Philadelphia, PA - Independence Day, AKA America's Birthday (July 4), is almost upon us. We've rounded up a selection of stellar locales perfect for enjoying colorful fireworks displays and a night out on the town, including prime rooftop-firework-viewing at Assembly Rooftop Lounge, a pop-up beer garden and craft market on Independence Mall hosted by The Bourse Food Hall, an all-day Block Party at Middle Child Clubhouse hosted in collaboration with SNACKTIME, and more.
Things To Do & Fireworks To See This July 4th Weekend
Fireworks And The Spirit Of Philadelphia
This Fourth of July weekend, spend a night on the Delaware River with City Cruises. On Saturday, July 2, 2022, and Monday, July 4, 2022, from 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm, guests can spend the evening on the Spirit of Philadelphia dancing, dining, and enjoying a beautiful fireworks display. City Cruises Philadelphia rides depart from Penn's Landing, located at 401 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106. While on board, guests can enjoy chef-prepared menus, creative cocktails, beer, wine, and Philadelphia's most incredible views of a spectacular fireworks display from the water.
Assembly Rooftop Lounge
Assembly Rooftop Lounge, the Logan Hotel's year-round swanky rooftop cocktail bar and lounge perched above the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, is the ideal vantage point for Philadelphia Art Museum fireworks on July 4. Seasonally transformed into The Grove, a tropical bungalow-inspired pop-up boasting island cocktails, a bright seafood-centric menu, exotic plant life, and a relaxing ambiance paired with unparalleled views, Assembly Rooftop Lounge is offering 3-hour table reservations starting at 7:30 pm to include viewing of the 9:45 pm fireworks. 1840 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
The Bourse Food Hall
The Bourse Food Hall, Old City's artisan food hall on Independence Mall and proud sponsor of the 2022 Wawa Welcome America festival, is celebrating the kickoff to summer and July 4 in Philadelphia with a celebration featuring an outdoor beer garden, artisan craft market, cocktail, and zero-proof bar, and more in front of the food hall, on 5th Street between Chestnut and Market Streets, on Sunday, July 3, 4 pm – 9 pm.
The pop-up beer garden will take over The Bourse's 5th st patio boasting a selection of boozy and non-boozy beverages for visitors, including frozen spiked lemonades and Night Shift Brewing Beers from Scoop DeVille, Doc Wylder's, and Spearhead Brewing Company's Decoy Lager from Freebyrd Chicken, Double Nickel Brewing Company beers from Grubhouse, and more. Plus, local Mixologist Stacey Lyons of La Botanica will be shaking up various craft cocktails and mocktails. at 111 S Independence Mall E
Bank & Bourbon
This July 4, celebrate America's independence, and enjoy the Betsy Ross Sour made with Apple Brandy, Lemon Juice, Grandine, and a lemon twist available all holiday weekend long. For those who will be out of town for the holiday weekend, Bank & Bourbon also has two new summer drinks to appease all beverage aficionados. This summer, Bank & Bourbon is putting a twist on its iconic drink, the "Secret Knock," in partnership with Bruno Mars' award-winning SelvaRey Rum as part of a larger program, Summerfest by Loews Hotels. The Piña Colada Milk Punch cocktail includes SelvaRey Rum, coconut water, falernum, demerara syrup, pineapple juice, lime juice, and milk. Garnished with a pineapple slice and brandied cherry. The drink, which is great individually, can also be shared in a true punch form.
For those looking to embrace a healthier option, the mixology team has paid equal attention to crafting a summer cocktail. The Rocky's Delight features orange juice, house-made sour mix, ginger ale, and grenadine, garnished with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.
Middle Child Clubhouse
SNACKTIME, the revered Philadelphia-born brass-heavy band with funk, punk, jazz, pop, and R&B influences, is teaming up with buzzed-about Middle Child Clubhouse for FUNK ON FRONT, a day-long block party celebrating Independence Day with live music and elevated fare and libations from locales including Liberty Kitchen, 1-900-Ice-Cream, JamBrü Ferments, and more, on Monday, July 4 from 11am - 5pm at Middle Child Clubhouse in the heart of Fishtown. Located at 1232 N Front Street, Middle Child Clubhouse will have Front Street closed off from Girard Avenue to Thompson Street, with the event taking place directly in front of the Clubhouse.
Bites and refreshing elixirs will be available for purchase à la carte. Middle Child Clubhouse and JamBrü Ferments will offer an array of craft cocktails, beer, and non-alcoholic options, including locally-made varieties of kombucha. At the same time, Le Bouchon will provide a selection of hard-to-find wines. Food-enthusiasts can expect grab-and-go offerings from Liberty Kitchen, Pitruco Pizza, and 1-900-Ice-Cream.
MilkBoy, the iconic Philadelphia-based brand of concepts spanning bars, restaurants, live music venues, and a prestigious recording studio, is at the helm of Philly's hottest new beer garden at The Oval XP, a summertime pop-up festival at Eakins Oval.
Eakins Oval, neighbor to the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, has been transformed into a vibrant outdoor oasis complete with family-friendly activities including a Ferris wheel, carousel, art installations, live entertainment, and a sweeping beer garden — which is, of course, helmed by MilkBoy South Street. The Oval XP is open to the public and will operate through Sunday, August 21. The beer garden, the largest outdoor beer garden in Philadelphia's history, offers imbibers an extensive selection of craft beer from 24 taps featured at multiple bars, all curated by MilkBoy. Additionally, folks can play various backyard games (think: corn hole, Jenga, checkers, etc.) and enjoy live entertainment from local comedians, artists, poets, and more. 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Dinner And Drinks Before The Fireworks
Watching fireworks on an empty stomach is among the worst decisions one can make. To avoid this colossal misstep, we've gathered a list of tried-and-true eateries within an arm's reach from festive fireworks. It's no secret that Old City is home to many a quality dining establishment, and they're all a short walk away from Penn's Landing:
- Red Owl Tavern, the modern American tavern situated a stone's throw from Independence Hall
- The Twisted Tail, the Southern-inspired restaurant, bar, and live music venue on Headhouse Square
- Forsythia, Old City's contemporary French bar, and restaurant helmed by Chef Christopher Kearse
- Royal Boucherie, Old City's atmospheric and lively neighborhood restaurant and bar
- Art in the Age, the Philadelphia home bar supply, tasting room, and expansive bottle shop
For those planning to spectate the fireworks at Philadelphia Art Museum, Patchwork, a lively restaurant and bar located on the second floor of Hyatt Centric Philadelphia in Center City is hosting a happy hour on their patio from 5 pm to 7 pm on July 4.
Renault Winery and Resort Fourth of July Celebration
Renault Winery and Resort celebrates America's birthday with a two-day, all-day celebration this Saturday, July 2, and Sunday, July 3. Music fans are invited to the first-ever Renault Winery 1st Annual Country Music Festival with two days of live music and bands, multiple stages, wine, food trucks, family fun, and other surprises. The line-up includes Scotty Testerman Trio, Brian Corcoran, Warren Montgomery Band, Parker Barrow Project, Jess Zimmerman Band, Lisa Bouchelle, Kenny Curcio, and Garrett Shultz Band.
Admission to the festival grounds for each day is only $10 per person. Next, Renault presents the first-ever Red, Wine, and Blue 5K Run and Red, Wine, and Blue Kids' Run on Sunday morning, starting at 8:30am. On Sunday night, look to the skies above Renault for an Independence Day-themed fireworks show, free with admission to the music festival or $10 per car to watch from the Renault parking lot. All events occur at Renault Winery and Resort, the new Renault Winery festival grounds, located at 72 Bremen Ave, Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215.