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.
The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing (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
This popular beer garden and waterfront hang out occupies a prime spot along the Delaware River for viewing fireworks. Sit back, relax and take in the dazzling display from the floating barge or one of the many perfectly positioned Adirondack chairs that line the boardwalk.
Where: Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
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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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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, beforehand.
Where: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
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
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
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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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
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
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
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
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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Operating year-round from Penn’s Landing, the Spirit of Philadelphia provides incredible views of the city from the Delaware River along with enjoyable dining, dancing and entertainment. In addition to regular lunch, dinner and moonlight cruises, the attraction offers cruises for special events like holidays and fireworks shows that take place along the waterfront.
Where: Spirit of Philadelphia, 401 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
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 waterfront fireworks show. Please note that admission is first come, first served and is available onsite at the admissions desk only.
Where: One Liberty Place, 1650 Market Street
XIX Nineteen serves contemporary American fare in elegant environs on the 19th floor of The Bellevue Hotel. Floor-to-ceiling windows and a picturesque balcony — perfect for catching fireworks over the Delaware River — ensure that the atmosphere properly befits the fine modern American menu.
Where: The Bellevue Hotel, 200 S. Broad Street
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
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
This historic Northern Italian restaurant located on Pier 3 offers prime fireworks viewing on two levels for diners.
Where: Ristorante La Veranda, Pier 3 Penn's Landing, 31 N. Columbus Boulevard
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
Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package for a fall or winter getaway and get overnight accommodations as well as FREE hotel parking and awesome seasonal perks worth up to $198.
Enjoy a performance on the Delaware River before a fireworks show