Celebrating Independence Day in Philadelphia

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No one does Fourth of July like Philadelphia!  Though sometimes, celebrating the birth of our nation in our nation's birthplace can be a little overwhelming so we took the leg work out of planning the holiday weekend for you.  We scoured the internet for the best events in the area and compiled this list to help you make the most of your Independence Day celebration!  From grillouts to fireworks and picnics to concerts, Philly is the place to be this weekend.  We've left no stone unturned but if you know of an event, parade, kissing booth, or popsicle stand that we've missed, please send us an email or write to us on our facebook page! 


Friday July 1st:

Wawa Welcome America: Philly @ the Movies: Hairspray Sing-a-Long.  9pm at Love Park.  For More Information: http://www.visitphilly.com/articles/philadelphia/fourth-of-july-in-philadelphia-wawa-welcome-america/


Village Belle cookout:  Hours: July 1st – 6-10pm, July 2nd- 5pm-late.  “Head to the grassy space adjacent to Village Belle as Chef-owners Joey and Lou Campanaro will be grilling the “World’s Best Burger,” so named by the London Observer . The Little Owl burger is made with a signature blend from La Frieda, topped with bacon and cheese. The knoll is also a prime spot for viewing the July 2 fireworks over the Delaware River. A live DJ will add to the evening’s sensory satisfaction.”  $8/burger. 


5th Annual United Sports Fireworks at the United Sports Training Center: 1426 Marhsallton-Thorndale Road, Downingtown, PA.  Times: 5pm – 10pm.  Fireworks at 9:30pm.


Saturday July 2nd:

Wawa Welcome America: Go 4th & Learn - Science.  "Kids can learn about the science of fireworks. Space is limited; get there early."  Times: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia, PA. 


Wawa Welcome America: Super Scooper Ice Cream Festival. "Indulge in frozen ice cream delights many different ice cream and other cold treats companies. All net proceeds from the event benefit the Joshua Kahan Fund to fight pediatric leukemia and the Children's Hospital Oncology Division."  Times: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Penn's Landing.


Wawa Welcome America: Chinatown Block Party.  Visitors can explore an open-air market featuring entertainment, Asian cuisine, crafts and more. Hours: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Philadelphia's Chinatown, 10th St. between Arch & Race Sts., Philadelphia, PA.


Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party Concerts at the Piazza.  Featuring: Young the Giant, The Moxy, and Alright, Junior.  Free show starts at 4pm.  For More Information: http://www.radio1045.com/pages/promo/summer-block-parties.html


Wawa Welcome America: Fireworks on the Delaware River.  "Head to the Great Plaza or to Wiggins Waterfront Park in Camden to enjoy live music followed by a dazzling fireworks display."  Time: 7:30 p.m.  Location: Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd.


Independence Day Splash at Adventure Aquarium:  Hours: 6:30pm – 10:00pm and special, all-inclusive V.I.P Open Bar Event from 7:00 – 11:00 PM.  1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ.  “This year, celebrate our nation's birth with a special visit to Adventure Aquarium and take in an extraordinary view of the City of Philadelphia's fireworks celebration!” 


Seaport Fireworks Spectacular at the Independence Seaport Museum: 211 S. Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA.  Hours: 6:30pm – 10pm.  “Seaport Fireworks Spectacular! The Fireworks Spectacular is an annual event that offers members and the public the best view of the Fourth of July weekend fireworks over the Delaware River. Visitors will enjoy delicious barbeque and picnic fare, music, a Kids’ Activity Room, as well as all of Independence Seaport Museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions including Drawn to the Water and It Sprang from the River: Everyday Objects with Maritime Secrets.”



Sunday July 3rd:

Fam Jams.  Details: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing | Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street | (215) 683-2200.  "Families can enjoy a free concert by internationally renowned artists Emily Osment and Tim Urban."


Jazz On South Street Festival. “The Jazz on South Street Sunday concert series continues on July 3, with a Holiday Jazz Extravaganza concert starring some of the area’s finest musicians: Orrin Evans Quartet, The Royal Brass Band, Steve Baylock. First, starting at 6 p.m., a parade of 20 musicians will perform in a brass band beginning at 8th and South Streets. Two performances, at 7 and 9:30pm, follow at The Laff House. $20.”


