Your Ultimate 4th of July Guide

We're here to help plan your weekend with the Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware area's most comprehensive guide to fireworks, festivities and fun on the 4th of July. Happy 4th!


Click here for the region's most comprehensive guide to fireworks, festivities & fun on the 4th.


Philly & the 'burbs

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is the place to be when it comes to celebrating the 4th in Philadelphia. The annual festival brings a week's worth of FREE events for all ages through July 7.

On July 4, celebrate with patriotic ceremonies and the Party on the Parkway — with music & dance stages, activities & games — culminating with a FREE outdoor concert near the Philadelphia Museum of Art featuring headliners The Roots, Jill Scott, J. Cole, Demi Lovato, John Mayer & Ne-Yo. Of course, end the night watching a big fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

End the weekend with Taste of Philadelphia, July 5-7, where you can sample food from local restaurants & trucks while enjoying live music & performances at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing. Plus, catch one last fireworks display on July 6.

South Jersey

Freedom Festival at the Camden Waterfrontthrough July 7, features a full week of patriotic events, including performances, activities & crafts. Daily, enjoy giveaways, photo opportunities & food truck specials. On July 5 & 6, enjoy activities including a display of military vehicles, moonbounces, a rock climbing wall, BBQ goodies & live performances. Watch a fireworks display on July 6 over the Delaware River.


Lots of FREE events in Delaware celebrate Independence Day. 

The 4th of July celebration in Dover features tours, games, a scavenger hunt, a bell-ringing ceremony, a parade & fireworks.

Find family activities & games, food vendors, special kids' programming & fireworks at The Red, White and Blue July 4th celebration in Wilmington.

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library offers FREE admission on July 4. It's regularly $18 per adult! 

Find vendors, entertainment & fireworks in Newark, Elsmere, Hockessin, Middletown & more.

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