Article

Guide to July 4th in Philadelphia 2018

A complete guide to celebrating America's birthday in America's birthplace

1 of 1
Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia
1 of 1

Philadelphia, the birthplace of Independence, rings in the Fourth of July in a big way every year — and this year is no different.

The blockbuster Wawa Welcome America festival returns for 2018, bringing more than 50 free, fabulous events to Philadelphia in celebration of America’s 242nd birthday.

The city hosts two dazzling fireworks displays during this weeklong romp. The first show lights up the Delaware River waterfront following a free patriotic concert and the second — the city’s biggest fireworks display with all-new special effects — blazes in the sky above the Philadelphia Museum of Art on July Fourth.

Other highlights include the third annual Historic District Block Party, free or pay-what-you wish admission to 17 museums and attractions, an expanded roster of outdoor concerts and a Fourth of July finale party on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, with a free concert starring Pitbull.

Read on for our complete day-by-day guide to July Fourth in Philadelphia.

Wednesday, July 4

01

Celebration of Freedom Ceremony

Philly’s Fourth of July celebration kicks off at Independence Hall during a patriotic presentation. This year’s honorees: Frank Giordano and the Philly POPS. As always, the morning includes a reading of the Declaration of Independence, followed by music and remarks.

Where: Independence Hall, 520 Chestnut Street

Read More
02

Free Museum Day at the National Museum of American Jewish History

National Museum of American Jewish History National Museum of American Jewish History
— Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Anchoring Independence Mall, the National Museum of American Jewish History brings to life more than 360 years of American Jewish history. On Independence Day, guests to the museum can enter for free and see an original letter written by George Washington to a Jewish community, enjoy Fourth of July-themed arts and crafts projects and explore the museum’s four floors of unique artifacts, original films, and interactive displays.

Where: National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall E.

Read More
03

The United States of America's Independence Day Parade

The Independence Day parade through Philadelphia's Historic District The Independence Day parade through Philadelphia's Historic District
— Photo by R. Meyers for Visit Philadelphia

This big-city event with a small-town feel features dozens of colorful floats, marching bands, military groups and more than 6,000 participants from across the nation in a musical, colorful cavalcade winding through the streets of the Historic District.

Where: Parade begins at 5th & Chestnut streets

Read More
04

Fourth of July Celebration & Bell Ringing at the Concord School House & Upper Burying Ground in Germantown

Many who gave their lives in the pursuit of liberty during the Revolutionary War went nameless when they were laid to rest at this Germantown site. Today, 52 of the such soldiers have been identified, although six more who perished in the Battle of Germantown remain unknown. Visit the grounds and 1775 school house on the Fourth of July for a free ceremony, bell-ringing and storytelling performance.

Where: The Concord School House and Upper Burying Ground of Germantown, 6309 Germantown Avenue

read more
Advertisement
Advertisement
05

The July 4th Community Picnic in the Park at the Valley Forge National Historical Park

Valley Forge National Historical Park hosts a come-one, come-all outdoor picnic, complete with barbecue, live music, artillery and weapons demonstrations, Revolutionary-era storytelling, kids games, historic reenactments and trolley tours of the site where General George Washington and his troops endured the notorious winter of 1777 to 1778.

Where: Valley Forge National Historical Park, 1400 N. Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia

Read More
06

July 4th Celebration at Stenton

Stenton mansion in Historic Germantown throws an old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration complete with hot dogs, make-your-own ice cream, colonial games, live music and more.

Where: Stenton, 4601 N. 18th Street

Read More
07

Independence Day Celebration at Franklin Square

People mini golfing at Franklin Square in Philadelphia People mini golfing at Franklin Square in Philadelphia
Franklin Square — Photo by J. Fusco for Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

There’s a ton of fun to be had at Franklin Square’s Independence Day Celebration. In addition to playing mini-golf and riding the carousel, young visitors to the park can hop on the Lightning Bolt Express Train and take a spin around the historic park from noon to 3 p.m.

Where: Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street

Read More
08

Independence Day Celebration at Cliveden

Cliveden mansion in Germantown Cliveden mansion in Germantown
Cliveden mansion in Germantown — Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Germantown’s Cliveden — the site of 1777’s Battle of Germantown, the only Revolutionary War battle fought in Philadelphia — rings in Independence Day with free admission and tours of the mansion, children’s activities, access to the attraction’s 1767 and 1959 kitchens and more.

