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Ring in 2022 on the Waterfront with THREE fireworks shows on the Delaware River Waterfront and featured events at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest and Cherry Street Pier



Photo by Matt Stanley


PHILADELPHIA, PA (December 13, 2021) –The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) is excited to bring Philadelphians and visitors an exceptional lineup of festivities to ring in the New Year. With the holiday falling on a Friday night, folks can celebrate well into New Year’s Day with the VISIT PHILADELPHIA New Year’s Day Fireworks Spectacular. And of course, the ultimate tradition for ringing in the New Year is still the Rivers Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront with TWO shows at 6PM and Midnight, plus ice skating at Philly’s favorite outdoor rink with festive foods, drinks, kids’ activities, and more.

In addition to the annual Parties on Ice at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest (5 pm and 10 pm), guests can also watch in awe as fireworks illuminate the sky at Cherry Street Pier which will host two New Year’s Eve events, a Kids New Year’s Eve Countdown with Fireworks from 5pm - 7pm, and a 21+ New Year’s Eve bash with fireworks from 10pm - 1am. 

The main event, and everyone’s favorite tradition, is on December 31 with the Rivers Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront at 6PM and Midnight. There are no other fireworks shows quite like them, with sweeping waterfront views of the Ben Franklin Bridge and more than 3,000 explosive devices and three miles of wiring that allow the sparkling lights to be seen for miles in all directions. All three shows will be synchronized to their own unique, themed soundtrack that will be played on speakers at free viewing locations at Penn’s Landing and outside Rivers Casino and simulcast on KYW Newsradio 1060AM and 103.9FM so revelers can tune in from wherever they are. The 6PM fireworks on both nights will also be broadcast live on NBC10 and Telemundo62. 

“No one does New Year’s Eve like we do on the Delaware River Waterfront. Thanks to our longstanding partnerships with Rivers Casino and VISIT PHILADELPHIA, when you see images of fireworks from all around the country and even all around the globe, ours are the ones you’ll see. To get to be there in person, feeling all of the energy, excitement, and anticipation of the year to come, and especially this year, to have a third fireworks show on New Year’s Day - I can speak for the entire DRWC team when I say how grateful and proud we are to host the ringing in of the New Year for the City of Philadelphia as a time-honored tradition,” said Joe Forkin, DRWC President, “There are so many ways to view the fireworks on the Waterfront, from Parties on Ice at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, to awesome New Year’s Eve parties at Cherry Street Pier - but if you can’t make it down, you can watch it all unfold, live on NBC10 or Telemundo62. Either way, we hope you’ll join us for our favorite event of the season.”

For the past 13 years, Rivers Casino Philadelphia has provided the support needed to produce two shows at 6PM and Midnight on New Year’s Eve for the entire city to enjoy. “Rivers Casino Philadelphia is proud to support these New Year’s Eve fireworks shows along the Delaware River Waterfront, as it has every celebration since 2009,” said Emily Doñes, community relations manager of Rivers Casino Philadelphia. "This time-honored city tradition is the perfect way to ring in 2022.”

This year, the 6PM show is titled "TRIUMPHANT NEW YEAR" and features pieces that have been either composed or conducted by the great American composer, John Williams. 

The Midnight display, "GET YOUR GROOVE ON", invites the crowd to have some fun with a show that takes us on a trip through the ‘70s.

The all-new VISIT PHILADELPHIA New Year’s Day Fireworks Spectacular will take place at 6pm and is themed "LOVE + GRIT”, an inspirational and uplifting show filled with powerful and emotional tracks that will lift spirits and ignite hope for the wonderful year to come. The show features a diverse lineup of ALL FEMALE ARTISTS to celebrate the empowerment of women.

