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Guide to July 4th in Philadelphia 2016

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, take advantage of the holiday three-day-weekend and stay the night with the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, offering free parking, passes for both Indego Philly bike share and the PHLASH bus and more.

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


June 27 | June 28 | June 29 | June 30 |
July 1 | July 2 | July 3 | July 4 |


Friday, July 1, 2016

Philadelphia Orchestra Neighborhood Concert and Fireworks

Friday, July 1, 2016

The weekend gets a tuneful start with a free performance by the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra along the Delaware River waterfront at 8 p.m. at Penn's Landing. After the acclaimed musicians take their bows, all eyes will be on the skies for a spectacular fireworks display starting at approximately 9:30 p.m.

For the latest updates, please visit @July4thPhilly, @DelRiverWfront and @penns_landing on Twitter.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra is coming to Penn's Landing for a FREE waterfront performance followed by a fireworks display. (Courtesy M. Stanley for the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation)

Free Museum Day at the African American Museum in Philadelphia

Friday, July 1, 2016

Founded in 1976, the African American Museum in Philadelphia is the first institution built by a major U.S. city to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage and culture of African-Americans. Explore all of the incredible stories, photographs and special exhibitions that it holds – for free – as part of Wawa Welcome America's special museum series.

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The African American Museum offers free admission on July 1. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Philly @ the Movies: "Minions" at Schmidt's Commons

Friday, July 1, 2016

Not only will The Piazza at Schmidt's Commons be hosting a free screening of the "Minions," but the large, alfresco courtyard area will transform into a Minion-themed dance party also encompassing a costume contest in advance of the movie!

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Free Museum Day at the National Constitution Center

Saturday, July 2, 2016

As you gear up to celebrate the nation's birthday, come learn about one of the most influential and important documents in history that has made America the patriotic country it is today. The 160,000-square-foot National Constitution Center opens its doors for free, 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.

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Visits to the National Constitution Center are free on July 2 as part of Wawa Welcome America! Free Museum Days. (D. Cruz for Visit Philadelphia)

Free Admission to the Powel House

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Once the home of Elizabeth and Samuel Powel, an 18th-century power couple, the Powel House mansion simply drips elegance. As friends of Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and George Washington (the Washingtons celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary at the house), the Powels entertained in style, and the house shows it. Include it in your Independence Day weekend festivities and take advantage of the opportunity to explore the house for free on July 2.

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Take a tour of the gorgeous Powel House for free on July 2. (M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Cupcakes, Classics and Couture at the Marian Anderson Historical Residence Museum

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Come indulge in gourmet cupcakes while enjoying live performances and exploring period gowns and other couture at the Marian Anderson Historical Residence Museum. The 19th-century house where the event will be held celebrates Marian Anderson, one of the greatest contralto singers of the American 20th century.

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U.S. Army Band Performance and Fireworks

July 2, 2016

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 performance beginning at 8 p.m. Also highly anticipated: the huge fireworks display that will follow around 9:30 p.m. For the latest updates, please visit @July4thPhilly, @DelRiverWfront and @penns_landing on Twitter.

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The U.S. Army Band will perform right on the Delaware River Waterfront on July 2. (Photo courtesy M. Stanley for DRWC)



Sunday, July 3, 2016

Free Museum Day at The Barnes Foundation

Sunday, July 3, 2016

The Barnes Foundation, one of the world’s leading collections of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, opens its doors to visitors for free on Sunday, July 3 as part of Wawa Welcome America's Free Museum Day series. Admire an expansive collection of artwork from many notable names that includes 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes and 59 Matisses, along with works by Manet, Degas, Seurat, Prendergrast, Titian and Picasso.

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The Barnes Foundation encompasses 93,000-square-feet full of art, including works by Renoir, Picasso, Matisse and many other acclaimed artists. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Free Admission to the Physick House

Sunday, July 3, 2016

From a medical office located in his spectacular mansion, Dr. Philip Syng Physick, one of the most accomplished physicians of the 18th century, treated high-profile patients like President Andrew Jackson and Chief Justice John Marshall in what's now known as the Physick House. Come explore all of the stories his residence holds (which is filled with plenty of drama and marital scandal), and enjoy a free Dr. Physick soda tasting while you're there on July 3 during a special free admission day.

