July 4th Celebration of Freedom and Independence Day Parade
Patriotic celebration in America’s birthplace
NOTE: Stay Tuned For Info On July 4th 2016
The information below is for 2015 events. Check back in late May 2016 for more info about Philadelphia’s annual July 4th celebration.
Saturday, July 4, 2015
10 a.m. – 2 p.m
Parade starts at 5th and Chestnut Streets; turns right onto 9th Street towards Market Street; travels east on Market to Front Street; comes to an end at Front and Chestnut Streets.
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.
Independence Day in Philadelphia kicks-off with a series of inspirational events in Historic Philadelphia including Celebration of Freedom and the Independence Day Parade featuring thousands of participants from around the country.
The Philadelphia Independence Day Parade features dozens of floats, marching bands, antique cars and more than 6,000 participants 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.
Saturday, July 4, 2015 in Philadelphia: Events and Fireworks
- 10-11 a.m.: Celebration of Freedom Ceremony (see below)
- 11 a.m.-1 p.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
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. This year’s ceremony commemorates the 50th anniversary of the first major LGBTQ protest in the United States, the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 50th anniversary of the Immigration & Nationality Act of 1965, and the 150th anniversary of the addition of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Welcome new American citizens during the morning events during a special naturalization ceremony.
Independence Day Parade
Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Parade starts at 6th and Chestnut Streets
More than 6,000 participants will take to the streets of Historic Philadelphia for a patriotic and colorful parade featuring marching bands, floats, military members and and a special appearance from Miss America 2015. Marching through the nation’s most historic square mile, the 1.2 mile parade will march down Chestnut Street to 9th Street, go right on 9th to Market Street,continue east on Market to Front Street before ending at Front and Chestnut Streets.
Let Freedom Ring
Time: 1-2 p.m.
Location: Independence National Historical Park
Descendants 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.
Guide to July 4th in Philadelphia
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In the neighborhood
401 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106
- Best Western Plus: Independence Park Hotel
- Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District
- Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel
- Hotel Monaco Philadelphia
- Holiday Inn Express
- Penn’s View Hotel
- Hilton Philadelphia
at Penn’s Landing
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Museums & Attractions
315 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106
- Constitution Day
- The Bishop White House
- National Constitution Center
- Elfreth’s Alley
- Painted Bride Art Center
- Independence National Historical Park
- First Person Arts Festival
- Arden Theatre Company
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Restaurants & Dining