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Philly2Philly's Guide to July 4th in Philadelphia


Fourth of July Fireworks over the Art Museum, Photo by G. Widman for GPTMCLocals tend to flee the city, and tourists along with residents from the suburbs invade it. Such is the case during the weekend when we commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in the city where it was voted on and approved

Whether you're planning July 4th activities in Philadelphia or just outside, Philly2Philly.com has you covered. July 4th falls on a Sunday this year, but Philadelphia is celebrating all week. Wawa Welcome America has scheduled two weeks of activities from Taste of Philadelphia to Philly @ the Movies to the fireworks and a concert with Jeffrey Gaines at Penns Landing and, the big finale: the Life, Liberty and You Concert: The Largest Free Concert in America featuring the Goo Goo Dolls, The Roots, Chrisette Michele, and Chuck Brown, starting at 8:00 p.m. at the Eakins Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.


Philadelphia will have fireworks twice this weekend. First, on Saturday night, July 3rd, at Penns Landing (Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street) and second, on Sunday, July 4th behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The fireworks on both nights are called for 9:30 p.m. but will most likely start shortly thereafter (as in years past).

On Sunday, most people will be settled in the Parkway well ahead of time for the concert. If you're not up for fighting the crowds for concert seats, there are some other good vantage points to catch the fireworks display. Philly2Philly suggests Boathouse Row, Lemon Hill, Laurel Hill Cemetery, or in any of the condo buildings in the Art Museum District / Fairmount. 

Go Fourth with History

Refresh your local Revolutionary history knowledge in Historic Germantown on the Fourth of July. Tour some of the five historic houses in Germantown or check out other attractions in the area. Picnic on the battlegrounds at Cliveden or at Stenton, where you can also make your own ice cream from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cliveden will be hosting free tours of the Revolutionary Battleground from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Go Fourth with Art

Due to all of the festivities on its front steps, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be closed on July 4th. It will, however, be open the following day, Monday, July 5th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., which is unique because the museum is normally closed on Mondays. So if you have a three-day weekend and in the area, have you July 4th BBQ and activities on Sunday, and relax with some art on Monday! 

Get Your Grillin' On!

Tired of hamburgers, hotdogs and chicken for your July Fourth barbecue?  Here are three of Philly2Philly.com's favorite summer recipes, easy to prepare and guaranteed to add a little flair to your BBQ without breaking the bank. Check out the Philadelphia Culture and Cuisine page for more details. 

Philly2Philly Photo Contest!

Philly2Philly.com wants your July 4th photos! To submit your photo to be on Philly2Philly.com's culture page email it to culture@philly2philly.com. The top ten photos will be posted the week after the fourth!


Photos by G. Widman for GPTMC