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Philly never drops the ball on a good celebration. This year, Philly adds twice the flare again to its New Year's Eve show with two fireworks shows.
Find out here where the best spots are to view the shows.
Saturday, December 31
6:00 p.m. and midnight
Delaware River Waterfront
Insider Tip: This is free.
1 Riverside Drive
Have your own under the sea adventure when you ring in the New Year. Guests can dive into the hors d’oeuvres, food stations and open bar and catch a great view of the fireworks while toasting with champagne. Music and entertainment round out the New Year’s adventure.
Insider Tip: $125 per person
62 Battleship Place
Get your sea legs ready. Enjoy music, food and bar concessions, as well as a unique view of both fireworks shows at 6 p.m. and midnight.
Columbus Boulevard and Market Street
The Blue Cross RiverRink’s New Year’s Eve Party on Ice offers one of the best views of the city’s fireworks show over the Delaware River. Skaters can catch one of two sparkling shows during the early (5-7 p.m.) and late (11 p.m. - 1 a.m.) parties. File this spot under family-friendly.
Insider Tip: Tickets are $30 for skaters and $20 for spectators.
200 N. 6th Street
Families can head to the brightly illuminated Franklin Square to watch the 6 p.m. fireworks show. From 11a.m. - 4 p.m., there will be party hat decorating, free entertainment, and a “Square-drop” countdown to 6 p.m. File this one under family-friendly.
Chestnut Street and Columbus Boulevard
Head to the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing for a front-row view of the fireworks backed by a synchronized soundtrack during the show.
201 S. Columbus Boulevard
The Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing is kicking off the New Year with not one, but two celebrations. Enjoy a delicious New Year’s Eve Family Buffet starting at 4 p.m. Save room for the Dessert Explosion at 5:30 p.m. before the 6 p.m. fireworks show at Penn’s Landing. ($55 for adults, $25 for children 3-12). Starting at 8 p.m., adults can partake in the Starlight Soiree featuring a dinner buffet and wine bar in the Columbus Ballroom followed by drinks and dancing at Keatings River Grill, all leading up to the fireworks spectacular at midnight. ($125 per person)
Columbus Boulevard at Walnut Street
Grab a complimentary party hat and noisemaker before heading outside to the second-floor terrace to watch the fireworks spectacular over the Delaware River at 6 p.m. The museum comes alive at 8:30 p.m. during the Buccaneers Ball, a swashbuckler-themed New Year’s Eve celebration with live music, drinks, dinner and dancing ending with the fireworks show at midnight.
Delaware Avenue and Beach Street
Penn Treaty Park’s seven acres of open green space and clean picnic areas provide a great vantage point from which to watch the fireworks.
Race Street and Delaware Avenue
This is an amazing spot to watch but we recommend you get there early, as it’s probably going to fill up fast.
Insider Tip: Alcohol, BBQ and glass containers are not permitted at the Pier.
401 S. Columbus Boulevard
Set sail on the Spirit of Philadelphia for two special sailing adventures to ring in the New Year. Families can hop aboard for the early New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise from 4–6:30 p.m. and celebrate with live music, party favors and a grand buffet before getting an up close view of the fireworks at 6 p.m. From $109.90 per adult. $69.90 per child ages 3-12. The New Year’s celebration sets sails again from 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. with sweeping views of the fireworks and the city skyline; the night includes a dinner buffet, hors d’oeuvres, premium open bar, DJ music, dancing, party favors and a champagne toast. From $164.90 per person.
1001 N. Delaware Avenue
We bet that the riverfront walkway at SugarHouse Casino will be a good spot to watch both fireworks displays, as there will be concession stands and speakers playing the synchronized soundtrack for each of the shows.
1301 S. Columbus Boulevard
This is another new park on the Delaware River Waterfront, formerly Pier 53.
Mickle Boulevard at the River
Across the river in Camden, you can get an amazing view of the fireworks from Wiggin’s Park, located near Adventure Aquarium and the Battleship New Jersey. Viewers will be treated to a synchronized soundtrack for the fireworks display from speakers at the park.
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