A Star-Spangled Weekend on the Waterfront

July 1–4
Location: Cherry Street Pier + Delaware River Waterfront
Time: Hours Vary

Celebrate Independence Day Weekend on the Waterfront with an action-packed lineup of family-friendly events and activities, including not one but TWO, back to back firework shows as part of Wawa Welcome America.

Plus, enjoy amazing Waterfront destinations like Spruce Street Harbor Park (hammocks, food, and drinks) and Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest (roller skating, games, rides) all weekend long!

Leave the car at home, and #ArrriveatTheWaterfront stress-free via public transit, the Delaware River Trail, or the RiverLink Ferry. You’ll be so glad you did.

Check out our lineup and plan your visit today!


Friday, July 1, 2022

Our America Now: Expressions of Freedom and Waterfront Fireworks part of Wawa Welcome America Cherry Street Pier, 6 pm to 10 pm, Free and Open to the Public
Set along Philadelphia’s iconic waterfront, this immersive experience brings to life pivotal moments of history and tells the stories of influential individuals through diverse voices. Artists from Olive Dance Theatre and We The People Stage will use spoken word, dance, and song to portray personal and historical stories rooted in passionate expressions of freedom. Stick around after Our America Now: Expressions of Freedom at Cherry Street Pier to enjoy breathtaking views of the fireworks from the Cherry Street Pier garden or at these other Waterfront destinations: Blue Cross RiverRink SummerfestSpruce Street Harbor ParkRace Street PierPier 68, and Washington Avenue Pier.

UPDATE: Due to anticipated attendance size, Our America Now will be moving to The Oval XP on the Parkway on Friday, July 1st from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wawa Welcome America Waterfront Fireworks are still scheduled for Friday, July 1st at 9:30 p.m. Fireworks can be enjoyed along the Delaware River Waterfront. Cherry Street Pier, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, Spruce Street Harbor Park and all Delaware River Waterfront parks and restaurants will be open with normal operating hours.


Live DJ Nights, Spruce Street Harbor Park, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm, Free and Open to the Public
Start your holiday weekend right with a dance party at Spruce Street Harbor Park with a slammin’ music mix by spin master DJ Nash. Review our full summer DJ lineup!


Saturday, July 2, 2022

U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Concert and Fireworks Part of Wawa Welcome America Saturday, July 2, 2022, 8 pm to 10 pm, Free and Open to the Public
Join us this Independence Weekend for the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” concert on July 2 at 8 pm followed by fireworks at 9:30 pm at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. Enjoy the fireworks at these other Waterfront destinations: Cherry Street PierBlue Cross RiverRink SummerfestSpruce Street Harbor ParkRace Street PierPier 68, and Washington Avenue Pier.

EVENT UPDATE: Due to the pending inclement weather, tonight’s Pershing’s Own concert by The United States Army Band and the fireworks display at the Delaware River Waterfront have been cancelled. Two more nights of great concerts and another spectacular fireworks display are still on the books for this weekend! More info visit https://welcomeamerica.com/

Markers Market, Spruce Street Harbor Park, 12 pm to 5 pm, Free and Open to the Public

Treat yourself this holiday weekend with a custom creation from this specialty market featuring amazing goods by local vendors.


Sunday, July 3, 2022

Family Fun Day, Spruce Street Harbor Park, 2 pm to 4 pm, Free and Open to the Public
Join us for activities with the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts.

Wellness on the Waterfront, Race Street Pier, 10 am, Free and Open to the Public, Registration Required
Bring a friend, and a yoga mat, and get ready for a scenic workout yoga or Pilates classes at Race Street Pier featuring stunning views of the Ben Franklin Bridge.


Monday, July 4, 2022

Spruce Street Harbor Park and Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, 11 AM to 5 PM, Free and Open to the Public; Food, Drink, and Amenities are Pay-As-You-Go: Happy Independence Day! Celebrate at Philly’s most beloved Waterfront destinations Spruce Street Harbor Park and Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest for fun in the sun. Enjoy hammocks, a dazzling new light display, and amazing food and drinks from Philly food vendors at Spruce Street Harbor Park. Or get your skate on at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, featuring boardwalk games and rides, and stunning views of the Ben Franklin Bridge.