Where to Watch the July 4th Fireworks in Philadelphia 2022
Our favorite spots to catch the fireworks show, from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Lemon Hill and beyond...
Time of Fireworks on Monday, July 4, 2022: 9:45 p.m.
Philadelphia goes all out for July Fourth celebrations during Wawa Welcome America , the city’s Independence Day celebration that for 2022 stretches for 16 awesome days of free movie screenings, free museum days , free concerts, free Juneteenth commemorations and more celebrations.
The festival’s final day — July 4, 2022 — hits the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Independence Day with the seven-hour-long Party on the Parkway , followed by the free Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert featuring headliners Jason Derulo and Ava Max .
Wrapping it all up: a spectacular (and free!) fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Monday, July 4, 2022, at 9:45 p.m.
The Benjamin Franklin Parkway makes for a classic and iconic spot to watch the display. But there are a number of other great places throughout Philly to catch the show.
Get the scoop on our favorite spots to watch the fireworks on July Fourth with our guide and interactive map, below.
Beginning at 8 p.m., you can stake out a spot anywhere along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from Logan Circle to Eakins Oval ahead of the 9:45 p.m. show . The entire street is shut down for the celebration — and you can’t beat the prime view of the Philadelphia Museum of Art backdrop. Tip: Try to grab a spot at the baseball fields at 22nd Street and the Parkway.
Fairmount Park ’s Lemon Hill, home to a gorgeous 19th-century mansion with curved walls , offers plenty of space to set up lawn chairs and blankets. Bonus: The elevation makes for great fireworks views.
Fireworks-watchers at the Schuylkill Banks find lots of grass for comfortable viewing and a stunning view of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The super-convenient spot is accessible via the Chestnut Street Bridge and Walnut Street Bridge as well as via crossings at Locust Street and Race Street that are closer to the show.
The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk extends the Schuylkill River Trail out over the river. The scenic walkway begins at Locust Street and continues on toward the South Street Bridge, offering a waterfront spot with fantastic views of the Philadelphia skyline and sight lines for the July Fourth fireworks spectacular.
Countless places along the Schuylkill River and Kelly Drive offer excellent views of the fireworks display — including near Boathouse Row and the open field at the intersection of Kelly Drive and Sedgley Drive. Don’t forget to bring along your own chair or blanket for comfort.
A gorgeous skatepark and recreation space off the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Paine’s Park is directly in the shadow of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, offering spectacular views of the July Fourth finale.
Part of Fairmount Park in West Philadelphia, the elevated fields at Belmont Plateau offer plenty of space to spread out and enjoy the fireworks — and the skyline — from a distance.