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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.

To take in all the patriotic

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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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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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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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Sep 16 2009

10 Not-To-Miss Halloween Treats In Historic Philadelphia

Edgar Allan Poe Show, Ghost Tours And Pumpkin Painting Make Authentic Treats—And That’s No Trick

It’s the time of year when visitors wander the cobblestone streets of Historic Philadelphia and ask the question, are they or aren’t they…haunted. Halloween offers lots of “Poe-tential” for literary encounters with spooky characters, as well as family-friendly ghosts and goblins who some think still inhabit the centuries-old neighborhood.

Halloween enthusiasts who book one of the 80 featured hotel packages on gophila.com/withlove will receive a special treat at check-in. The giveaway includes a Philadelphia Privileges coupon book, a five-pack of With Love postcards, a With Love pin and Philly Fill-Ins word games, along with other brochures, coupons and maps. After

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Jul 9 2009

23 Reasons To Visit Philadelphia And The Countryside® In Fall 2009

Mark The Calendar For Princess Diana, Jim Henson, Halloween, Philadelphia Marathon And The Thanksgiving Day Parade

As summer’s high temperatures subside and leaves turn red, orange and yellow, Philadelphia and The Countryside® welcomes autumn with special exhibitions, Halloween haunts and all-ages annual events. Princess Diana, Jim Henson, Henri Matisse, George Washington Carver and Barkley L. Hendricks lead the lineup, which also includes Body Worlds 2 at The Franklin Institute Science Museum, tattoos galore at the Independence Seaport Museum, Eastern State Penitentiary’s Terror Behind the Walls, fall festivals and much more.

Fall Into A Philadelphia Hotel:
As part of the new With Love, Philadelphia XOXO™ campaign, fall-loving visitors who book one of the 80 featured packages

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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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Apr 16 2009

$1.5 Million African-American Histroy Exhibition Kicks Off Summer In Historic Philadelphia

New July Fourth Parade, Lincoln Celebration And Behind-The-Scenes Boat Tours Headline A Summer Of Discovery

This summer, Historic Philadelphia is home to brand-new attractions, activities and events, including the provocative new exhibition at The African American Museum in Philadelphia, Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia, 1776-1876. After undergoing an extensive renovation, the city’s premier African-American museum will unveil its stunning permanent display on Juneteenth (June 19).

To discover Audacious Freedom and all of the other affordable—or free—attractions in Historic Philadelphia this summer, visitors will have to spend at least two nights. gophila.com lists dozens of affordable hotel packages, including the popular Philly Overnight® Hotel Package, a two-night offer that comes with free hotel parking.

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Sep 10 2008

It's A Star-studded Halloween In Philly With Elvira And Edgar Allan Poe

The Queen Of Movie Macabre Hosts Events And Honors The King Of Horror

Home to dozens of authentic haunted attractions, Philadelphia is showing off its fun side this Halloween with the queen of horror films, Elvira “Mistress of the Dark,” appearing at several events on Friday, October 31, 2008. The vampy, campy, good-time ghoul will kick off Halloween weekend at the Edgar Allan Poe National Historical Site with her interpretation of The Raven, then it’s off to a haunted prison and a party at a hotel where Bram Stoker penned portions of Dracula. Fans of the pop culture icon can keep track of her Philadelphia whereabouts by following the VisitPhilly updates on microblogging

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Jun 9 2008

There's No Place Like Philly On The Fourth Of July

John Legend, Boyz II Men And The Real Wedding Of Ben Franklin And Betsy Ross Re-enactors Highlight The Free Nine-Day Festival

The nation’s birthplace is still the best place to celebrate America’s birthday. Sunoco Welcome America!, Philadelphia’s nine-day marathon of Independence Day events, kicks off on Saturday, June 28 and continues through Sunday, July 6, 2008. In between, each day is jam-packed with films, food, dancing, a parade, patriotic ceremonies and free concerts featuring John Legend on Friday, July 4 and Boyz II Men on Saturday, July 5, with fireworks following both concerts. To make the festival even more special this year, the re-enactors who portray Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross will be married in a real wedding ceremony on July

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Jun 9 2008

Ben Franklin And Betsy Ross To Marry In Philly On July 3

Philadelphia’s Premier Historic Re-enactors Will Tie The Knot During Sunoco Welcome America!’s POPS on Independence Concert

Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross are getting married, and it’s happening in Philadelphia. In reality, Ralph Archbold, the city’s nationally recognized Ben Franklin re-enactor, fell in love with Linda Wilde, who often portrays Betsy Ross, and they decided to get married. The couple will exchange vows in a public ceremony on Thursday, July 3, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. in front of Independence Hall before the POPS on Independence concert, one of the Sunoco Welcome America! Fourth of July festival’s most popular traditions. Mayor Michael A. Nutter will officiate the ceremony, and the Grammy Award-winning Peter Nero and the Philly Pops

