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Celebrate Independence Day with spectacular fireworks throughout Philadelphia. Credit: G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

As the weather warms up, there's no lack of things to do and see in Philadelphia.

This year promises some special treats that will bestow our beautiful parks with extra energy to make them truly come alive. From the blooms at the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival to the brews at Spruce Street Harbor Park to the radiating Chinese Lantern Festival, an array of pop-ups and events beckon you to get outside this season.

Numerous activities like roller skating at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and bike riding via Indego bike share also offer fun ways to enjoy the warmer weather, as do annual blockbuster festivals, like the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival, the South Street Spring Festival and the 9th Street Italian Market Festival.

There's always plenty to do indoors, too, and a whole breadth of exhibitions to keep you busy. From Picasso at The Barnes Foundation to Pixar at The Franklin Institute, the museum scene is thriving.

A wide array of food and drink festivals also invite you to celebrate the season, and we'll certainly cheers to that.

Be sure to check out all of the highlights below and start marking your calendar with all the fun this year has to offer!

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  • July 4th Fireworks
    in Philadelphia 2016

    Everything you need to know about the 10 p.m. fireworks show during July 4th celebration

    Celebrate 2014’s Independence Day with spectacular fireworks throughout Philadelphia.

    Monday, July 4, 2016
    Celebrate the Fourth of July in Philadelphia with a spectacular fireworks celebration at 10 p.m. on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

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  • 2016 Democratic National Convention

    Political world converges on Philadelphia in the summer of 2016

    The 2016 Democratic National Convention is coming to Philadelphia.

    July 25-28, 2016
    All eyes will be on Philadelphia in July 2016 as the city hosts the Democratic National Convention.

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  • Spruce Street Harbor Park

    The hammock-filled haven on the Delaware River

    Spruce Street Harbor Park is an outdoor summer oasis at Penn’s Landing.

    Now open
    Blockbuster waterfront attraction Spruce Street Harbor Park returns for its third year, bringing an ultimate hangout – and hammock-lounging – spot to the Delaware River Waterfront.

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  • Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

    Philadelphia’s first outdoor roller rink and a seasonal favorite at Penn’s Landing

    Summerfest will feature a roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events.

    Opens May 27, 2016
    Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is the home of warm-weather fun, with a roller rink, a boathouse-styled Lodge, a play area for kids, food and drink options and summer events.

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  • “Pershing’s Own” Concert at Penn’s Landing and Fireworks

    A U.S. Army Band performance on the Delaware River before a fireworks show

    Enjoy a rousing performance by the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” followed by a fireworks show.

    Saturday July 2, 2016
    Enjoy a patriotic concert followed by a massive, FREE fireworks show on the Delaware River waterfront on Saturday, July 2.

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  • Philadelphia Orchestra
    Free Neighborhood
    Concert Series & Fireworks

    Free performances from the world-renowned ensemble followed by a fireworks show

    Concerts at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing.

    Friday, July 1, 2016
    Take in a free performance by the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra at Penn’s Landing followed by a spectacular fireworks display on the Delaware River waterfront.

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  • The Science Behind Pixar
    at The Franklin Institute

    Experience a unique, first-time look into the science and technology behind Finding Nemo, Toy Story and more

    The Franklin Institute adds a new interactive exhibit to their long-standing register, this time exploring the processes behind Pixar.

    March 12 – September 5, 2016
    Experience a unique, first-time look into the science and technology behind Pixar’s beloved animated movies.

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  • PHS Pop Up Garden

    Two temporary outdoor escapes with food, beer and more

    The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s annual Pop Up Garden returns for its fourth year, transforming a forgotten outdoor area into a gorgeous, landscaped community space.

    Through September 30, 2016
    The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s annual Pop Up Gardens are back, transforming two outdoor areas into a gorgeous, landscaped community spaces.

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  • The Golden Age of King Midas
    at the Penn Museum

    Learn the legendary story of King Midas and his Golden Touch

    The Golden Age of King Midas at the Penn Museum gives guests a broad portrait of what life was like more than 2500 years ago in Ancient Egypt.

    February 13 – November 27, 2016
    The Penn Museum hosts a premiere, nine-month exhibition featuring the legendary “Golden Touch” King Midas and more than 120 objects found at the tomb of his father.

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  • Headed to the White House
    at the National Constitution Center

    From the campaign trail to Inauguration Day, learn about all aspects of a U.S. presidential election at this comprehensive exhibit

    The 160,000-square-foot National Constitution Center hosts a new exhibit coinciding with the upcoming 2016 presidential election.

    February 12 – November 8, 2016
    From the campaign trail to Inauguration Day, Headed to the White House educates visitors on all aspects surrounding U.S. presidential elections through a variety of interactive mediums.

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  • Dinosaurs Unearthed at the Academy of Natural Sciences

    Come face-to-face with lifelike, roaring, moving dinosaurs

    Dinosaurs Unearthed at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University allows museum-goers to embark on a multi-sensory adventure that involves moving, life-size animatronic versions of everyone’s favorite prehistoric creatures.

    Dinosaurs Unearthed at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University allows museum-goers to embark on a multi-sensory adventure that involves moving, life-size animatronic versions of everyone’s favorite prehistoric creatures.

