December 21, 2016 |

Philly To-Do: Ring in the New Year Philly-style


Welcoming the New Year in Philadelphia is like the dessert of the holiday season. You think you’re done after opening presents and family get-togethers, but hold up! New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are here for the sweet ending.

Believe it or not, the city doesn’t go to sleep once everyone leaves for the holidays; instead, it comes to life! The city feels powered by an electricity that’s very Philly-specific. (I can go on, but it’s one of those things that you need to experience yourself, and you’ll get what I mean.) From the fireworks to the parades, it’s always a new beginning to remember.

SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront

When:  December 31 6PM and 12AM

Where:  Delaware River Waterfront

Residents and visitors will have a chance to enjoy two fireworks shows at 6pm and Midnight thanks to the continued support of SugarHouse Casino. These spectacular fireworks shows will each be synchronized to an official soundtrack on KYW Newsradio. NBC10 will also broadcast the fireworks show live at 6pm and livestream it on

Enjoy the sights and sounds of New Year’s Eve fireworks from multiple locations including SugarHouse Casino, Penn’s Landing, Race Street Pier, Independence Seaport Museum, Moshulu, Hilton Philadelphia Penn’s Landing, Dave and Busters, and more, click the button above for more information.

The Mummer’s Parade

When:  January 1, 9AM

Where:  Starting at City Hall all the way to Broad Street and Washington Avenue 

Celebrate New Year’s Day with the largest fete Philadelphia has to offer!  This 117-year old tradition will be livelier than ever in its carnival-like atmosphere and involvement of 10,000 people.  Each Mummer belongs to a division–Comics, Wench Brigades, Fancies, String Bands, or Fancy Brigades–all of which have there own role in the parade festivities.  The Comics and Wench Brigades satirize issues, the Fancies show off their glamorous and gaudy costumes, the String Bands play a variety of musical instruments, and the Fancy brigades perform choreographed theatrical routines.  Come cheer and dance along the sidelines in this Philadelphia tradition!

The Fancy Brigade Finale

When:  January 1, 11:30 am and 5PM

Where:  Pennsylvania Convention Center

Another New Year’s tradition special to Philadelphia, this intricate performance by the Mummer’s Fancy Brigade takes over the Pennsylvania Convention Center to showcase their talents.  All 11 Fancy brigade Clubs perform and compete in this show that involves elaborate costumes, floats, props, and choreography.  The festivities begin at 11:30AM with a meet-and-greet to take pictures and meet the Mummers before the Family Show begins.  The 5Pm show is when the lavishness intensifies as each group competes for performance honors and prizes.  Don’t miss out on one of Philadelphia’s most unique performances of the year!


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