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Where to Watch the July 4th Fireworks in Philadelphia 2018

Grab a seat at our favorite spots to catch the 9:30 p.m. fireworks show on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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Time of Fireworks on July 4, 2018: 9:30 p.m.

Philadelphia goes all out for July Fourth with great food, fun and entertainment all day long on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway followed by an amazing fireworks display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art that can be seen all over the city.

Following the all-day Party on the Parkway and the July 4th Concert (which this year is headlined by Pitbull), Independence Day concludes with the incredible fireworks finale over the Philadelphia Museum of Art starting at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Get the scoop on our favorite spots to watch the fireworks on July 4th with our guide and interactive map, below.

Please Note: All events are scheduled rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, follow @July4thPhilly on Twitter and Wawa Welcome America on Facebook.

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Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The prime viewing spot

— Photo by R. Myers for Visit Philadelphia

You can stake out a spot anywhere along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from Logan Circle to Eakins Oval. The entire street is shut down in honor of the celebration. Tip: Try to grab a spot at the baseball fields at 22nd Street and the Parkway.

Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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Schuylkill Banks

Center City residents' best viewing spot

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Fireworks-watchers at the Schuylkill Banks will find lots of grass for comfortable viewing and a beautiful view of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The super-convenient spot is accessible via the Chestnut Street Bridge and Walnut Street Bridge as well as via crossings at Locust Street and Race Street.

Where: Various locations including Schuylkill River Park, 300 S. 25th Street

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Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk

Walk over the water

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The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk extends the Schuylkill River Trail out over the river. The scenic walkway begins at Locust Street and continues on toward the South Street Bridge, offering a waterfront spot with fantastic views of the Philadelphia skyline and sight lines for the July Fourth fireworks spectacular.

Where: Schuylkill Banks, 2501 Walnut Street

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Lemon Hill

Fire up the grill and watch

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Lemon Hill, home of a gorgeous mansion, offers lots of space to set up lawn chairs — and a grill. One advantage of this site is the elevation.

Where: Lemon Hill Drive

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Kelly Drive

A number of stellar sightlines

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There are many places along the Schuylkill River and Kelly Drive that offer great views of the fireworks display, including Boathouse Row and the open field at the intersection of Kelly Drive and Sedgley Drive.

Where: Kelly Drive

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Paine's Park

A show in a skatepark

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— Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

A gorgeous skatepark and recreation space off the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Paine’s Park is directly in the shadow of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, offering spectacular views of the July Fourth finale.

Where: Paine's Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive & Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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Sister Cities Park

A pretty park just off Logan Circle

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This modern green space on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is also one of the best spots to relax and refresh on July Fourth.

Where: Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th Street

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Martin Luther King Drive

See Boathouse Row, too

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Another excellent spot to catch the show: Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, right across the the Schuylkill River from gorgeously lit Boathouse Row. Folks driving in from the suburbs will find it convenient to settle in along here for the evening.

Where: Martin Luther King Jr Drive

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Assembly Rooftop Lounge

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— Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Nine floors above Logan Square, Assembly Rooftop Lounge at The Logan provides access to one of the best vantage points in the city for viewing the fireworks show on the Fourth of July.

Where: The Logan Philadelphia, 1 Logan Square

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Embassy Suites by Hilton Philadelphia – Center City

A straight shot down the Parkway

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Located seven blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art straight down the Parkway, the Embassy Suites hotel offers a number of rooms that have fantastic views of the fireworks.

Where: Embassy Suites by Hilton Philadelphia Center City, 1776 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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Loews Philadelphia Hotel

Snag an epic view of both the Philadelphia skyline and the July 4th fireworks at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. Hotel guests and members of the public who dine at the hotel’s restaurant, Bank & Bourbon, will have access to the hotel’s 33rd floor to catch the spectacular fireworks display. Note that a room key or a day-of dining receipt are required for entry.

Where: Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market Street

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Belmont Plateau

Away from the crowds

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— Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Part of Fairmount Park in West Philadelphia, the elevated fields at Belmont Plateau should have plenty of space to spread out and enjoy the fireworks from a distance.

Where: Belmont Plateau, 1800 Belmont Mansion Drive

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Girard Avenue Bridge

Off the beaten path

Featuring a spectacular view of the Philadelphia skyline, the Girard Avenue Bridge is a nice location off the beaten path to enjoy the fireworks show.

Where: Girard Avenue Bridge, 123 West Girard Avenue

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Drexel Park

A small park across the river

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Located near the campus of Drexel University, Drexel Park offers incredible skyline views and a great spot to watch the fireworks away from the crowds.

Where: Drexel Park, 3100 Powelton Avenue

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Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Schuylkill Banks
Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk
Lemon Hill
Kelly Drive
Paine's Park
Sister Cities Park
Martin Luther King Drive
Assembly Rooftop Lounge
Embassy Suites by Hilton Philadelphia – Center City
Loews Philadelphia Hotel
Belmont Plateau
Girard Avenue Bridge
Drexel Park
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