Where: Cliveden of the National Trust, 6401 Germantown Avenue

read more
Advertisement
Advertisement
09

Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration at Fonthill Castle

The Fourth of July celebration at Fonthill Castle in Doylestown The Fourth of July celebration at Fonthill Castle in Doylestown
— Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Henry Mercer’s concrete castle is the backdrop for this annual celebration in Doylestown. On the docket: patriotic music, crafts, self-guided tours of Fonthill Castle, games like sack races and bucket brigade relays and more.

Where: Fonthill Castle, 525 E. Court Street, Doylestown

read more
10

Party on the Parkway

— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

All of Philadelphia comes together for one giant celebration during the Party on the Parkway, which brings loads of free entertainment to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on the Fourth of July. The major outdoor celebration features city blocks of family fun, including food trucks, live performances, a zip line, games, beer gardens (for the adults) and a kids’ zone, all before the massive free Pitbull concert and the equally massive and equally free fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Read More
11

7th Annual Birthday Party at the Independence Visitor Center

On the Fourth of July, the Independence Visitor Center throws an epic birthday party for America, complete with a five-tier cake and 2,500 cupcakes arranged in the shape of an American flag. After singing Happy Birthday, visitors can enjoy the treats for free.

Where: Independence Visitor Center, 599 Market Street

Read More
12

“Patriotic Pipes” Organ Concert at Christ Church

— Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Watch organists Parker Kitterman and Wesley Parrott take Christ Church’s new Fisk Opus 150 pipe organ for a spin during this free program of all-American music in the Historic District. Afterward, enjoy a tour of the new organ.

Where: Christ Church, 20 N. American Street

read more
Advertisement
Advertisement
13

July 4th Concert and Fireworks on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

4th of July fireworks on the Parkway 4th of July fireworks on the Parkway
— Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

A massive free Pitbull concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on the evening of the Fourth of July precedes a fireworks show that fills the sky above the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Wawa Welcome America’s biggest fireworks show in a decade is completely free to watch and can be seen from many vantage points throughout the city.

Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Read More
14

All-American Celebration at the National Constitution Center

The National Constitution Center fetes the Fourth of July with special patriotic programming. The All American Celebration includes an interactive show that examines American independence in the past and present along with arts and crafts activities, Revolutionary-era games, Colonial music performances and historical reenactor shows throughout the week.

Where: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street

Read More
15

Sand Sculpture Spectacular at The Shops at Liberty Place

In the rotunda at the Shops at Liberty Place, a dozen skilled artists sculpt 40 tons of sand into towering scenes inspired by Parkway 100 — the city’s centennial celebration of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway — at Wawa Welcome America’s Sand Sculpture Spectacular.

Where: The Shops at Liberty Place, 1625 Chestnut Street

Read More
16

Independence Weekend from Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

Betsy Ross talking about the American flag at the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia Betsy Ross talking about the American flag at the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia
— Photo by M. Kennedy for Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

History comes to life throughout Old City in the days leading up the Fourth of July during Independence Weekend from Historic Philadelphia, Inc. Raise the flag with Betsy Ross, muster into the Continental Army, party in Franklin Square and more at nearly 50 events from June 29 through the Fourth.

Where: Various locations including the Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street

read more
17

Independence Day Celebration at the Museum of the American Revolution

Museum of the American Revolution Museum of the American Revolution
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Celebrate America’s founding at the Museum of the American Revolution with four days of special programming for all ages. Activites include a meet-and-greet with a Thomas Jefferson reenactor, free cake for the nation’s birthday, a free patriotic performance by the Fifes & Drums of the Old Barracks and an ice cream social with treats for both kids and adults (like boozy ice cream floats).

Where: Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street

Read More

More Things to Do

18

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles

Fireworks at Citizens Bank Park Fireworks at Citizens Bank Park
— Photo courtesy Philadelphia Phillies

June 28 – July 4 (select dates)

Come for the ball games, stay for the epic post-game fireworks shows. Citizens Bank Park hosts a weekend of fireworks, with shows after back-to-back games against the Washington Nationals on Friday, June 29 and Saturday, June 30. On Tuesday, July 3, the Baltimore Orioles take on the Phils and stay in town on the holiday for an afternoon game that’s sure to be well-attended.

