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Where to watch July 4th fireworks in Philly

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July 4 is kind of a big deal here in Philly. After all, our founding fathers did sign the Declaration of Independence in this very city way back in 1776. In fact, it’s such a big deal that Wawa Welcome America, the big July 4 party of free concerts, block parties, and parades is an weeklong extravaganza.

But among all the other festivities, there’s one thing that says “Independence Day” more than anything else: fireworks. And luckily for us, there are a ton of viewing options.

This is the ultimate map of 4th of July Fireworks in Philly. City-dwellers and visitors have three main choices: the Parkway on the 4th (arguably the most-anticipated 4th of July event), or Penns Landing on the 29th and the 1st. But that’s not saying you have to be in one of those places, specifically. Here’s a rundown of all the best fireworks happenings, as well as all the places around the city where you can catch a great glimpse.

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1. Front and Center at The Parkway

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2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19130

The big July 4 fireworks show starts at 9:30 p.m. 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.

2. Penn's Landing (June 30, July 4)

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S Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA

There are two fireworks shows over the Delaware this year, starting with a display at 9:30 p.m.on Saturday, June 29 and another (same time) on Monday, July 1. Both are held after free concerts by the The United States Army Band. The grand finale will be on July 4 on the Camden side of the river, but they’ll be visible from Penn’s Landing, also at 9:30 p.m.

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3. Paine's Park

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3001 Martin Luther King Dr
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Paine's Park on the Schuylkill River Trail is set slightly beneath the festivities on the Parkway, so it offers a unique vantage point for the Parkway fireworks. Add to the skaters and bikers flipping tricks during the show (Photo: Bittenbender)

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4. Sister Cities Park/Ben Franklin Parkway

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210 North 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Any point along the Ben Franklin Parkway will offer amazing vantage points of the Parkway’s concert and fireworks. But if you'd like to get out of the crowds, Sister Cities Park offers an great venue for the fireworks. The water features also might help keep the kids cool and occupied so you can sneak a few more sips from your thermos before the inevitable bedtime melt-down.

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5. MLK Drive

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Martin Luther King Jr Dr
Philadelphia, PA 19130

MLK Drive offers spectacular views of the city, regardless of the time of year, but the Fourth of July is amazing with reflections off of the Schuylkill and outside of the crowds of the concert. It's a winner if you’re planning on checking out the Parkway show.

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6. Schuylkill Banks

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Schuylkill River
Philadelphia, PA

Yes, it will be packed with people wanting to see the fireworks, but the Schuylkill River Trail should be your go-to spot. Get there early with your chair(s) and blanket(s) and simply enjoy the show and the scenery.

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7. Boathouse Row/Kelly Drive

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1 Boathouse Row
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 236-2011
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Boathouse Row/Kelly Drive is one of the best spots for Parkway fireworks—if you get there early enough to grab a spot on the grass. Views of the Schuylkill River and the majestic boat houses are almost unbeatable.

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8. Belmont Plateau

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2000 Belmont Mansion Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Stunning, peaceful views of the skyline are a regular attraction of The 'Plat—the Fourth of July makes it even better. This is probably one of the best places to go to beat the crowds and toss around a frisbee with the family on the 4th itself.

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9. Spruce Street Harbor Park (June 30 and July 4)

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1 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Imagine catching a glimpse of a firework or two while snuggling with your S.O. in a hammock down at Spruce Street Harbor Park. Get there early to snag a seat/sling for the nights of fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront (see No. 2).

10. Summerfest (June 30, July 1, July 4)

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101 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19106

You probably need to be roller skating while the Delaware River fireworks explode in the sky behind you. That may be a life experience you need to have.

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11. Penn Treaty Park (June 30, July 4)

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1199 N. Delaware Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125

Check out the fireworks show over the Delaware from this grassy space. Parking might be an issue but you won't get better sight lines of the Delaware River, Ben Franklin Bridge, and those boomers.

