New Year’s Eve is upon us, so dust off your glitter tiaras and party hats — it’s time to celebrate! As always, Philadelphia is gearing up for a spectacular evening packed with festivals, drinks, and of course, fireworks. Let’s ring in the New Year Philly style.
Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront
It wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve without fireworks. Lucky for us, there are two chances to view the exceptional fireworks in Philly; once at 6 PM for families, then again at midnight to kick off 2017. Looking for the best spot to catch the fireworks? Swing by the Blue Cross Winterfest RiverRink at Penn’s Landing. With waterfront ice skating and plenty of drinks to go around, it is the perfect vantage point.
Head to FringeArts on N. Columbus Blvd for live performances, flowing drinks, and beer garden fire pits! Don’t worry - you won’t have to miss the fireworks! FringeArts is conveniently located near the Race Street Pier to give you a front row seat to the show. Ready to take the party to the next level? Rumor, located on Sansom Street in Center City, is the place to be. With a 5-hour open bar from 9 PM to 2 AM, this popular nightclub is an A-list favorite and promises celebrations long into the night.
For the Kids
Philly hasn’t forgotten about the kids — there are plenty of family-friendly activities to choose from for New Year’s Eve. Head to Franklin Square to catch the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show, featuring 50,000 lights paired with a festive holiday soundtrack. With views of Penn’s Landing, Franklin Square still offers views of the fireworks in a family-friendly environment.
Travel Tips From Lyft Philly
There will be many people looking for a ride — here's how to keep the process as smooth as possible.
- If you're leaving a crowded location, give your driver a call so they know where to find you. This will avoid any confusion which could lead to ETA delays or cancelled rides.
- Traveling with a group? Lyft Plus can accommodate 6 passengers, and splitting the cost can save you all some cash!
- Traveling alone or with just one friend? Take Lyft Line to the party to save money on your ride home.
- Demand for rides will be highest around 10 PM, then again around 12:30 AM - 3:00 AM. Plan ahead to avoid Prime Time.