Philadelphia's fireworks can be seen from many vantage points across the city and whether you want to be in the center of the action or watch from a less crowded location, there are plenty of spots to catch a glimpse of this iconic Independence Day tradition.
Grab yourself a spot on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for a top view of the fabulous fireworks celebrating the 4th of July. The whole area is closed to traffic and it is one of the best spots in town to soak up the celebratory atmosphere and enjoy the festivities.
This much-admired city park is an excellent spot, especially if you are with children, as it offers great views but avoids the worst of the crowds who congregate along the Parkway. As well as offering more space there are water fountains to play in and vendors where you can buy a drink while waiting for the main event.
Take the short boat trip across the water and find yourself a spot at Camden Waterfront for a view of the fireworks like no other. With the wonderful backdrop of the city skyline, and despite the fact that the waterfront is technically in New Jersey, it's still one of the best spots to watch the Independence Day celebrations in Philadelphia.
These two top museums are open to the public for free on Independence Day as part of the wider Wawa festival. It's a great way to teach the kids some American history without the usual price tag.
Philadelphia Hotels for 4th of July are the perfect way for all the family to get close to the heart of where modern America was founded. As well as catching the impressive fireworks, stop by the National Convention Center to learn a little history or join the thrilling scavenger hunt and win the whole family a magnificent prize.
r Philadelphia is the birthplace of American Independence and on the 4th of July, the National Constitution Center opens its doors for free. The whole family can learn about the foundations of the modern USA through interactive displays, historical artifacts, and tech-focused exhibits.
This fantastic festival screens several free movies across the days leading up to the 4th of July, many of which are family-friendly. They are shown at several locations right across the city and past screenings have included the Lego Batman Movie and Despicable Me 2.
This scavenger hunt across the historic district of Philadelphia is a wonderful way for a family to spend the afternoon. You participate in a series of tasks including answering trivia and taking photos at important locations for the chance to win one of the excellent prizes on offer.
Celebrate Independence Day with that classic American tradition - the BBQ. Philadelphia hotels for 4th of July are well placed for exploring the restaurants and pop-up eateries all serving up classic hot dogs, juicy burgers and other delicious creations.
This Fairmount favorite serves up a hearty selection of well-cooked BBQ food for the Independence Day Celebrations. Along with the ribs, burgers, and Jersey tomato salads, you can also sample a range of reasonably priced local craft ales.
The Morris House transforms their stunning garden into a BBQ feast complete with entertainment, live music, and a range of delectable delights including grilled chicken, hot dogs, and veggie kabobs.
Each year, International House Philadelphia, the city's hub for education, culture and international arts, hosts a large BBQ along with informative events - tickets can be purchased in advance.