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Top Fourth of July Fireworks Shows in Philadelphia

Fireworks displays illuminate the sky all over the city and countryside

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It’s not truly the Fourth of July without fireworks shows filling the sky, and this year, Philadelphia will hold not one, not two, but FOUR awesome fireworks displays!

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway hosts its annual fireworks show on Tuesday, July 4, preceded by the Party on the Parkway and the Wawa Welcome America! Concert, featuring a free concert by R&B songstress Mary J. Blige, jazz singer Tony DeSare, Broadway star Mandy Gonzalez and more.

Also on July 4, visitors can head to the Delaware River waterfront for the Freedom Festival Fireworks show, featuring a grand display above the water.

Leading up to the nation’s official birthday, you can catch fireworks on June 30 at Penn’s Landing after a free show by the Philadelphia Orchestra and on July 1 at Penn’s Landing following a performance from the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own.”

Beyond downtown Philly, tons of other areas in the region invite you to take in expansive firework displays, too. Read on for our guide to the best fireworks shows in and around Philadelphia.

Please Note: All events are scheduled rain or shine. In case of inclement weather.

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Wawa Welcome America! July 4th Fireworks on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Philadelphia's spectacular July 4th celebration comes to a close with a massive fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art. — G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

When it comes to celebrating America’s birthday, nobody rocks it like America’s birthplace, and 2017 — the country’s 241st birthday — will be no exception. Starting at 7 p.m., Mary J. Blige and various other acts will perform at the free Wawa Welcome America! July 4th Concert before an explosive fireworks finale over the Philadelphia Museum of Art at approximately 9:30 p.m. Snag a great viewpoint with our guide to the best spots to see the fireworks display.

Where: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19130

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Freedom Festival Fireworks on the Delaware River

Fireworks at Penn's Landing
— Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Celebrate the nation’s official birthday with riverfront views during the Freedom Festival Fireworks. Taking place around 9:30 p.m., the grand show will unfold over the Delaware River waterfront. Beyond areas along the river, official viewing areas include the SugarHouse Casino and One Liberty Observation Deck. Check out our guide on where to watch the fireworks on the Delaware River waterfront for more suggestions. Across the river in Camden, NJ, you’ll find a patriotic festival of fun in Wiggins Park going down before the fireworks show.

Where: 101 S Columbus Blvd Philadelphia, PA 19106

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The Philadelphia Orchestra Concert & Fireworks on the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

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— G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Friday, June 30, 2017

For the 10th year in a row, the Philadelphia Orchestra will perform a FREE concert on the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing at 8 p.m. on June 30. Following the show, enjoy a fireworks display overlooking the Delaware River waterfront starting at approximately 9:30 p.m. Check out our guide on where to watch the fireworks on the Delaware River waterfront for great viewpoints.

Where: 101 Columbus Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19106

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US Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Concert & Fireworks on the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

Enjoy a performance on the Delaware River before a fireworks show

U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Concert & Fireworks at Penn’s Landing
The Philadelphia Orchestra is coming to Penn's Landing for a FREE waterfront performance followed by a fireworks display. — Photo courtesy M. Stanley for DRWC

Saturday, July 1, 2017

The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” has delighted audiences with their rousing and rollicking renditions of old standards, new hits and patriotic tunes. The group returns to the Delaware River waterfront this year for another highly anticipated performance starting at 8 p.m. followed by an equally anticipated fireworks display beginning at approximately 9:30 p.m. Check out our guide on where to watch the fireworks on the Delaware River waterfront for great viewpoints.

Where: 101 S Christopher Columbus Blvd Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Xfinity Fireworks Show at Citizens Bank Park

Home of the Fightin’ Phils

— G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Thursday, July 6, 2017 and Friday, July 7, 2017

Phillies fans are in for a post-July 4th treat this month. Citizens Bank Park hosts the Xfinity Fireworks Show after the Phillies games on July 6 and July 7. Come out for a great game and stick around for an awesome fireworks display.

Where: Citizens Bank Way and Pattison Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19148

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C Is For Celebrate: Fireworks at Sesame Place

Monday, July 3, 2017 and Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Celebrate Independence Day at Sesame Place with your favorite characters from Sesame Street including Elmo, Abby Cadabby and Cookie Monster. Immediately following the evening performance of the “Neighborhood Night Parade,” look up to the sky to see brilliant bursts of color set to Sesame Street tunes.

Where: 100 Sesame Road Langhorne, PA 19047

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Conshohocken Independence Day Fireworks at Sutcliffe Park in Conshohocken

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Come out for food, music and all-ages activities at Sutcliffe Park in Conshohocken. Fireworks will go off once the sun goes down.

Where: 800 Colwell Lane Conshohocken, PA, 19428

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Friday Night Fireworks in Lambertville - New Hope

Friday, July 7, 2017

Lambertville, NJ and New Hope, PA — towns separated by a narrow stretch of the Delaware River — come together to celebrate the Fourth of July with a fireworks display on July 7. Earlier in the evening, consider checking out the the two towns’ First Friday festivities before settling in for the show.

Where: 2492 River Rd. New Hope, PA 18938

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Glenside’s “Real Americana” July 4th Independence Day Celebration

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Coming into its 114th year, the Grand, Glorious, Patriotic Parade heads 1.5 miles through Glenside, finishing with a fireworks show at the Abington Senior High and Middle Schools.

Where: 2519 JENKINTOWN ROAD GLENSIDE, PA 19038

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Chester County Freedom Fest — Concert and Fireworks

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Pack a picnic or enjoy festival-style foods from one of the food vendors at the Chester County Freedom Fest. In addition to fireworks at the end of the night, the event hosts live music and more.

Where: 150 Park Road Nottingham, PA 19362

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Independence Day Concert and Fireworks in Lower Providence Township

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Come to Eagleville Park to enjoy a concert at 6:30 p.m., followed by a vibrant display of fireworks at dark. Food, drinks and a ton of community spirit await!

Where: 100 Parklane Drive Norristown, PA 19403

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Upper Merion Parks and Recreation’s Annual Fourth of July Celebration

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Upper Merion celebrates Independence Day with rides, games, music and more at a carnival in Heuser Park. Stay till dusk for the grand finale fireworks show.

Where: 694 W. Beidler Road & Geerdes Blvd, King of Prussia, PA 19406

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Wawa Welcome America! July 4th Fireworks on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Freedom Festival Fireworks on the Delaware River
The Philadelphia Orchestra Concert & Fireworks on the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
US Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Concert & Fireworks on the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
Xfinity Fireworks Show at Citizens Bank Park
C Is For Celebrate: Fireworks at Sesame Place
Conshohocken Independence Day Fireworks at Sutcliffe Park in Conshohocken
Friday Night Fireworks in Lambertville - New Hope
Glenside’s “Real Americana” July 4th Independence Day Celebration
Chester County Freedom Fest — Concert and Fireworks
Independence Day Concert and Fireworks in Lower Providence Township
Upper Merion Parks and Recreation’s Annual Fourth of July Celebration
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