Fun things to do this Fourth of July weekend

Fun things Fourth of July

Are you looking for some fun things to do for the Fourth of July weekend in Philadelphia? We’ve got you covered. 

Party on the Pier 

On July 2 from 6 to 10 p.m., guests can head to Rivers Casino Philadelphia for a evening filled with holiday activations. At 7 p.m., the Ultimate King of Pop, a Michael Jackson tribute performance will take place, and following the show, Philadelphians can also check out food trucks, games and activities (think cornhole, giant games of Pong, Connect 4 and Jenga, face painting, and a balloon artist) before catching a front row seat to the fireworks at 9 p.m.

1001 N. Delaware Ave.,


The Museum of the American Revolution is celebrating the holiday by hosting a whole weekend packed with activities for the whole family. From Friday, June 30, to Tuesday, July 4, those who head to the MoAR will be able to listen to pop-up talks, go on neighborhood walking tours, watch first-person theatrical performances, explore the museum’s special exhibit Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia, and more.

A few highlights include a performance from the West Powelton Drummers & Steppers on the 30th at 11 a.m., a History Explorer Meet-Up: Soldiers’ Pack on July 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., plus the chance to take guided gallery tours, neighborhood walking tours, and the opportunity to also to view the True Colours Flag Project, which will be on display throughout the weekend.  A full list of events is available online. 

4th of July weekend in Philadelphia
West Powelton Steppers and Drummers.MoAR

101 S. 3rd St.,

Libertee Grounds 

Philadelphians who stick around the city for the 4th will have access to Libertee’s beer garden and indoor mini-golf course. The venue will be open from 1-8 p.m. with special deals including $5 mini golf, $4 Libertee Lager pints, and $1 dumplings.

1600 W. Girard Ave., Suite C5,

Patchwork Philadelphia

For the star-spangled holiday, Patchwork Philadelphia will be throwing a star-studded drag brunch with host Adele Computer and special guests Demi Gawdess and Mandy Mango on July 1 for Fourth of July weekend in Philadelphia. Philadelphians can catch three sets between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and also indulge in some brunch specials such as the Nutella French Toast ($18) topped with Nutella powder and whipped cream, the Duck & Waffles ($24) dusted with Tunisian spice and a side of PA maple syrup, and the Everything Philly Muffin ($16) complete with a fried egg, applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese and breakfast hash.

4th of July weekend in Philadelphia
Sam Dorney

1620 Chancellor St.,

Harrah’s Philadelphia

For those who love fireworks, Harrah’s Philadelphia is offering a show of them on the riverfront on Saturday, July 8. The event will take place in Harrah’s Backyard (on the patio of the Grandstand at the racetrack) from 6 to 10 p.m. and the fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. The event is free, but VIP tickets are available for groups of up to 6 people and include a private table, BBQ buffet, and premium fireworks view.

 777 Harrah’s Boulevard Chester,

Red Owl Tavern

There are a few spirited reasons to head to the Red Owl Tavern for Fourth of July weekend in Philadelphia. While at the bar and restaurant (located just steps away from the birthplace of America) visitors can sip on the Rocket Pop Margarita. Courtesy of Red Owl Tavern Lead Bartender Christopher Devern, the Rocket Pop Margarita ($15) is made of strawberry-infused Corralejo Tequila, basil, lime, and agave, topped with peaflower-infused tequila. The Rocket Pop Margarita will be available Saturday, July 1 through Tuesday, July 4 only.

4th of July weekend in Philadelphia
Rocket Pop MargaritaChristopher Devern

 433 Chestnut St.,

City Cruises Philadelphia 

City Cruises offers a wide range of opportunities to cruise on the Delaware River, all designed to showcase the beauty and fascinating history of Philadelphia. For the red, white and blue holiday, the company’s popular Fourth of July Signature Dinner Cruise will both feature a chef-prepared buffet meal, a full bar and live DJ entertainment. However, an extra dazzle regarding the dinner cruise is the fact that you get a front-row seat to Philadelphia’s fireworks display.

4th of July weekend in Philadelphia
City CruisesCourtesy of City Cruises

Bank & Bourbon

Looking for something spirited to do for Fourth of July weekend in Philadelphia? Guests can enjoy the Betsy Ross Sour while at Bank & Bourbon for the weekend, which is made with Apple Brandy, Lemon Juice, Grenadine and a lemon twist. And if Brandy is not your liquor of choice, guests can celebrate the summer season with The Summer Breeze, the restaurant’s take on the classic Aperol Spritz, as part of Summerfest by Loews Hotels, a release states. 

1200 Market St.,