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Celebrate July 4th in Philadelphia

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

Philadelphia, the birthplace of independence, is celebrating the Fourth of July in a big way. From the start of the annual Wawa Welcome America! festival on June 28 to the Independence National Historical Park Service’s reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 8, events celebrating America’s birthday will light up the streets, the skies and the stages from the waterfront at Penn’s Landing to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on the other side of town.

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Fireworks and Concerts

PLEASE NOTE: All fireworks shows and events are scheduled rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, follow @July4thPhilly on Twitter and Wawa Welcome America on Facebook for up-to-the-minute information.

Philly 4th of July Jam and Grand Finale Fireworks

Date: July 4, 2014
Time: 7-11 p.m.
Location: Benjamin Franklin Parkway | More Details | Where to Watch Map – Parkway

Celebrate America’s birthday with the “Largest Free Concert in America.” Starting at 7 p.m., The Roots, Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, Aloe Blacc, Ariana Grande and Vicci Martinez will perform live on the Parkway, with actor and comedian Marlon Wayans serving as host of the event. The festivities will be covered live locally by 6ABC, simulcast on VH1 and Palladia and live streamed on PhillyJam.VH1.com.

The evening ends with an incredible fireworks finale over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Want a great view of the show? Check our our interactive map of the top places to watch the fireworks.

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Fourth of July Weekend at SugarHouse Casino

Dates: July 4-5, 2014
Time: Doors open at 6 p.m.
Location: SugarHouse Casino

SugarHouse Casino is kicking-off its Outdoor Summer Concert Series July 4th weekend with two amazing, FREE performances from WAR (July 4) and The Family Stone (July 5). Celebrate with classic hits from the ’60s-70s’ funk bands and enjoy a beach-themed retreat on the Delaware River Waterfront complete with summery snacks and tropical drinks.

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The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” and Adventure Aquarium Waterfront Fireworks Celebration

Date: July 5, 2014
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing | Camden Waterfront

One of the nation’s premier musical organizations, the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”, returns for a free, patriotic performance at Penn’s Landing. The concert will be immediately followed by a spectacular fireworks display presented by Adventure Aquarium.

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Wawa Welcome America! Events

Philly @ The Movies: Rocky

Date: July 2, 2014
Time: 9 p.m.
Location: Philadelphia Museum of Art Steps
Grab a seat on the famous steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and cheer on the Italian Stallion during the annual free screening of the iconic Philadelphia-film Rocky during Philly @ The Movies.

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Celebration of Freedom Ceremony

Date: July 4, 2014
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Location: 6th and Chestnut Streets
Vice President Joe Biden will join Mayor Michael Nutter, Martin Luther King III and others for the Celebration of Freedom Ceremony, which takes place in front of Independence Hall. Pay tribute to the history of our great nation with a patriotic and inspiring morning of music, speeches and a reading of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence. This year’s ceremony recognizes the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board Supreme Court decision.

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Independence Day Parade

Date: July 4, 2014
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Parade starts at 6th and Chestnut Streets
More than 5,000 participants will take to the streets of Historic Philadelphia for a patriotic and colorful parade featuring marching bands, floats, military members and more.

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Let Freedom Ring

Date: July 4, 2014
Time:1-2 p.m.
Location: Independence National Historical Park
Descendents of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence and Pennsylvania Society’s Sons of the Revolution take part in this special event in the shadow of Independence Hall. The morning celebration concludes with symbolic tapping of the Liberty Bell at 2 p.m.

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Party on the Parkway

Date: July 4, 2014
Time: Noon-7 p.m.
Location: Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Head to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to celebrate America’s Birthday with a massive celebration featuring live music, family-friendly activities, games, food and more.

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

Dates: July 4-6, 2014
Time: Noon-5 p.m.
Location: Penn’s Landing
Bring your sweet tooth to Penn’s Landing for the three-day, immensely popular all-you-can-eat ice cream spectacular benefiting the Joshua Kahan Fund for pediatric cancer. A $7 donation is required to join the fun.

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Guide to July 4th in Philadelphia

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All-American Celebration

Dates: July 2-5, 2014
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: Independence Mall
Meet the nation’s founding fathers, including Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, participate in Colonial-era games, sign up to become a member of the Continental Army and enjoy daily special events during the All-American Celebration in Historic Philadelphia.

