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Where to Watch Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront

The top places to see the fireworks shows from both sides of the Delaware River

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Penn's Landing Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia
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The Delaware River waterfront in Philadelphia is a perfect backdrop for holiday fireworks shows, with prime viewing spots from both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

To help you get the best view, we’ve put together a list of a few of our favorite places to watch the fireworks, below.

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Penn's Landing

Snag a front-row seat

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

The Great Plaza (near the intersection of Columbus Boulevard and Chestnut Streets) is one of the best options for fireworks viewing. Other good spots at Penn’s Landing are anywhere along its southern stretch, from Dock Street to South Street.

Where: Penn's Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard

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Blue Cross RiverRink

Skate, eat and watch the fireworks at Penn's Landing

Fireworks at Blue Cross RiverRink Fireworks at Blue Cross RiverRink
— Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC

Blue Cross RiverRink features skating (roller skating in the summer, ice skating in the winter), food and drink, a lodge, arcade games and more. The outdoor wonderland also offers incredible views of the fireworks on the Delaware River.

Where: Blue Cross RiverRink, 121 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

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Independence Seaport Museum

Check out the exhibits, then catch the fireworks

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Get a perfect view of the fireworks over the Delaware River outside of the Independence Seaport Museum. Visit the historical museum, which maintains one of the largest maritime collections in North America, while you’re there.

Where: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

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Race Street Pier

Right under the majestic Ben Franklin Bridge

July 4th Fireworks in Philadelphia July 4th Fireworks in Philadelphia
— Photo courtesy Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

This lush park — which includes bleacher seating — is an amazing spot to watch the fireworks, though it does fill up fast during holiday displays. Note: BBQ and glass containers are not permitted.

Where: Race Street Pier, Race Street & N. Columbus Boulevard

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Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing

Enjoy a breathtaking view with your meal

Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing
— Photo courtesy Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing

Enjoy the fireworks show — and a menu inspired by local ingredients — at Keating’s Rope & Anchor, Bar + Kitchen at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing.

Where: Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, 201 S. Columbus Boulevard

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Moshulu

Dinner and a show

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Get a front row seat for the fireworks aboard the Moshulu, the world’s oldest and largest square-rigged ship still afloat that also serves American contemporary cuisine.

Where: Moshulu, 401 S. Columbus Boulevard

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FringeArts and La Peg

Views with fantastic food and drink

While many fantastic shows can be found indoors at the permanent riverfront home of FringeArts, the converted historic space across the street from Race Street Pier is also a great spot to watch the fireworks on the Delaware River waterfront. Diners can indulge at La Peg, which offers casual French dining indoors, beforehand.

Where: FringeArts and La Peg, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard

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SugarHouse Casino Philadelphia

Get lucky with two outdoor seating areas

Exterior of SugarHouse Casino Exterior of SugarHouse Casino
— Photo courtesy SugarHouse Casino

Everybody wins when it comes to viewing the Delaware River waterfront fireworks from SugarHouse Casino. Grab a spot on the outdoor patio or waterfront path and enjoy the show.

Where: SugarHouse Casino Philadelphia, 1001 N. Delaware Avenue

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Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia Penn's Landing

A fireworks display you can watch from your room

Exterior of the Holiday Inn Express Exterior of the Holiday Inn Express
— Photo courtesy Holiday Inn Express

The Holiday Inn Express Penn’s Landing offers spectacular views of the Delaware River waterfront from select rooms.

Where: Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia Penn's Landing, 100 N. Columbus Boulevard

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Battleship New Jersey

See everything from the deck of the nation's most decorated battleship

New Year's Eve Fireworks at Battleship New Jersey New Year's Eve Fireworks at Battleship New Jersey
— Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Enjoy a great view of the fireworks over the Delaware River from the deck of the Battleship New Jersey. Note: Check to see if the battleship is open and allowing guests for fireworks shows.

Where: Battleship New Jersey, 100 Clinton Street, Camden, NJ

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Ristorante La Veranda

Stellar Italian food to go with the show

This historic Northern Italian restaurant located on Pier 3 offers prime fireworks viewing on two levels.

Where: Ristorante La Veranda, 30 N. Columbus Boulevard

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One Liberty Observation Deck

Firework views from 57 floors up

View from One Liberty Observation Deck View from One Liberty Observation Deck
— Photo courtesy One Liberty Observation Deck

From high atop the 57th floor of Liberty Place, One Liberty Observation Deck provides panoramic views of the city, creating the perfect spot to catch the fireworks. Note: Check to see if the observation deck is open and allowing guests during fireworks shows.

Where: One Liberty Place, 1650 Market Street

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Penn Treaty Park

A great vantage point from an historic park

Penn Treaty Park Penn Treaty Park
— Photo by M. Kennedy for GPTMC

Penn Treaty Park’s seven acres of open green space and picnic areas provide a great vantage point from which to watch the fireworks.

Where: Penn Treaty Park, N. Delaware Avenue & Beach Street

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Wiggins Park

An alternative sightline from New Jersey

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Across the river in Camden, fireworks fans can get an equally spectacular view of the fireworks from Wiggins Park, located near Adventure Aquarium and the Battleship New Jersey. Plus, it’s free and open to the public.

Where: Ulysses Wiggins Waterfront Park, 2 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ

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Adventure Aquarium

A prime view of the Philadelphia skyline

Fireworks over New Jersey bridge Fireworks over New Jersey bridge
— Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Get an unforgettable view of the fireworks as they cascade over the Philadelphia skyline from outside Adventure Aquarium.

Where: Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ

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Dave and Buster's Dockside Bar

The dockside bar at Dave and Buster’s is a great spot to catch the fireworks above the Delaware River. While watching the show, guests can enjoy drinks, food and prime waterfront views.

Where: Dave and Buster's Dockside Bar, 325 N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

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Morgan’s Pier

Why not catch the fireworks from a beer garden?

People outside at Morgan's Pier People outside at Morgan's Pier
— Photo by A. Ricketts for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

Morgan’s Pier is a seasonal (spring through fall) waterfront beer garden just north of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Get there early to stake out one of the picnic tables on the deck to enjoy some food and sample a selection of craft beer.

Where: Morgan’s Pier, 221 N. Columbus Boulevard

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Penn's Landing
Blue Cross RiverRink
Independence Seaport Museum
Race Street Pier
Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing
Moshulu
FringeArts and La Peg
SugarHouse Casino Philadelphia
Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia Penn's Landing
Battleship New Jersey
Ristorante La Veranda
One Liberty Observation Deck
Penn Treaty Park
Wiggins Park
Adventure Aquarium
Dave and Buster's Dockside Bar
Morgan’s Pier
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