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Jun 6 2017

Philadelphia's Classic Fourth Of July Celebration Turns 25

Wawa Welcome America! Includes Four Fireworks Shows, Four Concerts, Free Museums, Boyz II Men & Mary J. Blige

Welcome America turns 25 this year, and Philadelphia is planning a six-day Independence Day festival to celebrate. As always, a birthday party of this magnitude can take place only in the United States’ birthplace—Philly. From June 29 through July 4, 2017, Wawa Welcome America! includes four spectacular fireworks shows, a bigger Historic District Block Party, a delicious Wawa Hoagie Day and a huge July 4th concert—this time, starring Mary J. Blige. Also on the docket: Free Museum Days, outdoor movies—including Rocky on the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps—and new alfresco happy hours.

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May 3 2017

Revolutionary Art Exhibit Pops Up In Philadelphia's Historic District This Summer

Conrad Benner-Curated Exhibit Features 13 Works In Old City, Society Hill & Along Delaware River

Editor’s Note: The full list of artists, locations and artworks will be revealed at a press conference on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

The new Museum of the American Revolution is a great reason for people to visit and revisit Philadelphia’s Historic District this summer. But from May 25 through July 4, 2017, VISIT PHILADELPHIA® is giving locals and visitors 13 more reasons to explore the city’s most iconic neighborhoods, and that’s Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition. Curated by Conrad Benner, the founder and editor of street art photo blog streetsdept.com, the free exhibit features 13 works of

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May 3 2017

Philadelphia's Historic District Gears Up For A Revolutionary Summer

New Museum, New Hotel & New Concert Make The Original City A Must This Summer

The just-opened Museum of the American Revolution brings the United States’ war for independence into today’s consciousness, using rarely seen relics, the original George Washington Headquarters Tent, dozens of arms, uniforms, artifacts, documents and historical vignettes of ordinary Americans to tell the extraordinary story of the nation’s founding. But the new museum isn’t the only reason to visit Philadelphia’s Historic District this summer. The Historic District consists of the Old City, Society Hill and Delaware River Waterfront neighborhoods, extending from the Delaware River to 7th Street and Vine Street to Lombard Street.

The District’s summer lineup of must-do events

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Apr 21 2017

New–Lots New–This Summer In Philadelphia

Philly Debuts And News Include The Museum Of The American Revolution, Longwood Gardens’ Fountains, An Andrew Wyeth Retrospective, Hall & Oates Festival, So Much More

Philadelphia’s summer is jam-packed with things to do, thanks to new attractions, limited-time displays, major exhibitions and the seasonal happenings that locals and visitors cherish. Highlights: just-opened Museum of the American Revolution and the nation’s most playful LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, an indoor snow playground called Winter: Exclusively at Philadelphia Zoo, a high-tech, $19 million renovation of Longwood Gardens’ main fountains and a concert and festival curated and headlined by Philly’s own Hall & Oates.

Just Opened:

  • LEGOLAND® Discovery Center – Millions of LEGO bricks build the foundation for this creative and fun destination. Perfect for ages 3
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Jul 15 2016

Philadelphia's Vast Collection Of Historical Artifacts Wins Over Political Junkies

Ephemera Includes Cleveland’s Tumor & Ben Franklin’s “Rising Sun” Chair

Before and during the festive nominating sessions, motivating speeches and nighttime celebrations, delegates, party operatives, campaign staffers and volunteers for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, July 25-28, can discover items that document the history of politics and government in this country. As the birthplace of the nation and the country’s first and only World Heritage City, Philadelphia is home to institutions that work political artifacts into their missions and others that are planning special exhibitions especially for this occasion.

Campaign Memorabilia:

  • Inspired by FanFest, PoliticalFest brings political entertainment to the people—right in the birthplace of American democracy.
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Jun 4 2015

Now Playing In Philadelphia: Big Events & Openings

Tall Ships, World Meeting Of Families, Liberty One Observation Deck, Alice In Wonderland & More Pack The Calendar

With 2015 comes plenty of reasons for visitors to plan a trip to Philadelphia. In fact, The New York Times ranked Philly at the #3 spot in its influential article of the
“52 Places to Go in 2015.”