1776 Experience

Dates: July 2-4, 2014
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: National Constitution Center
Experience the life of an American Revolutionary War soldier as you enter a recreated historic military encampment on the lawn of the National Constitution Center. Practice mustering with the troops, visit the wounded in a medical tent, look for a new sword at the blacksmith shop or go hands-on with carpentry and leatherwork as you experience the soldier’s life

Camden Waterfront Freedom Festival

Dates: July 3-6, 2014
Location: Wiggins Park, Camden Waterfront
Celebrate America’s 238th birthday with the four-day Camden Waterfront Freedom Festival. The free, family-friendly celebration features live music, special events, contests, food, a Festival Beer Garden featuring Flying Fish Brewery, fireworks and much more.

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Historic Germantown Independence Day Celebration

Date: July 4, 2014
Time: 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Now in its 10th year, the annual Independence Day Celebration in Historic Germantown is a day of free events including tours of historic attractions, family-friendly activities, live music, a farmer’s market, the ringing of the historic Concord School bell and more. Featured activities during the day-long celebration include make-your-own ice cream at Stenton, purchase organic produce from the Farmer’s Market at Wyck and free tours of Cliveden.

4th of July at the Powel House

Date: July 4, 2014
Time: Noon-6 p.m.
Location: Powel House | 244 S. 3rd Street

Celebrate the 4th of July at the Powel House with a day-long celebration featuring guided tours, barbecue, cocktails, live music and more. Tickets are available online in advance or at the door.

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Battleship Blast on the Battleship New Jersey

Date: July 4, 2014
Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: Battleship New Jersey
Step aboard the Battleship New Jersey for a special July 4th barbecue on the deck of the historic vessel. Be sure to check out the Teach Fleet Lego Display featuring massive, naval-themed Lego models up to eight-feet long.

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America’s Birthday Party with Betsy Ross and Termini Bros. Bakery

Date: July 4, 2014
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Independence Visitor Center
The Independence Visitor Center is hosting a sweet celebration for America’s Birthday with Termini Brothers Bakery. A spectacular five-tier cake will be decorated at the Visitor Center starting at 10 a.m. and leading up to the celebration at 1 p.m. The cake will be surrounded by 2,500 cupcakes configured into the shape of an American flag. When decoration of the cake is complete, a fife and drum will lead Betsy Ross into the Visitor Center to conduct a brief ceremony celebrating our nation’s 238th birthday. Betsy will cut the cake and Termini Bros. Bakery staff will then give away the cupcakes to the public — for free.

8th Annual Phyzz Fest

Date: July 5, 2014
Time: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Details: Physick House Museum & Garden, 321 S. 4th Street
Head to the Physick House Museum to celebrate America’s first soda with samples brewed from an original recipe created by Dr. Philip Syng Physick — the “Father of American Surgery” and “Soda’s Pop.” The afternoon celebration features ice cream from The Franklin Fountain and a variety of family-friendly activities.

Spirit of Philadelphia Fireworks Dinner Cruise

Date: July 5, 2014
Time: 7:30-10 p.m.
Location: Penn’s Landing
Take a cruise on the Spirit of Philadelphia for a spectacular view of the Adventure Aquarium Waterfront Fireworks Celebration on Saturday, July 5. The annual Independence Weekend cruise features a gourmet dinner buffet, cocktails, on-board DJ and unparalleled views of the waterfront fireworks display. Tickets start at $79.90 per person.

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Military Day at Adventure Aquarium and Battleship New Jersey

Date: July 6, 2014
Location: Camden Waterfront
As a special thank you, active and retired military personnel can enjoy discounted admission to Adventure Aquarium and the Battleship New Jersey throughout the day.

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238th Anniversary of the Reading of the Constitution

Date: July 8, 2014
Time: 11:50 a.m.
Location: Independence Hall
Commemorate the 238th anniversary of the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence in the place it actually happened. The free event outside Independence Hall features costumed National Park Rangers and free copies of the Declaration of Independence. Visitors can enter the event from 5th and Chestnut Streets.

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For a complete list of events, performers and the latest updates on Wawa Welcome America, click the button below.

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For more information about July 4th happenings in Historic Philadelphia, visit historicphillysummer.com.

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Getting Around & Questions

Expect large crowds and closed streets throughout the city for the Fourth of July. Your best bet is to take public transportation including SEPTA and the PHLASH.

