Holidays in Philly

When and where to catch Fourth of July fireworks in Philly

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Along the Delaware River Waterfront, fireworks burst into the night sky during the Wawa Welcome America July 4th festival.

Along the Delaware River Waterfront, fireworks burst into the night sky during the Wawa Welcome America July 4th festival.

Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

Fourth of July falling on a Tuesday makes things a little weird, which you probably already know if you’re one of those people who have *cough* attempted to convince your boss that you deserve off work Monday, too.

It also makes typical Fourth of July festivities kind of a cluster, and there’s about a week’s worth of fireworks shows in and around Philly. Here’s a look at the fireworks shows taking place on each day leading up to the Fourth (and let us know at if we missed any!):

Friday, June 30

Philadelphia Orchestra Concert and fireworks: The Philadelphia Orchestra is performing a totally free concert on the RiverStage at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. The show starts at 8 p.m., and a fireworks show will follow.

Saturday, July 1

US Army Band Concert and fireworks: The US Army Band “Pershing’s Own” will perform patriotic music along the Delaware River waterfront on the Saturday before Fourth of July this year. A fireworks show at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing will follow. The show begins at 8 p.m.

Tuesday, July 4

Wawa Welcome America Festival: Mary J. Blige and other acts will start their free concert around 7 p.m. along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway as part of the city’s Wawa Welcome America festival. Fireworks over the Philadelphia Museum of Art will take place around 9:30 p.m.

Freedom Festival on the Delaware: The Freedom Festival Fireworks over the Delaware River will begin right around 9:30 p.m. There are official viewing areas at SugarHouse Casino and One Liberty Observation Deck, but there are plenty of other spots where you can catch the full show over the river.

Camden Freedom Festival: It’ll be easy to see the fireworks in Camden, even from the Philly side. The Freedom Festival along the Camden waterfront at Wiggins Marina starts at 5 p.m. with food, drinks and live music. The fireworks begin at about 9:30 p.m.

Lawncrest Rec Center: These fireworks might be Philly’s favorite, and they’re certainly the favorite of the Northeast. Catch fireworks at the Lawncrest Recreation Center at dusk.

Thursday, July 6

Citizens Bank Park: The Phillies will host this post-July 4 Xfinity Fireworks Show after the Phils take on the Pirates in South Philly. The game starts at 6:05 p.m., an hour earlier than most weekday games.

Friday, July 7

Citizens Bank Park: The Phillies will host *a second night* of post-July 4 fireworks after the Phils take on the Padres. The game starts at 6:35 p.m.

Want some more? Explore other Holidays in Philly stories.

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