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July 4th in Philadelphia 2017 —
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 2017.

From the Celebration of Freedom Ceremony starting the morning off with patriotic tunes to the huge party that goes down on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to the fireworks shows over the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Delaware River Waterfront, 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 potential four-day affair, why not turn your celebration into a patriotic getaway with the Visit Philly Overnight® Hotel Package?

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

July 4, 2017

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, featuring a tribute to Boyz II Men. The Philly POPS Big Band will also add to the event.

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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

On July 4th, the National Museum of American Jewish History invites guests inside, free of admission, for a day of celebration. Tour the museum, paint your own American flag, enjoy interactive spotlight talks, make Independence Day crafts and more.

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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)

The United States of America Independence Day Parade

Time: 11 a.m. - noon.
Location: Throughout Historic Philadelphia

Thousands of participants will take to the streets of Philadelphia’s Historic District for The United States of America Independence Day Parade, a patriotic and colorful parade featuring marching bands, floats, military members and more. The parade kicks off at 5th and Chestnut streets.

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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)

Historic Germantown Independence Day Celebration

Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Throughout Germantown

Now in its 13th year, the annual Welcome America: Ring out Freedom and Independence in Germantown is a day of free events including tours of historic attractions, storytelling, reenactments, the ringing of the historic Concord School bell and more. Guided tours of Cliveden and the Johnson Historic House will be provided for free throughout the day.

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Partake in numerous historical tours, guided storytelling and more at the Johnson Historic House (above) during Independence Day. (R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

July 4th at Stenton

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 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.

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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, bringing five blocks of free entertainment. The day features musical performances, dancing, children’s activities, food galore and cultural events that celebrate the city’s many neighborhoods and nationalities.

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6th Annual Birthday Party at the Independence Visitor Center

Time: 1-3 p.m.
Location: Independence Visitor Center, 6th and Market streets

Join Betsy Ross in singing “Happy Birthday” to celebrate our nations 141st birthday during the annual party at the Independence Visitor Center, where a five-tier cake and 2,500 cupcakes will be on display in the shape of an American flag. Both treats will be distributed for free to those who attend.

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In honor of the nation's birthday, the Independence Visitor hosts an annual party, complete with free cake and cupcakes. (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert

Date: July 4, 2017; 7 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 Mary J. Blige, named one of the greatest women in music by the likes of Rolling Stone and Billboard. The Parkway stage will also welcome the Philly POPS Big Band, jazz singer Tony DeSare and Broadway star Mandy Gonzalez who has performed in Hamilton, In The Heights and Wicked.

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Wawa Welcome America! July 4th Grand Finale Fireworks

Time: 9:30 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, 2017. 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 at 9:30 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. (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Freedom Festival Fireworks

Time: 9:30 p.m.
Location: Delaware River Waterfront

Choose to celebrate the nation's official birthday with riverfront views at the Freedom Festival Fireworks. To take place around 9:30 p.m., a grand show will unfold over the Delaware River Waterfront. Beyond areas along the river, official viewing areas include the SugarHouse Casino and One Liberty Observation Deck.

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Philadelphia hosts not one, but two grand fireworks shows on July 4, including the Freedom Festival Fireworks over the Delaware River Waterfront. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)


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