When it comes to Fourth of July fireworks, none rival Philadelphia’s. The City of Brotherly Love comes alive on July 4 with a thundering blast of colorful fire lighting up the historic city’s night sky from the Philadelphia Art Museum.
It’s an all-day happening in our country’s birthplace starting at 10 am at Independence Hall, 6th and Chestnut Streets. The Celebration of Freedom Festival kicks off the day with a reading from the Declaration of Independence. Vice President Joe Biden will be there as well as Mayor Michael Nutter.
After the ceremony, the party keeps rolling with the Independence Day Parade. featuring marching bands and floats. The parade is peppered with the nation’s military to lend a patriotic flavor as they move down the streets of historic Philadelphia.
After the parade, some lunch is in order, so head over to Penn’s Landing for the Taste of Philadelphia, where live music fills the air and vendors line the historic Delaware River with goodies to fit every taste. Serrano on 2nd Street offers special drinks and grab-and-go food. For a lunch with different flavor, stroll up to the Yards Country & ‘Cue Celebration at the Yards Brewery, 901 North Delaware Avenue, for country music, craft beer, and BBQ.
After lunch, it’s Party on the Parkway. Elevated stages along the historic Benjamin Franklin Parkway will rock with live music and entertainment for the nation’s biggest Independence Day concert. Jam-packed with local vendors offering refreshments with a taste of Philadelphia, the parkway will be jumping with interactive fun and games.
Afterward, have dinner at the famous Moshulu, Philadelphia’s historic floating restaurant, or take the Delaware River Dinner Cruise by Spirit Lines, but be sure to be back in time to catch the dazzling display of fireworks at the Adventure Aquarium Waterfront Fireworks Spectacular starting at Penn’s Landing at 9:30 pm. Then catch the Philly 4th of July Jam and Grand Fireworks Finale at the Art Museum. The free concert starts at 7 pm, but the unrivaled fireworks display begins at 10:30 pm. The fireworks display takes place regardless of weather.
Other major fireworks displays are available at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA, and across the Delaware River in Camden, NJ, and neighborhood fireworks displays dot the city.
If you go, public transportation is recommended to get you around the city, especially since you don’t want to be stuck in traffic or have to pay for a parking space!