Penn’s Landing and Newtown, Pennsylvania will present New Year’s Eve 2009 fireworks displays in the Philadelphia area.
New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront
The premier New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display in and/or around Philadelphia is the Penn’s Landing display on the Delaware River Waterfront. The 20-minute display begins at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, against the silhouette of the illuminated Benjamin Franklin Bridge, or, if you’re watching from Camden, the Philadelphia Skyline.
The Waterfront is a short walk from Old City, Society Hall and South Street, as well as from local transportation hubs, such as the SEPTA El and Blue Line, the Regional Rail lines and the New Jersey Speedline. If you insist on driving downtown, you can find parking in the Historic District, Waterfront or Olde City areas at the PPA lot at 8th and Chestnut Streets, The AutoPark at Olde City, 2nd & Sansom Streets, or The AutoPark at Independence Mall, 5th & Market Streets.
Check this link for other nearby parking facilities — http://www.pennslandingcorp.com/index.php?pageID=26ℑ=13d
Plan to arrive at the fireworks just early enough on New Year’s Eve before the show to grab a good viewing spot. December evenings in Philadelphia can be cold and nasty, so you don’t want to arrive too early. The New Year’s Eve fireworks can also be seen from many restaurants in Old City, the Battleship New Jersey berthed in Camden, New Jersey, or the Blue Cross River Rink at Penn’s Landing at Columbus Boulevard at Market Street.
The New Year’s Eve fireworks can also be viewed from the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 201 S. Columbus Boulevard, Cavanaugh’s River Deck, 417 Delaware Avenue, Penn’s View Hotel, 14 N. Front Street, Dave and Buster’s, 325 N Columbus Boulevard, and the Rock Lobster, 221 N Columbus Boulevard.
If you can score a legal parking space along Delaware Avenue (aka Columbus Boulevard) between Vine and Chestnut Streets, you can watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks from your vehicle. The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing provides free viewing of the Fireworks at Walnut Street or Market Street and Columbus Boulevard. Finally, Wiggins Park on the Camden Waterfront provides another free viewing spot.
Fireworks in Newtown, Pennsylvania
If you would rather avoid the hustle and bustle of downtown Philadelphia, Newtown, a suburb of Philadelphia about half an hour northeast of Center City, will present a New Year’s Eve fireworks display at 10 p.m. as a conclusion to their First Night Celebration. Newtown is the only Bucks County town holding First Night this year due to budget cuts. It will begin at 5 p.m. at Council Rock North High School and Newtown Middle School. Activities include live entertainment, crafts and contests, including the “Newtown Idol” finals. This is a very popular New Year’s Eve family event and local restaurants and businesses will be offering specials. For information on how to get buttons for First Night and where to best view the New Year’s Eve fireworks, contact the Lower Bucks County, PA, Chamber of Commerce at 215-943-7400. It is not necessary to buy admission to First Night in order to enjoy the Fireworks.