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Wawa Welcome America! Party on the Parkway, July 4th Concert and Fireworks

The exciting end to Philadelphia’s celebration of America’s birthday

A band performs on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway during the Party on the Parkway in Philadelphia

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway hosts one of the largest free concerts in the country on July 4th. Credit: J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia


July 4, 2017


Celebrate America’s birthday in America’s birthplace: Philadelphia!

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway hosts one of the largest free celebrations in the country on July 4th with great food, fun and entertainment all day long. It all leads up to the incredible Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert (7 p.m.) and July 4th Fireworks (9:30 p.m.) at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Party on the Parkway

Time: 12-7 p.m.
Location: Benjamin Franklin Parkway

All of Philadelphia comes together for one giant romp during the Party on the Parkway, bringing five blocks of free entertainment, including a Zipline, outdoor games and an arts and crafts area. The day also features musical performances, dancing, children’s activities, food and cultural events that celebrate the city’s many neighborhoods and nationalities.

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Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert

Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with one of the largest free outdoor concerts in the country.

Headlining will be Mary J. Blige, named one of the greatest women in music by the likes of Rolling Stone and Billboard.

The Parkway stage will also welcome the Philly POPS Big Band, jazz singer Tony DeSare and Broadway star Mandy Gonzalez who has performed in Hamilton, In The Heights and Wicked.

Plus, Boyz II Men will make an appearance as they are honored for their impressive career.

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Wawa Welcome America July 4th Fireworks

Time: Estimated to begin around 9:30 p.m. (immediately following concert)
Location: Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Showcasing patriotism and important moments in our nation’s history, the Wawa Welcome America July 4th Fireworks will take revelers on a 241-year journey from July 4, 1776 to July 4, 2017.

Accompanied by a powerful soundtrack that combines rousing musical works and powerful quotes, this fireworks display will light up the skies over the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art for the grandest of grand finales.

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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, all-ages events and more happening over the week of July 4th, click the button below.

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Getting There: Street Closures, Public Transit & Parking

Street Closures

Many streets will be closed for July 4th celebrations in Philadelphia. Click the button below for more info on the city of Philadelphia’s official July 4th page.

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Public Transit

City officials urge the public to either walk to nearby events or take public transportation into and out of Center City for events on July 4. Click the button below for more info from SEPTA regarding public transportation in Philadelphia on Independence Day.

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Parking Information

For-pay parking lots and garages are conveniently located on or near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Click the button below for more info.

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Where to Watch the Fireworks on July 4th

The fireworks finale at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is sure to draw a massive crowd, so be sure to stake your spot out early. Check out our interactive guide or continue reading for a few of our favorite spots to catch the show:

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Benjamin Franklin Parkway: You can stake out a spot anywhere along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from Logan Circle to Eakins Oval. The entire street is shut down in honor of the celebration. Tip: try to grab a spot at the baseball fields at 22nd and the Parkway.

Paine’s Park: A gorgeous skatepark and recreation space off the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Paine’s Park is directly in the shadow of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, offering spectacular views of the July 4th Grand Finale.

Martin Luther King Drive: This is another great place, right across the the Schuylkill River from gorgeously lit Boathouse Row. Anyone driving in from the suburbs will find it convenient to settle in along here for the evening.

Schuylkill River Park: There’s lots of grass along the banks for comfortable viewing, with a beautiful view of the Art Museum. It’s a super convenient spot for Center City residents, since it’s accessible via the Walnut Street Bridge, Race Street crossing and other connectors.

Lemon Hill in Fairmount Park: There’s a a gorgeous mansion, and lots of space to set up your lawnchairs. One advantage of this site is the elevation. Bring a BBQ!

Kelly Drive: There are many places along the river with great views of the display, including Boathouse Row and the open field at the intersection of Kelly Drive and Sedgley Drive.

Belmont Plateau: Part of Fairmount Park in West Philadelphia, the elevated fields at Belmont Plateau should have plenty of space to spread out and enjoy the fireworks from a distance.

Embassy Suites Philadelphia: Located seven blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art straight down the Parkway, the Embassy Suites hotel offers a fantastic view of the fireworks. Staycation perhaps?

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