Bring out your sparklers, set up your lawn chairs, and get ready for the fireworks in America’s birthplace. We’ve compiled the best places to watch the bright displays—from both the Philadelphia and Jersey side—to ensure you get prime viewing locations.
No one should miss the Fourth of July in Philadelphia with Wawa Welcome America (June 29 – July 4), which is a week of festive events and activities celebrating America’s birthday. The festivities all lead up to one of the biggest free concerts in America on July 4 and a spectacular fireworks show over the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway starting around 9:30 p.m. Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Get a glimpse of the firework show as you enjoy Philly’s version of a carnival. With a roller rink and food galore, you’ll be glad you chose this family-friendly spot! 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., 215-925-7465
Morgan’s Pier, a Philly fave, is a waterfront beer garden just to the north of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Get there early to stake out one of the picnic tables on the deck and sample their awesome selection of local craft beer, so you can sit back and watch the show. 221 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd., 215-279-7134
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 with enough room for the whole family. 1301 N. Beach St., 215-634-5300
What better way to watch fireworks than abroad Philly’s most recognizable boat? Get a front-row seat for the fireworks aboard the Moshulu. Make a reservation for dinner so you can dine on selections from the Moshulu’s regular menu, or visit the Moshulu’s new addition, The Deck, which serves great summer drinks and appetizers! 401 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., 215-923-2500
Get a view from above at Assembly’s Rooftop Lounge this July 4. Watch the main fireworks like you’ve never seen them before above the Benjamin Franklin Parkway as you sip on their quality selection of drinks and small plates. 1840 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, 215-783-4171