Where to take in fireworks and live music on (and before) the Fourth

Philly lights up the sky on multiple nights after sunset, and preceded by free outdoor performances and festivals, including:

July 1, between Cherry and Race Street piers. Beforehand, both piers and the stretch between them host spoken word, dance and musical performances, food trucks and DJs from 6pm.

July 1, at Citizens Bank Park. You don’t have to go to the 6:05pm Phillies-Cardinals game in order to see the fireworks over the field — you could view them from lots of spots in South Philly, outside the ballpark. But if you do go to the game, get tickets first (from $22).

July 2, from the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing at Chestnut Street. Beforehand, the U.S. Army performance band Pershing’s Own performs at 7pm.

July 3, Citizens Bank Park puts on a second fireworks show after a third matchup between the Phillies and the St. Louis Cardinals, at 7:08pm. Tickets to see the pyrotechnics (and the game) from inside the ballpark start at $17.

July 4, from the Philadelphia Museum of Art at 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Beforehand, the Party on the Parkway closes down the boulevard for a big, free concert in front of the museum steps by Jason Derulo, Ava Max and Tori Kelly from 7pm.

July 4, from Wiggins Park in Camden, NJ (or the Philly side of the Delaware, at Penn’s Landing). Camden County’s Freedom Festival includes an 8pm performance by the legendary O’Jays, followed by fireworks at 9:30.

Outdoor Drinking

Where to find al fresco watering holes in Philly

It’s beer garden season in Philadelphia—now through mid- to late-fall. Here’s where to find some of our faves:

THE GARDEN AT CHERRY STREET PIER: You’d be hard pressed to find a restaurant with more stunning views than The Garden at Cherry Street Pier, which sits in the shadow of the hulking Benjamin Franklin Bridge and along the Delaware River. More than 200 people can comfortably fit in the open-air, industrial venue, which is outfitted with quaint sidewalk café-style seating, with towering trees and overflowing planters separating each table. The menu boasts summer-picnic fare (think pulled-pork sandwiches, salads and sides) local ales, wine and craft cocktails. For now, The Garden is open on Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting, from noon to 10pm. Hours will be extended throughout the week once the weather warms up.

THE GROVE AT ASSEMBLY LOUNGE: For summer 2022, the swanky rooftop bar overlooking the Benjamin Franklin Parkway transforms The Grove, a lush tropical garden in the sky rife with exotic plants, vibrant, textured decor, and a menu featuring refreshing island cocktails 🍹. It kicks off with a bash this Tuesday night, May 24, from 6 to 9pm featuring live music and an oyster and Prosecco bar.

INDEPENDENCE BEER GARDEN: The bustling beer garden just steps from Independence Hall is back open in 2022 with 20,000-square-feet of open-air space that packs in multiple bars, drinking games like corn hole and Jenga, and a bunch of picnic tables so you can spread out to enjoy your barbecue-style grub and beer, beer, beer.

MORGAN’S PIER: This vibrant beer and cocktail garden brings live DJs, comfort food and all kinds of refreshing adult beverages to the Delaware River waterfront through fall. Grub options include a variety of snacks, flatbreads, sandwiches and seafood, while drinks range from frothy draft beers to a colorful selection of speciality and frozen cocktails and wine.

NEW LIBERTY DISTILLERY: The Cocktail Garden at New Liberty Distillery — the handy work of the distillery’s staff during the pandemic — offers yard games and a robust cocktail menus under twinkling lights and a soundtrack of surf rock and ’90s jams. (Reopens June 16.)

PHS POP-UP BEER GARDENS: The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s popular pop-up beer gardens—on South Street and in Manayunk—are gorgeous urban garden oases with stunning plant and garden decorations, bars full of food and drink and, new this year at Manayunk, a new game room with foosball, Skee-Ball, pop-a-shot and more. Plan a night there around some of the events taking place throughout the season—from plant swaps, brewery pop-ups, craft nights and more.

RODIN MUSEUM GARDEN BAR: The scenic pop-up beer garden at the Rodin Museum serves beer, wine, craft cocktails and small plates in the vicinity of the famous Thinker. Dogs are welcome.

Eat and Drink

Great Philly restaurants and bars to check out right now

If you’re looking for great places to eat and drink locally, we have you covered. Check the links below for ideas about where to eat outdoors and get takeout, and what breweries and distilleries to visit when you’re hankering for an adult bev.

Guides to dining out (or eating in)

Guides on where to drink

Philly restaurants and bars doing good

Current trends on the local food and drink scene

Fun Philly food history

Fun Things to Do in Philly This Weekend

Blobfest is back at Colonial Theatre, Movies On the Block returns with a screening of Black Panther, check out a Latin festival at Penn's Landing and more.

Fun Things to Do in Philly This Weekend

Blobfest is back at Colonial Theatre, Movies On the Block returns with a screening of Black Panther, check out a Latin festival at Penn's Landing and more.

Philly seems to be taking a short siesta after a busy, event-filled July 4th celebration. There aren’t many HUGE events on the docket for the week or weekend, but you’ll find plenty of low-key fun to keep you entertained.

New to-dos for the weekend include the return of Blobfest at the historic Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, the two-week-plus Tiny Room For Elephants Festival kicks off at Cherry Street Pier, and Philly Film Society’s Movies On the Block series returns with a screening of Black Panther in North Philly.

Looking for something more lively? Check out Concilio’s Hispanic Fiesta at Penn’s Landing for live music, dancing, delicious food and beautiful waterfront views.

