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Philly July 4th Events


So here’s the deal. It’s finally the long-awaited long weekend of July 4th, and you’re in the city that started it all. So, what are you going to do? Assuming a Southern New Jersey beach isn’t in your near future, America’s birthplace has got you covered all weekend. And for the most part, all events are free.    Penns Landing

The Weather Channel predicts (and they’re always right) a miracle: No rain all weekend. Thursday: High of 80, partly cloudy. Friday: High of 81, partly cloudy. Saturday: High of 78, AM clouds. Sunday: High of 74, AM clouds.

You’ve got no excuse to stay inside, save Saturday’s (4:05) and Sunday’s (1:35) Phillies games – if you’re not going.

Sunoco is sponsoring this year’s Welcome America Philadelphia Celebrations. Here’s what they’ve got going on.

Thursday, July 2

Rhythms on Rittenhouse Square: 7pm-?

Rittenhouse Square Park

Starting at 7pm, Rhythms on Rittenhouse Square will feature opera, jazz, and acoustic music, free, from Rittenhouse Square Park.

Friday, July 3

Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival: 12noon-5pm

Penn’s Landing

For a $5 donation to the Joshua Kahan Fund (benefits victims of pediatric leukemia), you and your kids can indulge on as much Ben & Jerry’s, Häagen-Dazs, Edy’s, Breyers/Good Humor, Bassett’s, Turkey Hill, Jack & Jill, and Philadelphia Water Ice as you want.

Come on, you deserve it.

Pops on Independence: 8:30pm-10pm

Independence Mall

The official Welcome America press release invites you to “come early with your blankets, chairs and picnic baskets.” This is another free event, as all are invited to listen to the Grammy Award-winning pianist Peter Nero and the Philly Pops Orchestra as they play a unique mix of old and new, playful and sophisticated music downtown.


Saturday, July 4

Independence Day Ceremony: 10am-11am

Independence Mall

An annual tradition, Philly Mayor Michael Nutter and other dignitaries will be on hand for a series of ceremonies. They include a tribute to American history and its principals of freedom, military flyovers, and a presentation of the Declaration of Independence.

Independence Day Parade: 11am-12noon

Historic Philadelphia

For the first time in 18 years, the Independence Day Parade returns to historic Philadelphia, heading up Market Street. It features celebrities, marching bands, drum lines, re-enactment organizations, antique cars, fire departments, cultural organizations, active military, and floats.

Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival: 12noon-5pm

Penn’s Landing

Come on, you know one day of endless ice cream isn’t enough.

Party on the Parkway: 12noon-6pm

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 The Ben Franklin Parkway will be closed off to cars for everything your kids could possibly ask for (besides all the ice cream they could eat, but you’ve already got that covered.) Festivities include face painting, a performance by Disney recording artists, food vendors, arts and crafts, and more.

Bell Tapping Ceremony: 1:30pm-2:30pm

Liberty Bell, Independence Mall

Heading back downtown, all are invited to gather around the liberty bell as descendants of the Founding Fathers ceremonially tap the bell.

“Life, Liberty, and You” Concert and Fireworks: 8pm-?

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The RootsThe night culminates as Philly’s own The Roots take the stage, playing their unique form of hip-hop. Next, pop singer Sheryl Crow will build the night up to the fireworks show, telecast on ABC.  





Sheryl Crow




Sunday, July 5


Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival: 12noon-5pm

Penn’s Landing


It’s still technically the holiday weekend. It’s for a good cause. You can do it.




Fam Jams: 1pm-5pm

Penn’s Landing

Nickelodeon TV stars Nat and Alex Wolff will be performing a free kids’ concert.


Roots Picture from www.WelcomeAmerica.com

Sheryl Crow picture from www.top40db.net

Penn’s Landing Picture from www.freewebs.com

Home Page photo: www.nfvproducts.com

For more information, visit www.welcomeamerica.com