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Guide to July 4th in Philadelphia 2017

Fireworks, concerts, parades and parties during Independence Day in America’s birthplace

Birthdays deserve big celebrations — and nobody will celebrate America’s 241st better than Philadelphia, the city where it all began.

From June 29 - July 4, 2017, Wawa Welcome America! will rock the town with red, white and blue festivities including free concerts, four dazzling fireworks shows, the Philadelphia’s Historic District Block Party, parades, patriotic ceremonies and kids’ activities. Celebrate independence in Philadelphia with six days of action-packed fun.

While you're here, take advantage of the holiday three-day-weekend and stay the night with the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, offering free hotel parking and a number of amazing perks.

Read on for our complete guide to July 4th in Philadelphia.


June 29 | June 30 | July 1 | July 2 | July 3 | July 4


Thursday, June 29

Free Museum Day at the National Constitution Center

Visits to the National Constitution Center are free on June 29 as part of Wawa Welcome America! Free Museum Days. (D. Cruz for Visit Philadelphia)

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The 160,000-square-foot National Constitution Center opens its doors for free on Thursday, June 29, inviting you to learn everything there is to know about the U.S. Constitution through an array of high-tech exhibits, artifacts and interactive displays. Bonus: Access to the fun American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition exhibition is also free!

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Wawa Hoagie Day on Independence Mall

Thursday, June 29, 2017

A Wawa fan favorite, Wawa Hoagie Day returns for its 25th year of providing free hoagies for all. The event will include a performance by the USO Show Troupe and a hoagie-building competition between police and firefighters. More than six tons of Wawa hoagies will then be distributed for free on the lawns of Independence Mall and the National Constitution Center.

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Culture on Tap at the City Hall Courtyard

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Philly's popular traveling beer garden Parks on Tap brings a special Independence Day edition to the courtyard of City Hall. Labeled Culture on Tap, the pop up invites you to enjoy a drink al fresco in the heart of the city.

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Free Admission to The Mummers Museum and Free Mummers Performance

Catch a live performance by the Mummers and explore the museum for free. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Learn about the fun and colorful tradition of the Mummers at the South Philly museum dedicated to the costumes, songs and lively routines of the iconic troupe. The Mummers Museum will offer free admission from 6-8 p.m. and the award-winning Quaker City String Band will perform — also for free — from 8-10 p.m.

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Philly @ The Movies at The Schmidt's Commons

outdoor movie screening at the schmidt's commons

Head to Northern Liberties for a free movie at The Schmidt's Commons on June 29. (Photo courtesy The Schmidt's Commons)

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Catch a movie under the stars at one of Northern Liberties' most spacious open-air areas. Surrounded by restaurants and bars, The Schmidt's Commons will a href="http://welcomeamerica.com/event/philly-movies-stchristopher-hospital/">screen a film (still to be announced) at 8 p.m.

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Friday, June 30

Free Museum Day at the Penn Museum and Eastern State Penitentiary

Explore two of the city's stellar museums for free on Friday, June 30. (Photo courtesy John Van Horn for Eastern State Penitentiary)

Friday, June 30, 2017

Two of Philly's top museums open up for free as part of Wawa Welcome America's special museum series. Take in the 15-ton Egyptian sphinx alongside a host of other archaeological and anthropological artifacts and displays at the Penn Museum or head over to the Eastern State Penitentiary to explore the renowned, 11-acre prison, which once housed some of history's most infamous inmates.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra Concert & Fireworks on the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

The Philadelphia Orchestra is coming to Penn's Landing for a FREE waterfront performance followed by a fireworks display. (Photo courtesy M. Stanley for DRWC)

Friday, June 30, 2017

The weekend before the Fourth of July gets off to a tuneful start with a free performance by the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra along the Delaware River waterfront at Penn's Landing. After the acclaimed musicians take their bows, all eyes will be on the skies for a spectacular free fireworks display.

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Saturday, July 1

Free Museum Day at the African American Museum in Philadelphia

exterior of the african american museum in philadelphia

Explore one of the Historic District's many museums for free on Saturday, July 1. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Saturday, July 1, 2017

The African American Museum in Philadelphia, founded in 1976, is the first institution built by a major U.S. city to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage and culture of African-Americans. Explore its four art- and history-packed exhibitions during for free as part of the Wawa Welcome America! Free Museum Days.

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Philadelphia Night Market in West Philly

Night Market Philadelphia

Night Market Philadelphia is a seasonal celebration of food, music and community held in some of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. (Photo courtesy the Food Trust)

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Night Market Philadelphia heads to Spruce Hill in West Philadelphia for a special Independence Day edition on Saturday, July 1, attracting thousands of folks for a four-hour, al fresco food truck soiree. Come hungry for delicious street-side eats like tacos, fried cheese curds, pizza, ice cream and more, along with beverages including local beer and spirits!

