The daytime party at the foot of the Art Museum turns into a nighttime one with some grade-A musical talent. Starting at 7pm, the stage at Eakins Oval will be graced by musical acts Jennifer Hudson, accompanied by the Philly POPS BIG Band, and Meghan Trainor. Even better? It’s all free, no ticket necessary.
How to get there: See above. Again, public transit is the best option.
Once the sun sets -- around 9:30 or so -- the United States Army Field Band will tune their instruments to provide the musical backdrop to the night’s crowning event: fireworks. The dazzling pyrotechnic display is shot from behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Wondering where to get the best views? Look no further.
Benjamin Franklin Parkway
It makes sense to park yourself on the Parkway for the daylong celebrations and scope out a spot for the fireworks. Don’t forget chairs and blankets.
The skate park along the Schuylkill River Trail is just a stone’s throw away from the back of the Art Museum, providing an alternate angle of the show.
The grassy area along the Schuylkill will be a hotspot for fireworks viewers -- with good reason. It’s scenic, comfortable, and easily accessed from Chestnut Street, Walnut Street, and South Street. Again, definitely bring your own blanket.
Head to Kelly Drive and set up shop along Boathouse Row. In fact, anywhere along Kelly Drive will serve as a solid viewing spot.
Stake your claim on this elevated area of Fairmount Park. You won’t be as close to the action (which may be better for kids or folks with sensitivity to sound) but the views will still be there.
Assembly Rooftop Lounge
The rooftop bar at The Logan Hotel gives you a view nine floors above Logan Square. Plus, fire pits. You know what that means: You’ll want to get here early to mark your territory.
Bok Bar + Irwin’s
If you want to avoid the Art Museum area as a whole, head to these South Philly rooftop bars (both located on the roof of the same building) where you’ll get pristine views of all the neighborhood fireworks displays as well as the official ones on both riverfronts (more on that later).