Top Fourth of July Fireworks Shows in Philadelphia

Fireworks on Fourth of July in Philadelphia

Fireworks on 4th of July behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art – Credit G. Widman for GPTMC

‘Celebrating Independence Day Philadelphia Style!’ 

You can enjoy many fireworks shows leading up to the Fourth of July in Philadelphia! What a great way in celebrating our independence in an awesome city all week long!

Of course, there is the biggest fireworks night of the year, when the sky above the Philadelphia Museum of Art illuminates with dazzling light displays from tons of fireworks on 4th of July.

Below is our guide to the fireworks shows in and around Philadelphia!

Friday, June 30

Time: 8 pm show  |  9:30 pm fireworks
Location: The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Blvd.

The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform a FREE concert at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. Following the orchestral show, enjoy a marvelous fireworks display on the Delaware River waterfront starting at approximately 9:30 p.m. ~ Details ~

Saturday, July 1

Time: 8 pm show  |  9:30 pm fireworks
Location: The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Blvd.

The US Army Band “Pershing’s Own” has delighted audiences with its rousing and rollicking renditions of old standards, new hits and patriotic tunes.  The huge fireworks display will follow at approximately 9:30 pm. ~ Details ~

Tuesday, July 4

Time: 9:30 pm fireworks
Location: Delaware River Waterfront & over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway 

The big grand daddy of them all! The grand finale includes two simultaneous shows, one over the Philadelphia Museum of Art that takes place after the largest outdoor free concert in North America and the other taking place over the Delaware River Waterfront!

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Celebrating Our Freedom!  We at MyPhillyAlive wish you all a fantastic 4th of July and to enjoy the many activities and festivals leading up to our Nations birthday. Happy 4th of July!

If you missed our previous article regarding 4th of July in Philly and about WAWA Welcome America!, please check this article out.

Guide to 4th of July in Philadelphia & Philly Events

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FYI: Street Closures in the Area

Monday, July 3 – Liberty Block Party in Independence Mall area
        5th and 6th streets, between Market and Chestnut streets, will be closed to vehicular traffic, from 9:30 a.m. until midnight.
        Chestnut Street, between 5th and 6th streets, will be closed to vehicular traffic, from 9:30 a.m. on July 3d through Saturday, July 4th at 5 p.m.

Monday, July 3 – Preparation for the July 4th concert and fireworks in Ben Franklin Parkway area
        The inbound inner lanes of the Parkway will be closed July 3 from 9:30 a.m. through 5 a.m. on Sunday, July 5
        The outbound inner lanes of the Parkway will be closed to vehicular traffic, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., for set-up related to the concert. The outbound lanes will open, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., for evening rush, and then close, from 6:30 p.m. on July 3 to 5 a.m. on July 5.
        The outer lanes of the Parkway will be open to vehicular traffic throughout the day.

Tuesday, July 4 – Celebration of Freedom Ceremony and Parade in Independence Mall area
        Chestnut Street, between 5th and 6th streets, will be closed to vehicular traffic, from 9:30 a.m. on July 3rd through Saturday, July 4th at 5 p.m.

        The following closures will be in effect related to the parade (all times are approximate):

-        From 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Chestnut Street, 5th to Front streets; 3rd Street, from Chestnut to Walnut streets, and on 4th Street, from Market to Chestnut streets.

-        From 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Chestnut Street, from 6th to 9th streets; 9th Street, from Chestnut to Market streets and Market Street, from 9th to Front streets; 5th Street, from Arch to Walnut streets; 4th Street, from Arch to Walnut streets; 3rd Street, from Walnut to Arch streets; 8th Street, from Arch to Walnut streets; 7th Street, from Walnut to Arch streets; 6th Street, from Arch to Chestnut streets; 2nd Street, from Walnut to Arch streets; Strawberry Street, from Market to Chestnut streets, and Bank Street, from Market to Chestnut streets.

-        From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Front Street, Dock Street, Arch Street and              
the Chestnut Street viaduct, from Front to Market streets.

-        The remainder of Chestnut Street and the entire parade route will be closed to vehicular traffic prior to the parade, beginning at about 10 a.m., until after the parade concludes. All streets affected by the parade will be cleaned before being re-opened to vehicular traffic.  

Tuesday, July 4 – Philly 4th of July Jam concert & Grand Finale Fireworks in the Benjamin Franklin Parkway area
        A limited-access perimeter (event participants and residents only) will be established on July 4th –from 18th Street to 25th Street — and on Race Street to Pennsylvania Avenue, from 5 a.m. to midnight.

        The entire width of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be closed to vehicular traffic, from 5 a.m. to midnight.

        The Parkway, from 20th to 25th streets, will be closed for extensive cleanup overnight until about
5 a.m. on Sunday, July 5th.

All streets affected by the closures are scheduled to be reopened in the Parkway vicinity by 6 a.m. on Sunday, July 5th .

picture - Credit G. Widman for GPTMC

Jeff Belonger

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