July 5, 2012
Continue The July 4th Fun With A Third Free Fireworks Show And Concert On Penn’s Landing To Conclude The Holiday Festivities, Saturday, July 7
Philadelphia’s 10-day Wawa Welcome America July 4th celebration officially concluded last night with a giant free concert and fireworks display on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, but if you’re still in town through the weekend, or coming back to Philadelphia, the July 4th festivities are not quite over.
There’s one more night of free fireworks fun, Saturday, July 7 at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing.
It’s called “A Star-Spangled Night with the United States Army Band ‘Pershing’s Own’” and it kicks off with the concert at 7:30 p.m., followed by an incredible fireworks show at 9 p.m. over the Delaware River in which the U.S. Army Band will play the live musical soundtrack.
Continue the patriotic celebrations this weekend and extend your July 4th holiday — for free!
See below for our outline of the best places to watch the fireworks.
A Star-Spangled Night with the United States Army Band ‘Pershing’s Own’: Concert and Fireworks
Where: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
When: Saturday, July 7, concert at 7:30 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m.
More info: www.delawareriverevents.com
Best places to watch the Fireworks above the Delaware River on Saturday, July 7:
• Penn’s Landing: The Great Plaza (closest intersection is Columbus Boulevard and Chestnut Streets), where the main stage is, is of course a solid option. Other good spots at Penn’s Landing are anywhere along its southern stretch, from Dock Street to South Street.
• Morgan’s Pier: A brand new place to watch this year is Morgan’s Pier, a waterfront beer garden just to the north of the Ben Franklin Bridge. On Saturday, July 7, Hoots & Hellmouth will play starting at 5 p.m. and D.J. Alan Braxe will be spinning starting at 10 p.m. We suggest heading over even earlier in the evening to stake out one of the picnic tables on the deck and to dish on Chef David Katz’s delicious eats (snack bacon and fried Jersey tomatoes are two of our favorites) and the awesome selection of local craft beer.
• Race Street Pier: This lush park is an amazing spot to watch, complete with bleacher seating, but we recommend you get there early as it’s going to fill up fast. Also keep in mind that alcohol, BBQ and glass containers are not permitted at the Pier.
• Washington Avenue Green: This is another park on the Delaware River Waterfront, at 1301 S. Columbus Blvd, formerly Pier 53.
• Wiggin’s Park: Across the river in Camden, you can get an equally spectacular view of the fireworks from Wiggin’s Park, located near Adventure Aquarium and the Battleship New Jersey. It’s free and open to the public.
• Penn Treaty Park: Penn Treaty Park’s seven acres of open green space and clean picnic areas provide a great vantage point from which to watch the fireworks.
• Hyatt Regency Philadelphia: The terrace at Keatings River Grill, which just reopened for the season, is a prime location for the fireworks show. A new summer menu this year fuses local fare with a modern edge and tapas-style dishes. And the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia has a great prix-fixe menu planned for Saturday; think Grilled Honey Glazed Salmon, Grilled Chipotle Flank Steak, mac and cheese and a giant dessert buffet ($25 adults, $13 for kids under 12).
• Ristorante La Veranda: This historic Northern Italian restaurant located on Pier 3 Penn’s Landing offers prime fireworks viewing on two levels.
• Moshulu: Docked permanently on the Penn’s Landing waterfront, the Moshulu is a great spot to enjoy dinner followed by fireworks-watching on the ship deck.
• Spirit of Philadelphia: Set sail on the Spirit of Philadelphia for a Saturday Dinner Cruise with Fireworks Salute on Saturday, July 7, with prices starting at $73.90, including delicious dinner buffet, lively entertainment and amazing views as the fireworks show lights up the skyline. Board at 7 p.m. and cruise until 10:30 p.m.
• SugarHouse Casino: SugarHouse’s SugarBeach pop-up beach party continues on July 7 with a Parrot Head Party. Celebrate all things Jimmy Buffett; enjoy cheeseburgers for $4, and enter the evening eating contest for a chance to win two tickets to a Jimmy Buffett concert later this summer. The Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band plays from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
• Revolution House: The Rev House roofdeck, festooned with colorful plants and foliage, will be open on Saturday, July 7, overlooking the Ben Franklin Bridge. In honor of the holiday, the restaurant/bar will feature a 15% discount on select “All American” menu staples and American Local Beers through Saturday, July 7.
NOTE: there’s a $3 Camden Waterfront to Philadelphia Shuttle, which links the Camden Waterfront to the Independence Visitors Center at 5th and Market Streets.