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Where to Watch New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Philadelphia for 2017/2018

Best spots to ring in 2018 on the Delaware River waterfront

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Every year, Philadelphia rings in the New Year twice during the SugarHouse Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront.

With fireworks shows along the Delaware River at 6 p.m. and midnight, you’ll have plenty of time to find the perfect spot to watch the spectacular displays. Get a front-row view from the Blue Cross RiverRink WinterFest, Penn’s Landing, the Battleship New Jersey and more.

Find all of the top spots to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks in our guide below.

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Penn's Landing

Free and open to the public

The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing features incredible views of the fireworks on the Delaware River with plenty of seating for those who show up early.

Where: 101 COLUMBUS BOULEVARD PHILADELPHIA, PA 19106

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Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Front-row view of the fireworks

— Photo courtesy M. Stanley for DRWC

The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest offers one of the best views of the fireworks on New Year’s Eve. Folks can lace up their ice skates for the New Year’s Eve Parties on Ice at the waterfront rink, which will fill with music, food, drinks and live entertainment. Outdoor seating is in abundance to watch the show, and the festivities inside the Winterfest lodge add a cozy touch to the holiday celebration. Two three-hour parties will take place – one starting at 5 p.m. and another at 10 p.m.

Where: 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Race Street Pier

Prime waterfront spot in the shadow of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge

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

Race Street Pier, located in the shadow of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, is always an amazing spot to view the New Year’s Eve fireworks. Eager fireworks-watchers should get there early (the space tends to fill up fast) and remember that alcohol, BBQ and glass containers are not permitted at the pier.

Where: Columbus Blvd. & Race Street Philadelphia, PA

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Independence Seaport Museum

Maritime history and fireworks views

Maritime merriment abounds on New Year’s Eve when the Independence Seaport Museum stays open late for its annual family fireworks viewing party (5-7 p.m.). Offering panoramic views from its second-floor balcony, the museum is a great place to catch the 6 p.m. show.

Where: 211 S. COLUMBUS BOULEVARD PHILADELPHIA, PA 19106

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Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing

The only hotel located at Penn’s Landing in Center City Philadelphia

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

The Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing hosts four New Year’s Eve celebrations this year. Join the family celebration in the ballroom at 4 p.m. for an all-ages affair featuring a dinner buffet and views of the 6 p.m. fireworks show. At 4 p.m., Keatings Rope and Anchor, Bar + Kitchen, the Hilton Philadelphia’s restaurant, will also host a dinner followed by opportunities to view the 6 p.m. fireworks show. The restaurant will host another dinner buffet affair with live entertainment from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. And a late-night dinner reception goes down at 9 p.m. in the ballroom, leading into a dance party and views of the midnight fireworks show.

Where: 201 S. Columbus Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19106

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La Peg at FringeArts

Dance party on the Delaware River Waterfront

Outdoor movie nights reign at Haas Beer Garden at La Peg this summer.

Located just across the street from the Delaware River, FringeArts is saying goodbye to 2017 with a funky celebration featuring live music, a beer garden, fire pits and more. Attendees can celebrate before hopping out to watch the midnight fireworks, after which they can head back inside to continue dancing the night away.

Where: 140 N COLUMBUS BLVD (AT RACE ST) PHILADELPHIA, PA 19106

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SugarHouse Casino Philadelphia

Best odds for great views of the fireworks

Exterior of SugarHouse Casino
— Photo courtesy SugarHouse Casino

In addition to presenting both New Year’s Eve fireworks shows, SugarHouse Casino is a destination of its own for explosive fun on December 31. The casino hosts a grand celebration with a three-hour open bar, live performances by The Rockets, DJ-spun tunes and light bites to eat. A champagne toast will be conducted at midnight while attendees look outside to the Delaware River to take in the magical waterfront fireworks display.

Where: 1001 N Delaware Ave Philadelphia, PA 19125

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Adventure Aquarium

Ring in 2018 with underwater friends

— Photo by G. Mattie for Adventure Aquarium

Just across the Delaware River in Camden, Adventure Aquarium is kicking off the New Year with its “After Dark” celebration. The experience promises cocktails, dinner and a live DJ as well as amazing views of the midnight fireworks show.

Where: 1 RIVERSIDE DRIVE CAMDEN, NJ 08103

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Battleship New Jersey

All hands on deck for New Year's fun

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

Climb aboard the historic Battleship New Jersey for unparalleled views of the fireworks from the battleship’s deck. The ship invites families onboard two hours in advance of each show. Admission costs just $10 per person and serves as a donation towards the on-going restoration of the battleship, which serves as a non-profit museum and memorial.

Where: 100 Clinton St. Camden, NJ 08103

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Spirit of Philadelphia

Cruise into 2018

Cruise into the New Year aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia. Get up close to the fireworks shows with one of two festive dinner cruises. Both early evening and late-night options include delicious food, dancing and more. Advanced reservations are required, and the later dinner is for the 21-plus crowd only.

Where: 401 S CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS BLVD PHILADELPHIA, PA 19106

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Moshulu

Sweet celebration aboard the legendary sailing vessel

Moshulu
Moshulu — Photo courtesy Moshulu

All aboard the Moshulu, where a four-course menu awaits in preface to the fireworks. A jazz trio will also perform live tunes while a DJ spins danceable beats on the mid-deck. At 6 p.m. and midnight, guests will be encouraged to head outside on the deck for spectacular views of the fireworks.

