From the day after Christmas until the day after the New Year, there are plenty of entertaining things for families, couples, singles, sports fans, culture vultures and everyone in between to do day and night in Philadelphia. Including two free fireworks shows on the waterfront! (Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC)
Ring in 2013 twice, as New Year’s Eve in Philadelphia will once again include two fireworks shows at both 6 p.m. and midnight in “Sugarhouse New Years Eve Fireworks on the Delaware.”
Philadelphia’s main attraction on New Year’s Eve draws thousands of people to the Delaware River Waterfront year after year.
Conveniently located within a few blocks of Old City, Society Hill and South Street, Penn’s Landing and the Camden Waterfront become a festive party on New Year’s Eve with revelers of all ages delighting in a breathtaking fireworks display.
If you’re not already in the neighborhood, you can catch a cab or hop on SEPTA’s Blue Line to Old City — from there it’s an easy five-minute walk to Penn’s Landing.
You can take in the 6 p.m. show and spend the rest of your night out on the town, or enjoy a special dinner in the evening and conclude your night with the traditional midnight showing. Bonus: Sugarhouse will be throwing a 24-hour New Year’s celebration starting on New Year’s Eve and continuing through New Year’s Day.
New Year’s Week in Philadelphia: And with New Year’s Eve on a Monday night this year, it’s the perfect opportunity to make an entire New Year’s Week celebration in Philadelphia out of it, from Christmas until New Year’s Day.
On a related note, Sugarhouse Casino is also once again sponsoring the Mummer’s Parade this year, a huge coup for the annual iconic Philadelphia New Year’s Day tradition. The parade is a day-long extravaganza that sends 10,000 men and women dressed in colorfully lavish costumes twirling, sashaying and strutting up Broad Street.
This year, the parade is the focus of a cool six-part video series, Behind the Sequins: Showtime for the Philadelphia Mummers. Check out the first episode here.
New Year’s really doesn’t get better than in Philadelphia, with two free fireworks shows, an unforgettably wild New Year’s Day ritual and an entire week’s worth of fun in the city, from blockbuster theater shows to major museum exhibitions, huge retail sales and more.
We’ll be providing you with the latest updates on New Year’s in Philadelphia as the week approaches, including a guide to best places to watch the fireworks, plus alternative ways to celebrate the holidays. Don’t go anywhere!
New Year’s Eve Fireworks: Sugarhouse New Years Eve Fireworks on the Delaware
When: December 31, 6 p.m. and midnight. Two shows!!
Where: Delaware River Waterfront