“People love the fun and brightness of Philadelphia during the holiday season. We welcome back so many proud traditions, and this year we’re thrilled to introduce new and exciting happenings for all to enjoy,” said Rachel Ferguson, Chief Innovation & Global Diversity Officer at VISIT PHILADELPHIA. “In addition to the two timeless New Year’s Eve fireworks displays Philadelphians have come to love, we’re upping the ante this year by adding the VISIT PHILADELPHIA New Year’s Day Fireworks Spectacular, creating a free can’t miss event. The theme of the show will be Love + Grit, celebrating and championing diversity and inclusive communities throughout our city. The fireworks will be programmed to a soundtrack of strong, powerful female voices, bringing this important theme to life. We can’t wait for everyone to enjoy as we ring in the New Year.”

A masterful fireworks display is brought to life by its accompanying soundtrack. The soundtracks for all three shows have been produced by Todd Marcocci, president of Under the Sun Productions, Inc., whose brilliant work always heightens the emotions evoked, creating an overall magical experience to enjoy these shows.

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 wonders is 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 & Buster’s, FringeArts, and more. The synchronized soundtracks will all be broadcast live at Penn’s Landing and outside Rivers Casino Philadelphia for all three fireworks shows.

You can ring in the new year and enjoy the shows in their full glory from wherever you are, the soundtracks from both shows will be broadcast live on KYW Newsradio 1060 and 103.9FM and the 6PM fireworks on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day will air live on NBC10 and Telemundo62. 

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest Parties on Ice
5:00pm - 8:00pm and 10:00pm - 1:00am
Tickets $45 (Spectator), $55 (Skater)

Ring in 2022 in style with Parties on Ice! There are two great sessions both including the Rivers Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront, the biggest and brightest fireworks shows in the area.

Tickets include (1) complimentary Ferris wheel ride, a photobooth with props and take home photos from Old City Photobooth, digital caricatures with take home portraits from Digital Blacksmith, balloon twisting by Scott Meyer, an all-night DJ, party swag while supplies last, spectacular views of the Rivers Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront at 6 pm and Midnight (depending on the party time purchased), and an assortment of festive fare in the Lodge from our amazing food vendors Chickie’s & Pete’s, Skelly’s Pizza, and the brand new Black Iron BBQ by Craft Hall, as well as soft drinks. Skater tickets also include skate admission and skate rental. 

New Year’s Eve Day public skating sessions run from 10AM-3PM

New Year’s Eve Kids Countdown and Fireworks at Cherry Street Pier

Tickets $15 (kids under 2 years old free)

Bid farewell to 2021 with make-and-take crafts, warming rooms, photo opportunities for the ‘Gram, and see yourself dance live on the Jumbotron while a DJ spins the best beats from the year. The Pier will be festive and fun, filled with holiday decor and dazzling lights. Plus, snag New Year’s Eve party favors while supplies last. Stop by and enjoy tasty pay-as-you-go food and drinks throughout the evening.

Tickets include (1) complimentary hot cocoa, and spectacular views of the Rivers Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront at 6PM. 

New Year’s Eve at Cherry Street Pier


Tickets: $25 (21+)


Celebrate the start of 2022 at our fun and fabulous New Year’s Eve Party featuring spectacular views of the Rivers Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront. Revel with warming rooms, photo opportunities for the 'Gram, and a DJ spinning the best beats from the year. Plus, snag New Year’s Eve party favors while supplies last. Enjoy tasty pay-as-you-go food and drinks throughout the evening.


Tickets include (1) complimentary beer, wine, or cocktail and spectacular views of the Rivers Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront at Midnight.




Located along the Delaware River waterfront in Philadelphia, Rivers Casino Philadelphia features 1,600 slots, 105 table games, 65 hybrid gaming seats, a 28-table poker room and a designated sportsbook area for live sports betting. The casino offers an array of distinctive restaurants and bars — among them are Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House, Mian and Jack’s Bar + Grill — as well as riverfront views, live performances in The Event Center, free parking, and daily promotions and giveaways. For additional information and current offerings, please visit



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On Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, and, visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets. 6th & Market Streets, (800) 537-7676



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 the waterfront 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 the 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.