Where: Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way

Read More
19

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival at Franklin Square

The Dragon Beer Garden at the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival The Dragon Beer Garden at the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival
— Photo by J. Fusco for Tianyu

The third year of Franklin Square’s spectacular silken lanterns includes a 200-foot-long dragon, the all-new Fairy Tree, the Great White Shark Tunnel, an elephant that changes colors when participants pedal a bicycle, plus cultural performances — unique live arts such as face-changing and acrobatics — authentic Asian cuisine, favorite American foods, the Dragon Beer Garden and pop-up studio shops by Chinese folk artists, all on the edge of Chinatown.

Where: Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street

Read More
20

Celebration of Black Arts

Art Sanctuary Art Sanctuary
— Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Art Sanctuary’s Celebration of Black Arts returns on July 1 with a full month of programs that honor black writing, black art and black music in Philadelphia. Panel discussions, writing, dance, wellness workshops, film screenings and more events take place throughout the celebratory month.

Where: Art Sanctuary, 628 S. 16th Street

Read More
21

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest draws crowds eager to experience Philadelphia’s only outdoor roller skating rink and The Midway, featuring a light-up 60-foot-tall Ferris wheel, an enchanting carousel, fun boardwalk games and a nine-hole mini-golf course. Between all the fun and games, guests can chow down on fare from Chickie’s and Pete’s Waterfront Crab Shack, Franklin Fountain Clubhouse Cabin and other food vendors. Bars set up around Summerfest pour local beers and cocktails as well.

Where: Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

Read More
22

Photo Pop Philly

Photo Pop Philly Photo Pop Philly
— Photo by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

In a once-vacant Center City space, interactive pop-up exhibit Photo Pop Philly showcases the creative work of local artists. The exhibit, which is presented by VISIT PHILADELPHIA and curated by Philly PR Girl, features red-white-and-blue themed rooms (perfect for the week of the Fourth of July!) filled with original, Instagram-worthy art, murals and installations.

Where: The Philadelphia Building, 1315 Walnut Street

Read More
23

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor Park Spruce Street Harbor Park
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

This beloved beer garden and relaxing waterfront hangout gives visitors a chance to sit back on colorful hammocks or Adirondack chairs while sipping on a refreshing beverage during the day or at twilight under tons of twinkling light fixtures. Vendors serving pizza, burgers, tacos, ice cream and more of the fare they’re best known for include Village Burger, Distrito, Chickie’s and Pete’s and Franklin Fountain. Three bars around the park offer a variety of local craft beers, cocktails and wine for the 21-and-over crowd.

Where: Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

Read More
24

Farm for the City

Farm for the City Farm for the City
— Photo courtesy Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

This Pennsylvania Horticultural Society urban agriculture project serves as a 2,000-square-foot working farm atop the Thomas Paine Plaza of the Municipal Services Building, transforming the site for public forums, gardening workshops and artistic performances — and generating produce for Broad Street Ministry. On July 1, the space hosts a free Family Tree event, exploring the histories of various plants on the farm and tips on how to tell certain plants apart.

Where: Thomas Paine Plaza, 1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard

Read More
25

The Rail Park

The Rail Park The Rail Park
— Photo by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

Now open

The wait is over! The first phase of the Rail Park — the hotly anticipated elevated park and recreational pathway funded and built by Center City District — is now open in Callowhill, adding a quarter-mile stretch of urban greenspace to Philadelphia. The section of the overhead greenway includes trees, plants and places to relax and take in the views.

Where: The Rail Park, Various entrances including N. Broad and Noble streets

Read More

PAST EVENTS

Wednesday, June 27

26

Parks on Tap at Columbus Square in East Passyunk

— Photo by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

This popular warm-weather roving attraction brings barbecue and beer to iconic outdoor spaces, a different Philadelphia park each Wednesday through Sunday. In the week leading up to July Fourth, the traveling beer garden heads to Columbus Square in East Passyunk. On June 28, Roots2Rise offers free yoga in the park from 6-7 p.m., which comes with a free drink ticket for Parks on Tap.

Where: Columbus Square, 1200 Wharton Street

Read More

Thursday, June 28

27

Free Museum Day at the National Constitution Center

The exterior of the National Constitution Center under blue skies in Philadelphia The exterior of the National Constitution Center under blue skies in Philadelphia
— Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

At the only museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution, visitors can experience Freedom Rising, a 17-minute, live theatrical production about the American quest for freedom, explore the interactive main exhibit, The Story of We the People and enjoy a Founding Fathers photo opportunity in Signers’ Hall, featuring 42 life-sized statues of the delegates who were present for the signing of the Constitution. Check it all out for free on Thursday, June 28 as part of Wawa Welcome America’s Free Museum Day programming, bringing free or pay-what-you-wish admission to 17 Philly museums and attractions in 2018.

