If you are spending America’s birthday in the city that is the home of the American independence – there is a myriad of events leading up to the July 4th celebrations.
The Wawa Welcome America! festival is already in full swing (June 24 – July 4). Here’s a list of the top five reasons to celebrate this July 4th in Philadelphia.
5. Celebrating history where history took place: Kick off July 4th at the The Celebration of Freedom. On the Steps of Independence Hall, music, speeches and most importantly, reading excerpts of the Declaration of Independence make for a patriotic starts to this national holiday. It doesn’t get much more patriotic. July 4, 10-11am – Independence Hall.
4. All-day Party: The Party on the Parkway fills the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with food, live music and entertainment. Noon – 7pm. On the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 20th Street to Eakins Oval.
3. The Independence Day Parade: This annual event is expected to see more than 5,000 participants from 12 states. Marching bands, military groups, through historic Philadelphia and of course – colorful floats. July 4, 11am – 2pm – Starts at Fifth and Chestnut Streets and ends at Market Street.
2. The largest free Fourth of July concert: Philly 4th of July Jam features The Roots, John Mayer, Ne-Yo, Jill Scott, Demi Lovato, J. Cole, Grace Potter, and Ben Taylor – all are set to perform on stage for what is described as the nation’s largest free outdoor, Fourth of July concert. Hosted by comedian Kevin Hart. July 4, Program starts at 7pm, first performance around 8pm. Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 18th & 23rd Streets.
1. Fireworks / Grand Finale: Taking place right after the Philly 4th of July Jam, over the Philadelphia Museum of Art. July 4, approximately 10:30pm. See this interactive map for a comprehensive list of the best places to watch the fireworks.
On a side note: not only for the 4th of July weekend, you can always raise a glass to the Founding Fathers with a historic Philadelphia pub crawl (see Tipler’s Tour: Colonial Pub Crawl) Tasting, food, guide and gratuity included for $40/person.
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