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  • “Pershing’s Own” Concert at Penn’s Landing and Fireworks

    A U.S. Army Band performance on the Delaware River before a fireworks show

    Enjoy a rousing performance by the U.S. Army Band

    Saturday July 1, 2017
    Enjoy a patriotic concert followed by a massive, FREE fireworks show on the Delaware River waterfront on Saturday, July 1.

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  • 2017 Fringe Festival

    City-wide celebration of though-provoking progressive performing arts

    September 7-23, 2017
    For fans of new and experimental theater, the Fringe Festival presented by FringeArts features hundreds of must-see performances each September.

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  • Headed to the White House
    at the National Constitution Center

    From the campaign trail to Inauguration Day, learn about all aspects of a U.S. presidential election at this comprehensive exhibit

    The 160,000-square-foot National Constitution Center hosts a new exhibit coinciding with the upcoming 2016 presidential election.

    February 12 – December 31, 2016
    From the campaign trail to Inauguration Day, Headed to the White House educates visitors on all aspects surrounding U.S. presidential elections through a variety of interactive mediums.

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  • Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography Of Jacques Lowe at the National Constitution Center

    Intimate images of the Kennedy family

    Photojournalist Jacques Lowe was President John F. Kennedy’s personal photographer, and this remarkable exhibition of photographs offers a rarely seen look at President Kennedy, his wife, Jacqueline, and their children.

    Open through September 7
    This February, one of American history’s most compelling figures will be explored in the exhibition Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe, a collection of rarely seen photographs of President Kennedy, his wife and their children.

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  • Constitution Day

    Celebrate with special events and free admission to the Constitution Center

    Admission to the National Constitution Center is free on Constitution Day.

    Saturday, September 17, 2016
    Constitution Day, held at the Constitution Center in Old City, features special events, educational activities, timely constitutional conversations with federal judges and an inspiring naturalization ceremony.

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  • Equality Forum

    The global LGBT event returns to Philadelphia for its 22nd anniversary

    SundayOut! at the Piazza at Schmidts in 2013

    The global LGBT event returns to Philadelphia, featuring four days of panel discussions and special events focused on promoting LGBT equality.

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  • Fete Day Celebration at Elfreth’s Alley

    Residents on America’s oldest street open their doors for one day only

    Elfreth's Alley, the nation's oldest residental street.

    Saturday, June 3, 2017
    Get a rare glimpse into a dozen 18th-century private homes of residents on America’s oldest street during Fete Day on Elfreth’s Alley.

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  • Franklin Square Holiday Festival & Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show

    Brilliant bright display inspired by the imagination of Benjamin Franklin

    Winter nights are joyfully brighter this holiday season with Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show at Franklin Square.

    November 10-December 31, 2016 (except Thanksgiving and Christmas)
    Festive lights, winter treats and holiday cheer will fill historic Franklin Square all season long for its all-ages (and completely free!) holiday festival and light show.

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  • Independence After Hours

    A sneak peek at Philadelphia’s history

    The Independence After Hours tour through Historic Philadelphia is filled with Colonial characters and gives an exclusive opportunity to explore inside of Independence Hall at night.

    May – October, 2017 (Select dates)
    Prepare yourself for a V.I.P. night…Colonial style! Enjoy a delicious, three-course meal at historic City Tavern before heading out on an evening of adventure at Independence Hall.

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  • Independence Beer Garden

    Cold beer and tasty food steps from Independence Mall

    Independence Beer Garden is a massive new outdoor retreat in Philadelphia's most historic neighborhood.

    Now Open
    Independence Beer Garden is an outdoor retreat overlooking the Liberty Bell Center and Independence National Historical Park that supplies America’s most historic square mile with a destination for casual alfresco eating, drinking and playing.

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  • July 4th Celebration of Freedom and Independence Day Parade

    Patriotic celebration in America’s birthplace

    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.

    Monday, July 4, 2016
    Independence Day in Philadelphia kicks off with a series of inspirational events in Historic Philadelphia including Celebration of Freedom and the Independence Day Parade.

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  • Museum of the American Revolution

    An expansive collection of art and artifacts from the nation’s Revolutionary Period

    A new museum in the heart of Philadelphia's Historic District, the Museum of American Revolution brings an expansive collection of art and artifacts from the nation's Revolutionary Period

    The Museum of the American Revolution lays just steps from Independence Hall and in the heart of a city that served as the headquarters for the Revolution. Through immersive exhibitions and priceless artifacts, the museum traces the evolution of the colonies from the earliest days of unrest through a legendary war and the improbable victory that led to a new nation. Highlights include General Washington’s original headquarters tent, Revolutionary War weapons, centuries-old military documents and hundreds of other authentic objects.

