New Year’s Eve In Philadelphia 2015: The Best Places To Watch New Year’s Eve Fireworks Over The Delaware River At 6 P.M. And Midnight

New Year's Eve Fireworks Philadelphia
Ready to start 2015 with a bang? There are tons of great vantage points from which to watch the fireworks in Philadelphia on New Year’s Eve, including from the skating rink at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. (Photo by Matt Stanley for DRWC)

Where will you be for the final countdown to the New Year?

Ring in 2015 with either of two free fireworks shows on the Delaware River waterfront as SugarHouse Casino once again presents a double dose of New Year’s Eve pyrotechnics.

For those on the waterfront, listen for piped music in conjunction with the spectacle. The first show, at 6 p.m., is set to a family-friendly musical soundtrack, while the second show, at midnight, is set to pop favorites.

Begin your night with the 6 p.m. show, then hit the town for dinner, drinks and merry-making. Or enjoy a meal and other festivities earlier in the night and plan to conclude the final night of 2014 with the traditional midnight fireworks show.

Either way, it’s time to scope out the best spots for fireworks viewing.

Still need plans for dinner, hotel or more? Check out our complete New Year’s Guide.

• Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard and Market Street, $25-$40. Winter fun enthusiasts can celebrate the New Year at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest’s New Year’s Eve Party on Ice, a family-friendly affair that boasts one of the best views of the city’s breathtaking fireworks displays over the Delaware River. Skaters and observers can catch one of two sparkling shows during the early (5-7 p.m.) or late (11 p.m.-1 a.m.) parties with tickets ranging from $25 to $40. Before the show, attendees can lace up a pair of skates and do a few laps on the regulation-size ice rink, grab a warm beverage in The Lodge or relax in front of a fire pit and enjoy gorgeous waterfront views. MORE INFO

Penn’s Landing

Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard and Market Street, free. For those who are only interested in catching the fireworks before heading indoors, The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing features incredible views of the fireworks on the Delaware River backed by a synchronized soundtrack during the spectacular show. MORE INFO

• La Peg at FringeArts

140 N. Columbus Boulevard, $15. One of the newest attractions on the Delaware River waterfront, FringeArts says goodbye to 2014 with a funky celebration featuring live music, a beer garden bonfire, balloons and more. Starting at 11 p.m., enjoy sparkling cocktails and à la carte late-night specials at La Peg before watching the midnight fireworks over the Delaware River. After the show, head back inside and dance the night away. MORE INFO

Race Street Pier

Columbus Boulevard and Race Street, free. Race Street Pier, located in the shadow of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, will be an amazing spot to view the New Year’s Eve fireworks, but we recommend you get there early as the space will most likely fill up fast. Also keep in mind that alcohol, barbecues nor glass containers are not permitted at the Pier. MORE INFO

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The Benjamin Franklin Bridge over the Delaware River will be brilliantly lit with two free fireworks shows on New Year’s Eve, and Penn’s Landing is a great place to take it all in. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Many more places to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks, below.

• Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing

201 S. Columbus Boulevard, $110-$169. The Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing is ringing in 2015 with not one, but two parties. With prime views of both fireworks shows at 6 p.m. and midnight on the Delaware River, the Hyatt is a sought after destination for families and late-night revelers. Celebrate with a family-friendly buffet and dessert “explosion” before the early fireworks or enjoy a VIP party in the Columbus Ballroom before counting down to midnight. MORE INFO

• Independence Seaport Museum

211 S. Columbus Boulevard, 6 p.m. fireworks only, $10-$13.50. The Independence Seaport Museum at Penn’s Landing hosts a family-friendly celebration from 4 to 7 p.m. Ring in the New Year early with noise makers, party hats and a sparkling cider “toast” before the early New Year’s Eve Fireworks show at 6 p.m. The all-ages party is included with regular museum admission. MORE INFO

SugarHouse Casino Philadelphia

1001 N. Delaware Avenue, 10 p.m., $75. In addition to presenting both New Year’s fireworks shows, SugarHouse Casino is also a prime viewing spot for the explosive fun. Grab a spot along the casino’s waterfront walkway or join the dance party inside complete with an open bar, live music, champagne toast and private viewing area for the midnight fireworks extravaganza. MORE INFO

Adventure Aquarium

1 Riverside Drive, Camden, 6 p.m. fireworks only, $18-$15. Party with the fishes at Adventure Aquarium’s New Year’s Eve Splash. After enjoying sights of underwater animals, guests can catch a great view of the fireworks from the promenade. The family-friendly celebration from 5 to 8:30 p.m. features a “countdown” dance party, special animal guests and fantastic views of the early fireworks at 6 p.m. MORE INFO

