Celebrate Philadelphia Welcome America Festivites

Celebrate Philadelphia Welcome America Festivites

Philadelphia has a 10 Day Celebration to honor our nation's birth. The festivities include free concerts, ice cream festival, free movies and fireworks.

June 24 – July 4: Philadelphia celebrates the Fourth of July with 11 days of patriotic fun

All photos by G. Widman for GPTMC

Philadelphia, the city where America’s independence was born, is the best place to celebrate Independence Day. The Wawa Welcome America! festival is bigger and better than ever leading up to a full day (and night!) of patriotic festivities on July 4. Stay a few extra days for even more patriotic events!

Here’s a look at what’s going on in Philly for the Fourth!

Fireworks & Concerts | Festivals | Go 4th and Learn | Movies

Fireworks and Concerts

Taste of Philadelphia Concert and Fireworks Spectacular sponsored by Adventure Aquarium

Date: June 30
Details: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street | (215) 683-2200 | More Details

Spend the day along the Delaware River and enjoy delicious foods from local restaurants and food trucks during Taste of Philadelphia. Starting at 3 p.m., the Wawa Welcome America Singer/Songwriter Competition finalists will perform on the RiverStage for the grand prize. The evening ends with a special performance from Regina Carter and special guest Gerald Veasley capped off with a brilliant fireworks display, sponsored by Adventure Aquarium, over the Delaware River.

POPS on Independence

Date: July 3, 8 p.m.
Details: Details: Independence Hall | 5th and Chestnut Streets | (215) 683-2200

Peter Nero and the Philly Pops!® return to celebrate America’s birthday in America’s birthplace with “POPS! on Independence,” a free concert at Independence Hall. As one of Philadelphia’s most popular Fourth of July traditions, seating is first come, first served. Note: Concertgoers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

Philly 4th of July Jam and Grand Finale Fireworks

Date: July 4, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Details: Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 18th & 23rd Streets | (215) 683-2200 | More Details

Join the Roots and special guests including hip-hop star and actress Queen Latifah; Philadelphia area native Daryl Hall; hip-hop artist, actor and poet Common; pop sensation Joe Jonas and more on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for nation’s largest free outdoor Fourth of July concert, followed by an eye-popping, jaw-dropping, light-up-the-sky fireworks display.

June 24 – July 4: Philadelphia celebrates the Fourth of July with 11 days of patriotic fun

All photos by G. Widman for GPTMC

Philadelphia, the city where America’s independence was born, is the best place to celebrate Independence Day. The Wawa Welcome America! festival is bigger and better than ever leading up to a full day (and night!) of patriotic festivities on July 4. Stay a few extra days for even more patriotic events!

Here’s a look at what’s going on in Philly for the Fourth!

Fireworks & Concerts | Festivals | Go 4th and Learn | Movies

Fireworks and Concerts

Taste of Philadelphia Concert and Fireworks Spectacular sponsored by Adventure Aquarium

Date: June 30
Details: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street | (215) 683-2200 | More Details

Spend the day along the Delaware River and enjoy delicious foods from local restaurants and food trucks during Taste of Philadelphia. Starting at 3 p.m., the Wawa Welcome America Singer/Songwriter Competition finalists will perform on the RiverStage for the grand prize. The evening ends with a special performance from Regina Carter and special guest Gerald Veasley capped off with a brilliant fireworks display, sponsored by Adventure Aquarium, over the Delaware River.

POPS on Independence

Date: July 3, 8 p.m.
Details: Details: Independence Hall | 5th and Chestnut Streets | (215) 683-2200

Peter Nero and the Philly Pops!® return to celebrate America’s birthday in America’s birthplace with “POPS! on Independence,” a free concert at Independence Hall. As one of Philadelphia’s most popular Fourth of July traditions, seating is first come, first served. Note: Concertgoers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

Philly 4th of July Jam and Grand Finale Fireworks

Date: July 4, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Details: Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 18th & 23rd Streets | (215) 683-2200 | More Details

Join the Roots and special guests including hip-hop star and actress Queen Latifah; Philadelphia area native Daryl Hall; hip-hop artist, actor and poet Common; pop sensation Joe Jonas and more on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for nation’s largest free outdoor Fourth of July concert, followed by an eye-popping, jaw-dropping, light-up-the-sky fireworks display.

Ongoing Updates

For even more tips about where to watch the July 4th fireworks and concerts, check out our in-depth July 4th coverage on uwishunu.com.

