Wawa Welcome America
No one does the Fourth like those who did it first. The proof? Philadelphia’s weeklong Wawa Welcome America festival.
Dozens of free and fabulous events — including impressively huge fireworks displays — bring the crowds to America’s birthplace each summer.
Highlights include the Historic District Block Party, free museum days, an expanded roster of outdoor concerts and a Fourth of July finale on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, with a huge party and a massive, free concert. (2018’s headliner: Pitbull.)
Every year, Wawa Welcome America celebrates the nation’s birthday with a multi-day party of free events for all ages throughout the city, including outdoor concerts, museum days, a patriotic parade, block parties and fantastic fireworks.
The main event goes down on the Fourth of July, starting with the Party on the Parkway, a daylong outdoor celebration on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway featuring city blocks of family fun. The annual July 4th Concert then brings a massive, free concert to the Parkway which, in 2018, stars “Mr. Worldwide” Pitbull. Afterward, the city’s biggest fireworks display illuminates the skies over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The week leading up to the event is jam-packed with free fun as well. Some of Philly’s best museums and attractions — including 18 institutions in 2018 — offer free or pay-what-you-wish entry each year.
Wawa Welcome America Philadelphia's Historic District Block Party
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia
Philadelphia’s Historic District Block Party — a classic Philly street celebration — activates Independence Mall with food trucks, pop-up performances and plenty of history to take in.
Free live music reverberates through the city at outdoor concerts, including free concerts in front of Independence Hall as well as an annual performance from the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, followed by fireworks over the Delaware River.
Speaking of outdoor fun, Philly @ the Movies features free outdoor film screenings, including Philly-favorite classic Rocky playing on the iconic steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Wawa hoagies get doled out to visitors — for free! — during the annual Wawa Hoagie Day dedicated to honoring our troops.
And on the morning of the Fourth of July, colorful floats, marching bands, military groups and more than 6,000 participants promenade from Independence Hall through the streets of Philadelphia’s Historic District at the marvelous United States of America’s Independence Day Parade.
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Wawa Welcome America July 4th Fireworks
— Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia
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.