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May 18 2016

Celebrate A Red, White And Blue July 4th In Philadelphia

Four Concerts, Three Fireworks Extravaganzas, Hamilton’s Leslie Odom, Jr. and More Bring the Razzle-Dazzle to Wawa Welcome America!

Birthdays deserve big celebrations—and nobody will celebrate America’s 240th better than Philadelphia, the city where it all began. June 27 through July 4, 2016, Wawa Welcome America! will rock the town with red, white and blue festivities that culminate in a four-day weekend of free concerts featuring Tony-nominated Leslie Odom, Jr. of Broadway’s monster hit Hamilton, Bryshere Gray, also known as Yazz, of TV’s blockbuster Empire and myriad more stars of all stripes. The eight-day celebration also includes three dazzling fireworks shows, the Historic Philadelphia Block Party, parades, patriotic ceremonies, not to mention chance encounters with our Founding Fathers and Mothers in Historic Philadelphia, free admission to popular museums, outdoor movie and kids’ activities.

Overnight hotel packages available at make it easy for visitors to rock the red, white and blue at these and other events.

Friday, July 1

  • The weekend gets a tuneful start with a free performance by the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra along the Delaware River waterfront at Penn’s Landing. After the acclaimed musicians take their bows, all eyes will be on the skies for the first of three spectacular fireworks displays. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, S. Columbus Boulevard at Walnut Street, (215) 922-2FUN,

Saturday, July 2

  • The US Army Band “Pershing’s Own” has delighted audiences with their 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. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, S. Columbus Boulevard at Walnut Street, (215) 922-2FUN,

Sunday, July 3

  • Folks can get a head start on patriotic partying during the Historic Philadelphia Block Party, where the focus is on family-friendly fun in Philadelphia’s original city. The daylong event features two stages with performances by local bands, the 76ers cheer squad and ballet, tap, step, modern jazz and hip-hop dance groups. In the Kids’ Zone, children can meet historic costumed characters, stilt-walking Uncle Sam and play games. And when folks get hungry, they can nosh on treats from Baby Blues BBQ, Delicias, Mama’s Meatballs or others of the many other food trucks in attendance. July 3. Between 5th & 6th Streets and Market & Arch Streets, (267) 546-5424,
  • The BYOB (Bring Your Own Blanket) POPS! On Independence concert has become a traditional holiday favorite—and for good reason. The combination of the Philadelphia Pops under the baton of Michael Krajewski, lively score of family-friendly tunes and dramatic backdrop of Independence Hall creates a perfect setting for a night of music under the stars. Between 5th and 6th Streets and between Market and Chestnut Streets, (267) 546-5424,

Monday, July 4

  • Founding Fathers and Mothers aren’t the only ones who will get their due during the Celebration of Freedom Ceremony. This year, Everyday Heroes will be honored during the patriotic observances held at Independence Hall. Leslie Odom, Jr., Philadelphia’s own Tony-nominated star of the Broadway blockbuster Hamilton, will join in a powerful and dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence, followed by music and inspiring remarks. 10 a.m. Independence Hall, 6th & Chestnut Streets, (267) 546-5424,
  • Get the party started with the Independence Day Parade, a flag waving, stars-and-stripes, big city spectacle with a small town feel. Dozens of colorful floats, marching bands, military groups and more than 6,000 participants from around the nation form a musical, colorful cavalcade that winds through the streets of Historic Philadelphia. 11 a.m. Parade Route:
    Step-off at 5th & Chestnut Streets, west on Chestnut Street to 9th Street, north on 9th Street, east on Market Street to Front Street, south on Front Street, ending at Front & Chestnut Streets, (267) 546-5424,
  • All of Philadelphia comes together in one giant romp for the Party on the Parkway. Kidz Bop kicks off the day of musical performances, dance, children’s activities, foods and cultural events that celebrate the city’s many neighborhoods and nationalities. Noon to 4 p.m., Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 20th Street to Eakins Oval, (267) 546-5424,
  • The Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert goes retro with a family-friendly, only-in-Philadelphia lineup of talent. Among the performer during the free five-hour concert: two homegrown celebs—Leslie Odom Jr, Hamilton star and Yazz (Bryshere Gray), from TV’s smash hit Empire. The O’Jays, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes and other hit makers will lead a tribute to the musical team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, creators The Sound of Philadelphia (TSOP). The Philly POPS will round out the evening with a flag waving, red-white-and-blue performance of patriotic tunes. 5-10 p.m. Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 20th Street to Eakins Oval, (267) 546-5424,
  • Showcasing patriotism and important moments in our nation’s history, the Wawa Welcome America July 4th Fireworks will take revelers on a 240-year journey from July 4, 1776 to July 4, 2016. Accompanied by a powerful soundtrack that combines rousing musical works and powerful quotes, this fireworks display will light up the skies over the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art for the grandest of grand finales. 10 p.m. Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (267) 546-5424,


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