As the holidays come to a close, chances are your wallet is feeling a little light. But what’s New Year’s Eve without fireworks in Philly? The good news is that are plenty of places to catch the two big fireworks displays on the Delaware River Waterfront—for free!
The basics: SugarHouse Casino will put on two fireworks shows on New Year’s Eve that will take place along the Delaware River Waterfront. One is at 6 p.m. and the other is at midnight. That means as long as you have a good view of the Delaware, you’re in for a good show.
But here are some good free spots to stake out to guarantee a dazzling start to your 2018.
Penn’s Landing is always the best seat in the house, so to speak, for fireworks on the Delaware. It’s also the most popular spot, so expect some crowds here. And anyway, with freezing temps, the more warm bodies, the better.
The big ice-skating party will be next door at Blue Cross RiverRink, but if that’s not your thing then head next door to Race Street Pier. The Ben Franklin Bridge may be slightly in the way of the show, but not by much.
To see the Philly skyline lit up in all its New Year’s Eve glory, head across the Delaware River to Camden’s waterfront, instead. It’s one of the best views of the city and a short PATCO or drive away.
Down in South Philly, Washington Avenue Green in Pennsport sits right along the Delaware River and will offer expansive views toward the fireworks show further north up the river. If you get there early enough, make your way up the spiral staircase for the best vantage point on the pier.
If Washington Avenue Green doesn’t pique your fancy, head a tad more south to Pier 68 and grab one of its built-in benches. Then, enjoy the show.
Finally, there’s Penn Treaty Park in Fishtown. It offers views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and is sure to provide some great views of the fireworks. Bring a blanket to stay warm as you watch from the big lawn.