Where: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street

Read More
28

Wawa Hoagie Day

Wawa Hoagie Day on Independence Mall Wawa Hoagie Day on Independence Mall
— Photo by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

There is such a thing as a free lunch — a free piece of a truly enormous hoagie, that is — when the festival sponsor and beloved Pennsylvania-based convenience store offers slices of one epic sandwich on the lawn of the National Constitution Center during Wawa Hoagie Day. New this year: The USO Show Troupe sings and marches to honor military, fire and police.

Where: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street

Read More
29

Summer Love Launch Event at City Hall

Philadelphia City Hall gets the party started with the five-hour Wawa Welcome America kickoff event featuring a music lineup curated by Philly’s own Chill Moody and loads of local food and drink. Located in the City Hall courtyard and Dilworth Park, the event also features carnival performers, games, giveaways and plenty of patriotic photo ops.

Where: Philadelphia City Hall, 1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard

Read More
30

Old City Eats

Old City at night Old City at night
— Photo by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

June 21 – August 30, 2018 (Thursdays Only) | 5-8 p.m.

On Thursday nights this summer, dozens of bars and restaurants in Old City — including High Street on Market, Capofitto, National Mechanics, Khyber Pass Pub, and Red Owl Tavern — offer up half-priced appetizers and drink specials from 5 to 8 p.m. during Old City Eats.

Where: Various locations including Red Owl Tavern, 433 Chestnut Street

Read More
31

Summer Sounds in the Historic District: Waterfront Sessions at Spruce Street Harbor Park with Ivy Sole w/ DJ THEakasha

Summer Sounds at Spruce Street Harbor Park Summer Sounds at Spruce Street Harbor Park
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Soulful singer and rapper Ivy Sole performs with DJ THEakasha under the twinkling lights at Spruce Street Harbor Park for Summer Sounds in the Historic District’s ongoing outdoor concert series Waterfront Sessions.

Where: Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Columbus Boulevard

Read More
32

Philly @ the Movies: The Nutty Professor at The Dell Music Center

Bring the whole family to East Fairmount Park for a free outdoor viewing of the The Nutty Professor at The Dell Music Center. Get there early for pre-movie trivia, giveaways and science experiments.

Where: The Dell Music Center, 2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive

Read more

Friday, June 29

33

Free Museum Day at the Penn Museum

Penn Museum Penn Museum
— Photo courtesy Penn Museum

This University City landmark exhibits an internationally renowned collection of ancient Egyptian statues and mummies, Chinese Buddhist and ancient Greek sculptures, Mayan monuments, Mesopotamian clay tablets (some of the earliest-known writing), evocative African masks, Plains Indian regalia and more artifacts that bring the whole ancient world under one roof. Other great amenities here: outdoor gardens and fountains, a museum shop and the Pepper Mill Cafe. See it all for free on Friday, June 29.

Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

Read More
34

A Celebration of Community and Culture at Mifflin Park

Come out for a neighborly cookout with games, music, local food trucks and more at Mifflin Park in South Philadelphia to celebrate Philadelphia’s vibrant culture and its many tight-knit communities.

Where: Mifflin Square Park, Wolf and S. 5th streets

Read More
35

Free Museum Night at Eastern State Penitentiary (Sold Out)

Eastern State Penitentiary Eastern State Penitentiary
— Photo courtesy Eastern State Penitentiary

In 1829, this prison, a Fairmount landmark, introduced Americans to a new form of housing inmates: solitary confinement. It also housed Al Capone and Willie Sutton, among 75,000 more inmates. Today, the massive attraction offers self-guided tours and guided tours daily along with exhibitions and special events focusing on history and justice reform. Admission is free Friday, June 29 from 5-7 p.m.

Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue

Read More
36

Red, White and Blue Happy Hours at Four Locations

The Bourse, Capriccio at Cafe Cret, The Piazza at The Schmidt’s Commons and Sonesta’s Art Bar host special happy hours with patriotic food and drink for the first of two Red, White and Blue Happy Hours in 2018. Stop by the participating locations from 5-7 p.m. to enjoy the deals.

