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A free, seven-hour-long, main street-style celebration on Independence Mall

Philadelphia's Historic District Block Party

The Philadelphia's Historic District Block Party is free, seven-hour-long, main street-style celebration back for its second year. Credit: J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia


Monday, July 3, 2017
Noon-7 p.m.


The Wawa Welcome America! festival continues its week-long celebration of Independence Day with the Historic Philadelphia Block Party on Monday, July 3, taking place from 12-7 p.m.

The FREE outdoor festival features three stages to showcase an array of artists including a Dixieland band, barbershop quartet and actors reciting portions of historical speeches, and the Kimmel Center will present a star-studded sneak peak at the 2017-2018 Broadway Philadelphia season featuring performances from popular shows.

The festivities will also fill the streets with food vendors, various live entertainment, kids’ games (wheelbarrow races, bubble blowing and more) and activities for all ages.

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Activities at Philadelphia's Historic District Block Party

From arts and crafts to lawn games to live music, there is plenty to partake in during Philadelphia's Historic District Block Party. A variety of food trucks will also be onsite, with artists interspersed between the trucks selling everything from jewelry to clothing to paintings.

At the center of Philadelphia's Historic District Block Party are three different stages, hosting performers of every sort to create a day of nonstop live entertainment. Check out the full schedule of activities below.

Freedom of Speech Stage:

  • 12 p.m.: Independence Show by the National Constitution Center
  • 12:45 p.m.: Walt Whitman poetry reading
  • 1:30 p.m.: Storytelling session
  • 2:15 p.m.: Reading by Benjamin Franklin
  • 2:40 p.m.: Reading by Richard Allen
  • 3 p.m.: Reading by Benjamin Franklin
  • 3:40 p.m.: Storytelling session
  • 4:10 p.m.: John F. Kennedy’s first inaugural speech
  • 4:50 p.m.: Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death Speech
  • 5:25 p.m.: Susan B. Anthony speech
  • 5:55 p.m.: Gettysburg Address

  • Freedom of Expression Stage:

  • 12 p.m.: Watercolor demo – James Claypoole
  • 1:15 p.m.: Acrylic demo – Leane Abbott
  • 2:30 p.m.: Caricature demo – Barbara Thornton
  • 3:45 p.m.: Clay wheel demo – Philadelphia Clay Studio
  • 4:30 p.m.: Acrylic and spray paint demo – Alloyius McIlwaine
  • 5:45 p.m.: Oil painting demo – D’nae Harrison

  • Freedom of Music Stage:

  • 12 p.m.: 78th Army Band
  • 1 p.m.: Project Soundbird
  • 1:55 p.m: Broad Street Beat
  • 2:25 p.m.: Distinction Barber Shop Quartet
  • 3 p.m.: Six String Soldiers
  • 4 p.m.: The Beat Tells
  • 5 p.m.: Broadway Philadelphia on Independence Mall

  • Additional Activity Times:

  • 12-4 p.m.: Robot demo
  • 1-5 p.m.: Lawn Games
  • 1:30-3 p.m.: Drumming performance and demo
  • 2-4 p.m.: Hula hooping demo and contest
  • 4 p.m.: Giant flag folding


    Be sure to check out VISIT PHILADELPHIA's photo booth!

    Simply upload a picture of your experience at the block party to your Instagram or Twitter account using the hashtag #historicphilly and then stop by the Visit Philly photo booth, which will print free copies of your hashtagged photos!

    Kimmel Center Broadway Ticket Sweepstakes

    We have an awesome opportunity for you to score two free subscriptions to the 2017/18 Broadway Philadelphia series. That’s right: You can win two tickets to seven incredible Broadway Philadelphia shows, including Finding Neverland, The Color Purple, Waitress, Something Rotten, School of Rock, On Your Feet and Aladdin.

    The prize is valued at $1,230 (!) and is a great way to check out Philadelphia’s stellar theater scene. Tickets for each of the seven shows will be available for Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday nights at price level two.

    Click here for the official contest rules. The contest runs from Wednesday, June 21 through Friday, July 7 at 5 p.m. There will be one winner of the contest. Enter the contest via the form below.

    You can also enter the contest in person during Philadelphia’s Historic District Block Party. Block party guests can watch a free, 90-minute show featuring a number of Broadway singers and dancers and enter to win the contest. Plus, the festival event gives guests a sneak peek of the 2017/18 Broadway Philadelphia season.

    Enter the contest via the form below by Friday, July 7 at 5 p.m.

    Fill out my online form.

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    Social Media Accounts to Follow for July 4th Updates

    Most events happening during July 4th in Philadelphia are rain or shine, but for inclement weather and last minute updates, follow @July4thPhilly and @philly311 on Twitter and Wawa Welcome America on Facebook.

    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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