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Jun 9 2008

Philadelphia, America's Birthplace, Hosts Patriotic Ceremonies On July 4, 2008

Commemorative Activities End With Ceremonial Tapping Of The Liberty Bell

The best place to celebrate America’s birthday is the place where it all started 232 years ago—at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. On Friday, July 4, 2008, at 10:00 a.m., Mayor Michael A. Nutter will lead the city’s Independence Day Ceremony, a commemorative event that pays tribute to the 18th-century leaders who founded the United States, as well as up-and-coming 21st-century leaders. The ceremony is one of many events that make up Sunoco Welcome America!’s nine-day Fourth of July festival, June 28 through July 6, 2008.

Set on an attractive new stage in front of Independence Hall, the

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Jun 9 2008

Celebrate America's Birthday With Patriotic Events, Activities, And Festivities Throughout The Philadelphia Region

The Independence Day Party Lasts For Days In And Around Philadelphia

Whoever said less is more sure wasn’t thinking about Fourth of July in Philadelphia and The Countryside®. When it comes to celebrating America’s birthday, America’s birthplace knows that more is better. In addition to the many free events that are part of the Sunoco Welcome America! celebration, the region is jamming with dozens of events and festivals that celebrate our nation’s heritage. Here are a few more activities taking place during the nation’s birthday party:

In Historic Philadelphia:

  • Once Upon A Nation hosts three evening adventures that bring visitors face-to-face with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. Participants
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Jun 9 2008

Fourth Of July In Philly: Ben Franklin & Betsy Ross's Wedding, Two Fireworks Shows, John Legend, Boyz II Men, Fiesta And More

From July 3-6, All The Action Is In Philly During The Sunoco Welcome America! Celebration

When it comes to celebrating America’s birthday, Philly does July 4 like nowhere else. A highlight this year will be the real-life wedding of two re-enactors who portray Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross. The couple will be married in front of Independence Hall with Mayor Michael A. Nutter officiating and Peter Nero and the Philly POPS providing the music. Add in back-to-back fireworks shows, free concerts starring John Legend and Boyz II Men, a Latin fiesta that will take over Benjamin Franklin Parkway and budget-friendly hotel packages for a Fourth of July weekend revelers won’t soon forget. All of the

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Apr 29 2008

Headliners Announced For Two Concerts During Philadelphia’s Sunoco Welcome America! Fourth Of July Festival

John Legend To Appear On July 4, Boyz II Men Slated For July 5

Revelers in town for Sunoco Welcome America!, Philadelphia’s annual Independence Day celebration, can enjoy two evenings of free concerts during the festival, which runs from Saturday, June 28 through Sunday, July 6. Five-time Grammy winner John Legend will take the outdoor stage at the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Friday, July 4. And the next evening, Saturday, July 5, four-time Grammy winners Boyz II Men will perform at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing along the Delaware River waterfront. Both concerts will be followed by spectacular fireworks displays.

"Landing John Legend and Boyz II Men for Sunoco

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Jan 23 2008

Philadelphia's Top News And Events For 2008

History, Museums, Sports, Music And More In 2008

Openings:

  • Please Touch Museum and Centennial District – When it opens on October 18, 2008, the children’s museum’s new location in Fairmount Park’s Memorial Hall—a National Historic Landmark built in 1876 for the Centennial Exhibition—will boast three times more space for exhibitions and programs. Just outside the museum, kids and adults will also delight in riding the meticulously restored 1908 Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel. (215) 963-0667, www.pleasetouchmuseum.org
  • President’s House – Within close view of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center, the President’s House Commemorative Site, to be erected in 2009, will mark the location of the nation’s
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Sep 19 2007

Philadelphia Holiday Happenings With An Historical Twist

Macy’s Holiday Light Show, Mummers And More Add More Fun To The Festivities

Philadelphia’s classic holiday happenings, including Macy’s famed Holiday Light Show and the Mummer’s Parade up Broad Street on New Year’s Day, events that are 52 and 107 years old respectively, show that in this city the season is about timelessness and tradition. To complement the cozy, comfy customs that visitors and residents enjoy are new traditions likely to be carried on for generations. Plenty of hotel package options make it easy and fun for visitors to catch the spirit of the season. To book a room online, visit www.gophila.com.

A look at some Philadelphia holiday happenings with an historical

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Tagged: History, Holidays