Where: Various locations including ArtBar, 16 S. 18th Street

Read More
37

Red, White and Blue Beer-BQ & Philly @ the Movies: E.T. at The Schmidt’s Commons

Movie screening at The Schmidt's Commons Movie screening at The Schmidt's Commons
— Photo courtesy The Schmidt's Commons

Come out to the Red, White and Blue Beer-BQ at The Schmidt’s Commons to enjoy lawn games, DJ tunes, food trucks, craft beer and the sweet smells of barbecue. Stay later on for a free outdoor screening of E.T. that follows all the fun.

Where: The Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. 2nd Street

Read More

Saturday, June 30

38

Free Museum Day at the First Bank of the United States

Alexander Hamilton’s First Bank of the United States opens its doors to the public for the first time in over three decades for free tours during Wawa Welcome America. Brief tours through the historic landmark — the nation’s oldest surviving federal building — require tickets and run periodically throughout the day. Tickets are first come, first served.

Where: First Bank of the United States, 116 S. 3rd Street

Read More
39

Free Museum Day at the Rare Book Department at the Free Library of Philadelphia - Parkway Central Library

Guests get free access to view the library’s In Our Nature: Flora and Fauna of the Americas exhibit in the Rare Book Department along with the three-volume collection History of the Indian Tribes of North America. The former consists of historic texts and vivid illustrations that explore humans’ relationships with the natural world while the latter is a highly regarded collection of Native American biographies and portraits. The Free Library recommends that visitors reserve tickets for the free tours happening between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Where: Free Library of Philadelphia - Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street

Read More
40

Free Museum Day at The Rosenbach

Interior of The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia Interior of The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia
The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia — Photo by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

Bookworms find hundreds of thousands of pages — including rare volumes, manuscripts and decorative and fine art — at this residence-turned-library. Treasures from the founders’ collection include the only surviving copy of Benjamin Franklin’s first Poor Richard Almanack, the manuscript of James Joyce’s Ulysses, the papers of poet Marianne Moore, Bram Stoker’s notes for Dracula and Lewis Carroll’s own copy of the first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Head here to reserve a mandatory timed ticket for Free Museum Day.

Where: The Rosenbach, 2008 Delancey Place

Read More
41

On the Delaware Music Festival

Folk, funk, new age and old school — more than a dozen acts in all — play all day in Northeast Philadelphia’s Pennypack On The Delaware Park. Bonus: The event is free.

Where: Pennypack On The Delaware Park, Philadelphia

Read More
42

3rd Annual PhilaLandmarks Open House at The Powel House

— Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

The home of Samuel Powel, Philadelphia’s first mayor, is the epitome of 18th-century elegance, a holdover from when its houseguests included John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and the Marquis de Lafayette. The china set here was a gift from Martha Washington; on these very floors, she and George danced the minuet during their 20th wedding anniversary celebration. During an open house on June 30, guests can visit the house for just $1 and enjoy refreshments — pretzel bites from Campo’s, vanilla ice cream from Franklin Fountain — in the house’s city garden.

Where: The Powel House, 244 S. 3rd Street

read more
43

Free Museum Day at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

— Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

A celebrated museum and a prolific learning institution, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) opens its doors to visitors for a free day of roaming and discovery on Saturday, June 30. Visitors can explore the permanent collection of American Art along with the special exhibitions currently on view (SWARM. and Infinite Spaces: Rediscovering PAFA’s Permanent Collection).

Where: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad Street

Read More
44

The Philly Ice Cream Scoop at Reading Terminal Market

A post shared by Josh Kruger (@joshkrugerphl) on

New for Wawa Welcome America this year: Fourteen of Philadelphia’s top ice cream makers scoop their wares for adoring dairy fans at the historic Reading Terminal Market during the Philly Ice Cream Scoop. Market merchants also get in on the ice cream act with sweet specials.

Where: Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th Street

Read More
45

Pennsylvania Convention Center Community Festival & Philly @ the Movies: SING

On Saturday, June 30, the blocks-long facility between 11th and Broad Streets opens its doors to the general public in celebration of its 25th anniversary. The Pennsylvania Convention Center Community Festival includes tours of the center’s $1.5 million art collection and a birthday cake. After the fest, stick around for a free screening of SING!, starting at 5 p.m.

Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street

Read More
46

Red White and Brew Fest at SugarHouse Casino

SugarHouse Casino presents drinks, food and live music on the waterfront for Red, White and Brewfest at Fishtown Hops, the casino’s new outdoor restaurant and beer garden. The event includes special performances by Philly-native Chill Moody and extreme pogo stick crew Xpogo Stunt Team. Stick around afterwards for killer views of the Wawa Welcome America fireworks show on the Delaware River.

Where: SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Avenue

Read More
47

WDAS Presents Summer Block Party: Jill Scott, Boyz II Men, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Bilal and Special Guests

A post shared by Jill Scott (@missjillscott) on

Thinking of Philly’s R&B and hip-hop scene brings many names to mind: Jill Scott, Boyz II Men and DJ Jazzy Jeff. Luckily, local R&B and throwback station WDAS booked all of the above for their first-annual summer block party concert, an ode to the pioneers of the local music scene.

Where: The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue

Read More
48

The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Concert & Fireworks at Penn’s Landing

Wawa Welcome America Fireworks at Penn's Landing Wawa Welcome America Fireworks at Penn's Landing
— Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” delights audiences year after year with its rousing and rollicking renditions of old standards, new hits and patriotic tunes. The group returns to the Delaware River waterfront this year for another highly anticipated performance. Also highly anticipated: the huge fireworks display that will follow at 9:30 p.m. featuring new-this-year special effects.

Where: Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

Read More

Sunday, July 1

49

Free Museum Morning at One Liberty Observation Deck

One Liberty Observation Deck One Liberty Observation Deck
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Visitors to One Liberty Observation Deck on Sunday, July 1 can see stunning skyline views from 57 floors above the ground for free when the popular Center City attraction opens early for Free Museum Morning from 8 a.m. to noon.

Where: One Liberty Observation Deck, 1650 Market Street #5700

Read More
50

Free Museum Day at Fort Mifflin

Explore the historic Fort Mifflin for free on Sunday, July 1 and take in a flag-raising ceremony, guided tours of the landmark, blacksmithing demonstrations, interactive living history activities and more.

Where: Fort Mifflin, 1 Fort Mifflin Road

Read More
51

Pay-What-You-Wish Admission at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Exterior of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Exterior of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The vast collections of art from across the globe and through the ages — including Renaissance, American, Asian, impressionist and contemporary masterpieces — make the Philadelphia Museum of Art one of the country’s most important art museums. See its impressive holdings, exhibitions, special programs and more for pay-what-you-wish admission on both Sunday, July 1 and Monday, July 2.

Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Read More
52

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day at the Barnes Foundation

— Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Along Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Barnes Foundation houses one of the finest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist and early modern paintings in the world, with a jaw-dropping 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes, 59 Matisses and 46 Picassos, along with works by Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Degas, Seurat and Modigliani. Experience the cultural institution for free — and take part in PECO Free First Sunday Family Day programming, too — on Sunday, July 1.

Where: Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Read More
53

3rd Annual PhilaLandmarks Open House at the Hill-Physick House

Exterior of Hill-Physick House Exterior of Hill-Physick House
Hill-Physick House in Society Hill — Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Madeira wine importer and American Revolution financier Henry Hill built this house in 1786, and the building remains the largest freestanding Federal-style mansion in the Historic District. Dr. Philip Syng Physick, physician to 19th-century elite, eventually moved into the house in 1815, and, while the artifacts and medical equipment designed and pioneered by Dr. Physick are fascinating, the melodrama of his personal life is what makes a tour here so captivating. Visitors on Sunday, July 1 can take a self-guided tour and enjoy pretzel bites and ice cream in the garden for the low, low price of just $1 as part of PhilaLandmarks’ annual open house.

Where: Hill-Physick House, 321 S. 4th Street

read more
54

Free Museum Day at the African American Museum in Philadelphia

African American Museum in Philadelphia African American Museum in Philadelphia
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Founded in 1976, the African American Museum in Philadelphia is the first institution in a major U.S. city to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage and culture of African-Americans. Walk through the core exhibit, Audacious Freedom, and other enlightening exhibits free of charge on Sunday, July 1.

Where: The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street

Read More
55

Gospel on Independence

More than 150 dancers and singers, including the singing preacher group The Four Tenors, take the stage in front of Independence Hall for a concert of soulful, spirited voices on the evening of Sunday, July 1.