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12. Race Street Pier (June 30, July 4)

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N. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

The views of the Delaware fireworks at the Race Street Pier will be stunning. Bring your blanket and hang out of the lawn, but get there early, this place will fill up. We recommend walking from Old City or parking elsewhere and taking the EL out there.

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13. Yards Brewing Company (June 30, July 1, July 4)

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901 N Delaware Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 634-2600
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The triangle in and around the Yards Brew Co. makes a great spot to stop and watch the fireworks. It's walkable to NoLibs and Fishtown and is close enough to the action (plus, you can really get into the spirit of Philly with a local brew).

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14. Camden Waterfront (July 4)

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If you're in New Jersey or want to take a trip, the Camden Waterfront is where it's at for the Delaware fireworks. Take the ferry. There's unrivaled vantage points, skyline views and plenty of room up and down the riverside. Bring your camera. On the actual fourth, the city will host its own fireworks extravaganza at 9:30 p.m. (see No. 2).

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15. The Residences at Dockside (June 30, July 1, July 4)

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717 S Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 925-3000

No, we don't want you to go inside the Dockside. The landing on Columbus Boulevard near Chart House, while noisy due to traffic and crowds, offers a great vantage point. Hop back into the city over the connection bridge at South Street.

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16. South Street Pedestrian Bridge (June 30, July 1, July 4)

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1 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Come to the end of South Street to enjoy the fireworks display. It's near all the bars and restaurants and offers a great elevated view.

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17. Washington Avenue Green/Pier 53 (July 1 and 2)

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Washington Avenue Green is also an underrated spot to catch the fireworks. It's close to Queen Village and Pennsport, so you can catch them before or after dinner and drinks.

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18. Drexel Park

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32nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19134

If you're sticking around West Philly for the 4th, Drexel Park is the place to be for the Parkway show. The small park on a hill offers big views of the city skyline, so you can be sure to catch a great (and less crowded) show.

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19. One Liberty Observation Deck

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1650 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Located on the 57th floor of One Liberty, this viewing deck may offer some of the craziest views of the Penn's Landing fireworks on June 30 and July 4. You'll have to buy a ticket and space is limited, so you might want to call ahead.

1. Front and Center at The Parkway

2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130

The big July 4 fireworks show starts at 9:30 p.m. 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.

2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19130

2. Penn's Landing (June 30, July 4)

S Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA
Photo by K. Ciappa for Visit Philadelphia

There are two fireworks shows over the Delaware this year, starting with a display at 9:30 p.m.on Saturday, June 29 and another (same time) on Monday, July 1. Both are held after free concerts by the The United States Army Band. The grand finale will be on July 4 on the Camden side of the river, but they’ll be visible from Penn’s Landing, also at 9:30 p.m.

S Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA

3. Paine's Park

3001 Martin Luther King Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19130
R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Paine's Park on the Schuylkill River Trail is set slightly beneath the festivities on the Parkway, so it offers a unique vantage point for the Parkway fireworks. Add to the skaters and bikers flipping tricks during the show (Photo: Bittenbender)

3001 Martin Luther King Dr
Philadelphia, PA 19130

4. Sister Cities Park/Ben Franklin Parkway

210 North 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Any point along the Ben Franklin Parkway will offer amazing vantage points of the Parkway’s concert and fireworks. But if you'd like to get out of the crowds, Sister Cities Park offers an great venue for the fireworks. The water features also might help keep the kids cool and occupied so you can sneak a few more sips from your thermos before the inevitable bedtime melt-down.

210 North 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

5. MLK Drive

Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19130
R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

MLK Drive offers spectacular views of the city, regardless of the time of year, but the Fourth of July is amazing with reflections off of the Schuylkill and outside of the crowds of the concert. It's a winner if you’re planning on checking out the Parkway show.