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U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Concert & Fireworks on the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

Enjoy a rousing performance by the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" followed by a fireworks show. (Photo courtesy DRWC)

Saturday, July 1, 2017

The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” has delighted audiences for years with its rousing and rollicking renditions of old standards, new hits and patriotic tunes. The group returns to the Delaware River waterfront this year for another highly anticipated evening performance beginning. Also highly anticipated: the fireworks display that will follow.

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Sunday, July 2

Pay-What-You-Wish Admission to the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Pay what you wish to check out the Philadelphia Museum of Art's expansive collection on July 2. (M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Explore over 80 period rooms and more within the third-largest art museum in the country when the Philadelphia Museum of Art offers pay-what-you-wish admission on July 2.

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Philly at the Movies: Rocky at the Steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Catch a free screening of Rocky on the iconic "Rocky Steps" on Sunday, July 2. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Sunday, July 2, 2017

There's no better spot to watch the Philadelphia classic Rocky than from the very steps that made its star character a legend. Head to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a free, outdoor screening.

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Monday, July 3

Free Museum Day at the National Liberty Museum

Monday, July 3, 2017

Discover the story of real-life heroes through the interactive exhibitions and inspirational galleries at the National Liberty Museum, where you can score free admission on July 3. The museum hosts a wealth of galleries (eight in total!), featuring more than 179 works of contemporary art and the stories of 2,000 heroes from around the globe.

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Philadelphia's Historic District Block Party

Monday, July 3, 2017

Visitors can party the day away at the Philadelphia's Historic District Block Party. The festivities will fill the streets around Independence Hall with live entertainment, food vendors, kids’ games and activities for all ages. The event space will feature three stages to showcase an array of artists and the Kimmel Center will present a star-studded sneak peak at the 2017-2018 Broadway Philadelphia season featuring performances from popular shows.

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The Philly POPS! on Independence at Independence Hall

Hundreds of people pack Independence Mall for POPS on Independence. (Photo courtesy of the Philly POPS)

Monday, July 3, 2017

The BYOB (bring-our-own-blanket) POPS! on Independence concert has become a holiday favorite — and for good reason. The combination of the Philadelphia POPS under the baton of Michael Krajewski, lively tunes and the dramatic backdrop of Independence Hall create a perfect setting for a night of music under the stars.

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Tuesday, July 4

Free Museum Day at the Independence Seaport Museum

exterior of the independence seaport museum

Learn about Philly's naval and maritime history for free this Fourth of July at the Independence Seaport Museum. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Independence Seaport Museum invites you inside for free on July 4 to board its historic vessels, maneuver its underwater ROV and a fire off the mock cannon. Philadelphia’s maritime museum conveys what the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers have meant to the city over the years. Along with displays that chronicle the city’s contributions to naval and commercial maritime history, there are exhibits about what makes boats float, the China trade, local small craft and more.

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Celebration of Freedom Ceremony

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Founding Fathers and Mothers aren’t the only ones who will get their due during the Celebration of Freedom Ceremony. This year, everyday heroes will be honored during the patriotic observances held at Independence Hall.

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Independence Day Parade

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Get the party started with the Independence Day Parade, a flag-waving, stars-and-stripes, big-city spectacle with a small-town feel. Dozens of colorful floats, marching bands, military groups and thousands of participants from around the nation form a musical, colorful cavalcade that winds through the streets of Historic Philadelphia.

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Party on the Parkway

The all-day Party on the Parkway features live music, dancing and more all for free. (R. Myers for Visit Philadelphia)

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

All of Philadelphia comes together in one giant romp for the Party on the Parkway, bringing five blocks of free entertainment. The day features musical performances, dancing, children’s activities, food galore and cultural events that celebrate the city’s many neighborhoods and nationalities.

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Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert

Catch special performances by Mary J. Blige, The Philly POPS and more at this year's Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert. (R. Myers for Visit Philadelphia Staff)

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with one of the largest free outdoor concerts in the country. Headlining will be R&B songstress Mary J. Blige, who’s been named one of the greatest women in music by the likes of Rolling Stone and Billboard and who will perform hits like No More Drama, Family Affair and Be Without You. The Parkway stage will also welcome the Philly POPS Big Band, jazz singer Tony DeSare and Broadway star Mandy Gonzalez who has performed in Hamilton, In The Heights and Wicked. Plus, Boyz II Men will make an appearance as they are honored for their impressive career.

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Wawa Welcome America July 4th Fireworks

Don't miss out on the epic fireworks show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art this Fourth of July. (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Showcasing patriotism and important moments in our nation’s history, the Wawa Welcome America July 4th Fireworks will take revelers on a 240-year journey from July 4, 1776 to July 4, 2016. Accompanied by a powerful soundtrack that combines rousing musical works and powerful quotes, this fireworks display will light up the skies over the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art for the grandest of grand finales starting at 9:30 p.m.

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