Philadelphia always celebrates the New Year in style, with proud Philly’s (nickname for the locals) and visitors alike hitting the city’s substantial variety of bars, nightclubs and restaurants before checking out the countdown and fireworks displays to follow, a breathtaking sight over the city skyline. For visitors, spending New Years Eve 2017 in Philadelphia is made easy with its also ample amount and range of hotels offering everything from a budget friendly guestroom for the night to lavish 5 star hotels complete with entertainment and NYE parties.
Countdown Parties & Fireworks
Philadelphia’s primary fireworks celebration draws thousands to Penn’s Landing located on the vibrant Delaware River waterfront every year to watch the city’s “Twice the Fireworks! Twice the Fun!” event; a New Years Eve in Philadelphia display that is unforgettable. This popular event showcases two fireworks shows, one in the early evening at 6pm and the traditional fireworks display at midnight.
The best viewing points include Penn’s Landing or neighboring Camden, New Jersey’s Wiggins Waterfront Park. NYE in Philadelphia will also be holding a huge event at Lincoln Financial Field complete with live music performances, celebrated DJs and VIP rooms.
For those looking for a different New Years Eve fireworks perspective, the Battleship New Jersey offers a number of possibilities for viewing the fireworks from the ship with breathtaking fireworks going off overhead or The Spirit of Philadelphia cruise ship that provides an alternate way to enjoy the fireworks along the Delaware River, along with dancing, a delicious meal and a bar as well as a champagne toast at midnight.
Top parties to be expected both before and after the fireworks show that welcomes the New Year includes Ladder Fifteen, Johnny Utah’s Philly, Mad River Bar & Grille, Recess Lounge, McFaddens, Tavern on Broad, Roxxy, the Linc located at Lincoln Financial Field and Pyramid Club’s NYE Gala. Locations like Old City and South Street also have an energetic nightlife.
Fans of the arts will also have plenty to do for New Years Eve in Philadelphia due in part to its numerous art museums including the Rodin Museum which houses the largest collection of works by talented artist Auguste Rodin (out of France) and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is one of the biggest art museums in the U.S.
Center City’s Avenue of the Arts includes countless theaters and restaurants including the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, home to the legendary Philadelphia Orchestra, considered one of the top 5 orchestras in the country. The Academy of Music, the nation’s original consistently operating opera house, is a wonderful place to spend New Years Eve as well, as is enjoying an evening of the Pennsylvania Ballet
Accommodations for NYE
Philadelphia’s diverse and seemingly endless variety of hotel accommodations are ideal for any traveler and if you book ahead you’ll have your pick of hotels to choose from. Popular choices include Sofitel Philadelphia Hotel,Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel, the Sonesta Hotel, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, the Omni Hotel and the Rittenhouse, a beautiful boutique Hotel.