PHILADELPHIA, PA (December 19, 2019) – The ultimate way to ring in the new year is with TWO Rivers Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront shows at 6PM and Midnight, plus ice skating at Philly’s favorite outdoor rink, festive foods, drinks, kids’ activities, and more. In addition to the annual Parties on Ice at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest (5pm and 10pm), guests can also watch in awe as fireworks illuminate the sky with a view with parties for all ages at the award-winning Cherry Street Pier that will host two New Year’s Eve events (Family party at 5pm with PopUpPlay and a 21+ and older party at 10pm.)
The centerpiece on December 31st -- the Rivers Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront-- uses over 3,000 explosive devices and three miles of wiring that allow the sparkling lights to be seen for miles in all directions. Each show is synchronized to its own unique, themed soundtrack that will be played on speakers along the Waterfront and simulcast on KYW Newsradio 1060AM, so revelers can tune in from wherever they are. The 6pm fireworks will also be broadcast live on NBC10 and Telemundo62.
“New Year’s Eve is the best night of the year here on the Waterfront. The two spectacular Rivers Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront shows can be seen all over the city, whether you’ve joined us here on the Waterfront, or if you’re watching from your home, on screens around town, or tuning into NBC10 or Telmundo62,”said Joe Forkin, DRWC president. “These shows represent the culmination of the holiday season, and are the perfect way for Philadelphians and visitors alike to ring in 2020.”
For the past 10years, Rivers Casino Philadelphia has provided the support needed to produce two shows at 6PM and Midnight for the entire city to enjoy. Both shows have soundtracks that are meant to get the crowds singing and dancing. This year, the 6PM show is titled, “Fun and Games”. This ultra-creative sound track takes a very modern approach to a fireworks soundtrack utilizing a wide range of musical styles and effects. Games highlighted in the track include the Olympic games, pinball, vintage video games, and ping pong, with a variety of sound effects and clips from Fortnite, Mario Brothers and Pac-Man.
The Midnight display, “Rollin on the River,” is a river-based show with a soundtrack featuring songs like The River of Dreamsand Bridge Over Troubled Water, that takes viewers and listeners on a journey with different musical pieces that have the word ‘river’ or ‘water’ in it. The musical structure of the chosen songs create a range of emotions and excitement.
A masterful fireworks display is only as good as its accompanying soundtrack. The soundtracks for both shows have been produced by Todd Marcocci, president of Under the Sun Productions Inc., whose brilliant work always heightens the emotions evoked when the clock strikes Midnight on New Year’s Eve.
“It’s an honor for Rivers Casino Philadelphia to host the New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront for the 10thyear in a row,” said Emily Doñes, community relations manager of Rivers Casino Philadelphia. “We’re excited for the city to experience two incredible displays as we celebrate the end of the decade and ring in 2020 with friends and families.”
There are numerous ways to watch the Rivers Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront. Of course, the best place to witness the wondersis on the Waterfront at one of the many attractions that will be hosting parties including: Rivers Casino Philadelphia, Cherry Street Pier (see more details below), Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest (see more details below), Battleship New Jersey, Independence Seaport Museum, Spirit of Philadelphia, Moshulu, Hilton Philadelphia Penn’s Landing, Dave and Busters, FringeArts, and more. The synchronized soundtracks will be broadcast live at Penn’s Landing and at Rivers Casino Philadelphia.
Visitors can ring in the New Year and enjoy the shows in their full glory from wherever they are, the soundtracks from both shows will be broadcast live on KYW Newsradio and the 6PM fireworks will air live on NBC10 and Telemundo62.
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest Parties on Ice
5:30 pm and 10:00 pm
Tickets $35 (Spectator), $45 (Skater)
From 5-8PM, visitors can enjoy a party that is ideal for families and for those who have other commitments later in the evening, or come out for the 10PM-1AM party, which caters to those who want to ring in the New Year out on the town. Tickets include:
- Light refreshments
- Face painting
- Balloon modelling
- Photo Booth
- Digital caricatures
- Party favors
- Ice skating
- Access to all the amenities on-site
- Prime viewing of 6pm and Midnight fireworks shows
- Cash bar
These parties normally sell out, so it is strongly encouraged that attendees purchase their tickets in advance:https://www.showclix.com/event/nye-parties-on-ice?_ga=2.13548466.429290756.1576627446-573670162.1494285966
New Year’s Eve Day public skating sessions run from 10AM-3PM
New Year’s Eve Kids Countdown at Cherry Street Pier with PopUpPlay and Friends
Tickets $25 (kids under 12 months free)
Includes 1 free hot chocolate, NYE party essentials, and more
On New Year’s Eve day, Cherry Street Pier will host fun for the little kids in collaboration with PopUpPlay, an organization that uses play to engage with children of all ages and backgrounds.Activities include:
- Build the Ball: Collaborate on a Huge Paper Mache Ball that will drop before the 6 pm fireworks show. Participants may add their wish for 2020 year onto the ball.
- Mural Walls: Giant sheets of paper on which families can share their vision for the future
- Finding the Future stations: Stations that give families an opportunity to imagine an amazing future for our communities
- Confetti Cannons and Fireworks Countdown
- Design your own 2020 Glasses
- Design your own NoiseMaker
- Holiday Face Painting with IFacepaint
- Dance Party
Tickets: $25 (21+)
Includes 1 complimentary beer
For the late night crowd (21+), DRWC will be hosting New Year on the Pier 2020in the award-winning, arts-focused Cherry Street Pier. The party will begin at 10pm and conclude at 1am will include stunning waterfront views of the Rivers Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks and include:
- One complimentary Cherry Street Pier exclusive beer (United Fruit IPA brewed by Mainstay)
- Live DJ
- Fire pits
- Noise Makers and Party Hats
- Art Making Stations
- Warming Station
- Art installations and Exhibits
- Open Artist Studios
- Photo Booth
ABOUT RIVERS CASINO PHILADELPHIA
Located along the Delaware Riverfront in Philadelphia, Rivers Casino Philadelphia, formerly SugarHouse Casino, features 1,755 slots, 106 table games, 65 hybrid gaming seats, a 28-table poker room and a designated sportsbook area for live sports betting. The casino offers seven distinctive restaurants and bars — among them are Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House, Saxbys and Geno’s Steaks — riverfront views, live performances in The Event Center, free parking, and promotions and giveaways daily. Rivers, which opened as SugarHouse Casino in 2010, employs approximately 1,600 Team Members and has been voted a great place to work in Philadelphia. Rivers Casino Philadelphia is owned and operated by Rush Street Gaming and its affiliates. For more information, visit RiversCasino.com/Philadelphia.
ABOUT DELAWARE RIVER WATERFRONT CORPORATION (DRWC)
DRWC is a 501(c)(3) created in January 2009, exclusively for the benefit of the City of Philadelphia and its citizens. The fundamental purpose of DRWC is to design, develop, program and maintain public amenities such as permanent and seasonal parks, trails, and streetscape improvements to transform thewaterfront into a vibrant destination for recreational, cultural, and commercial activities for the residents and visitors of Philadelphia as is consistent with the goals of the Master Plan for Central Delaware. Daily programming throughout the entire year is changing the way Philadelphians see and converse about the waterfront, and is helping to create spaces and communities that connect residents and visitors to the waterfront and is helping to create spaces and communities that connect residents and visitors to the waterfront. Visit delawareriverwaterfront.comfor more information.