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

This time of year, Philly might as well be renamed the City of Summery Love. Over the next few months, the city heats up with outdoor concerts and festivals, exhibitions, spectacular celebrations and one of the best July 4th celebrations in the country.

Whether you’re looking to dance your heart out at the Made in America Festival, explore the great food trucks and vendors of Philadelphia at one of the numerous Night Markets or take in one of the grand fireworks shows over the Fourth of July, events of all kinds are ready pack your summer calendar with fun.

Get ready for epic outdoor hangs at places like Spruce Street Harbor Park and Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and at events like the 2nd Street Festival and Philly's free outdoor movie screenings.

Plus, plenty of awesome art exhibitions open this summer, too, for when you need a place to chill out indoors, and events like University City Dining Days, invite you inside to dine on delicious deals.

Read on for all of our top picks this summer in the City of Brotherly Love.

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  • Wawa Welcome America! Party on the Parkway, July 4th Concert and Fireworks

    The exciting end to Philadelphia’s celebration of America’s birthday

    July 4th in Philadelphia

    Tuesday, July 4, 2017
    The Benjamin Franklin Parkway hosts one of the largest free concerts in the country on July 4th with great food, fun and entertainment all day long followed by an amazing fireworks show over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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  • July 4th Fireworks
    in Philadelphia 2017

    Everything you need to know about the 9:30 p.m. fireworks shows during July 4th celebrations

    Celebrate Independence Day with spectacular fireworks throughout Philadelphia.

    Tuesday, July 4, 2017
    Celebrate the Fourth of July in Philadelphia with spectacular fireworks celebrations at 9:30 p.m.

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  • Wawa Hoagie Day

    Celebrate Wawa Welcome America! with 5 tons of hoagies

    Wawa Hoagie Day draws thousands of people to Independence Mall.

    Thursday, June 29, 2017
    One of the tastier events taking place during the Wawa Welcome America! festival, the 25th annual Wawa Hoagie Day features 6 tons of hoagies and plenty of happy, hungry visitors.

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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 1, 2017
    Enjoy a patriotic concert followed by a massive, FREE fireworks show on the Delaware River waterfront on Saturday, July 1.

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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.

    May 12 – October 1, 2017
    Blockbuster waterfront attraction Spruce Street Harbor Park returns for its fourth year, bringing an ultimate hangout – and hammock-lounging – spot to the Delaware River Waterfront.

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  • Museum of the American Revolution

    An expansive collection of art and artifacts from the nation’s Revolutionary Period

    A new museum in the heart of Philadelphia’s Historic District, the Museum of American Revolution brings an expansive collection of art and artifacts from the nation’s Revolutionary Period

    The Museum of the American Revolution lays just steps from Independence Hall and in the heart of a city that served as the headquarters for the Revolution. Through immersive exhibitions and priceless artifacts, the museum traces the evolution of the colonies from the earliest days of unrest through a legendary war and the improbable victory that led to a new nation. Highlights include General Washington’s original headquarters tent, Revolutionary War weapons, centuries-old military documents and hundreds of other authentic objects.

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  • Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

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

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

    Through September 3, 2017
    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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  • Philadelphia’s Historic District Block Party

    Massive block party on Independence Mall

    Get ready for July 4th with Philadelphia’s Historic District Block Party on July 3.

    Monday, July 3, 2017
    The Wawa Welcome America! festival continues its week-long celebration of Independence Day with Philadelphia’s Historic District Block Party on Monday, July 3.

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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.

    May through October 2017
    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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  • Center City District Sips

    Happiest hours all summer long

    Independence Beer Garden is just one of the many bars and restaurants participating in Center City Sips.

    June 7 – August 30, 2017
    Happy hour is more joyful in the summer thanks to Center City District Sips, when dozens and dozens of bars and restaurants offer discounted drinks and appetizers every Wednesday evening.

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  • July 4th Celebration of Freedom and The United States of America’s 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.

    Tuesday, July 4, 2017
    Independence Day in Philadelphia kicks off with a series of inspirational events in Philadelphia’s Historic District including Celebration of Freedom and the The United States of America’s Independence Day Parade.

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  • July 4th Fireworks
    in Philadelphia 2017

    Everything you need to know about the 9:30 p.m. fireworks shows during July 4th celebrations

    Celebrate Independence Day with spectacular fireworks throughout Philadelphia.

