Wawa Welcome America! – July 4th in Philadelphia
June 24 – July 4: Philadelphia celebrates the Fourth of July with 11 days of patriotic fun
Please Note: Information and dates below are from 2013 events. Stay tuned for updated information for 2014
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!
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.
Fireworks and Concerts
Philadelphia Orchestra Neighborhood Concert
Date: July 2, 8:05 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 landside fireworks salute.
POPS on Independence
Date: July 3, 8 p.m.
Details: Details: Independence Hall | 5th and Chestnut Streets
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.
The City at The Piazza at Schmidts
Date: July 3, 2-9 p.m.
Details: Piazza at Schmidts, 2nd St. and Germantown Ave | TLA, 334 South Street
Just one day before hosting the massive Fourth of July Jam, The Roots will be warming up in Northern Liberties with a full day of FREE music. The City transforms The Piazza at Schmidts into a mini-Philly, with neighborhoods represented throughout the space. The diverse lineup of music includes GoGo Morrow, Cody Wise and Modern Inventors, and runway shows between acts show off the apparel and accessories of national designers. Not enough? After the show in Northern Liberties, music lovers can head to the TLA on South Street for the ticketed Brothers in Arms, starring Questlove and D’Angelo starting at 10:30 p.m.
Philly 4th of July Jam and Grand Finale Fireworks
Join the Roots and special guests including John Mayer, Ne-Yo, Jill Scott and host comedian Kevin Hart 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. Check our our interactive map of the top places to watch the fireworks. Note: Demi Lovato will no longer be performing due to illness. Country music star Hunter Hayes has been added to the lineup.
Concert programming begins around 7 p.m. (first performance estimated at 8 p.m.*)
Fireworks estimated to begin around 10:30 p.m.*
Note: Estimated times provided by Wawa Welcome America! Performances could happen before or after the listed times.
SugarHouse Casino Fireworks Show
Date: Friday, July 5
Location: SugarHouse Casino | Where to Watch Map – Delaware River Waterfront
Fireworks: Show begins at approximately 9 p.m.
Details: Friday evening just got a little brighter thanks to SugarHouse Casino and its celebratory fireworks show and concert on July 5. The fireworks begin at 9 p.m. and the casino’s extensive walkway is the perfect spot to catch the action, the fireworks are also viewable from Fishtown’s Penn Treaty Park.
Taste of Philadelphia
Dates: July 5-7
Location: Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard | Where to Watch Map – Delaware River Waterfront
The celebration continues after the 4th during Taste of Philadelphia. Sample food from area restaurants and food trucks, enjoy live entertainment and special events. Marsha Ambrosius will take the stage on Saturday, July 6, followed by another spectacular fireworks show at the Adventure Aquarium Waterfront.
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.
July 4th Festivals & Events
Go 4th & Learn
Dates: July 1-3
Locations: Franklin Square, 6th & Race Streets | National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street | Smith Memorial Playground, East Fairmount Park
A free, interactive series, Go 4th and Learn offers educational fun for the whole family during Wawa Welcome America. Get a hands-on lesson about the history of dairy from Wawa at Franklin Square (July 1), discover the history of the hoagie at the National Constitution Center (July 2) and break a sweat at the Smith Memorial Playground in Fairmount Park (July 3). Bonus: The first 200 children at Go 4th and Learn will receive a free book.
Philly @ The Movies
Dates: July 1-2, 9 p.m.
Locations: Rittenhouse Square, 18th and Walnut Streets | Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Relax with the stars under the stars during Philly @ The Movies. Enjoy free, outdoor screenings of cinematic classics during Wawa Welcome America at iconic locations around the city. This year’s films include Silver Linings Playbook at Rittenhouse Square (July 1) and the annual screening of Rocky on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (July 2).
Camden Waterfront Freedom Festival
Date: July 1-7, Starts at 11 a.m.
Details: Wiggins Park, Mickle Boulevard, Camden
Across the Delaware River on the Camden Waterfront, celebrate July 4th throughout the week with family-friendly activities and celebrations. Visit the historic Battleship New Jersey and see the country’s largest alligator, Mighty Mike, at Adventure Aquarium. Head out for souvenir giveaways, displays of military vehicles, brass band concerts, kids activities, barbecue fare and more. Enjoy a day-long celebration on Saturday, July 6 complete with live entertainment, a pie eating contest before the Adventure Aquarium Waterfront Fireworks Spectacular over the Delaware River (starts at approx. 9 p.m.).
