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July 4th in Philadelphia

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Celebrate Independence Day in America's Birthplace! Philadelphia, the birthplace of independence, is celebrating the Fourth of July in a big way.

From the start of the annual Wawa Welcome America! festival on June 28 to the Independence National Historical Park Service’s reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 8, events celebrating America’s birthday will light up the streets, the skies and the stages from the waterfront at Penn’s Landing to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on the other side of town.

Find the best fireworks watching spots, free concerts and patriotic events with our complete guide to July 4th in Philadelphia

Happy 4th of July from Historic Philadelphia: Is there a better way to celebrate our nation’s birthday than with a little Happy from Historic Philadelphia? Join Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross and the townsfolk of Colonial Philadelphia as they celebrate Independence Day. Watch the video here.

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  • SugarHouse Casino Philadelphia

    Fun and games on the Delaware River

    SugarHouse Casino on the Delaware River

    SugarHouse Casino, the first casino in the City of Philadelphia, is conveniently located on the picturesque Delaware River waterfront.

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  • Parx Casino

    One of the largest and most impressive gaming facilities in Pennsylvania

    Outside Parx Casino in Bensalem

    Conveniently located 20 minutes north of center city Philadelphia, Parx Casino™ in Bensalem is a 260,000 square foot gaming and entertainment destination. Parx Casino™ features over 160,000 square feet of some gaming, offering a little something for everyone. When hunger strikes, there are also several delicious and affordable dining and entertainment options including: Parx Grill, an upscale signature steakhouse, or Philly favorite Chickie’s & Pete’s®.

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  • Harrah’s Chester Casino and Racetrack

    Great gaming is just a few minutes south of Philadelphia off I-95

    An exterior view of Harrah’s Chester Casino

    Located just south of the Philadelphia International Airport, Harrah’s Chester Casino and Racetrack is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Along with horseracing, Harrah’s Chester features 100,000-square-feet of gaming, including more than 2,900 slot machines and live table games.

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  • Old City Restaurant Week

    July 20-27: First ever restaurant week for the historic neighborhood

    Dine at 28 participating restaurants during the first ever Old City Restaurant Week.

    Discover the fantastic restaurants in one of Philadelphia’s historic neighborhoods during the first ever Old City Restaurant Week.

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  • Making A Classic Modern:
    Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for
    the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Learn more about the major renovation and expansion the for city’s iconic structure

    Explore the scope of architect Frank Gehry’s ambitious, multi-phase project that will see both major and minor enhancements to the interior and exterior of the Philadelphia Museum of Art over the next decade.

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  • Made In America Music Festival

    Labor Day weekend festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway returns

    The crowd at Made In America.

    The Budweiser Made In America Festival is a massive musical celebration that takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day weekend.

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  • BlackStar Film Festival

    Showcase of innovative and genre-defying cinema

    The BlackStar Film Festival is a four-day celebration showcasing artistically innovative and genre-defying films by and about the global black experience.

    Now in its third year, the BlackStar Film Festival is a four-day celebration showcasing artistically innovative and genre-defying films by and about the global black experience.

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  • Night Out Restaurant Week

    10 days of three-course, prix-fixe lunches and dinners

    Fourteen restaurants will offer exciting lunch and dinner specials as part of the brand-new “Night Out Restaurant Week.”

    From Friday, Aug. 1 to Sunday, Aug. 10, 14 restaurants in Fishtown, Northern Liberties and Penn’s Landing will offer exciting lunch and dinner specials as part of the brand-new “Night Out Restaurant Week.”

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  • Philadelphia Zoo Summer Ale Festival

    An evening of craft beer, food and fun at the zoo

    Sample more than 40 local beers at the Philadelphia Zoo Summer Ale Festival.

    Once-a-year, the Philadelphia Zoo opens its gates after-hours for an adults-only celebration featuring local beer, live music and delicious food.

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  • Franklin Flea

    A Philadelphia-centric market offering vintage and antique wares

    Franklin Flea recently returned for its 2014 season.

    The Philadelphia-centric Franklin Flea market supplies Philadelphia shoppers with its curated selection of vintage and antique wares every week for months to come.

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  • 2nd Street Festival

    Super-sized block party in Northern Liberties

    Every August, thousands pack a seven-block stretch of North 2nd Street between Germantown Avenue and Spring Garden for a day of music, food, beer gardens, art, workshops and vendors of all kinds.

    Every August, thousands pack a seven-block stretch of North 2nd Street for a day of music, food, beer gardens, art, workshops and vendors of all kinds.

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  • East Passyunk Car Show
    & Street Festival

    South Philly, start your engines

    The East Passyunk Car Show & Street Festivalbrings together revelers, food, music and classic American muscle cars.

    A true shoutout to South Philly’s sock-hoppin’ heritage, this annual fam-friendly summer event brings together revelers, food, music and some of the hottest classic American cars you’ve ever seen.

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  • Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off

    A hot summer festival focusing on a summer classic

    The Shambles at Headhouse Square house a hot summer festival focused on the summer classic — hot dogs — on Saturday, July 19.

    Twenty of the area’s top restaurants and food trucks compete for the title of Top Grill Master during the Third Annual Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off. And the medium of choice: hot dogs.

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