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  • Bastille Day Festival
    at Eastern State Penitentiary

    Wigs are welcome at this day-long reenactment of the French Revolution

    Eastern State Penitentiary

    July 16, 2016
    Grab a pitchfork and storm the walls! Whether you’re a revolutionary or a royalist, there’s something for you in this celebration of all things French at Bastille Day at the Eastern State Penitentiary.

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  • Blobfest

    Celebrate the 50’s horror/sci-fi classic where it was filmed

    Every July, cult film fans flock to the historic Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville for Blobfest, a three-day horror extravaganza.

    July 8-10
    Every July, cult film fans flock to the historic Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville for Blobfest, a three-day horror extravaganza.

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  • Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival

    The 10th annual celebration of music in Powelton Village

    Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival.

    July 16
    Spend the day in West Philadelphia’s Powelton Village during the 10th annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival.

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  • Nari Ward: Sun Splashed at
    The Barnes Foundation

    An exhibition of more than 30 incredible found-object works

    A new special exhibition, <em>Nari Ward: Sun Splashed</em>, brings a collection of 30-plus contemporary sculpture and found-object works to The Barnes Foundation.

    June 24 – August 22, 2016
    Nari Ward: Sun Splashed brings a collection of 30-plus contemporary sculpture and found-object works to The Barnes Foundation in a stunning temporary installation.

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  • Summer Concert Series
    at Penn’s Landing

    Outdoor concerts on the Delaware River Waterfront all summer long

    All summer-long, Penn’s Landing is home to exciting live music on the Delaware River Waterfront.

    All summer long, Penn’s Landing is home to exciting live music on the Delaware River Waterfront.

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  • Screenings Under The Stars
    Summer Movie Series at
    Penn’s Landing

    A free movie series at Penn’s Landing in July and August

    Every Thursday night in July and August, a different film will be screened outdoors on a big screen at Penn’s Landing.

    Thursdays in July and August 2016
    Every Thursday night in July and August, a different film will be screened outdoors on a big screen at Penn’s Landing. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy a great summer treat!

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  • “Pershing’s Own” Concert at Penn’s Landing and Fireworks

    A U.S. Army Band performance on the Delaware River before a fireworks show

    Enjoy a rousing performance by the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” followed by a fireworks show.

    Saturday July 2, 2016
    Enjoy a patriotic concert followed by a massive, FREE fireworks show on the Delaware River waterfront on Saturday, July 2.

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  • July 4th Celebration of Freedom and Independence Day Parade

    Patriotic celebration in America’s birthplace

    The Philadelphia Independence Day Parade features dozens of floats, marching bands, antique cars and more than 5,000 marchers who begin at Independence Hall and wind through Philadelphia’s most historic streets. The parade is just one of a number of festivities in Historic Philadelphia on July 4th.

    Monday, July 4, 2016
    Independence Day in Philadelphia kicks off with a series of inspirational events in Historic Philadelphia including Celebration of Freedom and the Independence Day Parade.

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  • Wawa Welcome America!
    Historic Philadelphia Block Party

    Massive block party on Independence Mall to Independence Day

    Get ready for July 4th with the Liberty Block Party in Historic Philadelphia on July 3.

    Sunday, July 3, 2016
    The Wawa Welcome America! festival continues its week-long celebration of Independence Day with the Historic Philadelphia Block Party on Sunday, July 3.

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  • July 4th Fireworks
    in Philadelphia 2016

    Everything you need to know about the 10 p.m. fireworks show during July 4th celebration

    Celebrate 2014’s Independence Day with spectacular fireworks throughout Philadelphia.

    Monday, July 4, 2016
    Celebrate the Fourth of July in Philadelphia with a spectacular fireworks celebration at 10 p.m. on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

    View More
  • Philadelphia Orchestra
    Free Neighborhood
    Concert Series & Fireworks

    Free performances from the world-renowned ensemble followed by a fireworks show

    Concerts at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing.

    Friday, July 1, 2016
    Take in a free performance by the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra at Penn’s Landing followed by a spectacular fireworks display on the Delaware River waterfront.

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  • Philly @ The Movies:
    Rocky at the
    Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Free screening of iconic film at its famous location

    “Rocky” screening on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

    Wednesday, June 29, 2016
    An annual summer tradition, grab a seat on the famous steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a free screening of the iconic Philadelphia-film Rocky during Philly @ The Movies.

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  • Wawa Hoagie Day

    Celebrate Wawa Welcome America! with 5 tons of hoagies

    The crowd enjoys free hoagies during Wawa Hoagie Day.

    Thursday, June 30, 2016
    One of the tastier events taking place during the Wawa Welcome America! festival, the 24th annual Wawa Hoagie Day features 5 tons of hoagies and plenty of happy, hungry visitors.

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  • Philly POPS! On Independence 2016

    FREE patriotic concert in front of Independence Hall

    The Philly POPS! at Independence Hall.

    Sunday, July 3, 2016
    The Philly Pops! return to celebrate America’s birthday with POPS! On Independence, a FREE patriotic concert at Independence Hall.

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