Event: Here’s a Few Reasons to Visit Delaware River Waterfront this Memorial Weekend

Eleven majestic ships sail to the Delaware River Waterfront this Thursday for Sail Philadelphia Presented by Bank of America, giving you the perfect long-weekend plans.

Waterfront Festival

The Waterfront Festival runs from Friday through Monday from 11AM – 7PM with additional programming on Friday and Saturday night. While you’re here, enjoy:

  • Maritime activities at the Independence Seaport Musuem including Signal Flags and Cork Boats.
  • Interactive family activities with Learn Listen Play
  • Movies like Pirates of the Caribbean and Finding Nemo

Music and Fireworks
Lower Merion Jazz Band, Friday, May 25, 7:30 – 9pm: Conducted by professional saxophonist and recording artist Andrew Neu, the Lower Merion High School Jazz Band is renowned in the area for its lush sound, clean tempos, tight playing, and brilliant soloists. The band will be playing a diverse range of their greatest hits, including Neu arrangements of music from the Jackson Five, War (The World is a Ghetto), and Live Aid Philly.

U.S. Airforce (USAF) Band – Full Spectrum, Saturday, May 26, 7:30 – 8:45pm: This six-piece high energy “pop & hip-hop” band out of the USAF Heritage of America Band, is a dynamic group of Active Duty musicians who are assembled from areas throughout the U.S.

Delaware River Waterfront Fireworks, Saturday, May 26, 9:00pm: The first of three spectacular fireworks shows this summer over the Delaware River.

Maritime Village
Jugglers, stilt walkers, and magicians will entertain festival-goers throughout the holiday weekend. Even the youngest crew members can enjoy face painting, carnival booth games, waterfront safety lessons from a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary group, and get a few seafaring pointers from SailTime Philadelphia.

Food and Beverages
Celebrate tall ships with SEAFOOD! Beck’s Cajun Cafe will be serving Gator on a Stick, Fried Shrimp & Cornmeal Crusted Catfish Po’Boys, and Fried Mac n’ Cheese topped with crab meat. Chickie’s and Pete’s will be serving up items from their famous “From the Sea” menu including Snowcrab legs and Peel-and-Eat Shrimp. The Sail Philadelphia Beer Garden will be serving a variety of beers to make sipping by the river a breeze.

Parking is very limited at Penn’s Landing, so public transportation (including RiverLink Ferry, SEPTA, PATCO, and PHLASH) is encouraged. For additional information visit the Parking & Directions page. Festival entrances are located off Columbus Blvd. at Walnut St., Market St., and at the Chestnut St. entrance (via ramp or stairs). All guests will go through security and bag checks. In order to speed through security, please check the FAQ page for a full list of prohibited items.

Grab your tickets now!

Early Entry: One of the best tickets of the whole festival! These limited Early Entry tickets get you access to the ships before the crowds from 11am – noon to take tours and meet the crews at your leisure. When the gangways open at noon to the general public, you’ll still have unlimited access to ship tours during any timed ticket slot. And if it couldn’t get any better, the Early Entry ticket includes admission to the Independence Seaport Museum and the Waterfront Festival.

Sail Aways: Ramp up your Sail Philadelphia Presented by Bank of America experience to the next level by taking a 90-minute sail on the Delaware River. These once-in-a-lifetime rides are perfect as a romantic outing, a family adventure, or a unique experience with friends. Timed tickets are designed to minimize wait times and maximize your enjoyment, but are selling quickly, so buy yours today. As with the Early Entry tickets, you’ll have access to the Waterfront festival and admission to the Independence Seaport Museum.

Tickets are also available for the Waterfront Festival, Ship Tours, and Twilight Sails.

For more info and to purchase tickets please visit

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