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  • New Year’s Eve Fireworks In Philadelphia for 2016/2017

    Ring in the New Year with two fireworks shows on the Delaware River Waterfront

    Philadelphia will ring in 2017 not once but two times during the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront.

    December 31, 2016 – January 1, 2017
    Philadelphia will ring in 2017 not once but two times during the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront.

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  • Once Upon a Nation
    Storytelling Benches

    History that speaks to you

    A storytelling bench in Historic Philadelphia

    May 27 – September 4, 2017 (select days)
    Discover the true stories scattered throughout Philadelphia’s Historic District in the places they actually happened with Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches.

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  • Opera on the Mall

    Free, outdoor performance screening on Indepedence Mall by Opera Philadelphia

    Join fellow opera lovers for a free, broadcast performance on Independence Mall.

    October 2, 2016
    Now in it’s sixth year, Opera on the Mall is a free, big-screen HD broadcast performance from Opera Philadelphia in front of Independence Hall.

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  • Parade of Lights

    A holiday lighting celebration unlike any other in town

    The Parade of Lights features both pleasure boats and working vessels decked out in fabulous decorations and lights.

    December 10, 2016
    The Parade of Lights features both pleasure boats and working vessels decked out in fabulous decorations and lights. Before the parade, head to the Independence Seaport Museum, which is hosting the parade, for holiday activities and festivities.

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  • Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

    The festival returns to Philadelphia for year two

    One of last year's most popular lanterns, the 200-foot Chinese dragon returns with a newly rebuilt facade.

    May 9 – June 11, 2017
    Look forward to a 200-foot glowing dragon, brand-new lanterns, a nightly beer garden and more at the return of the Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square.

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  • Philadelphia Orchestra
    Free Neighborhood
    Concert Series & Fireworks

    Free performances from the world-renowned ensemble followed by a fireworks show

    Concerts at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing.

    Friday, June 30, 2017
    Take in a free performance by the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra at Penn’s Landing followed by a spectacular fireworks display on the Delaware River waterfront.

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  • Philly POPS! On Independence 2016

    FREE patriotic concert in front of Independence Hall

    The Philly POPS! at Independence Hall.

    Sunday, July 3, 2016
    The Philly Pops! return to celebrate America’s birthday with POPS! On Independence, a FREE patriotic concert at Independence Hall.

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  • Screenings Under The Stars
    Summer Movie Series at
    Penn’s Landing

    A free movie series at Penn’s Landing in July and August

    Every Thursday night in July and August, a different film will be screened outdoors on a big screen at Penn's Landing.

    Thursdays in July and August 2016
    Every Thursday night in July and August, a different film will be screened outdoors on a big screen at Penn’s Landing. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy a great summer treat!

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  • Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello

    A complex chapter in American history examined at the National Constitution Center

    Explore the lives of six slave families who lived and worked at Jefferson's Monticello.

    Take a look at the lives of six slave families who were among hundreds of slaves that lived and worked for one of our country’s Founding Fathers during Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello, a powerful exhibition at the National Constitution Center.

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  • Spruce Street Harbor Park

    The hammock-filled haven on the Delaware River

    Spruce Street Harbor Park is an outdoor summer oasis at Penn's Landing.

    May 12 – October 1, 2017
    Blockbuster waterfront attraction Spruce Street Harbor Park returns for its fourth year, bringing an ultimate hangout – and hammock-lounging – spot to the Delaware River Waterfront.

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  • Tippler’s Tour

    Experience a taste of Colonial tavern life

    The Tippler's Tour invites the over-21 set to sing along to sample a few drinks and snacks as they ramble through Historic Philadelphia with a Colonial guide.

    Select Dates: May 25 – August 10, 2017 and November 16 – December 28, 2017
    The over-21 set can sing along to 18th-century drinking songs, enjoy stories of the drinking traditions of Colonial times and sample drinks and snacks as they ramble through Historic Philadelphia with a Colonial guide.

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  • Wawa Hoagie Day

    Celebrate Wawa Welcome America! with 5 tons of hoagies

    The crowd enjoys free hoagies during Wawa Hoagie Day.

    Thursday, June 30, 2016
    One of the tastier events taking place during the Wawa Welcome America! festival, the 24th annual Wawa Hoagie Day features 5 tons of hoagies and plenty of happy, hungry visitors.

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  • Wawa Welcome America!
    Historic Philadelphia Block Party

    Massive block party on Independence Mall to Independence Day

    Get ready for July 4th with the Liberty Block Party in Historic Philadelphia on July 3.

    Sunday, July 3, 2016
    The Wawa Welcome America! festival continues its week-long celebration of Independence Day with the Historic Philadelphia Block Party on Sunday, July 3.

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