Martin Luther King Jr Dr
Philadelphia, PA 19130

6. Schuylkill Banks

Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, PA

Yes, it will be packed with people wanting to see the fireworks, but the Schuylkill River Trail should be your go-to spot. Get there early with your chair(s) and blanket(s) and simply enjoy the show and the scenery.

Schuylkill River
Philadelphia, PA

7. Boathouse Row/Kelly Drive

1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Boathouse Row/Kelly Drive is one of the best spots for Parkway fireworks—if you get there early enough to grab a spot on the grass. Views of the Schuylkill River and the majestic boat houses are almost unbeatable.

1 Boathouse Row
Philadelphia, PA 19130

8. Belmont Plateau

2000 Belmont Mansion Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Stunning, peaceful views of the skyline are a regular attraction of The 'Plat—the Fourth of July makes it even better. This is probably one of the best places to go to beat the crowds and toss around a frisbee with the family on the 4th itself.

2000 Belmont Mansion Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19131

9. Spruce Street Harbor Park (June 30 and July 4)

1 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Imagine catching a glimpse of a firework or two while snuggling with your S.O. in a hammock down at Spruce Street Harbor Park. Get there early to snag a seat/sling for the nights of fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront (see No. 2).

1 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19106

10. Summerfest (June 30, July 1, July 4)

101 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19106
M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

You probably need to be roller skating while the Delaware River fireworks explode in the sky behind you. That may be a life experience you need to have.

101 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19106

11. Penn Treaty Park (June 30, July 4)

1199 N. Delaware Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19125

Check out the fireworks show over the Delaware from this grassy space. Parking might be an issue but you won't get better sight lines of the Delaware River, Ben Franklin Bridge, and those boomers.

1199 N. Delaware Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125

12. Race Street Pier (June 30, July 4)

N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106

The views of the Delaware fireworks at the Race Street Pier will be stunning. Bring your blanket and hang out of the lawn, but get there early, this place will fill up. We recommend walking from Old City or parking elsewhere and taking the EL out there.

N. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

13. Yards Brewing Company (June 30, July 1, July 4)

901 N Delaware Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19123
DRWC

The triangle in and around the Yards Brew Co. makes a great spot to stop and watch the fireworks. It's walkable to NoLibs and Fishtown and is close enough to the action (plus, you can really get into the spirit of Philly with a local brew).

901 N Delaware Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19123

14. Camden Waterfront (July 4)

Camden, NJ 08103
James Jennings

If you're in New Jersey or want to take a trip, the Camden Waterfront is where it's at for the Delaware fireworks. Take the ferry. There's unrivaled vantage points, skyline views and plenty of room up and down the riverside. Bring your camera. On the actual fourth, the city will host its own fireworks extravaganza at 9:30 p.m. (see No. 2).

15. The Residences at Dockside (June 30, July 1, July 4)

717 S Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19147

No, we don't want you to go inside the Dockside. The landing on Columbus Boulevard near Chart House, while noisy due to traffic and crowds, offers a great vantage point. Hop back into the city over the connection bridge at South Street.

717 S Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19147

16. South Street Pedestrian Bridge (June 30, July 1, July 4)

1 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Come to the end of South Street to enjoy the fireworks display. It's near all the bars and restaurants and offers a great elevated view.

1 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

17. Washington Avenue Green/Pier 53 (July 1 and 2)

Philadelphia, PA 19147

Washington Avenue Green is also an underrated spot to catch the fireworks. It's close to Queen Village and Pennsport, so you can catch them before or after dinner and drinks.

18. Drexel Park

32nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19134

If you're sticking around West Philly for the 4th, Drexel Park is the place to be for the Parkway show. The small park on a hill offers big views of the city skyline, so you can be sure to catch a great (and less crowded) show.

32nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19134

19. One Liberty Observation Deck

1650 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Located on the 57th floor of One Liberty, this viewing deck may offer some of the craziest views of the Penn's Landing fireworks on June 30 and July 4. You'll have to buy a ticket and space is limited, so you might want to call ahead.

1650 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19103