It’s really not the Fourth of July without a breathtaking fireworks display to light up the night sky.
Fortunately, this year Philadelphia has three official fireworks displays during the week of July 4th and the Wawa Welcome America celebration. Each is paired with live music AND each show is free (!).
Check out the details below and start making your plans.
• Wawa Welcome America’s Philadelphia Orchestra Neighborhood Concert: The Philadelphia Orchestra presents a free concert as part of the Wawa Welcome America celebration. The RiverStage at Great Plaza welcomes the acclaimed orchestra for the free neighborhood concert and a small, landside fireworks shows immediately following the performance. Welcome The Philadelphia Orchestra back to its home turf after its recent China residency and 40th-anniversary tour at this free concert and fireworks show.
When: Tuesday, July 2, 8 p.m.
Where: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard, Where to Watch Map — Penn’s Landing
• Wawa Welcome America’s Grand Finale Fireworks: After nearly a week of blockbuster events, Wawa Welcome America presents its annual Grand Finale Fireworks on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The epic, free fireworks show illuminates the sky high above the Art Museum. The show is slated to begin at about 10:30 p.m., but depending on the free concert beforehand (featuring The Roots, John Mayer, Demi Lovato, Ne-Yo, Jill Scott and more!) the fireworks start time is approximate. Head out early to catch the concert (which begins at 7 p.m.) and make sure your there in time for the fireworks. Insiders tip: There are a number of great spots to watch the show, our top picks include the new Paine’s Park, Lemon Hill in Fairmount Park, Bistro St. Tropez and the Loews Hotel. Check out Visit Philly’s interactive map here.
When: Thursday, July 4, estimated to begin around 10:30 p.m.
Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 18th and 23rd streets, Where to Watch Map — Parkway
• Taste of Philadelphia and Adventure Aquarium Waterfront Fireworks Spectacular: On day two of the Taste of Philadelphia event, fireworks over the Delaware River erupt into the sky. Following a live performance from acclaimed musician, Marsha Ambrosius, the fireworks show, presented by Adventure Aquarium, entertains folks along the Delaware River. Click here for Visit Philly’s where to watch guide. Our top viewing points include Morgan’s Pier, Race Street Pier, Penn’s Landing and across the river at Adventure Aquarium.
When: Saturday, July 6, estimated to begin at 9:30-10 p.m.
Where: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Where to Watch Map — Penn’s Landing
Bonus: SugarHouse Casino announced a fireworks show of its own on Friday, July 5!
• SugarHouse Casino Fireworks Show: Friday evening just got a little brighter thanks to SugarHouse Casino and its celebratory fireworks show set for July 5. The fireworks begin at 9 p.m. and the casino’s extensive walkway is the perfect spot to catch the action, the fireworks are also viewable from Fishtown’s Penn Treaty Park. For those who head out to SugarHouse for the illuminating 15-minute show, get ready for an abundance of live music, too.
When: Friday, July 5, 9 p.m.
Where: SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Avenue Where to Watch Map — Delaware River Waterfront
See below for the where to watch interactive maps.
July 4th Fireworks in Philadelphia Map — Best Places To Watch on the Parkway
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Where to Watch the Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront
View Where to Watch the Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront Fireworks in a larger map