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The Physick House, former residence of highly accomplished physician Dr. Physick, holds plenty of stories for you to take in during a free admission day on July 3. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Free Museum Day at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Explore over 80 period rooms and more within the third-largest art museum in the country when the Philadelphia Museum of Art offers free admission on July 3.

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art invites you to explore its expansive collection of art for free on July 3. (Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art)

Historic Philadelphia Block Party

July 3, 2016

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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The Wawa Welcome America festival continues its week-long celebration of Independence Day with the Historic Philadelphia Block Party on Sunday, July 3. (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

POPS! On Independence

July 3, 2016

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, the lively score of family-friendly tunes and the 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

Monday, July 4, 2016

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 Award-winning 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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Free Museum Day at The National Museum of American Jewish History

Monday, July 4, 2016

While normally closed on Mondays, the National Museum of American Jewish History makes a celebratory exception this July 4th, inviting guests inside, free of admission. Special self-guided tours exploring Revolutionary War-era artifacts, presentations of a letter written by our nation's first president and other family-friendly activities are scheduled to unfold throughout the day.

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The National Museum of American Jewish History offers free admission throughout the day on July 4th. (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Independence Day Parade

Monday, July 4, 2016

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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Independence Day in Philadelphia begins with a parade through Historic Philadelphia featuring thousands of participants from around the country. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Colonial Tavern Singers at Carpenters’ Hall

Monday, July 4, 2016

Head to Carpenters' Hall in Historic Philadelphia for some 18th-century tunes this Fourth of July. Jan & John Haigis will be on hand to sing Colonial tavern songs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Carpenters' Hall will come alive this July 4th with the sounds of Colonial tavern songs. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

July 4th at Stenton

Monday, July 4, 2016

Create your own ice cream, mingle with Benjamin Franklin, join in on some colonial-styled games and more at the July 4th celebration at Stenton. Live music will take place throughout the event and hot dogs will be grilled for anyone who wishes to enjoy.

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Games, ice cream, hot dogs and more await at the July 4th celebration at Stenton. (Photo courtesy of Stenton)

Urban Farmer Steakhouse and Assembly Rooftop Lounge Fourth of July

Monday, July 4, 2016

Join Urban Farmer for an all-day, summer barbecue on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, open to anyone who wants to join. The restaurant will also set up a beer garden where guests can relax outdoors. Beginning at 8 p.m., Urban Farmer will move inside with a prix-fixe, three-course dinner.

Just upstairs (nine floors above the city), Assembly Rooftop Lounge will host an open-bar fireworks viewing party for guests who book a room as part of the Logan Hotel's Liberty and Libations package, providing access to one of the best vantage points in the city for viewing the fireworks atop the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Book a room at the Logan Hotel and score amazing views of the fireworks on July 4th from the al fresco Assembly Rooftop Lounge. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

America’s Birthday with Betsy Ross

July 4, 2016

The Independence Visitor Center is hosting a sweet celebration for America’s 240th Birthday with Termini Brothers Bakery. The bakery will be onsite to distribute free, delicious cupcakes to those who come out and celebrate.

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Party on the Parkway

July 4, 2016; Noon - 10 p.m.

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

July 4, 2016; 5-10 p.m.

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 Leon Bridges, the American R&B and soul singer/songwriter best known for his song “Coming Home.”

Other performers include two homegrown celebs — Leslie Odom, Jr., Tony Award-winning 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. And the Philly POPS will round out the evening with a flag-waving, red-white-and-blue performance of patriotic tunes.

Also look forward to 25 Philly-focused food vendors and food trucks, plus two beer gardens — the Circa ’76 Beer Garden at 22nd Street between the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue and the Flying Key Beer Garden just north of 22nd Street between Park Towne Place and the parkway.

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Wawa Welcome America July 4th Fireworks

July 4, 2016; 10 p.m.

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 around 10 p.m.

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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 @DelRiverWfront


PAST EVENTS


Monday, June 27, 2016

Free Museum Day at the Benjamin Franklin Museum

Monday, June 27, 2016

The Benjamin Franklin Museum welcomes visitors into its doors for free in celebration of Independence Day. Learn about the legacy of Philadelphia’s famous founding father while exploring interactive displays, computer animations and more.