So what’s on the calendar for the rest of the year? The Tall Ships festival, showing off a dozen historic ships on the Delaware River waterfront; Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting, featuring 80 works by a who’s-who of painters at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and Down the Rabbit Hole: Celebrating 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland at

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Apr 3 2008

In Historic Philadelphia, History Gets A Fun And Interactive Twist

Dozens of Historic Sites Make Learning Fun

Historic Philadelphia is home to many of the most significant historic sites in the country. From the original Independence Hall to the modern National Constitution Center, each place plays a pivotal role in telling the city’s—and the nation’s—story. Here is just a sampling of the don’t-miss attractions found here:

American Originals:

  • While historians debate Betsy Ross’ role in making the first American flag, the Betsy Ross House offers an excellent portrayal of a working-class woman’s life in Colonial America. Visitors can tour the home of the nation’s best known seamstress and enjoy interactive programs and activities. 239 Arch Street,

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Jun 18 2015

Philadelphia Rocks The Fourth With 48 Hours Of Fun

National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration Adds Rainbow Colors To Red, White & Blue Festivities

As the calendar zooms towards Independence Day, Philadelphia, where the nation was born 239 years ago, revs up for a full week of flag-waving, heart-swelling, hand-clapping, patriotic fun. The annual Wawa Welcome America! celebration lasts for an entire week, and come Friday, July 3, the revelry really picks up with 48 hours of fun. That means patriotic ceremonies, parades, concerts, fireworks and festivities that mark the 50th anniversary of a protest demonstration that laid the groundwork for LGBT civil rights. Here’s a look at what’s happening on July 3 and 4:

July 3:

  1. Visitors are free to celebrate
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Apr 1 2015

Summer 2015: A Blockbuster Season Of Fun In Philly

In Store: Tall Ships, Bike Share, Beer Gardens, Impressionists, Pop-up Parks & Festivals Galore

What are some other words for summer fun? Tall Ships. Fireworks. Festivals. Beer gardens. Pop-up parks. Philadelphia. This summer will go down as a season of non-stop, pull-out-all-the-stops fun in the city that scored a #3 placement on The New York Times’ influential “52 Places to Go in 2015” list.

Some of the summer highlights include the Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden festival; the launch of Indego, Philadelphia’s bike-sharing program; the eagerly awaited return of the acclaimed Spruce Street Harbor Park; and the season-long showing of Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Jun 19 2013

Philadelphia Commemorates Pivotal Battle Of Gettysburg

150th Anniversary Of Civil War Battle Launches Events & Exhibitions That Demonstrate Region’s Role In War Effort

This summer marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, and Philadelphia—a major arsenal, shipbuilding and hospital center during the Civil War and home to Gettysburg general George G. Meade—is marking the anniversary with special events and exhibitions at historical sites and attractions throughout the region:

Events:

  • Grand Army of the Republic Museum and Library – The Gettysburg Trial of the Philadelphia Brigade presentation brings historian David Trout to remember the Philadelphia Brigade, which suffered a casualty rate of 64% over the course of the war, and recount its tribulations during the Battle of Gettysburg. July 20,
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May 8 2013

In Philadelphia, See History In A Whole New Light

Benjamin Franklin Life & Legacy Museum To Open In Late Summer 2013

Philadelphia is brimming with historical riches, and the sites and attractions that show off the city’s historic side are constantly evolving to create richer experiences for modern-day visitors. This year brings upgrades, expansions and exhibitions designed to shine a new light on Philadelphia’s well-established historical attractions.

Renovated & Renewed:

  • The Pearl S. Buck Museum reopens after the completion of its eight-year interior restoration project on June 26, which would have been the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer’s 121st birthday. Tours of the national historic landmark home feature increased access to collections, including clothes that she wore, tableware and linens that
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Feb 27 2012

Nine Summer Stories In Philadelphia

2012 Highlights: Major Museum Openings, Religious Exhibits, MLS All-Star Game & Arts Galore

New Museums Add Even More Cultural Cred
This summer, the Barnes Foundation’s Philadelphia campus marks its first full season on the culturally rich Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Home to one of the world’s greatest collections of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings, the Barnes Foundation’s new building combines the vision of original owner Dr. Albert Barnes with a contemporary and green execution. In view of the Barnes, the Rodin Museum will reopen this summer after a major renovation and welcome visitors to stand in awe of The Thinker, The Kiss and The Gates of Hell, plus wander around the beautiful outdoor

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Apr 7 2011

Summer 2011 In Philly Brings New Attractions, Big Events And Money-Saving Fun

On Tap This Summer: New Must-Sees In Historic Philadelphia, First-Time Exhibitions & All Kinds Of Family Fun

Summer days in Philadelphia are anything but lazy days—especially in 2011 when new attractions, exhibits, events and tours give visitors plenty of reasons to visit. It’s the first summer for three major new additions to Independence Mall: The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation, the National Museum of American Jewish History and the Liberty 360 3-D show. One of the world’s largest selection of mummies invades The Franklin Institute Science Museum. And a few of Jim Henson’s newest furry friends greet visitors to the Philadelphia Zoo and Sesame Place—and that’s just the beginning.

