energy is welcome in a neighborhood already rich in Philly tradition.
The stretch between Front and 2nd streets serves as home to the Mummers — the bedazzled paraders who’ve strut up Broad Street every New Year’s Day for more than 100 years. Mummer clubs and pubs blend into the neighborhood’s quaint, narrow, well-maintained blocks in this historically residential part of town.
A growing number of new restaurateurs and shop owners continue to breathe new energy into the area, expanding the neighborhood’s already robust identity.
The wildly entertaining Mummers Parade culminates with a party in Pennsport every New Year's Day.
SEPTA buses run on Front Street and Moyamensing and Washington avenues. The area is bikeable and walkable, but access from I-95 and fairly easy-to-find street parking makes it driveable as well.
The biggest event of the year by far is the Mummers Parade and party on 2nd Street (“Two Street” to locals) each New Year’s Day. After the parade advances through Center City, a huge party breaks out in the neighborhood, transforming it from a quiet residential area into the place to be. Concerts and revelry begin in earnest around sundown and go all night long.
Jefferson Square Park in Pennsport
— Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia
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