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Great Places to Watch the Wawa Welcome America FIREWORKS PHILADELPHIA during the 10 Day Celebration

The eleven-day Wawa Welcome America! kicks off on June 25 with a free waterfront concert and fireworks show and continues through July 4 with a flag-waving parade through Historic Philadelphia followed by the nation’s largest free outdoor Fourth of July concert by The Roots and fireworks spectacular on the Ben Franklin Parkway.I love fireworks it’s one of the reasons I bought a condo on the Parkway. I can literally watch the Penns Landing fireworks show and see the Philadelphia Art Museum July 4th concert and fireworks from my building. Since there are usually two fireworks displays on the Delaware for both New Year’s Even and July 4th I try and watch one of them on the river and will tell you my favorite places to see them.

Penns Landing Fireworks:

Saturday, June 25 and July 2 The Great Plaza @ Penn’s Landing 100 S. Columbus Boulevard Fireworks begin at 9:30PMOn Saturday, June 25 all day long the Taste of Philly will be going on at Penns Landing and at 8 p.m., Aaron Neville will rock the stage with his famous combination of rhythm and blues, followed by brilliant fireworks over the Delaware River— the first of three fireworks displays during Wawa Welcome America!. (Photo G. Widman for GPTMC)Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets and enjoy the concert inside the Great Plaza. Or find a spot on the grass between the Hyatt Hotel all the way down to the The Dockside Condo’s at 717 South Columbus Boulevard. The concert can also be heard there and the view is spectacular for the fireworks as long as there are no trees in the way.
Another great place to watch the fireworks is from the Camden side of the Delaware River at Wiggins Waterfront Park. On Saturday, July 2, 7:30- 10PM p.m., at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing and Wiggins Waterfront Park in Camden there will be Military-themed concerts: United States Army Band and Air National Guard Band. To get to the Camden side take the Riverlink Ferry.Penns Landing Great Plaza and Camden Wiggins Park. The fireworks can be seen from any of the above locations, as long as there are no trees or buildings in the way. The view is spectacular especially with the Ben Franklin Bridge in the background.
On July 4th the grandest fireworks display and concert will be held on the Parkway. Fourth of July Jam: Monday, July 4, 7-10 p.m., Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The best place to see the show is along the Parkway, in the street, in front of the Art Museum all the way down Logan Circle. There aren’t too many obstructions. Many people also like to set up a picnic on the Fairmount Fields, which are located at 22nd and Fairmount. (Photo G. Widman for GPTMC)Another great spot is Fairmount Park along the Schuylkill River along MLK Drive or Kelly Drive. Here you and your family can have a picnic too.
This is the view from my condo of the fireworks. They are so spectacular. For two years in a row I’ve had friends down from NYC as they believe our celebration is much grander than the Big Apple. So if you’re going to visit from NYC or beyond, check out Philly Overnight – There are still rooms available for the July 4th weekend, I just check.

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