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July 4th Events in Historic Philadelphia

Special events, daily activities and extended hours during the Celebration of Independence

Celebrate America's Birthday in the birthplace of Independence. Head to Historic Philadelphia to celebrate the nation's 238th birthday with special events, daily activities for the kids and extended hours at can't-miss historic attractions like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.

Continue reading for our list of fun activities and events happening in Historic Philadelphia during July 4th and beyond.

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

Historic Philadelphia Pass: 4 Days of the 4th

Maximize your fun this holiday weekend with a FREE Historic Philadelphia Pass offering exclusive discounts and offers, including as 50% off select admission, to 19 attractions in the Historic District.

The pass can be picked up anytime at the Historic Philadelphia Center (6th & Chestnut Streets), the Independence Visitor Center (6th & Market streets) or the National Constitution Center (6th & Arch streets), or any participating attraction from July 2-5. For more information, click the button below.

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Free Museum Admission on the 4th

In addition to the fantastic events happening in Historic Philadelphia for Independence Day, the National Constitution Center and the National Museum of American Jewish History will be offering FREE admission all-day. And the National Liberty Museum will be offering pay-what-you-wish admission from July 3-5.

All-American Celebration

Dates: July 3-5, 2015
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (July 3); 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (July 4); Noon-5 p.m. (July 5)
Location: National Constitution Center
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 at the National Constitution Center. Highlights of the three-day celebration include daily flag raising/lowering ceremonies, a special Independence Day Show in the Grand Hall Lobby and FREE admission to the National Constitution Center on July 4.

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The National Constitution is hosting a variety of patriotic events and activities including the All-American Celebration and 1776 Experience. (Photo by D. Cruz for Visit Philadelphia)

1776 Experience

Dates: July 3-4, 2015
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

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The 1776 Experience at the National Constitution Center includes reenactments of life in Colonial America, including loading a cannon.


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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Liberty Block Party

Date: Friday, July 3
Time: 1 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Location: 5th and 6th Streets Between Market and Chestnut Streets

Begin celebrating July 4th a day early during the Liberty Block Party in Historic Philadelphia, a FREE street festival featuring fantastic food, live entertainment and more.

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Signers’ Day Celebration

Date: Friday, July 3
Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location:Christ Church, 2nd and Market streets
Amid concerts and festivals, take a moment to remember the men who signed the Declaration of Independence during the Signer's Day Celebration at Christ Church and Burial Ground featuring family-fun, a visit from Founding Father Benjamin Franklin and an opportunity to sign a copy of the Declaration of Independence .

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Independence Hall hosts a variety of events during July 4th in Philadelphia, including a performance by the Philly POPS!, historic reenactments, patriotic ceremonies and more. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

POPS! On Independence

Date: Friday, July 3
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Steps of Independence Hall, 6th and Chestnut Streets
The Philly Pops! return to celebrate America’s birthday with POPS! On Independence, a FREE, patriotic concert in front of Independence Hall. Bring a picnic and a lawn chair for one of the most popular Independence Day traditions in Philadelphia featuring inspiring classics from Conductor Michael Krajewski and soloists Capathia Jenkins and Darius de Haas will take part in this year’s show.

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Celebration of Freedom Ceremony

Date: Saturday, July 4
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Location: Steps of Independence Hall, 6th and Chestnut Streets

Pay tribute to the history of our great nation at Independence Hall with a patriotic and inspiring morning of music, a reading of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence. This year’s ceremony commemorates a number of important milestones: the 50th anniversary of the first major LGBTQ protest in the United States; the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965; the 50th anniversary of the Immigration & Nationality Act of 1965; and the 150th anniversary of the addition of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visitors can also witness the initiation of new American citizens during a special naturalization ceremony at the event.

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Flag Raising at the Betsy Ross House

Dates: Daily
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: 239 Arch Street

Every day during the summer, start your day with the raising of a thirteen-star flag at the Betsy Ross House courtyard.

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Independence Day Parade

Date: Saturday, July 4
Time:11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Throughout Historic Philadelphia

One of the highlights of Philadelphia's July 4th celebration is the Independence Day Parade, an inspiring, 1.2 mile march through Historic Philadelphia featuring more than 6,000 participants from around the country. This year, spectators can expect a visit from Miss America 2015, various marching bands playing patriotic favorites, military groups and performance teams. The parade winds its way through the streets of Historic Philadelphia, starting in front of Independence Hall before parading down Market Street towards the Delaware River.

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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)

Let Freedom Ring Ceremony

Date: Saturday, July 4
Time: 1 p.m.–2 p.m.

Location: Independence National Historical Park, 6th and Market Streets

Descendants 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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National LGBT 50th Anniversary Ceremony

Date: Saturday, July 4
Time:2:15-3:15 p.m.
Location: Indpendence Hall, 5th and Chestnut Streets

Mark the 50th anniversary of the first gay rights protest with a moving series of patriotic performances, speeches, videos and special appearances during the commemorative ceremony and re-enactment of the important events that took place in front of Independence Hall on July 4, 1965.

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Reading of the Declaration of Independence

Date: July 4, 2015
Times: 9:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Location: Independence Visitor Center
Commemorate America's 239th birthday with a free, public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Join historic reenactors and a fife and drums corps outside the Independence Visitor Center for live, dramatic reading of the historic document.

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The Independence Visitor Center will be hosting numerous events during July 4th including a reading of the Declaration of Independence and a FREE celebration with Betsy Ross and Termini Bros. Bakery. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Independence Day Family Fun at Franklin Square

Dates: July 3-5, 2015
Time: Noon-3 p.m.
Location: Franklin Square | 7th and Race Streets

Celebrate America's 239th birthday at Franklin Square with a ride aboard the Lightning Bolt Express Train, a round of Philly-themed mini-golf and a spin on the park's historic carousel (tickets required). Need a break from the patriotic festivites on Independence Mall? Refresh with tasty hamburgers and shakes from SquareBurger at Franklin Square.

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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 239th Birthday with Termini Brothers Bakery. Watch as skilled artisans from the family-run bakery decorate a five-tier cake onsite prior to the celebration at the Visitor Center. The cake will be surrounded by 2,500 cupcakes configured into the shape of an American flag, which will be presented during a brief ceremony from Betsy Ross. Afterwards, all of the sweet treats will be giving out to the public for FREE.

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Independence Day Parade

Celebrate July 4th in Historic Philadelphia with parades, ceremonies, family activities and much more. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

10th Anniversary of Once Upon A Nation

For ten years, visitors have been able to discover the true stories in the places the actually happened with Once Upon A Nation™. Look for the storytelling benches to hear entertaining tales told by professional storytellers for FREE. Each story lasts approximately five minutes, but the memories of your adventure will last forever.

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Once Upon a Nation

Hear historic tales in the locations they actually happened from entertaining storytellers with Once Upon a Nation. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

More Fun After the 4th

Annual Phyzz Fest

Date: July 5, 2014
Time: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Location: 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.

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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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Happy 4th of July from Historic Philadelphia

Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross and the townspeople of Colonial Philadelphia are feeling very "Happy" this July 4th and made a video to spread their cheer. Watch their fun celebration below.







 

JULY 4TH IN PHILADELPHIA

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