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2010 Philadelphia Fourth of July Fireworks Guide

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Fireworks! Photo by Dainan Kaplan, Wikimedia Commons. Public Domain Image.
Fireworks! Photo by Dainan Kaplan, Wikimedia Commons. Public Domain Image.

If you’re celebrating the 4th of July in Philadelphia this year, consider yourself lucky. Philly is known for its patriotic and extravagant celebrations and fireworks. This year, Welcome America features convenience store chain Wawa as a festival sponsor. They’ll host three spectacular fireworks shows.

The Wawa Welcome America Festival will begin celebrating early, offering fireworks on the last weekend in June. To get a good spot, head out early—bring cash for food available at the locations and don’t forget to remain hydrated even during cooler summer evenings. Fireworks in Philly will occur:

  • June 26, 2010 at Penn’s Landing (Columbus Boulevard & Chestnut Street) at approximately 10:30 p.m.
  • July 3, 2010 at Penn’s Landing (Columbus Boulevard & Chestnut Street) at approximately 10:30 p.m.
  • July 4, 2010 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Ben Franklin Parkway) at approximately 10:30 p.m.

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Transportation and Crowds

Suburban visitors should check SEPTA for weekend and special event service times. As Philadelphia becomes extremely busy during the Independence Day season, driving is not recommended. Roads closures are also frequent—this occurs to make room for crowds and to prevent injuries.

Due to cost-cutting measures, many local suburban communities are unable to put on fireworks display shows this year. Therefore, it is likely that Philadelphia will host an even larger number of guests than usual.

Got Cash? Consider Special Events

If you’re planning to watch the fireworks from a park, be sure to scout out a spot with a clear view of the skies. Shady areas might feel more comfortable during the day, but at night trees can obscure your view. It’s also worth calling ahead to local hotels and tourist sites to ask about special events during fireworks celebration. While you may have to pay to attend, nothing beats a skyscraper view of the fireworks.

The Wawa Welcome America site also has hotel and travel info available for out-of-region guests. Guests should note that Wawa is a local convenience store chain offering delicious deli-style food.

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