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Where to Watch the July 4th Fireworks in Philadelphia 2017

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 July 4th Fireworks: 9:30 p.m.

Philadelphia goes all out for July 4th with great food, fun and entertainment all day long on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway followed by an explosive 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 Mary J. Blige), 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 and @DelRiverWfront and @penns_landing on Twitter for the latest updates.

Bonus: Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront on June 30, July 1 AND July 4

Check out our best spots to view the fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront during the FREE Philadelphia Orchestra Neighborhood Concert & Fireworks show on Friday, June 30, the U.S. Army Band Performance and Fireworks show on Saturday, July 1 and the Freedom Festival Fireworks on Tuesday, July 4.

Delaware River Waterfront Viewing Guide & Interactive Map


Guide to July 4th in Philadelphia

For our complete guide to the fireworks, concerts, events and more happening over the week of July 4th, click the button below.

View guide to July 4th in Philadelphia


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Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The prime viewing spot

— B. Krist 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 and the Parkway.

Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA

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Schuylkill Banks

Center City residents' best viewing spot

— J. Zale for Visit Philadelphia

At the Schuylkill Banks, there’s lots of grass along the banks for comfortable viewing, with a beautiful view of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It’s a super convenient spot for Center City residents as it’s accessible via the Chestnut and Walnut Street Bridges and crossings at Locust and Race streets.

Where: 1 Boathouse RowPhiladelphia, PA 19130

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Drexel Park

A small park across the river

— J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

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

Where: 32nd Street and Powelton AvenuePhiladelphia, PA 19104

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Lemon Hill

Fire up the grill and watch

— B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

There’s a a gorgeous mansion, and lots of space to set up your lawn chairs. One advantage of this site is the elevation. Bring a grill!

Where: Sedgley Drive and Lemon Hill Drive Philadelphia, PA 19130

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Kelly Drive

A number of stellar sightlines

— B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

There are many places along the river with great views of the display, including Boathouse Row and the open field at the intersection of Kelly Drive and Sedgley Drive.

Where: 1-99 Kelly Drive

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Paine's Park

A show in a skatepark

— 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 4th finale.

Where: Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. at 24th St. Philadelphia, PA 19130

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Sister Cities Park

A pretty park just off Logan Circle

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The newly renovated Sister Cities Park. — B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s family-friendly green space on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is also one of the best spots to relax and refresh on July 4.

Where: 18th Street and Logan Square Philadelphia, PA 19102

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Martin Luther King Drive

See Boathouse Row, too

— R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Martin Luther King Drive is another great place, right across the the Schuylkill River from gorgeously lit Boathouse Row. Anyone driving in from the suburbs will find it convenient to settle in along here for the evening.

Where: Schuylkill River Trail

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Assembly Rooftop Lounge

Cosmopolitan culture with an artistic sensibility

— M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Nine floors above the city, Assembly Rooftop Lounge provides access to one of the best vantage points in the city for viewing the fireworks atop the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Where: 1 Logan Square Philadelphia, PA 19103

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SkyGarten

Open bar and 51st floor terrace views

Located at 700-plus feet above ground on the 51st floor of Three Logan Square, the beer garden at SkyGarten transforms itself into a premier destination on July 4th with a three-hour open bar, an actual feast, a simulcast of the Party on the Parkway and stellar fireworks views.

Where: 1717 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

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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. Staycation perhaps?

Where: 1776 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Belmont Plateau

Away from the crowds

— J. Smith 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: Army Road

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Girard Ave. Bridge

Off the beaten path

— B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

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 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Where: 123 West Girard Avenue

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