The fun doesn’t stop at events. Make this the weekend the one when you check out that local brewery or distillery you’ve always wanted to visit. Have dinner outdoors somewhere on a lush patio or in a garden. And check our list of ongoing summer attractions to see what kind of shenanigans are happening at places like Spruce Street Harbor Park, Cherry Street Pier and the Oval XP.


See massive works of art get made by local creatives during the Tiny Room For Elephants Festival at Cherry Street Pier

TINY ROOM FOR ELEPHANTS FEST: The annual art and music festival at Cherry Street Pier begins with a series of painting days, where artists will create art live music played by local DJs. After that, the works get celebrated during a four-day festival that includes live performances, art workshops for kids and adults, and an all-day dance party. Find the full schedule here. There’s a ton to see and do. July 8 to 24, various times. 121 N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard, free. 

Guests enjoy outdoor film screenings during Scribe Video Center's annual Street Movies series in Philadelphia
Philly Film Society is bringing movies to parks all summer long during its Movies On the Block event.

MOVIES ON THE BLOCK: Philadelphia Film Society revives its annual summer movie fest after a two-year Covid dormancy. Movies On the Block brings flicks and entertainment to a different neighborhood in Philly every month this summer — and twice in August. Look out for screenings of Black Panther in North Philly (July 9), Fantastic Mr. Fox in South Philly (August 13), and Waterloo Playground in West Kensington (August 19). Times and location vary, free to attend. 

Help recreate this scene from 1958 sci-fi horror flick The Blob this weekend at Blobfest.

BLOBFEST: One of Philly’s quirkiest annual events — a tribute to campy 1958 sci-fi film The Blob —  is back! Blobfest at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, where some scenes from the film were shot, welcomes guests for a fun three-day festival featuring film screenings, goofy contests and a hilarious recreation of a scene from the film in which patrons scurry from the Colonial Theatre in a perfect 1950s sci-fi flick panic. July 8 to 10, various times. 227 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, various prices.

Celebrate Latin culture this weekend at Concilio’s Hispanic Fiesta at Penn’s Landing. | Photo by A. Ricketts / Visit Philadelphia

HISPANIC FIESTA @ PENN’S LANDING: PECO’s Multicultural Series at Penn’s Landing is a summer-long celebration of the diverse cultures that make our city so great. This weekend, it’s Concilio’s Hispanic Fiesta. This festival of Latino culture and community features music, dance, food and artisan crafts from a wide range of Latin American countries. The event draws more than 15,000 every year, and you’ll want to be one of them. Saturday, July 9, 2 to 8pm. 121 N. Columbus Boulevard, free. 


The ferris wheel and other attractions at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is now open along the Delaware River with summertime fun galore. | Photo by Maria Young

DELAWARE WATERFRONT ATTRACTIONS: Spruce Street Harbor Park and its neighboring Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest are open for the season with ferris wheels, floating beer barges, carnival games, roller skating, hammocks in neon-lit trees, cute little lodges you can rent with friends. It’s just too much excitement for one person to handle. Good thing it’ll be around for our enjoyment all summer long. S. Columbus Boulevard

KAYAK THE DELAWARE: The Independence Seaport Museum launched its summer 2022 kayak excursions on the Delaware River, happening on select weekends through October 22. There are several different tours you can sign up for — including one for beginners, and ones that explore different sections of the river, such as Graffiti Pier and Petty’s Island. Paddle Penn’s Landing, which lets you paddle around the river in swan- and other animal-shaped watercraft.

CHERRY STREET PIER: Cherry Street Pier is always bustling with some kind of activity — whether it’s art shows or food markets or visitors just sitting back, beer in hand, and gazing at the beautiful Delaware River views. Throughout the summer, they host a whole bunch of multicultural festivals, starting with the Irish Festival (Sunday, June 4), Islamic Heritage Festival (Sunday, June 11), Hispanic Fiesta (Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10), and Celebrate Asia on nearby Race Street Pier (Saturday, August 6). 121 N. Columbus Boulevard

THE OVAL XP: The Oval XP — formerly known as Eakins Oval or just The Oval — is back on the Parkway with a massive, MilkBoy Philly-manned beer garden and a slew of events planned each week, such movie nights and lots of family-friendly activities. New additions include a massive new summer stage that will host live music throughout summer. You’ll also find a 108-feet tall ferris wheel (the world’s largest!) and a carousel. Every Wednesday to Sunday, June 16 to August 21. 24th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, pay as you go.

CITY HALL ROLLER RINK : The neon-hued outdoor Rothman Orthopaedics Roller Rink at Dilworth Park is now open through July 17. The rink is retro-inspired, with a checkerboard floor and colorful beach balls floating overhead. Guests are welcome to visit for hour time slots. Admission is $8 for children 10 and younger, and $10 for adults. Skate rental is $5. 1 S. 15th Street

CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL: Catch Franklin Square in Old City all aglow at nights during the Chinese Lantern Festival. After dark, dozens of lanterns shaped like pandas, samurais, bamboo forests, swimming whales and an impossible-to-miss 200-foot-long dragon transform the city park into an absolute wonderland. The Dragon Garden serves beer; vendors serve made-to-order noodles and such, and performances pepper the stage. Nightly through August 7, 6 to 11pm. 200 N. 6th Street, $12 to $20. 

Header photo by R. Ricketts / Visit Philadelphia

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