Wawa Hoagie Day
Date: July 2, Noon-2 p.m.
Location: Independence Visitor Center, 6th and Market Street
Join the mayor and hoagie-lovers from around the region for Wawa Hoagie Day on Independence Mall. Feast on 4.5 tons of hoagies on the lawn of the Independence Visitor Center and salute the nation’s military, police and fire departments during the delicious annual celebration.
Signers’ Day Celebration
Date: July 3, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Details: Christ Church, 5th and Arch Streets
Amid concerts and festivals, take a moment to remember the men who signed the Declaration of Independence with guided tours and more at Christ Church and Burial Ground.
Celebration of Freedom
Date: July 4, 10-11 a.m.
Details: Steps of Independence Hall | 6th and Chestnut Streets
Being your celebration an pay tribute to the history of our great nation at Independence Hall with a patriotic and inspiring morning full of celebration of music, speeches and a reading of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence.
Independence Day Parade
Date: July 4, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Details: Market Street | 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.
Celebrate America’s Birthday with Termini Bros. Bakery at the Independence Visitor Center
Date: July 4, 1 p.m.(July 4, 1:00 p.m.)
The Independence Visitor Center is hosting a sweet celebration for America’s Birthday with Termini Brothers Bakery. Now in its second year, the party will feature a custom, five-tier cake and 2,500 free cupcakes from the beloved South Philly bakery.
Betsy’s Independence Day Bash
Date: July 4, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Details: Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street
Visit the home of America’s most famous flagmaker for family-friendly fun including activities for kids, a children’s naturalization ceremony at 1:30 p.m. and ceremonial bell ringing at 2 p.m.h5
Historic Germantown’s 9th Annual Independence Day
Date: July 4, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Details: Various sites in Historic Germantown
In historic Germantown, celebrate the holiday at four locations in the area, Stenton, Hood Cemetery, Concord School and Cliveden.
Battleship New Jersey Fantail BBQ
Dates: July 4-5, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Details: Battleship New Jersey, 100 Clinton Street, Camden
The Battleship New Jersey is open regular hours on the 4th, with a special barbecue outdoors. Enjoy burgers, hot dogs, beverages and on the historic ship’s deck after a tour.
Party on the Parkway
Date: July 4, Noon – 7 p.m.
Details: Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 18th & 23rd Streets | More Details
Music, dancing, cultural activities, arts and crafts and live entertainment make for an afternoon of family fun.
Yards Country and ‘Cue Celebration
Date: July 5, 4-10 p.m.
Details: Yards Brewing Company, 901 N. Delaware Avenue
Celebrate post-4th with craft brewers Yards. A $40 ticket gets all attendees three Yards ales, three food truck vouchers, a free brewery tour and tons of live music.
Betsy Ross House First Friday Movie Series
Date: July 5, 8 p.m.
Details: Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street
Spend First Friday at the Betsy Ross House with an alfresco movie. This month, see Santa Claus Conquers The Martians at dusk. A $5 admission includes a tour of the Betsy Ross House and the movie in the courtyard. Bring food or a bottle of wine and enjoy!
First Friday Park After Dark
Date: July 5, 7-9 p.m.
Details: Race Street Pier, Columbus Boulevard and Race Street
An extension of First Friday in Old City, Race Street Pier is hosting Park After Dark featuring performances by students of the Pig Iron’s School for the Advanced Performance Training from 7 to 9 p.m.
Independence Seaport Museum Fireworks Spectacular Programming
Date: July 6, 6:30-10 p.m.
Details: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Catch the fireworks over the Delaware River from the Independence Seaport Museum, which will remain open and offer food, drinks, exhibitions and awesome views.
7th Annual Phyzz Fest
Date: July 6, 1-5 p.m.
Details: Physick House Museum & Garden, 321 S. 4th Street
Head to the Physick House Museum to celebrate America’s first soda with ice cream and cake and samples brewed from an original recipe created by Dr. Philip Syng Physick — the “Father of American Surgery.”
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 Trolley.
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.
Due to the Independence Day Parade on July 4th, limited service will be available on the Philly Phlash trolley with pickups/drop offs ending at Stop 3 and 7 at 11th and 12th Streets until 12:30 p.m.
Additional route detours are expected throughout the day. Click here for details. Regular scheduled service and stops will resume on Friday, July 5.
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.