New Year’s Day in Philly – Fireworks & Mummers Parade Schedule and Franklin Square’s New Year’s Eve Countdown

New Year’s Eve Fireworks
6PM & 12 Midnight Shows
Don’t miss this year’s spectacular fireworks display over the Delaware River!
Best viewing spots: Penns Landing
Drive carefully, people get a little crazy near show time
Franklin Square’s New Year’s Eve Countdown − A family-friendly version of the
New Year’s Eve celebration with a dropping “square” in lieu of the
famous ball.  Families are invited to enjoy music and crafts beginning
at 3 pm on December 31 in Franklin Square. The celebration culminates
with an exciting countdown to 6 pm with the lowering of the New Year’s
Eve Square from its perch high above SquareBurger.  Guests have a great
view of the Penn’s Landing 6 pm fireworks from the Square. (FREE). 
Appearance by Andrea Duffy and MORE101.  Sweet and savory
seasonal selections provided by The Cow and the Curd, The Grill Cheese,
and Surf and Turf Truck from the Philadelphia Food Truck Association
from 4 – 8 pm.

WHERE:         Franklin Square, 6th & Race Streets
WHEN:           Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 5:55 pm
                        “Square Drop” countdown to 6 pm
The Square Drop, which started in 2010, has become a delightful family
tradition, which includes family fun and fireworks.  The 2-foot by
2-foot cube sits 30 feet above the ground atop its perch on SquareBurger
and is lowered during the countdown. It contains over 1,200 lights in
the colors of the Franklin Square logo.  Kids can enjoy dancing and
music in the Pavilion in Franklin Square after the fireworks, and the
park will remain open until 8 pm, with the final showing of Franklin
Square’s Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show. New Year’s Eve in
Franklin Square is sponsored by Adventure Aquarium.
Square’s Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show is a free light
show that illuminates the Square through December 31 nightly. The
Square’s nighttime magic begins at 4 pm, with the first showing of
Franklin Square’s Electrical Spectacle igniting at 4:30 pm. The light
show creates holiday charm in the Square every half hour every evening
(weather permitting) through December 31, 2013 (closed Thanksgiving and
Christmas).  Eight shows run each night, with the first one at 4:30 pm
and final show at 8 pm. Each night at 4:30 pm, a young guest will be chosen from the crowd to “ignite” the first show. 
The two seven-minute alternating shows each feature two of the
following songs:  “Sleigh Ride” and “A Christmas Festival” by The Philly
POPS® conducted by Music Director Emeritus Peter Nero and “Carol of the
Bells” remixed by Starchild Excalibur. 
The Mummers are distictivly a Philadelphia Tradition, and I love them.

The Comics get the show started at 9:30 a.m. from Broad and Washington.

The Comic Wenches start at 10:30 a.m. from Broad and Dickinson.(Create a Wench Costume for yourself.)
The String Bands start at 10:30 a.m. from Broad and Shunk.

The Fancy Divisions begin at 10:45 a.m. from Broad and Passyunk.

The Fancy Brigades get going at 1 p.m. from Broad and Oregon.(Marching Order)
Viewing areas: Performances take place at Washington Avenue, Sansom, Pine and Shunk
streets. The main judging area is at 16th Street and JFK Parkway.

PHL 17 airs a pre-parade show at 9:30 am., with
live coverage starting at 10. The station also is streaming the event
live online at

Fancy Brigade Finale: The
Convention Center does a show with 11 Fancy Brigade clubs and more than 3,500
performers present two shows: a family affair at noon and an evening
performance at 5 p.m. Tickets, from $13 to $20, can be purchased at 

Rain date: Jan. 4, or if that day is bad,

Jan. 5.

For more information:

 Park for free at SugarHouse Casino and hop on the free Mummers Party
Bus! Departs from SugarHouse every hour on the hour starting at 10AM. Dress warmly.
Free Events & Get out of the Cold: Stop by the Kimmel Center for all day long
Center Hosts Annual
New Year’s Day Celebration w.
FREE Family Friendly Entertainment
& NEW Garces Group VIP Lounge
Wednesday, January 1, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
10:30 a.m. – 3:30

Balloon Artist, Face Painter
and Philly Pholders

Bring the kids for balloon sculptures courtesy of Black Cat Balloon Company, face painting, and crafts for everyone to enjoy.
Steve Pullara and The Cool Beans Band
Grammy Award®-winner Steve Pullara and his Cool Beans Band bring live
entertainment to the stage for the littlest music lovers! This
performance, part of our monthly PNC Grow Up Great program, will bring
music and story to life – entertaining parents and kids

The Ukuladies
The Ukuladies are a perpetually-touring, twin-sister, aunt, and one
tap-dancing-cousin act from Regina, Canada with a lust for life and its
idle curiosities. Come and join the “ladies” as they share cowboy love
songs, Ruth Wallis medleys, faves from the ’30s
and ’40s, and a host of original hits!
Broadway Dreams Foundation: Celebrating Broadway!
Students from the Broadway Dreams Foundation Summer Intensive program
perform your favorite Broadway tunes along with selections from our
current 2013/14 Broadway Philadelphia season.
The Camden Sophisticated Sisters Drill Team
Featured on Good Morning America last summer, The Camden
Sophisticated Sisters Drill Team was established more than 25 years ago
and combines choreographed hip-hop and runway into exciting drill
Happy, Happy New Year!!
Come back on January 2 and check out the fashions of New Year’s Day!!