POPS on Independence.  Details:  Independence Hall | 5th and Chestnut Streets | (215) 683-2200.  "Peter Nero and the Philly Pops celebrate America’s birthday during POPs on Independence, the annual free concert at Independence Hall at 8 p.m."


Fireworks and Fountain Show at Longwood Gardens.  1001 Longwood Road, Route 1 and Route 52, Kennett Square, PA.  Garden Hours: 9am – 10pm, Fireworks Show @ 9:15pm.  “Spectacular fireworks and colorful fountains light up the night sky and dance to stirring music on five spectacular evenings.”


Monday July 4th:

Celebration of Freedom.  Details: Independence Hall | 5th & Chestnut Streets | (215) 683-2200 | More Details.  "The star-spangled salute to America features honored speakers, like Mayor Michael Nutter, and patriotic ceremonies from 10 – 11 a.m. Free."


Wawa Welcome America: Independence Day Ceremony.  The City of Philadelphia celebrates the birth of the nation with a program of music, speeches and readings from the Declaration of Independence.  10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Independence Hall, Chestnut St. 


Wawa Welcome America: Independence Day Parade.  "Over 3,000 patriotic and multicultural marchers and performers parade through one of the country's most historic areas. All branches of the military will be represented."  11:00 AM to 12:30 PM, Historic Philadelphia Center • 6th and Chestnut Sts.


Wawa Welcome America: Party on the Parkway.  "This day-long festival will feature a wide array of educational activities, games, entertainment and food." 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Benjamin Franklin Parkway.


Wawa Welcome America: Happy Birthday America.  "Visitors can sample sweets from Tastykake."  Monday, July 4 • 12:30 PM • Independence Visitor Center • N. 6th St. & Market St., Philadelphia, PA.  For More Information: http://www.visitphilly.com/articles/philadelphia/fourth-of-july-in-philadelphia-wawa-welcome-america


Wawa Welcome America: Philly’s Fourth of July Jam and Grand Finale Fireworks.  "There are several great places to watch the fireworks: Lemon Hill, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Boathouse Row, Kelly Drive, Martin Luther King Drive, Schuylkill River Park."  Date and time: 5-11 p.m.; fireworks start at about 10:30.  Location: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Benjamin Franklin Parkway.  For More Information: http://www.visitphilly.com/articles/philadelphia/fourth-of-july-in-philadelphia-wawa-welcome-america


Philly’s Fourth of July Jam:  Concert begins at 8:30 p.m.The Roots will headline this year’s Fourth of July concert, which also features Michael McDonald, Estelle, Earth Wind & Fire, Sara Bareilles and DJ Jazzy Jeff. 


National Museum of American Jewish History:  Special hours 10 a.m.-5 pm. “Enjoy family-friendly activities including screenings of a short film made by Emmy-award winning director David Grubin about American Jews and the Revolutionary War. You can also snack on kosher hot dogs and other snacks in front of the museum and on the 5th floor terrace.” Adults $12, Young adults 13-21 $11, Kids 12 and under and military Free, Seniors $11.


Fourth of July Celebration at Historic Germantown.  Hours: 11am – 4pm.  “Ring out Freedom and Independence in Germantown! Events and activities will include an old-fashioned 4th of July celebration at Stenton, featuring a flag craft and ice-cream making, Hood Cemetery and Cliveden of the National Trust will be open for tours, special historic performances at the Johnson House and the annual Bell Ringing at the Concord School and Upper Burying Ground.” 


Independence Day at Elmwood Park Zoo.  1661 Harding Boulevard, Norristown, PA.  “Elmwood Park Zoo joins Norristown in celebrating Independence Day. The day begins with a 4th of July parade, which winds up at the zoo; a 5k charity run that benefits the zoo, sponsored by East Norristown Township, West Norristown township and Norristown Municipality; and a wide range of activities at the zoo, including a moon bounce, live animal shows, face painting, pony rides and more. Admission is complimentary for residents of Norristown with proof of residency.” 