Where: 401 S. COLUMBUS BOULEVARD PHILADELPHIA, PA 19106

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Wiggins Park

View the fireworks from the Camden Waterfront

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

Located near Adventure Aquarium and the Battleship New Jersey on the Camden Waterfront, Wiggins Park is a prime spot to view the fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

Where: Doctor Martin Luther King Boulevard

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Franklin Square

Family fun in Historic Philadelphia

Electrical Spectacle:A Holiday Light Show at Franklin Square
Franklin Square hosts an array of events each holiday season, including the spectacular Electrical Spectacle Light Show. — J. Fusco for Historic Philadelphia

Historic Franklin Square kicks off New Year’s Eve at 3 p.m. with craft-making activities for those of all ages. At 6 p.m., the “square” drop unfolds to coincide with the 6 p.m. fireworks show, and after, the pavilion will host an indoor kids’ dance party until 8 p.m. In between all of the festivities, families can watch the free Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show.

Where: 6th and Race Streets Philadelphia, PA 19106

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One Liberty Observation Deck

A top notch spot for sky-high views of Philadelphia and the surrounding region

Get a stellar view of the fireworks from 57 floors up at One Liberty Observation Deck. — Photo courtesy One Liberty Observation Deck

Philly’s tallest attraction is offering two chances to catch the New Year’s Eve fireworks this year. Starting at 4 p.m., residents and visitors can enjoy $2 off admission at One Liberty Observation Deck, just in time to catch the 6 p.m. fireworks show from a stunning vantage point. Then, starting at 9 p.m. (and running until 2 a.m.!), a 21-plus black tie event, presented in partnership with Craft Concepts Group (Bru Craft & Wurst, U-Bahn, Uptown Beer Garden, Cinder), features an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and all-night DJ tunes.

Where: 1650 Market St. 57th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19103

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SkyGarten's Countdown in the Sky

Open-air panoramic views of the fireworks await for attendees celebrating New Year’s Eve from 51 floors up at SkyGarten. Tickets to the event include a three-hour open bar, charcuterie station, dessert station, party favors and a celebratory champagne toast at midnight.

Where: 1717 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Holiday Inn Express Penn’s Landing

Remodeled lodgings near the Historic District

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: 100 N. Columbus Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Penn's View Hotel

Fine wine and fantastic fireworks

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Located on Front Street, the Penn’s View Hotel features front-row views of the fireworks over the Delaware River. Diners can celebrate the New Year with a special menu at Panorama before welcoming 2018. Reservations are required.

Where: 14 N. FRONT STREET PHILADELPHIA, PA 19106

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13th Annual "Celebrity Style" New Year's Eve Fireworks Gala at Pyramid Club

Dress to impress and come out to watch the fireworks from the 52nd floor of the BNY Mellon Center. Here, enjoy an all-inclusive gala with an open bar, buffet stations, party favors and a midnight champagne toast. Semi-formal attire is required.

Where: 1735 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Penn Treaty Park

Seven acres of open seating for the fireworks shows

Penn Treaty Park
— Photo by M. Kennedy for GPTMC

Penn Treaty Park’s seven acres of open green space and clean picnic areas provide a great vantage point from which to watch the fireworks. Viewers should bring a lawn chair and a blanket to stay warm during the show.

Where: N. DELAWARE AVENUE & BEACH STREET PHILADELPHIA, PA 19125

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South Street Pedestrian Bridge Over I-95

Bridge-side viewing

The South Street Pedestrian Bridge over I-95 that connects South Street at Front Street with Penn’s Landing is a great spot to set up camp for fireworks viewing this New Year’s Eve. (Note: This is not the vehicular South Street Bridge over the Schuylkill River.) There are a few benches, so viewers will have a front-row seat if they get there early enough.

Where: Delaware Expressway

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Ritz East

Entertainment inside and out

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Spend the evening at the cinema at the Landmark Ritz East then stake out a spot in the parking lot outside of the theater for great views of the fireworks on the Delaware River.

Where: 220 State Route 3008

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Front Street

Taking the front of the line among Philly streets to view the shows

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The entire length of Front Street between the South Street and Market Street bridges features prime fireworks viewing spots on New Year’s Eve.

Where: 253 South Front Street

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Ristorante La Veranda

Historic restaurant on Penn's Landing

This historic Northern Italian restaurant located on Pier 3 Penn’s Landing is just south of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, making it a prime location for watching the fireworks.

Where: 3 North Christopher Columbus Boulevard

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Penn's Landing
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
Race Street Pier
Independence Seaport Museum
Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing
La Peg at FringeArts
SugarHouse Casino Philadelphia
Adventure Aquarium
Battleship New Jersey
Spirit of Philadelphia
Moshulu
Wiggins Park
Franklin Square
One Liberty Observation Deck
SkyGarten's Countdown in the Sky
Holiday Inn Express Penn’s Landing
Penn's View Hotel
13th Annual "Celebrity Style" New Year's Eve Fireworks Gala at Pyramid Club
Penn Treaty Park
South Street Pedestrian Bridge Over I-95
Ritz East
Front Street
Ristorante La Veranda
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