Wawa Welcome America!
Historic Philadelphia Block Party
Massive block party on Independence Mall to Independence Day
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, taking place from 1-8 p.m.
The party enables you to begin your July 4th festivities a day early with a block party held on 5th and 6th Streets between Market and Chestnut streets.
The FREE outdoor festival features food vendors, two stages and crowds of July 4th revelers.
Look out for popular food trucks as well as eats from Wawa, Tastykake and more. Guests should bring cash (not all of the trucks accept credit cards) and keep an eye out (and an appetite for) trucks like Chewy’s Philly, the Cow and the Curd, Nomad Pizza, Oink and Moo BBQ, The Happy Pita, Unique Greek, Waffle Truck, Curbside Creamery and more.
Beyond, food, live entertainment will fill Old City on two stages — the Freedom Stage and the Independence Stage. Each stage will welcome musicians ranging from jazz groups like the 3.5 jazz band to Latin duo the SiAngie Twins. Additional performers include The Beat Tells (a Beatles cover group), teen Arden (Arden Theatre’s group of teen singers), Roger Lee Dancers (a modern dance troupe) and DJ Flex.
The full list of performers is available here.
Throughout the festival and in a kid’s zone area, pint-sized guests will be thoroughly entertained with everything from a balloon artist and face painters to colonial re-enactors and kid-friendly performers. Plus, local artists and crafters will sell jewelry, clothing, photography, historic Philadelphia-themed goods and more.
Click the button below for more information on the Historic Philadelphia Block Party.
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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