    Tuesday, July 4, 2017
    Celebrate the Fourth of July in Philadelphia with spectacular fireworks celebrations at 9:30 p.m.

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  • Philadelphia Orchestra
    Free Neighborhood
    Concert Series & Fireworks

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

    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.

    Friday, June 30, 2017
    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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  • Philadelphia’s Historic District Block Party

    Massive block party on Independence Mall

    Get ready for July 4th with Philadelphia’s Historic District Block Party on July 3.

    Monday, July 3, 2017
    The Wawa Welcome America! festival continues its week-long celebration of Independence Day with Philadelphia’s Historic District Block Party on Monday, July 3.

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  • Wawa Welcome America –
    Philly @ the Movies

    Free screening of iconic film at its famous location

    Enjoy free movie screenings as part of Wawa Welcome America in the days leading up to July 4th.

    June 29 – July 3, 2017
    An annual summer tradition, the Wawa Welcome America! festival brings five awesome free movie screenings to Philly leading up to July 4th.

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  • Center City District Sips

    Happiest hours all summer long

    Independence Beer Garden is just one of the many bars and restaurants participating in Center City Sips.

    June 7 – August 30, 2017
    Happy hour is more joyful in the summer thanks to Center City District Sips, when dozens and dozens of bars and restaurants offer discounted drinks and appetizers every Wednesday evening.

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  • East Passyunk Car Show
    & Street Festival

    South Philly, start your engines

    The East Passyunk Car Show & Street Festivalbrings together revelers, food, music and classic American muscle cars.

    July 30, 2017
    A true shoutout to South Philly’s sock-hoppin’ heritage, this annual fam-friendly summer event brings together revelers, food, music and some of the hottest classic American cars you’ve ever seen.

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  • XPoNential Music Festival

    Three amazing days filled with music from both local and national performers

    Experience three amazing days of great music and family fun during the annual XPoNential Music Festival on the Camden Riverfront.

    July 28-30, 2017
    Experience three amazing days of great music and family fun at the annual XPoNential Music Festival on the Camden Riverfront. Produced by WXPN, the musical extravaganza features performances by 30 local and national artists on three stages.

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  • 2nd Street Festival

    Super-sized block party in Northern Liberties

    Every August, thousands pack a six-block stretch of North 2nd Street between Germantown Avenue and Spring Garden for a day of music, food, beer gardens, art, workshops and vendors of all kinds.

    August 6, 2017
    Every August, thousands pack a six-block stretch of North 2nd Street for a day of music, food, beer gardens, art, workshops and vendors of all kinds.

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  • BlackStar Film Festival

    Showcase of innovative and genre-defying cinema

    The BlackStar Film Festival is a four-day celebration showcasing artistically innovative and genre-defying films by and about the global black experience.

    August 3-6, 2017
    Now in its sixth year, the BlackStar Film Festival is a four-day celebration showcasing artistically innovative and genre-defying films by and about the global black experience.

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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 15, 2017
    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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  • University City Dining Days

    Enjoy a three-course dinner at top restaurants in West Philly from $15-35 per person

    Distrito

    July 13-23, 2017
    Dining Days returns to University City for its 13th year of fantastic, prix-fixe, three-course dinners at the top eating destinations in the neighborhood.

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  • Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival

    An annual celebration of music in Powelton Village

    Spend the day in West Philadelphia’s Powelton Village during the 11th annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival.

    Saturday, July 15, 2017
    Spend the day in West Philadelphia’s Powelton Village during the 11th annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival.

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  • Clark Park Music and Arts Festival

    A free community celebration in West Philadelphia

    Celebrate local music and the arts during the Clark Park Music and Arts Festival.

    July 15, 2017
    A West Philadelphia tradition for more than 40 years, the Clark Park Music and Arts Festival is a free, day-long community celebration held every summer and fall.

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  • Bloomsday in Philadelphia

    A weeklong celebration of James Joyce’s Ulysses

    On June 16, the world celebrates James Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses with a special holiday coined Bloomsday.

    Spring 2017 (TBA)
    Celebrate Leopold Bloom’s fictional journey through the streets of Dublin, as imagined in James Joyce’s novel, Ulysses, during the Rosenbach Museum’s Bloomsday celebration.

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