Franklin Square's fountain undergoes makeover ahead of series of light shows

By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The 19th-century fountain at Franklin Square is getting a 21st-century makeover.  

Workers have been busy installing new components that will transform the 180-year-old fountain — one of the oldest in the country — into what Historic Philadelphia hopes will be a main attraction at Franklin Square. 

"What we've had so far is a static show that has offered water coursing through the fountain in static positions," said Lisa Deats, vice president of operations. "But now, the fountain will come alive, and you'll have music and lights and the different jets will be activated and they'll dance to the different music performances."

The Fountain Show debuts on July 31. Daily performances begin every half hour between 12 and 2 p.m., and then from 6 p.m. until closing.  

Franklin Square will also offer August dance parties, pop-up beer gardens, movie nights, game nights, and block parties.    

The Fountain Show is one part of Historic Philadelphia's four seasons of light throughout 2019. The season begins with the return of the wildly popular Chinese Lantern Festival, which runs from May 1 to June 30.  Subsequent seasons of light include Spooky Mini Golf in the fall and the Holiday Festival, featuring the Electrical Spectacle Light Show, in the winter.