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Day-By-Day Guide to Celebrating
July 4th in Philadelphia

Daily events, festivals, fireworks and happenings during the city-wide Independence Day celebration

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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Plan your Independence Day celebration with our day-by-day guide to July 4th in Philadelphia, below.

July 4, 2014

All-American Celebration

Dates: July 2-6
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: Independence Visitor 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 in Historic Philadelphia.

Dates: July 2-4
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
Location: 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 Freedom Festival Beer Garden featuring Flying Fish Brewery and much more.

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Rocky

Join hundreds on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art for the annual free screening of Rocky on July 3.
(Photo courtesy Wawa Welcome America)

July 4, 2014

Celebration of Freedom Ceremony

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

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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Battleship New Jersey Fantail BBQ

Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: Battleship New Jersey
Step aboard the Battleship New Jersey for a special July 4th 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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Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival

Dates: July 4-6
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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Let Freedom Ring

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

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.

Fireworks

Don’t miss the incredible July 4th fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art following the free Philly 4th of July Jam on the Parkway.
(Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Party on the Parkway

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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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.

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.

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Fourth of July Weekend at SugarHouse Casino

Dates: July 4-5
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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July 5, 2014

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

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.

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.

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Independence Hall

Celebrate the 238th Anniversary of the first public reading at Indepencence Mall on July 8.
(Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

July 6, 2014

Military Day at Adventure Aquarium and Battleship New Jersey

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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July 8, 2014

238th Anniversary of the Reading of the Declaration of Independence

Time: 11:50 a.m.
Date: 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.

Getting Around & Questions

Expect large crowds and closed streets throughout the city for the Fourth of July, so your best bet getting to and from the Parkway is to take public transportation including SEPTA and the PHLASH.

SEPTA’s Market-Frankford and Broad Street subway lines will be offering all-night weekend service for the festivities. Click here for more information.

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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