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Guide to July 4th in Philadelphia

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

Birthdays deserve big celebrations — and nobody will celebrate America’s 240th better than Philadelphia, the city where it all began.

From June 27 - July 4, 2016, Wawa Welcome America! will rock the town with red, white and blue festivities including free concerts, three dazzling fireworks shows, the Historic Philadelphia Block Party, parades, patriotic ceremonies and kids’ activities. Celebrate independence in Philadelphia with eight days of action-packed fun.

While you're here, extend your staywith the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, welcoming you to enjoy a patriotic getaway with free parking, free passes for Indego bike share and the PHLASH bus and more.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Philadelphia Orchestra Neighborhood Concert and Fireworks

Date: July 1, 2016
Location: Great Plaza @ Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Blvd.

The weekend gets 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 the first of three spectacular fireworks displays.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra is coming to Penn's Landing for a FREE waterfront performance followed by a land-side fireworks display. (Photo courtesy of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation)


Saturday, July 2, 2016

U.S. Army Band Performance and Fireworks

Date: July 2, 2016
Location: Great Plaza @ Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Blvd.

The US Army Band “Pershing’s Own” has delighted audiences with their 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 performance. Also highly anticipated: The huge fireworks display that will follow.

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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Historic Philadelphia Block Party

Date: July 3, 2016
Location: 5th and 6th streets between Market and Chestnut streets

Visitors can party the day away at the new Historic Philadelphia Block Party. The festivities will fill the streets around Independence Hall with live entertainment, food vendors, kids’ games and activities for all ages. Special appearances by 18th-century citizens will add a truly patriotic touch to the day-long fete.

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POPS! On Independence

Date: July 3, 2016
Location: Steps of Independence Hall, 6th and Chestnut streets

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

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Monday, July 4, 2016

Celebration of Freedom Ceremony

Date: July 4, 2016; 10 a.m.
Location: Steps of Independence Hall, 6th and Chestnut Streets

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. Leslie Odom, Jr., Philadelphia’s own Tony-nominated star of the Broadway blockbuster Hamilton, will join in a powerful and dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence, followed by music and remarks.

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Independence Day Parade

Date: July 4, 2016
Location: Throughout Historic Philadelphia

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 more than 6,000 participants from around the nation form a musical, colorful cavalcade that winds through the streets of Historic Philadelphia.

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Independence Day in Philadelphia begins with a parade through Historic Philadelphia featuring more than 6,000 participants from around the country. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Party on the Parkway

Date: July 4, 2016; Noon - 10 p.m.
Location: Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 20th Street to Eakins Oval

All of Philadelphia comes together in one giant romp for the Party on the Parkway. Kidz Bop kicks off the day of musical performances, dance, children’s activities, foods and cultural events that celebrate the city’s many neighborhoods and nationalities.

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Thousands pack the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for a FREE, day-long party featuring food, live music, family fun and more. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert

Date: July 4, 2016; 5-10 p.m.
Location: 20th Street to Eakins Oval

The Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert goes retro with a family-friendly, only-in-Philadelphia lineup of talent. Among the performers during the free five-hour concert: two homegrown celebs — Leslie Odom, Jr., Hamilton star, and Yazz (Bryshere Gray) from TV’s smash hit Empire. The O’Jays, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes and other hit makers will lead a tribute to the musical team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, creators of The Sound of Philadelphia. The Philly POPS will round out the evening with a flag-waving, red-white-and-blue performance of patriotic tunes.

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Wawa Welcome America July 4th Grand Finale Fireworks

Date: July 4, 2016; 10 p.m.
Location: Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Benjamin Franklin Parkway at Eakins Oval

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.

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Philadelphia's spectacular July 4th celebration comes to a close with a massive fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)



Twitter Accounts To Follow For the Latest July 4th Updates

Most events during July 4th in Philadelphia are rain or shine, so be sure to get the most up-to-date information by following the accounts below on Twitter.

Twitter Accounts To Follow
@July4thPhilly @visitphilly @INDEPENDENCENHP
@PhiladelphiaGov @uwishunu @HistoricPhilly
@philly311 @PHLVisitorCntr @penns_landing
@SEPTA_SOCIAL @ConstitutionCtr @lgbt50th
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