You could make a case that there’s nothing more patriotic than celebrating Fourth of July by watching fireworks near Philadelphia. What could be better than celebrating in and around the city where American independence was born? Coincidentally, Philly also has one of the best fireworks shows in the nation and nearby Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties all have great displays as well.
Wherever you’re celebrating the Fourth, there’s bound to be a fireworks show happening near you. Below, we’ve listed out the best spots to see patriotic fireworks near Philadelphia this year. Please note, not all the shows take place on July 4th, so plan accordingly.
Philly doesn’t just do the Fourth of July, they do a whole week of celebrations, festivities, and fireworks. City residents actually get to choose from two displays on the Fourth. Across the Delaware River, Camden, NJ will launch fireworks in full view of Philadelphia at 9:30 p.m. Meanwhile, Wawa Welcome America kicks off on the 100-year-old Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 7:00 p.m. while the massive fireworks display starts at 10 p.m.
The obvious fireworks-watching spot is Penn’s Landing but you’re going to want to make sure you get there early to stake out a spot. Another great spot for clear firework views is Race Street Pier, but you’ll also want to make sure you show up here early with your blanket to claim your space. If you want to be a little further away but still want clear sight lines to the river and Ben Franklin Bridge, head to Penn Treaty Park and find a grassy patch of your own. If you want to avoid the crowds and relax, consider Belmont Plateau, a great spot for families and big groups to hang out before and after the show.
For suburban residents, you don’t need to leave town to find great fireworks near Philadelphia this year. Here are the best fireworks in the Philadelphia suburbs:
Every year, the Clifton Heights 4th of July Association organizes a day-long celebration of America on the 4th. It kicks off with a parade at 10 a.m. followed by a sales fair and then the fireworks show at dusk. Head to Clifton Heights Athletic Field for the best views.
The theme for this year’s 4th of July Celebration is Lansdowne’s 125 Jubilee and they’re going all-out. They’ll be a parade, bike decorating for kids, musical entertainment, and finally, fireworks around 9:00 p.m. Make sure to get your tickets beforehand and find a good spot at the Penn Wood High School field for the show.
In Radnor, you’ll want to head to Radnor High School for July 4th fireworks, which supports the Radnor High School Scholarship Fund. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and fireworks will begin around Dusk. Tickets are $3 for kids under 13 and $6 for adults and teens.
Llanerch Country Club will be hosting their fireworks on Saturday, June 30th. While the event is not open to the public, Furlong Ave (between Manoa and Steel) may be your best bet to get a free glimpse of the action.
Sun Valley High School is another great spot to catch fireworks this year. Aston Township typically sponsors the event on July 4th each year at dusk, and admission is free. The Aston Township Fire Department will be selling food and refreshments, along with glow necklaces.
Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square is hosting Hooray for the Red, White, and Blue on July 1 for a unique spin on the fireworks show. Make sure you’ve got a good seat by 9:15 p.m. That’s when the fireworks start, but the bonus part is that the extraordinary fountains on site are also part of the show. The entire display includes music from Tom Petty, Whitney Houston, Bruce Springsteen, and more.
If you’re away for July 4th this year, don’t worry. You can still return home and catch Malvern’s fireworks at the Malvern Fire Company fair. The fair is scheduled from July 10th to the 14th, but fireworks are scheduled for Friday, July 13th at 10:00pm, with a rain date of Saturday, July 14th. The fair is set up nearby the Paoli Battlefield, at 550 Monument Ave in Malvern. Rides, games, and food are available throughout but visitors are welcome to enjoy the fireworks for free.
If you’d rather see fireworks on July 4th, Chester Valley Golf Club has a great display every year. Though the event is not open to the public, there is plenty of parking just across the street at the Great Valley School District building. This provides a terrific view of the fireworks and remains one of the area’s best kept secrets!
Another local golf course, White Manor Country Club, will be hosting its annual fireworks on Sunday, July 1st. This event is also not open to the public, but it’s not uncommon for passersby traveling along Providence Road to pull into the parking lot of the course or nearby Radnor Hunt.
East Goshen Township is hosting “Community Day” on Saturday, June 30th. The event features moon bounces, live music, a helicopter landing, petting zoo, and food trucks galore. The evening is topped off with a fantastic fireworks display around dusk. The event is free and the rain date is July 1st.
July 4 is the 40th Annual Downingtown Good Neighbor Day, a day-long event that includes bike decorating for kids, multiple races, a craft fair, and plenty of food. Scheduled for Dusk (around 9:00), the grand finale of the event is a fireworks display. Make sure you find a good spot in Kerr Park where you can watch it from.
Tredyffrin’s 4th of July Celebration takes place at Wilson Farm Park between 7:15 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. The Chester County Concert Band will be playing patriotic tunes while you wait for the fireworks show, which starts around Dusk.
On July 7, head to Nottingham County Park for Freedom Fest. Between 6:00 and 11:00 p.m., you’ll get to enjoy festival food, plenty of activities, live music, and of course a fireworks display to cap everything off.
The annual Conshohocken event takes place on July 3 and 4 in Sutcliffe Park. For fireworks, you’ll want to be there on July 3 around 9:00 p.m. Feel free to come back on the 4th when the 51st Soap Box Derby happens.
This year, it’s the 76th annual Fourth of July celebration in Narberth, the biggest celebration of its kind on the Main Line. Between 10 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on the 4th, Narberth Park becomes a family-friendly carnival that includes parades, races, and games. Stick around for fireworks around Dusk.
Waltz Golf Farm is where people in Limerick head for Fourth of July for a free fireworks display. Fireworks will start going off around Dusk but get there early for a couple rounds of mini-golf or some time at the driving range.
The Independence Day Concert & Fireworks in Lower Providence is scheduled for July 4, starting at 6:30 p.m. The fireworks are set to go off at dusk. Get to Eagleville Park early so you can scout a good spot for the dazzling display, and enjoy music by Jump Street Band as the night unfolds.
The Norristown 4th of July Celebration kicks off with a parade at 9:30 a.m. before giving way to a Block Party on Main Street between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. From there, everyone is heading to Elmwood Park for a concert and the annual fireworks show when it gets dark.
You’ll want to head to Skippack Village on July 4 for local festivities. The Village Parade gets going around 11 a.m., heading down Skippack Pike. Afterward, a BBQ will be held at Parc Bistro at 3:00 p.m. As for the fireworks, they’ll begin around Dusk so make sure you’ve got a spot picked out.
Around 3:00 p.m. on July 4, head to Heuser Park in King of Prussia for carnival rides and other family-friendly activities. As soon as it gets dark out, the fireworks will come out as well.
In Ambler, the Kiwanis Fireworks Spectacular takes place on July 6. There’s actually a carnival going on all week long but the fireworks are one-night-only at Dusk. The event takes place at Wissahickon High School.
The annual Norco Fire Company Fair is back, running from July 2 to July 7 on the Fire Company Fairgrounds on Route 724 East of the Coventry Mall. There’s plenty to do every day at the fair but if you want to be there for fireworks, make sure you show up on July 6. The display is scheduled until 10:30 p.m.
Whether you’re in Philadelphia, Delaware, Chester or Montgomery County, there are plenty of options to see fireworks nearby on or around July 4th this year.