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As part of Wawa Welcome America! Free Museum Days, the Benjamin Franklin Museum invites visitors to explore, free of charge, on June 27. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)


Our Flag Unfurled Mural Dedication

Monday, June 27, 2016

Meg Saligman's patriotic Our Flag Unfurled mural was recently restored, calling for a celebration. Join the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and Philadelphia Style magazine at the dedication party, where Americana-themed refreshments and musical entertainment will unfold.

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Join in the dedication to Meg Saligman's Our Flag Unfurled mural in celebration of its recent restoration. (Photo courtesy Mural Arts)


Philly @ the Movies: "Finding Nemo" at Franklin Square

Monday, June 27, 2016

Catch a free outdoor screening of family-favorite "Finding Nemo" at Franklin Square on June 27 at 8:30 p.m. Before settling onto the park's lawn with your picnic blanket, consider extending the family-fun with a ride on the park's carousel or taking part in a game of mini-golf at the square's 18-hole course decorated with some of Philadelphia’s favorite icons.

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Enjoy a free, al fresco movie and tons of other family-friendly activities at Franklin Square on June 27. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)



Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Philly @ the Movies: "The Good Dinosaur" at XFINITY Live!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Disney and Pixar bring dinosaurs to life in "The Good Dinosaur." Catch a free screening of it at XFINITY Live! beginning at 6 p.m. Prior to the start time, various activities and craft-making will take place and prizes will be given out to lucky kiddos in the crowd.

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Philly @ The Movies: "The Legend of Tarzan" Advance Screening at the Kimmel Center

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Be one of the first to see the new "The Legend of Tarzan" movie in advance of its opening on July 1. The Perelman Theater of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will host an exclusive screening for which movie-goers can score tickets in one of three ways: Listen to 95.7 BEN FM the week of June 12, Ppick up the Philadelphia Weekly on June 22, or read The Philadelphia Inquirer on June 26. Each of the three outlets will provide select winners with movie tickets.

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Win tickets to "The Legend of Tarzan" at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts to be one of the first to see the new movie, debuting to the masses on July 1. (B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia)



Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Free Museum Day at the Rodin Museum

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

It's hard to miss the beautiful Rodin Museum on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Inside lay some of the greatest hits of the famed 19th-century sculptor – bronze casts of "Eternal Springtime," "The Gates of Hell," "The Burghers of Calais," and, of course, "The Thinker." Take advantage of the opportunity to check out the museum for free on June 29 as part of the museum series via Wawa Welcome America!

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Explore the Rodin Museum and its renowned sculptures during Free Museum Day as part of the Wawa Welcome America! series. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)


Philly @ the Movies: "Rocky" on the steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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 that starts at 9 p.m. Fun, family-friendly activities will take place beginning two hours prior to the film viewing.

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Watch "Rocky" atop the steps that made Rocky Balboa famous. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)



Thursday, June 30, 2016

Free Museum Day at the National Constitution Center

Thursday, June 30, 2016

As you gear up to celebrate the nation's birthday, come learn about one of the most influential and important documents in history that has made America the patriotic country it is today. The 160,000-square-foot National Constitution Center opens its doors for free, 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.

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Visits to the National Constitution Center are free on June 30 as part of Wawa Welcome America! Free Museum Days. (M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Wawa Hoagie Day on Independence Mall

Thursday, June 30, 2016

A Wawa fan favorite, Wawa Hoagie Day returns for its 24th year of providing free hoagie enjoyment to the masses. The event will begin with a salute to the nation's military service men and women, firefighters and police officers via a march carried out by military heroes and re-enactors. Following, more than five tons of Wawa hoagies will be distributed for free.

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Summer Mummer Concert

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Put on your dancing shoes and come out for an evening of summer fun with the South Philadelphia String Band on Thursday, June 30. Band members will be outfitted in full Mummer-getup, so perhaps consider bringing out your camera, too.

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Philly @ the Movies: "National Treasure" at Penn's Landing

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Settle in and watch Ben Gates race his way through Philadelphia in search of the legendary treasure that's secretly mapped out on the back of the Declaration of Independence. Penn's Landing hosts "National Treasure" on its lawn beginning at dusk.

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Enjoy the evening outdoors and a free screening of "National Treasure" at Penn's Landing on June 30. (Photo courtesy DWRC)





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