Philadelphia has two great fireworks displays on the Delaware River and you don’t need a car to see them. The first fireworks show starts at 6pm and the second happens at midnight. Penn’s Landing is the best place to view them but there are plenty of other walking and transit accessible locations to see the shows. Driving can be dangerous on New Year’s Eve for many reasons. Fortunately, GoPhillyGo, SEPTA, and PATCO can help you watch the fireworks without a car.
We made a list of the best transit-friendly places to watch the fireworks, so you can start the new year off by planning a sustainable trip. Driving anywhere on New Years Eve is a bad idea, so ditch the car and let GoPhillyGo get you easy, car-free directions to the fireworks. Save the GoPhillyGo mobile site to your iPhone or download the GoPhillyGo Android app to get to these great destinations and more.
Penn Treaty Park
This park is located in Fishtown along the river and draws plenty of people every year to watch the fireworks. Don’t worry about crowds, the park is big and you will find a spectacular view of the Delaware River and the Ben Franklin Bridge. Penn Treaty Park is a very short walk from the Market-Frankford Blue Line Girard Station and an even shorter walk from the Northern Liberties loop on the Route 15 Trolley. Click here for directions!
Camden Aquarium/Camden Waterfront
The Camden Waterfront is the closest place to see the fireworks set to the backdrop of the Philly skyline. You can take PATCO over the Ben Franklin Bridge to the City Hall station. Walk east towards the river until you find the paved walkway. Turn left and you will find places to watch the fireworks behind the Camden Aquarium and at other points along the Camden Waterfront. Click here for directions!
Cherry Street Pier
Enjoy two events on NYE at Cherry Street Pier. Bring the family for the New Year’s Eve Kids Countdown Party from 5pm to 7pm or come by from 10pm to 1am for the 21+ party for the midnight fireworks. Parking is extremely limited, so walking, biking, and public transit are the best options. SEPTA Route 25 stops across the street and the Market-Frankford Line 2nd Street station is a short walk. Click here for directions and ticket info!
Race Street Pier
This unique green space extends a few hundred feet into the river and will give you an up close view of the fireworks. Visitors will find benches and grassy areas so bring a blanket if you plan on sitting. The pier is a short walk from the Market-Frankford Line 2nd Street station and SEPTA Route 25 stops at the entrance. Click here for directions!
Front Street between Market and South
The section of Front Street between Market and South Streets is at the perfect elevation to see the fireworks on the waterfront. If you aren’t spending NYE in Old City, SEPTA has numerous bus routes that can get you to and from this area from all over the city, and the Market Frankford Line 2nd Street station is just a block away. Click here for directions!
Independence Seaport Museum/Penn’s Landing
Explore the museum, the Battleship New Jersey, and the Submarine Becuna on New Year’s Eve, then stick around at night and watch the 6pm fireworks from the Seaport Museum’s waterfront terrace. Admission is required for this event. The museum will be closed for the midnight fireworks, but you can head next door to Penn’s Landing and Blue Cross RIverRink Winterfest and join thousands of people as Philadelphia rings in the new year on the waterfront. Click here for directions!
Safe travels and Happy New Year from our team at GoPhillyGo!