14 Places To Watch The Memorial Day Fireworks Over The Delaware | Philly Views
May 22, 2018

14 Places To Watch The Memorial Day Fireworks Over The Delaware

Written by Erin Kelly

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:

1. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

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.


2. Independence Seaport Museum

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.


3. Penn Treaty Park

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.


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4. Spirit of Philadelphia

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.

Saying hey to the jet skiers as we cruise along. ????⚓️????

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5. Moshulu 

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.

Come on up – we open at 6pm ???? #bokbar

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7. Morgan’s Pier

Located right next to the Ben Franklin Bridge, the deck at Morgan’s Pier should put you front and center for the show.

The sun is BACK today!!! Don’t miss a second of it at the Pier ☀️

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8. Blue Cross RiverRink

Summer Fest is open for the weekend. This is right downriver from the main show location.


9. Race Street Pier

Right on the river and right under the Ben Franklin Bridge.


10. Washington Avenue Pier

Formerly known as Pier 53, this space has a nice, clear view over the Delaware.


11. Wiggins Park

Look, I know it’s in New Jersey, but we wanted to be comprehensive. We’ll keep all Camden spots to one section. Check out Battleship New Jersey and Adventure Aquarium as well.


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12. La Peg 

Right near Race Street Pier at Fringe Arts. Plus, they have drinks.

Monday night chill.. (????: @realtimmyb) #phillypulse

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13. Spruce Street Harbor Park

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.

Saturday. #PhillyViews

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If we missed anything, feel free to let us know in the comments. Enjoy the show.

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