For those coming in from the Philadelphia suburbs, SEPTA Regional Rail will be operating on an extended schedule to get travelers home after the fireworks. Buses will be operating on a Sunday schedule and detours are expected. Click here for more details.

The PHLASH offers stops near 20 popular Philadelphia attractions including Penn’s Landing, The Barnes Foundation, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Eastern State Penitentiary, the Franklin Institute, the Please Touch Museum and the Philadelphia Zoo.

The PHLASH Bus will be operating normal hours (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) on July 3-4, but will operate under the revised routes below:

Thursday, July 3: Stops 6, 7, 10, 14, 15 and 16 will be out of service the entire day.
Friday, July 4: Stops 6, 7, 10, 14, 15 and 16 will be out of service the entire day. Stops 1, 2, 3, 19 and 20 will be out of service through 2 p.m. due to the Independence Day Parade. After the parade, service will resume through 6 p.m.

Questions

For up to the minute updates or July 4th questions, follow @July4thPhilly on Twitter and Wawa Welcome America on Facebook. For the latest street closures, follow the city’s official Twitter accounts: @philly311 and @PhiladelphiaGov.


Guide to July 4th in Philadelphia

For our complete guide to the fireworks, concerts, family-friendly events and more happening over the week of July 4th, click the button below.

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Past Events

Check out the past events that happened during Philadelphia’s 4th of July Celebration, below.

Liberty Block Party

Date: June 28, 2014
Time: Noon-10 p.m.
Location: The Shops at Liberty Place
Wawa Welcome America! kicks off with a day of live music, tasty treats and fantastic shopping during the Liberty Block Party at The Shops at Liberty Place.

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Friends of Independence National Historical Park Freedom 5K Run

Date: June 29, 2014
Time: Race starts at 7:30 a.m.
Race through the streets of Old City and help support the Friends of Independence National Historical Park

Mural Arts Paint Day

Date: June 29, 2014
Time: Noon-4 p.m.
Location: Mantua
Grab a paint brush and join the City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program for a community paint day in the city’s Mantua neighborhood.

Go 4th and Learn About Science and Wawa Dairy

Date: June 30, 2014
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Go hands-on with the Wawa Dairy exhibit and wander amongst the dinosaur skeletons and indoor tropical butterfly garden of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, offering free admission for the day. Bonus: the first 200 children will get a free book.

Philly @ the Movies: Frozen at Franklin Square

Date: June 30, 2014
Time: 9 p.m.
Location: Franklin Square
Sing-a-long with your favorite songs during an outdoor screening of Disney’s blockbuster film Frozen on the Franklin Square lawn. Be sure to grab a Cake Shake from Square Burger to join in on the chilly fun.

Go 4th and Learn About Fitness

Date: July 1, 2014
Time: 10 a.m. – Noon
Location: Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse
Families can get active at the 6.5-acre playground and playhouse in Fairmount Park. Bonus: the first 200 children will get a free book.

Philly @ The Movies: Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Date: July 1, 2014
Time: 9 p.m.
Location: Rittenhouse Square
Continue the harrowing adventures of Katniss Everdeen with an outdoor screening of the second installment of the popular Hunger Games films at Rittenhouse Square.

Philadelphia Orchestra Neighborhood Concert

Date: July 1, 2014
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard | Where to Watch Map – Delaware River Waterfront

The world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra presents a FREE Neighborhood Concert on the RiverStage at the Great Plaza, followed by a small land side fireworks salute.

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Go 4th and Learn about History: History of the Hoagie

Date: July 2, 2014
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: National Constitution Center
Learn how Philadelphia’s famous sandwich became known as the hoagie and discover how Wawa grew from a small dairy farm to an iconic local business during this one-day exhibition at the National Constitution Center. Bonus: the first 200 children will get a free book.

Wawa Hoagie Day

Date: July 2, 2014
Time: Noon
Location: Independence Mall
Bring your appetite to this tasty annual event as Wawa will be serving up a whopping 5 tons of free hoagies for a patriotic celebration on Independence Mall.

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POPS on Independence

Date: July 3, 2014
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Join the Philly POPS!® at the Kimmel Center for a free, patriotic celebration in honor of America’s birthday. Head out for the annual all-American themed concert which includes a performance of the “1812 Overture” and excerpts of the Declaration of Independence read by Thomas Jefferson.

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