Franklin Square Fountain Show
Franklin Square's Newest Attraction!
Franklin Square’s 180-year-old, historic centerpiece has been renovated and updated into a dynamic state-of-the-art Fountain Show featuring spectacular dancing water effects and colored lights choreographed to music.
FREE Fountain Show Performances
Daytime: On the half hour from noon until 2 pm
Evening: On the half hour from 6 pm until closing:
August 1 - September 2: 6pm - 10pm
September 2 - September 30: 6pm - 7pm
Monday - Wednesday: 6pm - 7pm
Thursday - Sunday: 6pm - 9pm
Find a place on the lawn or sit back on a bench and watch the elaborate water effects dance and shoot high into the air, choreographed to a variety of music from the decades. After dusk, fountain performances are enhanced with synchronized colored illuminations!
Watch the Franklin Square Fountain Show dancing to songs by Katy Perry, U2, Louis Armstrong and other popular music! Sing along and dance along with the fountain!
Share your Fountain Show photos and videos and tag @franklinsquarephilly and @historicphilly
Financial assistance for the Franklin Square Fountain Show is provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, William Penn Foundation, Board of Directors of City Trusts, City of Philadelphia, Joanna McNeil Lewis and The Joanna McNeil Trust, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Philadelphia Fountain Society, and Tour de Shore Children’s Foundation.
The Franklin Square Fountain
The oldest refurbished and functioning public water fountain in the United States, the historic fountain was constructed in 1838 after Philadelphia City Council passed a resolution calling for a fountain of “grand dimensions.” The Fountain has been renovated several times, most recently in 2006 when Historic Philadelphia, Inc. added new pumps, nozzles, and infrastructure to make the fountain operational for the reopening of the renovated park. The repairs to the fountain structure preserved the vintage marble and surrounding wrought iron fence.
Fluidity Design Consultants, a Los Angeles-based design and engineering firm with international experience, designed the Franklin Square Fountain Show, which will feature five different water effects including air-powered nozzles, geysers, swivels, three-axis fan nozzles, and variojets.
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