If you grew up in Philadelphia, you know how exciting it was to watch fireworks during a holiday weekend.
You would find out where they were going off, and get yourself somewhere in close range to watch the show. The best thing about fireworks is that they take up a huge part of the open sky, so you can see them from pretty much all over the city, as long as your view is unobstructed.
The show centers around Penn’s Landing, but there are some other places you can watch the fireworks if you don’t feel like dealing with the biggest crowds or if you just want to find a different vibe.
But before we get to that, here are some details
The fireworks show will take place on Saturday, May 26. The show is done by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation. It’s slated to begin at 9 p.m. over the Delaware River.
Here’s our list:
This will be the main spot, so expect crowds. Full Spectrum is putting on a free show. The members of this band are all active members of the United States Air Force. The show starts at 7:30 pm, and the fireworks are scheduled for soon after they wrap up.
By purchasing a ticket, you will have access to the museum and a private viewing area for the fireworks. This location may serve as a more intimate spot to see the fireworks.
Luckily for those who live in or near Fishtown, Penn Treaty Park has plenty of views to go around. The Ben Franklin Bridge is in clear view from this park and I’m guessing the fireworks won’t be so hard to see from it.
This is our pick for a more upscale fireworks experience. You can board the ship to cruise for a dinner with an unforgettable view of the fireworks. However, it may be a little pricey.
If you want to celebrate the holiday in a more relaxed way, this could be your kind of place. This is a unique restaurant ship with awesome food and drink selections. The deck is scheduled to be open, but that will be up to Mother Nature.
6. Bok Bar
South Philly’s Bok Bar is located on top of the historic BOK building. It’s generally got an amazing view of the city, and there’s a good chance you’ll get some amazing fireworks views as well.
Located right next to the Ben Franklin Bridge, the deck at Morgan’s Pier should put you front and center for the show.
Summer Fest is open for the weekend. This is right downriver from the main show location.
Right on the river and right under the Ben Franklin Bridge.
Formerly known as Pier 53, this space has a nice, clear view over the Delaware.
11. Wiggins Park
12. La Peg
Right near Race Street Pier at Fringe Arts. Plus, they have drinks.
Something tells me hammock space will be at a premium.
14. Your Friend’s Roof Deck
Most people know somebody who has this luxury, or at least somebody who has roof access. Send them a text. It’ll be worth it.
If we missed anything, feel free to let us know in the comments. Enjoy the show.