July 4th Celebration of Freedom and Independence Day Parade
Patriotic celebration in America’s birthplace with Vice President Joe Biden
July 4, 2014
10 a.m. – 2 p.m
Details: Parade starts at 5th and Chestnut Streets; ends at Front and Market Streets.
July 4, 2014 in Philadelphia: Events and Fireworks
- 10-11 a.m.: Celebration of Freedom Ceremony (see below)
- 11 a.m.: Independence Day Parade (see below)
- Noon-7 p.m.: Party on the Parkway
- 7-10:30 p.m.: Philly 4th of July Jam
- Approximately 10:30 p.m.: July 4th Grand Finale Fireworks over the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Every Independence Day celebration needs a parade. 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.
July 4th Festivities in Historic Philadelphia
Celebration of Freedom Ceremony
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Location: 6th and Chestnut Streets
Pay tribute to the history of our great nation at Independence Hall with a patriotic and inspiring morning of music, a reading of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence and remarks from Mayor Michael Nutter, Martin Luther King III and more. This year’s ceremony recognizes the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board Supreme Court decision.
Vice President Joe Biden To Join Festivities
The latest news from Independence Hall: Vice President Joe Biden will be making the trip for Washington DC to deliver remarks during the Celebration of Freedom.
Independence Day Parade
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Parade starts at 6th and Chestnut Streets
More than 5,000 participants will take to the streets of Historic Philadelphia for a patriotic and colorful parade featuring marching bands, floats, military members and more.
Let Freedom Ring
Time: 1-2 p.m.
Location: Independence National Historical Park
Descendents of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence and Pennsylvania Society’s Sons of the Revolution take part in this special event in the shadow of Independence Hall. The morning celebration concludes with symbolic tapping of the Liberty Bell at 2 p.m.
America’s Birthday Party with Betsy Ross and Termini Bros. Bakery
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Independence Visitor Center
The Independence Visitor Center is hosting a sweet celebration for America’s Birthday with Termini Brothers Bakery. Join Betsy Ross for the unveiling of the world’s largest (and tastiest) American Flag made of cupcakes, which you’ll then get to taste for free.
Guide to July 4th in Philadelphia
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In the neighborhood
201 S. Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19106
- Omni at Independence Park
- Penn’s View Hotel
- The Morris House Hotel
- Best Western Independence Park Hotel
- Hotel Monaco Philadelphia
- Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District
- Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel
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Museums & Attractions
525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
- Independence Visitor Center
- American Philosophical Society Museum
- Constitution Day
- The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia
- The Powel House
- Seaport Parade of Lights
- Arden Theatre Company
- The Bourse
- Benjamin Franklin Museum
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Restaurants & Dining