Tall Ships Sail to the Delaware River Waterfront Memorial Day Weekend

Penn’s Landing will be transformed into a Tall Ships Waterfront Festival where guests can get up-close views of the ships, enjoy interactive programming, family-friendly experiences, and food and beverage offerings. Festival tickets include same-day admission to the Independence Seaport Museum. The festival opens at 11 am and ends at 7 pm and is handicap accessible.


Parade of Sail
Thursday, May 24, 3 – 5 p.m. (time subject to change)

The Parade of Sail is a stunning display of maritime pageantry as the tall ships sail into Philadelphia’s waterfront along the Delaware River. The Parade kicks off at (approximately) 3 p.m. as the ships approach Penn’s Landing, each providing their own unique version of showmanship before docking. No tickets required, the Parade of Sail is free and open to the public.

Delaware River Waterfront Fireworks
Saturday, May 26, 9:00 p.m.

To kick off the summer season, a spectacular fireworks show will illuminate the Delaware River. No tickets required, the fireworks display is free and open to the public.

Activities at Independence Seaport Museum
May 25 – 28, 11 – 5 p.m.

Beat the heat and head indoors for educational and entertaining activities at the Independence Seaport Museum. 

Movie Screenings
May 25 – 28, 1 p.m. & 4 p.m.

Enjoy maritime-themed movie magic as the Independence Seaport Museum holds daily screenings of “Finding Nemo” at 1 p.m. and “Pirates of the Carribean” at 4 p.m.

Ship Tours 
May 25 – May 28
Price: adults, $10; seniors and military, $8; children ages 12 – 3, $7; children 2 and under, free

Daily self-guided ship tours will be available on a timed schedule for six of the visiting tall ships from noon to 7 p.m. Tours allow guests to board the vessels of their choosing (each ship requires a separate tour ticket) to get a first-hand look at how the ships were crafted, how they function, and how their crews live and work. VIP Early Entry tickets are also available (price: adults, $65; children 12 – 3, $50; children ages 2 and under, free), allowing guests to beat the crowds and tour the ships with fewer people and more time to explore. Early Entry tickets provide access to ship tours between 11 a.m. and noon (for one day) prior to general boarding. These tickets also include non-timed entry on all touring ships from noon – 5 p.m. (on the same day of purchase) and admission to the Waterfront Festival and Independence Seaport Museum.

Admission to the festival (which ranges from $7 for an adult Waterfront Festival ticket to $150 for a Sail Away tour during the Parade of Sail) gives guests access to dockside views of the tall ships, free admission to the Independence Seaport Museum, three beer gardens, vendors, and family-friendly entertainment. The site encompasses the Great Plaza, Independence Seaport Museum and its quay, as well as the seawall walk at Penn’s Landing.

Sail Philadelphia festivities will take place rain or shine. Don’t miss the opportunity to view these majestic ships and create your own sailing adventure. Visit www.sailphiladelphia.org for complete details and festival tickets.