All-New Fountain-And-Light Show To Debut In Franklin Square In Summer 2019

One of Philadelphia’s five original public squares, Franklin Square is now home to Philly-themed mini-golf, a carousel, playgrounds and, come summer 2019, a spectacular new fountain show.

The modern and fun family park in Philadelphia’s Historic District is set to debut a brand-new choreographed fountain-and-light show in its historic fountain next summer.


  • The new Franklin Square Fountain Show will debut in summer 2019.
  • The free show will include choreographed light and water as well as music.
  • Different shows will take place both during the day and at night.
  • Construction will pause during the Franklin Square Holiday Festival in November and December 2018.

The $2 million project will outfit the fountain (originally built in 1838!) with new waterworks, new LED lighting and five kinds of water effects, including geysers and air-powered nozzles. Upon completion, residents and visitors can enjoy different shows — all free — both in the daytime and at night.

Water feature design and engineering firm Fluidity Design Consultants designed the new show. The company’s previous projects include the recent renovation of the spectacular Main Fountain Garden at Longwood Gardens as well as fountains at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Polk Brothers Park on Chicago’s Navy Pier.

Franklin Square Holiday LIght Show in Philadelphia

(Photo by J. Fusco for Historic Philadelphia, Inc.)
Fountain renovations will pause this November and December during the square’s big holiday happening: the Franklin Square Holiday Festival Featuring the Franklin Square Electrical Spectacle.

Holiday fans, don’t fret: The fountain renovations will pause during the square’s classic holiday happening, the Franklin Square Holiday Festival Featuring the Franklin Square Electrical Spectacle, set to run from November 15 to December 31, 2018.

Stay tuned for more info on yet another exciting addition to Philadelphia’s Historic District!



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