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More rides, more games, more fun with Independence Blue Cross Summerfest set to open on June 28th

Summer on the Waterfront kicks into high gear with the return of Independence Blue Cross Summerfest, exciting new features, and an opening weekend fireworks display and concert.

Summer on the Waterfront is already off to an exciting start, and it’s about to get even better as Independence Blue Cross Summerfest opens for the season. There is so much more in store for the summer through Labor Day.

The opening weekend will feature a spectacular celebration with the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Concert and Fireworks on Saturday, June 29. The concert will start at 8 pm, with fireworks at 9:30 pm.

The theme this summer is “more is more,” inviting visitors to try plenty of new amenities, including the expansion to a brand-new, 18-hole Mini-Golf course, an enormous arcade, more amusement rides, and an incredible expanded menu of culinary delights for the whole family from Skelly’s Amusements and Chickie’s & Pete’s.

The offerings of rides will also be immense, with additions of a children’s roller coaster, swings ride, whirling ride, and more, adding to the returning favorites of the Ferris wheel, double-decker carousel, and Gravity Storm Moon Bounce.

“Exercise and play are essential for our physical, mental, and emotional health, and there’s no better place for summertime fun than Philly’s Waterfront. Independence Blue Cross is proud to be a founding sponsor of Summerfest, and we’re excited for what’s in store for this outstanding, iconic space,” said Stephen P. Fera, executive vice president of Public Affairs and president of Government Markets at Independence Blue Cross.

With the construction of the future Park at Penn’s Landing underway, transforming the Delaware River Waterfront in real time, skating will be on hiatus for the summer, returning in time for Independence Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest.

“To say it’s an exciting time at the Delaware River Waterfront this summer would be an understatement. We are in the midst of a once-in-a-generation transformation of our beautiful Waterfront, and not only can you come and see the transformation happening in real time, but you can bounce around our parks with the beautiful Delaware River Trail as your path and enjoy more activity than ever before at Independence Blue Cross Summerfest, Spruce Street Harbor Park, Cherry Street Pier, Race Street Pier, and beyond. We have no plans of letting construction slow us down, and to prove it, we’re offering more of everything for a blowout summer,” said DRWC President Joe Forkin.

Park season and hours of operation

The summer season at Independence Blue Cross Summerfest will run from June 28 through September 2 with the following opening hours:

  • Monday to Thursday: 5 pm – 10 pm
  • Friday: 5 pm – 11 pm
  • Saturday: 11 am – 11 pm
  • Sunday: 11 am – 10 pm

*Park Concessions will close 30 minutes before closing time. Holiday hours are as follows:

  • July 3: 11 am – 10 pm
  • July 4: 11 am – 4 pm
  • September 2: 11 am – 10 pm

Attractions, tickets, and pricing:

The site is free to enter, with amenities and concessions pay-as-you-go.

  • Ferris Wheel: $6
  • Double-Decker Carousel: $5
  • Gravity Storm Moon Bounce: $9
  • Spinning Dragon Ride: $4
  • Chair Swing Ride: $4
  • Children’s Roller Coaster: $4
  • Car Ride: $4
  • Mini-Golf: $8 per person (18-hole course)*

*Independence Blue Cross Cardholders: Free round of mini golf for up to 4 people per cardholder. (Must show member I.D. card.)


Chickie’s & Pete’s will return with their signature Crabfries, Boneless Wings, and Cheesesteaks, and more! Full menu to follow.


Independence Blue Cross Summerfest is grateful for the generous support of its sponsors, including Independence Blue Cross, Jim Beam & Hornitos, Captain Morgan, and Visit Philly.

About Independence Blue Cross Summerfest

Independence Blue Cross Summerfest is one of the Philadelphia Waterfront’s favorite summertime traditions. It features boardwalk games and rides, mini-golf, and great food and drinks, all with soaring views of the Delaware River and Ben Franklin Bridge. Summerfest is the perfect place for a family outing, a school trip, or a meet-up with friends.

For more information and updates, please visit Independence Blue Cross Summerfest.


Photos can be accessed in the press room here.


Know before you go

Are you planning your visit to the Waterfront? Here are all the things to know before you go. From how to get to your favorite destinations, FAQs, and Park at Penn’s Landing construction resources and more can be found at


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