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July 4th Celebration of Freedom and Independence Day Parade

Patriotic celebration in America’s birthplace

Celebration of Freedom and Independence Day Parade in Historic Philadelphia

The 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. Credit: G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Description

Date:
Saturday, July 4, 2015
10 a.m. – 2 p.m

Parade Route:
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.

Overview

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.



HOUR-BY-HOUR BREAKDOWN

Saturday, July 4, 2015 in Philadelphia: Events and Fireworks


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
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.

PLEASE NOTE: All events are scheduled rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, follow @July4thPhilly on Twitter and Wawa Welcome America on Facebook for up-to-the-minute information.


Guide to July 4th in Philadelphia

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Details

Parade begins at 5th and Chestnut Streets
Ends at Front and Market Streets
Philadelphia, PA
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