New Year's Eve Fireworks Philadelphia
Celebrate New Year’s Eve on the Delaware River waterfront at locations including Race Street Pier as free fireworks shows fill the sky at both 6 p.m. and midnight. (Photo courtesy Delaware River Waterfont Corporation)

Battleship New Jersey

Battleship New Jersey, 100 Clinton Street, Camden, $10. Climb aboard the historic Battleship New Jersey for deck-side views of the New Year’s Eve fireworks. Open for both shows at 6 p.m. and midnight, the Battleship New Jersey celebrates with music, food and drinks and a firing of the 5-inch portside gun after the fireworks. Looking for an extended celebration? Grab a bunk and spend the night with a special New Year’s Overnight Encampment including dinner, breakfast and experience the start of 2015 like a crew member aboard the famous battleship. MORE INFO

Wiggins Park

Mickle Boulevard and the Delaware River, free. Located near Adventure Aquarium and the Battleship New Jersey on the Camden Waterfront, Wiggins Park is a prime spot to view the fireworks on New Year’s Eve. Viewers will be treated to a synchronized soundtrack for the fireworks display from speakers at the park. MORE INFO

Franklin Square

6th and Race streets, free. With mini-golf, carousel rides, colorful lights and more, Franklin Square is a family-friendly destination for New Year’s fun. The Historic Philadelphia attraction hosts a variety of all-ages activities before the early fireworks show at 6 p.m. Best of all, you don’t have to go anywhere as the square boasts great views of the fireworks extravaganza. MORE INFO

New Year's Eve Fireworks Philadelphia
Hop aboard the Battleship New Jersey for a party and a unique spot to view both the 6 p.m. and midnight fireworks shows.
(Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Penn’s View Hotel

Front and Market streets, pay as you go/$85. Located on Front Street, the Penn’s View Hotel features front-row views of the fireworks over the Delaware River. Celebrate the New Year with a glass of wine and a special menu at Panorama restaurant before welcoming 2015. Reservations for seatings after 8 p.m. are required. MORE INFO

Spirit of Philadelphia

Penn’s Landing, 401 S. Columbus Boulevard, $99-$180. Cruise into the New Year aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia. Get up close to the fireworks shows with two festive dinner cruises (one early, one late) including delicious food, live entertainment, dancing, toasts and more. Advanced reservations are required. MORE INFO

Moshulu

Penn’s Landing, 401 S. Columbus Boulevard, $25-$125. Have a sweet celebration aboard the Moshulu as you celebrate the New Year. Head to the heated deck for great views of both fireworks shows and a dessert buffet and cash bar. For a more extravagant celebration, enjoy a four-course feast before the fireworks. MORE INFO

Revolution House

200 Market Street, $20. Celebrate the New Year on the Revolution House’s heated terrace overlooking the Ben Franklin Bridge for great views of the New Year’s Eve fireworks on the Delaware River. Head to the second-floor lounge for drink specials, music, dancing and a champagne toast at midnight. MORE INFO

Fireworks
On New Year’s Eve, two fireworks shows illuminate the sky high above the Delaware River Waterfront at Penn’s Landing.
(Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Ristorante La Veranda

Penn’s Landing, Pier 3, $75. This Northern Italian restaurant located on Pier 3 Penn’s Landing is just south of the Ben Franklin Bridge, making it a prime location for a four-course dinner before watching the fireworks. MORE INFO

Penn Treaty Park

Delaware Avenue and Beach Street, free. 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. Be sure to bring a lawn chair and a blanket to stay warm during the show. MORE INFO

South Street Pedestrian Bridge Over I-95

South and Front streets, free. The South Street Pedestrian Bridge over I-95 — not the vehicular South Street Bridge over the Schuylkill River, but the pedestrian bridge on the east side of the city that connects South Street at Front Street with Penn’s Landing — is a perfect spot to set up camp for fireworks viewing this New Year’s Eve. There are a few benches, so you’ll have a front-row seat if you get there early enough. MORE INFO

Ritz East

125 S. Second Street. Spend the evening at the cinema at the Landmark Ritz East then stake out a spot in the parking lot outside of the theater for great views of the fireworks on the Delaware River. MORE INFO

Front Street

Front Street between South and Market streets, free. The entire length of Front Street between the South Street and Market Street bridges are prime fireworks viewing spots on New Year’s Eve. MORE INFO


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