Independence Day Celebration at Valley Forge National Historic Park.  Hours: 11am – 4pm.  1400 N. Outer Line Drive, Rt 23 and North Gulph Road, King of Prussia, PA.  “Join Park Rangers for a living history demonstration at the Muhlenberg Brigade huts. Enjoy children`s craft activities and a traditional Fourth of July barbecue at the Visitor Center. Free” 


Celebrate Independence Day at the Crayola Factory¿: 30 Centre Square, Two Rivers Landing, Easton, PA 18042.  Hours: 9:30AM to 5pm.  “Come create a red, white, and blue project!”


Veggie Picnic: Harper’s Meadow, Northwestern & Germantown Ave.  Time: Noon – 4pm.  “Join Public Eye: Artists for Animals for a Veggie Picnic to celebrate July 4th! Enjoy board games for adults and children, frisbee, facepainting, coloring pages, crafts, lawn games, and live music (guitar and euphonium). Bring your own veggie picnic (no grilling), blankets, and instruments. Meet in front of Nonnie's. Park in the lot on Northwestern Avenue across from Bruno's and Nonnie's. Restrooms are available at Nonnie's and port-o-potties are located at the end of the trail en route to the Tree House.”


Motor City Revue July 4th Concert in the Park at Elmwood Park Band Shell.  Sterigere Street and Harding Boulevard Norristown, PA.  Times: 6pm – 8pm.  “Celebrate July 4 with The Motor City Revue--from Hitsville to Soulsville--covering popular and rare Motown hits, plus popular rock and soul classics, and dedicated to honoring this world-renowned signature sound.  Featuring: Ricky Collins, vocals; Layonne Holmes, vocals; Gerald Carboy, bass; Ralph Notaro, guitar/vocals; Arne Wendt, keyboards/vocals; Joe Bellia, drums; Dave Anthony, percussion; Rick Brunermer, tenor Sax; John Martin, trumpet; Tommy Meares, trombone; John Asti, bari sax.”


Fonthills Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration at the Fonthill Museum 525 East Court Street, Doylestown, PA.  Hours: 12pm – 5pm.  “The “good old days” are recreated on the grounds of Fonthill Museum for Fonthill's Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration. The family-friendly event features a variety of activities including the traditional Children's Decorated Bike Parade, old-fashioned games, live music, entertainment, picnic foods and much more.” 


All Weekend Long:

Betsy Ross House Exhibit, Rally ‘Round the Flag: Civil War Color Bearers and the Flags They Carried: Check out flags, photographs and stories about the men and women who risked their lives by carrying the flag on the battlefield. One highlight here is a restored flag made by Betsy’s daughter Clarissa, on display for the first time ever! Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street, July 1-3, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; July 4, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Exhibit included in price of admission: adults $4, children/students/seniors/military $3.


Liberty 360: Immerse yourself in a 3-D surround sound and visual experience that looks at the fight for liberty in America. The 15-minute film surrounds the audience in a new customized state-of-the-art theater. Historic Philadelphia Center, 6th & Chestnut Streets, July 1-2, every 20 minutes from 9 a.m.–9 p.m., July 3 10 a.m.–7 p.m., July 4, 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Adults $7, students/seniors/military/children 12 and under $6. 


Red, White, and Chocolate Tour: “Philadelphia Chocolate Tours provides a way to learn about the history and health benefits of chocolate as you simultaneously celebrate the Fourth of July. It’s arguably the sweetest tour in town.”  Times: 12:45 p.m. $50 (includes chocolate and a goody bag). July 2nd – 3rd


Chaddsford Winery: Hours: 12pm – 6pm.  “Enjoy live music and great wine at the annual Fourth of July Big Bang Barbecue, a three-day series of laid-back afternoons filled with freshly grilled BBQ eats and summer sunshine.” July 2nd - 4th.


Sesame Place’s Fourth Of July BBQ: 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne, PA.  July 3rd and 4th, 5pm and 7:30pm. “Join us in celebration of Independence Day! Event includes buffet and character appearances in our outside pavilion.” 


Fourth of July Weekend at Washington  House Restaurant & Bar. Times: July 1st - 3rd, 5pm (Dinner only.)  136 North Main Street, Sellersville, PA.  “Red, white & blue margarita specials are back along with menu specials including surf & turf sliders and littleneck clams.” 


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