Article

Where to Watch Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront

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

1 of 1
Penn's Landing Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia
1 of 1

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.

01

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 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

Read More
02

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor Park fireworks Spruce Street Harbor Park fireworks
— Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC

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

Read More
03

Blue Cross RiverRink

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

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

Read More
04

Independence Seaport Museum

Check out the exhibits, then catch the fireworks

A post shared by ydissaC (@carrionmywayward) on

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

Read More
Advertisement
Advertisement
05

Race Street Pier

Right under the majestic Benjamin Franklin Bridge

— 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

Read More
06

Morgan’s Pier

Why not catch the fireworks from a beer garden?

Morgan's Pier 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

Read More
07

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

Read More
08

Moshulu

Dinner and a show

A post shared by Ryan (@ryanmcg215) on

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

Read More
Advertisement
Advertisement
09

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

Read More
10

SugarHouse Casino Philadelphia

Get lucky with two outdoor seating areas

— Photo by G. Widman for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

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

Read More
11

Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia Penn's Landing

A fireworks display you can watch from your room

Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia Penn's Landing Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia Penn's Landing
— Photo courtesy Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia

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

Read More
12

Battleship New Jersey

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

Battleship New Jersey Fireworks Battleship New Jersey Fireworks
— Photo by L. Berckey 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

Read More
Advertisement
Advertisement
13

One Liberty Observation Deck

Firework views from 57 floors up

One Liberty Observation Deck 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 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

Read More
14

XIX Nineteen

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

read more
15

Penn Treaty Park

A great vantage point from an historic park

Penn Treaty Park Penn Treaty Park
— Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

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

Read More
16

Wiggins Park

An alternative sightline from New Jersey

— Photo by R. Myers for Visit Philadelphia

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

Read More
17

Ristorante La Veranda

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

Read More
18

Adventure Aquarium

A prime view of the Philadelphia skyline

— Photo courtesy Adventure Aquarium

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

Read More
Penn's Landing
Spruce Street Harbor Park
Blue Cross RiverRink
Independence Seaport Museum
Race Street Pier
Morgan’s 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
One Liberty Observation Deck
XIX Nineteen
Penn Treaty Park
Wiggins Park
Ristorante La Veranda
Adventure Aquarium
Hotel Deal

Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package

Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package for stays through September 3, 2018 and get FREE hotel parking as well as free tickets to the Museum of the American Revolution, free tickets for a ride on the Ferris wheel and roller skating at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, a $25 CHeU Noodle restaurants gift card, free mini-golf and a carousel ride at Franklin Square, free passes to ride the PHLASH Downtown Loop and a $10 Lyft credit.

Book Now

Up Next

Event

U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Concert & Firew...

Enjoy a performance on the Delaware River before a fireworks show

View More

Stay in Touch

We apologize, something went wrong on our end. Please try again later.
Share
Tweet
[disabled]
[disabled]
[disabled]
[disabled]
[disabled]
[disabled]
[disabled]
[disabled]