While the City of Brotherly Love is fun all year round, it’s an especially great place to spend the holidays. And, though Thanksgiving and Christmas are a blast, there’s really nothing like ringing in the new year in Philadelphia. Yep, whether you’re a born-and-bred Philly local or you’re just in town for the holidays, there are a ton of fun things to do in Philadelphia for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day to welcome in 2024. That being said, if you were just thinking of watching the ball drop on TV at home this year, think again — 2024’s New Year’s Eve celebration is going to be one for the history books. From amazing fireworks displays over the river and unforgettable cruises to exciting parades, bustling restaurants, and much, much more, New Year’s Eve in Philadelphia is about to rock your world! If you don’t know where to begin, we’ve got your back — check out this short list of some of the best things to do in Philadelphia for New Year’s Eve.


New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Philadelphia on the Water with City Cruises

新年You and your guests are in for a treat if you snag a seat on the Philadelphia New Year’s Eve Signature Dinner Cruise. Get set to come together for unparalleled festivities with dining, dancing, and magnificent skyline views lit up by the dazzling fireworks display over the Delaware River! You’ll dig into a delicious, chef-prepared buffet while you marvel at the gorgeous views of Philadelphia’s historic waterfront as you ring in the new year in the most unique way possible. The helpful and experienced City Cruises team will keep the spirits flowing all night long with a fully stocked bar, games, and lively music from our DJ — the only thing you have to focus on is having a great time. So, what are you waiting for? A breathtaking New Year’s Eve celebration awaits you on the water. And, you can also enjoy the same incredible experience later in the evening aboard the  Philadelphia New Year’s Eve Signature Brunch Cruise or the Philadelphia Early New Year’s Eve Signature Dinner Cruise — with all the same incredible amenities and out-of-this-world hospitality.


Welcome 2024 Philadelphia-Style With These New Year’s Day Celebrations

Already have New Year’s Eve plans? No worries — there are a ton of fun things to do on New Year’s Day in Philadelphia, too. We recommend the Philadelphia New Year’s Day Signature Brunch Cruise, where you’ll start the new year on the right foot (or should we say, floating vessel!) with beautiful daytime views of the city’s skyline, delicious food, refreshing drinks, and great company. If you’re feeling a little tuckered out in the morning after a night of partying — we don’t blame you! — you can always opt for the Philadelphia New Year’s Day Signature Dinner Cruise, so you can sleep in and still have a great start to 2024.

大晦日の花火を見る人々If you’re not setting sail this New Year’s Eve, there are still plenty of fun things to do on dry land in Philadelphia. First off, you’ve got to check out the incredible fireworks displays over the Delaware River. There are two separate shows — rain or shine! — that take place at 6:00pm and at midnight, so you can still catch the spectacle even if you don’t plan on staying up until 12:00am. Another classic Philly tradition you’ll want to take part in is the Mummers Parade — started in 1901, it takes place every year on New Year’s Day, and it’s truly a sight to behold. Folks prepare elaborate costumes, performance routines, and movable scenery, which can take months to complete, and it’s a treat to watch. 10,000 adults and children dressed in colorfully lavish costumes will be twirling, sashaying, pirouetting, and strutting down one of the city’s main streets — you really don’t want to miss out on this. (Fair warning: In true Philly fashion, it can get a bit rowdy!) Oh, and don’t forget to support all of the awesome restaurants and bars that Philadelphia has to offer. After all, when in doubt, there’s always a bar to pop into on New Year’s Eve!


Celebrate New Year’s in Philadelphia with City Cruises

Book your memorable New Year’s celebration today with City Cruises Philadelphia. At the end of the day, though, no matter how you decide to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Philadelphia, the whole City Cruises team hopes you have a fun, safe night full of laughter and excitement. Here’s to starting off 2024 on the right foot!