Where: Independence Hall, 520 Chestnut Street

Read More
56

Philly @ the Movies: Rocky on the Steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Movie night at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Movie night at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
— Photo by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

The 1976 Academy Award-winner screens at the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, site of that iconic, jubilant jog, on the evening of Sunday, July 1.

Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Read More

Monday, July 2

57

Brews & Views: Spring Rooftop Mini Series at the Free Library of Philadelphia - Parkway Central Library

Note: Due to inclement weather, the Brews & Views event scheduled for Tuesday, July 3 is canceled. The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central Library location turns its rooftop Skyline Terrace into a beer garden in the days leading up to the Fourth of July. Attendees can enjoy local craft beers and refreshing cocktails along with a menu of snacks, as well as stunning views of the city skyline and Logan Square.

Where: Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street

Read More
58

Pay-What-You-Wish Admission at the Mutter Museum

— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The quirky Mutter Museum welcomes visitors to check out their extensive collections of anatomical models, skeletal specimens, medical instruments and more for pay-what-you-wish admission on Monday, July 2.

Where: Mutter Museum at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 19 S. 22nd Street

Read More
59

Red, White and Blue Happy Hours at Four Philly Bars and Restaurants

The Moshulu The Moshulu
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Four popular bars and restaurants — The Deck at the Moshulu on the Delaware River, Founding Farmers in King of Prussia, Sofitel Philadelphia’s Liberté Blue and Cuba Libre in Old City — participate in the second Red, White and Blue Happy Hour for Wawa Welcome America on Monday, July 2. Stop by the locations to enjoy patriotic happy hour specials from 5-7 p.m.

Where: Various locations including Moshulu, 401 S. Columbus Boulevard

Read More
60

Philly @ the Movies: Pitch Perfect at XFINITY Live!

Come out for an aca-awesome free screening of the hit movie Pitch Perfect at XFINITY Live! for Wawa Welcome America’s Philly @ The Movies screening series. Guests must download their free tickets in order to enter. Doors open at 5 p.m. and entry with a ticket is guaranteed before 5:30 p.m.

Where: XFINITY Live! Philadelphia, 1100 Pattison Avenue

Read More
61

Kimmel Center’s Broadway on Philadelphia on Independence

Some of the highest highlights from 10 of Broadway’s most famous musicals, including Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Love Never Dies, Miss Saigon, Cats, Rent and Hamilton go onstage at this live preview of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts’ 2018-2019 Broadway series.

Where: Independence Hall, 520 Chestnut Street

Read More

Tuesday, July 3

62

Free Museum Day at the National Liberty Museum

— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Gain free entry to this museum that honors heroes of all backgrounds by telling the stories of teachers, students, firefighters, police officers and other everyday good-doers on Tuesday, July 3. Among the artful displays to see: the Jellybean Children sculpture, which celebrates diversity using colorful candies, and glass artist Dale Chihuly’s dramatic 21-foot Flame of Liberty.

Where: National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut Street

Read More
63

Free Museum Day at the Rodin Museum

Explore nearly 150 bronze, marble and plaster pieces by master French sculptor Auguste Rodin for free when the distinguished museum invites visitors in for free on Tuesday, July 3.

Where: Rodin Museum, 2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Read More
64

Philadelphia’s Historic District Block Party

The Historic Philadelphia Block Party The Historic Philadelphia Block Party
Philadelphia's Historic District Block Party — Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

This free, seven-hour-long, classic Philly street celebration returns to Independence Mall for year three. On tap: a pop-up beer garden outside The Bourse, a kids’ stage and zone, food trucks, pop-up performances and plenty of history to take in.

Where: Independence Mall, S. 6th and Chestnut streets

Read More
65

POPS on Independence

POPS on Independence POPS on Independence
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Updated July 3, 7 p.m.—Due to inclement weather, this show has been canceled. The largest standalone pops orchestra in the United States invites fans to BYOB (bring your own blanket) for a concert of patriotic tunes with Independence Hall as the backdrop.

Where: Independence Hall, 520 Chestnut Street

Read More
66

BRU at The Bourse Beer Garden

The highly anticipated renovation of The Bourse isn’t ready for prime time yet, but a fun pop-up beer garden takes over the building’s steps in the days before the Fourth of July. Operated by BRÜ Craft & Wurst, the limited-time eatery will serve local craft brews, cocktails from Bluebird Distilling and fun bites like soft pretzels and water ice.

