July 4th in Philadelphia 2016 —
An Hour-By-Hour Guide
How to get the most out of Independence Day in Philly
Philadelphia, the birthplace of independence, hosts a massive celebration each year in honor of the Fourth of July. From morning till night, you'll find festivals and events that commemorate America’s birthday taking place all across the city in 2016.
From the Celebration of Freedom Ceremony staring the morning off with patriotic tunes to the huge party that goes down on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to the fireworks show over the Philadelphia Museum of Art, visitors and residents alike have tons of options for celebrating this year.
Plan your Independence Day celebration with our hour-by-hour guide to July 4th in Philadelphia below.
P.S. With July 4th turning the weekend into a three-day affair, why not turn your celebration into a patriotic getaway with the Visit Philly Overnight® Hotel Package?
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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.
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July 4, 2016
Celebration of Freedom Ceremony
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 by the Philly POPS, a reading of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence and more. Notable guests include Philadelphia’s own Leslie Odom Jr. from Broadway musical Hamilton and Mayor Jim Kenney.
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 8 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 colonial military life.
Free Museum Day at the National Museum of Jewish History
Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall
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.
The National Museum of American Jewish History offers free admission throughout the day on July 4th. (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)
Independence Day Parade
Time: 11 a.m. - noon.
Location: Throughout Historic Philadelphia
One of the highlights of Philadelphia's July 4th celebration is the Independence Day Parade, an inspiring1.2-mile march through Historic Philadelphia featuring more than 4,000 participants from around the country. Full of colorful floats, marching bands, military and cultural groups, 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.
Independence Day in Philadelphia begins with a parade through Historic Philadelphia featuring more than 4,000 participants from around the country. (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)
Fourth of July at the Powel House
Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Powel House
Celebrate the Fourth of July at the Powel House with a day-long celebration at the former home of Elizabeth and Samuel Powel, an 18th-century power couple who entertained Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and George Washington in style. Admission is free.
Check out the Powel House for free during a day-long Fourth of July celebration at this notable 18th-century home. (M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)
Historic Germantown Independence Day Celebration
Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Throughout Germantown
Now in its 12th year, the annual Independence Day Celebration in Historic Germantown is a day of free events including tours of historic attractions, family-friendly activities, live music, a farmer's market, the ringing of the historic Concord School bell and more. Featured activities include guided storytelling, free tours of Cliveden and the Johnson Historic House and more.
Partake in numerous historical tours, guided storytelling and more at the Johnson Historic House (above) during Independence Day. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)
Urban Farmer Steakhouse and Assembly Rooftop Lounge Fourth of July
Time: Urban Farmer: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Assembly Rooftop Lounge: 8 p.m. - midnight
Location: 1840 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
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.
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)
July 4th at Stenton
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Stenton, 4601 N. 18th Street
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.
Games, ice cream, hot dogs and more await at the July 4th celebration at Stenton. (Photo courtesy of Stenton)
Party on the Parkway
Time: 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.
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 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.
Wawa Welcome America! July 4th Grand Finale Fireworks
Time: 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.
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)