Philadelphia’s fireworks outshine the rest, and not just because they blast off in the place where Independence Day began. The city dedicates a full week to Fourth of July celebrations, via the Wawa Welcome America festival, consisting of museum days, alfresco concerts, outdoor movie nights, parties and two epic fireworks shows—including the biggest the event has ever seen. Elsewhere around town, the Philadelphia Phillies have planned fireworks for home games preceding the Fourth, and the nearby Camden, New Jersey waterfront lights up the sky as part of its festive Fourth.
Here’s a look at where the fireworks will be popping and when:
- Phillies XFINITY Fireworks – Citizens Bank Park hosts a weekend of fireworks, with shows after back-to-back games against the Washington Nationals. Friday, June 29 game at 7:05 p.m.; Saturday, June 30 game at 6:05 p.m. 1 Citizens Bank Way, (215) 463-1000, mlb.com/phillies
- The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” & Fireworks – The Army’s premier musical organization returns to the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing for an alfresco Saturday night concert of rousing renditions of patriotic and military tunes, followed by fireworks over the Delaware River. Saturday, June 30. Concert at 8 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Columbus Boulevard & Chestnut Street, (267) 546-5424, welcomeamerica.com
- Freedom Festival – Across the mighty Delaware River from Philadelphia, Camden, New Jersey’s Wiggins Waterfront Park celebrates the Fourth with live music, food vendors, a salute to veterans and a beer garden. The event culminates in over-the-river pyrotechnics—also visible from the Philly side of the river. Wednesday, July 4. Entertainment at 5 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Riverside Drive & Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard, (856) 757-9154, camdencounty.com
- Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert & Fireworks – The Fourth’s grand finale takes place on the 100-year-old Benjamin Franklin Parkway. An epic concert—Pitbull headlines; Heather Headley and the Philadelphia POPS perform too—precedes what organizers promise to be the biggest fireworks display in the festival’s 26-year history. Wednesday, July 4. Concert at 7 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m. 26th Street & the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (267) 546-5424, welcomeamerica.com
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