Wawa Welcome America! Festivals

Wawa Hoagie Day

Date: June 27, 12 noon – 2 p.m.
Details: Independence Visitor Center | 6th and Market Streets | More Details

Join Mayor Michael Nutter, Wawa associates and hoagie-lovers across the region to celebrate Wawa’s Hoagie Day! Wawa associates will serve up a Hoagie of Heroic proportions – weighing more than 4.5 tons! During the event, be sure to visit our “letters from home” station to show support of our troops, enjoy a concert by the Liberty Bells, the official USO Show Troupe, and don’t’ miss the Hoagie building contest to benefit local charitable organizations.

Taste of Philadelphia

Dates: June 29 – July 1
Details: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street, (215) 683-2200 | More Details

A favorite of foodies, Taste of Philadelphia returns with more restaurants than ever joining the gastronomical festivities. Enjoy great food, live music, interactive fun and more on the Delaware River. Free admission; fees for food samples.

Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival

Dates: June 30, 12 noon – 5 p.m. and 6 – 9 p.m.
Details: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing | Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street | (215) 683-2200 | More Details

Forget about calories, and enjoy all-you-can-eat buffet of the coolest summer treat. Participants’ $7 donations will benefit the Joshua Kahan Fund, helping to find a cure for pediatric leukemia.

Independence Day Parade

Date: July 4, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Details: Market Street | (215) 683-2200 | More Details

What’s red, white and blue all over? The old-time Fourth of July parade featuring floats, marching bands, military groups and more winding through Historic Philadelphia.

Party on the Parkway

Date: July 4, 12 noon – 7 p.m.
Details: Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 18th & 23rd Streets | (215) 683-2200 | More Details

Music, dancing, cultural activities, arts and crafts and live entertainment make for an afternoon of family fun.

Go 4th and Learn

Go 4th and Learn About History

Date: June 25, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Details: Franklin Square, 6th & Race Streets | (215) 683-2200 | welcomeamerica.com

Spend a family-friendly day at Franklin Square with storytelling, face painting and more. Don’t miss the Wawa Dairy exhibit where you can get a lesson in cow-milking and more.

Go 4th and Learn About Your Imagination

Date: June 26, 10 a.m. – 12 noon
Details: The Please Touch Museum | 4231 Avenue of the Republic | welcomeamerica.com

Enjoy interactive exhibit zones designed to encourage learning through play at The Please Touch Museum at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park. Children will participate in a story time presentation of the 2011 Society of Illustrator’s Founder’s Award as well as the 2012 Pennsylvania’s One Book Every Young Child selection “Stop Snoring Bernard” written by award-winning illustrator, Zachariah OHora. “Stop Snoring Bernard” encourages young readers to appreciate what makes each of us different. After the exciting program, participants are invited to enjoy a theater show and all of the museum’s exhibits. Reserve your space here.

Go 4th and Learn About Fitness

Date: June 27, 10 a.m. – 12 noon
Details: Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse | East Fairmount Park | welcomeamerica.com

Break a sweat in the third installment of the Go 4th & Learn educational series! Kids can enjoy the 6.5 acre playground which includes the legendary, one-of-a-kind Ann Newman Giant Wooden Slide and more than 50 pieces of unique, age-appropriate and accessible pieces of play equipment.

Go 4th and Learn About Mummers

Date: June 28, 10 a.m. – 12 noon
Details: The Mummers Museum | 1100 South 2nd Street | welcomeamerica.com

Bring the whole family to this morning event to learn about the unique history and culture of Philadelphia’s New Year’s Day tradition, the Mummers. Children will learn about the history of the Philadelphia Mummers in a storytelling presentation of “The Littliest Mummer” written and illustrated by Philadelphia native and Mummer, Ed Kurlin. After the exciting storytelling, participants are invited to enjoy a demonstration of the Mummers’ Strut and enjoy interactive art activities.

Note: All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Go 4th and Learn About Animals

Date: June 29 | 10 a.m. – 12 noon
Details: The Philadelphia Zoo | 3400 West Girard Avenue | welcomeamerica.com

Get ready to “Red, White and Zoo!” Families are welcome to learn about the more than 1,300 rare and endangered animals from around the world that call the Philadelphia Zoo home.

*Note: A limited number of tickets are available to the public, please fill out the Go 4th and Learn Sign-Up Form to reserve your seat today!

Philly @ the Movies

The Great Gatsby
Date: June 25, 9 p.m.
Details: Rittenhouse Square | 225 South 18th Street |welcomeamerica.com

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Date: June 26, 9 p.m.
Details: Piazza at Schmidts | 2nd and Hancock Streets |welcomeamerica.com

Rocky
Date: June 27, 9 p.m.
Details: Philadelphia Museum of Art | 26th Street & the Benjamin Franklin Parkway | (215) 683-2200 | welcomeamerica.com

Why Did I Get Married?
Date: July 2, 9 p.m.
Details: Dell East | North 33rd Street & W Dauphin St. | welcomeamerica.com

 


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