Where: The Bourse Building, 111 S. Independence Mall East

read more

Wednesday, July 4

Celebration of Freedom Ceremony
Free Museum Day at the National Museum of American Jewish History
The United States of America's Independence Day Parade
Fourth of July Celebration & Bell Ringing at the Concord School House & Upper Burying Ground in Germantown
The July 4th Community Picnic in the Park at the Valley Forge National Historical Park
July 4th Celebration at Stenton
Independence Day Celebration at Franklin Square
Independence Day Celebration at Cliveden
Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration at Fonthill Castle
Party on the Parkway
7th Annual Birthday Party at the Independence Visitor Center
“Patriotic Pipes” Organ Concert at Christ Church
July 4th Concert and Fireworks on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
All-American Celebration at the National Constitution Center
Sand Sculpture Spectacular at The Shops at Liberty Place
Independence Weekend from Historic Philadelphia, Inc.
Independence Day Celebration at the Museum of the American Revolution

More Things to Do

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles
Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival at Franklin Square
Celebration of Black Arts
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
Photo Pop Philly
Spruce Street Harbor Park
Farm for the City
The Rail Park

PAST EVENTS

Wednesday, June 27

Parks on Tap at Columbus Square in East Passyunk

Thursday, June 28

Free Museum Day at the National Constitution Center
Wawa Hoagie Day
Summer Love Launch Event at City Hall
Old City Eats
Summer Sounds in the Historic District: Waterfront Sessions at Spruce Street Harbor Park with Ivy Sole w/ DJ THEakasha
Philly @ the Movies: The Nutty Professor at The Dell Music Center

Friday, June 29

Free Museum Day at the Penn Museum
A Celebration of Community and Culture at Mifflin Park
Free Museum Night at Eastern State Penitentiary (Sold Out)
Red, White and Blue Happy Hours at Four Locations
Red, White and Blue Beer-BQ & Philly @ the Movies: E.T. at The Schmidt’s Commons

Saturday, June 30

Free Museum Day at the First Bank of the United States
Free Museum Day at the Rare Book Department at the Free Library of Philadelphia - Parkway Central Library
Free Museum Day at The Rosenbach
On the Delaware Music Festival
3rd Annual PhilaLandmarks Open House at The Powel House
Free Museum Day at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
The Philly Ice Cream Scoop at Reading Terminal Market
Pennsylvania Convention Center Community Festival & Philly @ the Movies: SING
Red White and Brew Fest at SugarHouse Casino
WDAS Presents Summer Block Party: Jill Scott, Boyz II Men, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Bilal and Special Guests
The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Concert & Fireworks at Penn’s Landing

Sunday, July 1

Free Museum Morning at One Liberty Observation Deck
Free Museum Day at Fort Mifflin
Pay-What-You-Wish Admission at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
PECO Free First Sunday Family Day at the Barnes Foundation
3rd Annual PhilaLandmarks Open House at the Hill-Physick House
Free Museum Day at the African American Museum in Philadelphia
Gospel on Independence
Philly @ the Movies: Rocky on the Steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Monday, July 2

Brews & Views: Spring Rooftop Mini Series at the Free Library of Philadelphia - Parkway Central Library
Pay-What-You-Wish Admission at the Mutter Museum
Red, White and Blue Happy Hours at Four Philly Bars and Restaurants
Philly @ the Movies: Pitch Perfect at XFINITY Live!
Kimmel Center’s Broadway on Philadelphia on Independence

Tuesday, July 3

Free Museum Day at the National Liberty Museum
Free Museum Day at the Rodin Museum
Philadelphia’s Historic District Block Party
POPS on Independence
BRU at The Bourse Beer Garden
Hotel Deal

Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package

Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package for stays through September 3, 2018 and get FREE hotel parking as well as free tickets to the Museum of the American Revolution, free tickets for a ride on the Ferris wheel and roller skating at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, a $25 CHeU Noodle restaurants gift card, free mini-golf and a carousel ride at Franklin Square, free passes to ride the PHLASH Downtown Loop and a $10 Lyft credit.

Book Now

Up Next

Article

Top Fourth of July Fireworks Shows in...

Fireworks displays illuminate the sky all over Philadelphia and the Countryside

View More

Stay in Touch

We apologize, something went wrong on our end. Please try again later.
Share
Tweet
[disabled]
[disabled]
[disabled]
[disabled]
[disabled]
[disabled]
[disabled]
[disabled]