Published on December 26 2018


It’s that time of the year again when fireworks, resolutions, and spending time with family and friends fill the city with joy. Some of you may already have plans or parties, while others are still looking for that perfect evening to celebrate the New Year. We hope that your plans include events along the Waterfront, and of course, no celebration is complete without enjoying the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront in person, live on NBC10 and Telemundo62 at 6PM, and on Screens Around Town with the soundtrack played through KYW Newsradio.

We (the Delaware River Waterfront) are continuing our nine-year tradition with two Sugarhouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront shows thanks to the continued support of SugarHouse Casino. The 6PM show gets the night started with the theme “Sing Along with the Movies,” filled with classic jams from movies like Purple Rain, Frozen, Hairspray, and Rocky. At the stroke of midnight, the show themed “Everybody Dance Now” keeps the feet on beat with popular hits “Just Dance”, “Shake Your Groove Thing”, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and more.

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SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront Fun Facts

  • Over 1,500 devices used per show
  • The largest device in the show is 10” and has a burst size of approximately 450ft
  • The largest shells travel approximately 1000ft into the air before bursting
  • New fireworks this year include the 5” Octopus Multicolor Flower, 6” Motion Shooting Star green with red explosion, 5” Waterfall white strobe with crackling cascade and red lightning, 5 ¼” Peony with crossing nishiki circles
  • Approximately 3 miles of wires needed for all the devices
  • 2 full barges are packed with fireworks

How to watch the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront

With anticipation for the New Year fully brewing on the Waterfront, it’s not hard to understand why Visit Philly named named us one of the Best Places to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Philadelphia this year, including the Parties On Ice at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, and the first ever Cherry Street Pier - New Year on the Pier which is sure to be live. Other options for the family and/or 21+ crowd looking to ring in the New Year in an unforgettable way include SugarHouse Casino’s epic NYE bashThe Spirit of Philadelphia’s New Year’s Eve CruiseFringeArts New Year’s Funkin’ EveMoshulu New Year’s Eve DinnerHilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing and more.  

Even if you can’t make it to the Waterfront, both soundtracks are broadcast live on KYW Newsradio and the 6PM fireworks can be watched on NBC10 and Telemundo62.  For the late night crew, Visit Philadelphia’s Screens Around Town allow revelers to watch the show throughout the city at places like the PA Convention Center, Xfinity Live!, PECO Building Crown Lights, in the back of cabs, Ubers, and Lyfts, and many more accessible locations.

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Cherry Street Pier New Year on the Pier

For those of you looking for something history-making, buy tickets for the first ever New Year’s Eve party at Cherry Street Pier -- New Year on the Pier. Tickets include a never-before-seen front row view of the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront, the amazing DJ’s Lil’ Dave and Lean Wit It, two complimentary drinks, live and exhibited art, resident artist studio tours and events, pay-as-you go food from Cherry Street Pier vendors, and a cash bar serving beer, wine, and specialty cocktails.  Even when winter weather rears its head, the firepits, outdoor heaters, and warming tent, not to mention the complimentary drinks, will keep you nice and toasty.

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Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest Parties on Ice

Starting at 5PM, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest hosts its first Parties on Ice, a Phillyfamily favorite and also perfect for those who may have other commitments later in the evening. Or celebrate the final moments of 2018 at our second Parties on Ice starting at 10PM. Tickets for this night-to-remember include light refreshments, activities, party favors, optional ice skating, a cash bar and access to all amenities on-site. This one-of-a-kind experience allows you to capture the special New Year’s moments by a fire pit, snacking on seasonal favorites from Chickie's and Pete’s, Garces, and Skelly’s, or drinking a world-famous Franklin Fountain Hot Cocoa. This truly unique Party (on Ice!) will be one for the ages.    

No matter the location, get those New Year’s Eve tickets and come prepared to have an epic night on the Delaware River Waterfront.