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May 14 2010

Six Great Reasons To Celebrate July 5th In Historic Philadelphia

Historic Philadelphia Keeps The Independence Day Party Going With Family Fun & Affordable Hotel Packages

No need to rush home after the grand fireworks show in Philadelphia on the Fourth of July. The city’s Independence Day festivities are still going strong on Monday, July 5, the federal holiday. Families, history buffs, the budget conscious and others can find plenty of ways to keep the patriotic party going. There’s a reading of the Declaration of Independence and birthday cake at the Independence Visitor Center, and all-you-can-eat ice cream festival at Penn’s Landing and, of course, the opportunity to see two American icons of freedom, the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.

Here are just a few of

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Apr 30 2010

New And Notable In Historic Philadelphia For 2010

A New 3-D Show, A National Birthday Bash & Tons Of Music & Festivals Fill America’s Most Historic Square Mile

This summer, Historic Philadelphia amps up the fun with new shows, exhibitions and festivals for the whole family. The new 3-D, 360° Liberty 360 show delves into our nation’s most significant symbols of freedom. Special exhibits uncover Ancient Rome, inspiring local women and everyone’s favorite childhood toy, the Slinky®. On the waterfront, Penn’s Landing swings into summer with multicultural celebrations, a film series and top-notch music, including the star-studded Roots Picnic. And, of course, the best place to celebrate the nation’s birthday is in America’s birthplace—the Wawa Welcome America! bash includes three fireworks shows, concerts, a parade and more.

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Apr 30 2010

Historic Philadelphia: The Best Value For Family Summer Vacations

Free & Low-Cost Attractions, Fun Tours, Great Hotels & Valuable Packages Keep 4 Million People Coming Back Each Year

Families looking for an affordable summer vacation don’t have to cut back on fun when they choose Historic Philadelphia. Every year, four million people—that’s the entire population of Los Angeles—visit the area between Front and 7th Streets and Race and Spruce Streets. They come for moving history, modern attractions, fun tours, educational activities and great restaurants that are accessible to all price points and all ages. Must-dos for all Americans: the Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall are free, and almost-free sites like the Betsy Ross House and the National Liberty Museum keep the history lesson going.

With so

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Apr 22 2010

20 Great Ideas For June Weekends In Philly

Cleopatra & Renoir Exhibits Join Philly Beer Week, Odunde, Bike Race & More Fun Festivals

In Philadelphia and The Countryside®, June weekends kick off a jam-packed season with must-do concerts, big exhibitions and all-day festivals. So what’s going on? Cleopatra, along with 155 ancient artifacts, makes its world debut, and The Roots headline their third annual picnic/concert. Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO program, Late Renoir, Art in the Open and the Kimmel Center’s Summer Solstice pack a culture punch. Philly Beer Week brews up some sudsy fun, and TD Bank International Cycling Championship, Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon and a new soccer stadium get people moving—or cheering.

With so much happening all over the region, visitors will want

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Jun 26 2009

16 Ways To Celebrate America's Birthday In The Philadelphia Region

The Independence Day Party Lasts For Days In And Around Philadelphia

When Philadelphia throws a birthday party, everyone catches the spirit—especially leading up to and during Fourth of July weekend. In addition to the many free events that are part of the city’s annual Sunoco Welcome America! celebration, the region is jamming with dozens of events and festivals that celebrate our nation’s heritage. Here’s a look at a few more activities taking place during America’s birthday party:

In Historic Philadelphia:

  • Catch up on the latest up-and-coming artists during First Friday in Old City when galleries and shops throw open their doors for some twilight gallery hopping. July 3. Front to
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Jun 22 2009

Four Days Of Summer Fun In Philly For The Whole Family

The following itinerary is available on gophila.com.

LOCATION: Historic Philadelphia, Centennial District, Bucks County, Kennett Square and Camden, New Jersey

TRANSPORTATION: Foot, taxi, bus or car

DURATION: Four days and four nights

This summer, forgo the same old family vacation in favor of a fun and—dare we say—educational trip to Historic Philadelphia. Everyone knows the birthplace of America is chock full of historic attractions, but it’s also home to a one-of-a kind amusement park, a spectacular aquarium, the country’s oldest zoo, breathtaking gardens, only-in-Philly shops, delicious eats and so much more. Best of all, many of the city’s attractions

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May 1 2009

Fun And Games: Turn A Summer Trip To Philly Into A Playful Adventure

Feel Like A Kid (Or Bring One Along) On Scavenger Hunts, Clue-Finding Expeditions And Role-Playing Activities

Thanks in part to the popularity of TV shows like The Amazing Race and movies like National Treasure (filmed partially in Philadelphia) that send people around the world on the search for clues, prizes and hidden treasures, Philadelphia attractions are mapping out creative ways to help visitors get to know the region. City-wide scavenger hunts, card games that rely on knowledge of historic buildings and participatory re-enactments of Colonial playtime allow both kids and adults to learn more about the city while jumping right into the action. Here’s a look at some of the fun and games taking place in

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