Top Ways To Celebrate Labor Day Weekend In Philadelphia

Music festivals, fireworks, last chance for RiverRink Summerfest and more...

For many of us, a three-day weekend is on its way – thank you Labor Day!

Fortunately, there’s a ton of activities of every sort going on from Friday, September 1 through Monday, September 4 that’ll help fill your entire holiday weekend.

Find the massive music festival Made in America taking over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Saturday and Sunday, watch an illuminating fireworks display soaring over the Delaware River on Sunday, enjoy the final opportunity to hit up the fun-filled Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest throughout the weekend and so much more.

Read on for our top picks for this Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia.

Made in America Festival

Made in AmericaPhoto by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

Now in its sixth year, the Made In America Festival turns the Benjamin Franklin Parkway into one massive, live music party. This year, JAY-Z, J. Cole and The Chainsmokers will headline the two-day festival, which also features an array of other artists curated by JAY-Z.

Made in America Festival

When:September 2-3
Where:Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$162 (plus fees) per two-day ticket

Labor Day Fireworks on the Delaware River

FireworksPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Make the holiday weekend extra festive by catching a grand fireworks show outside the Independence Seaport Museum on Sunday. The museum will open up its second-floor terrace and third-story rotunda balcony, where guests can enjoy live music and refreshments in addition to the evening's colorful display set to sweep the skies at 9:30 p.m.

Labor Day Fireworks on the Delaware River

When:Sunday, September 3, 9:30 p.m.
Where:Outside the Independence Seaport Museum, 211 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Price of general admission if viewing from the Independence Seaport Museum

www.phillyseaport.org

Closing Day for Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and The Midway

Blue Cross RiverRink SummerfestPhoto courtesy Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Labor Day weekend brings the last call to hit up Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. Be sure to get out to the Delaware River waterfront destination by Monday, its final day of the season, and take advantage of Philly's only outdoor roller skating rink. While you're there, play a round of mini-golf, try your luck at the arcade, enjoy a variety of eats and drinks and check out The Midway, Summerfest's carnival-style amusement park featuring rides (including a 60-foot-tall Ferris wheel!), games and more.

Closing Day for Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and The Midway

When:Through September 4
Where:Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, 101 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

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Labor Day in Philadelphia's Historic District

A Once Upon a Nation Storytelling Bench outside Carpenter's Hall in Philadelphia's Historic DistrictPhoto by J. Fusco for Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

Much of the summer programming in Philadelphia's Historic District draws to a close this Labor Day weekend, including the Once Upon a Nation free storytelling sessions and the free Military Muster events at Signer's Garden (5th and Chestnut streets). Plus, Independence National Historic Park is hosting special programs over Labor Day, including tours and a Family Fun Zone throughout the weekend. Enjoy one last dose of history-based entertainment while you can!

Labor Day in Philadelphia's Historic District

When:September 1-4
Where:Select locations including Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street
Cost:Free

www.visitphilly.com

Free Kids' Admission to the Museum of the American Revolution

Museum of the American RevolutionPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

This weekend, families can score free admission for children 12 years old and under at Philadelphia's newest museum, the Museum of the American Revolution. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, a bunch of kid-oriented activities will also unfold, including opportunities to try on Revolutionary-inspired clothing, design a flag, decode secret messages, make a George Washington-inspired sash and practice drilling like a Revolutionary soldier.

Free Kids' Admission to the Museum of the American Revolution

When:September 2-4
Where:Museum of The American Revolution, 101 South 3rd Street
Cost:Free admission for kids under 12, regular admission for adults

www.amrevmuseum.org

First Friday

Old CityPhoto by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

The Friday of Labor Day weekend brings plenty of opportunities to check out art galore – for free. Enjoy First Friday, which fills the streets of Old City and Fishtown with art excursions of every kind.

First Friday

When:Friday, September 1, 5-9 p.m.
Where:Throughout Old City and Fishtown
Cost:Free

www.visitphilly.com

Parks on Tap at Cliveden Park and Clark Park

Parks On TapPhoto courtesy Fairmount Park Conservancy

Philly's roving beer garden Parks on Tap heads to two different lush locations over Labor Day weekend. Find craft beer and other drinks being served up alongside light fare at both Clark Park and Cliveden Park through Monday. 

Parks on Tap at Cliveden Park and Clark Park

When:September 1-4
Where:Cliveden Park: 6423 Chew Avenue; Clark Park: 43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue
Cost:Pay as you go for food and drink

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First Sunday at the Barnes Foundation and Philadelphia Museum of Art

Exterior of the Philadelphia Museum of ArtPhoto by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Every first Sunday of the month (including September 3!), the Barnes Foundation invites guests in for free and the Philadelphia Museum of Art offers pay-what-you-wish admission. Tickets to the Barnes Foundation are limited and cannot be reserved in advance, so plan on arriving early to snag timed tickets, which are available onsite starting at 9 a.m.

First Sunday at the Barnes Foundation and Philadelphia Museum of Art

When:Sunday, September 3
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy; Barnes Foundation: 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Philadelphia Museum of Art: Pay what you wish; Barnes Foundation: Free

www.philamuseum.org

For more on Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia, check out a full guide to the holiday on visitphilly.com.

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