Wawa Welcome America – What’s going on July 4th!

Alright 4th of July is Monday and if you’re not heading down the shore you should exactly what’s going on in Philly. The Wawa Welcome America! festival will not disappoint and it’s a fun time to be out and about. Monday July 4th is not all about Fireworks. This day is jam packed throughout the city with fun events. Again all these events are FREE.

Credit: Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC

Celebration of Freedom at Independence Hall 5th and Chestnut Streets

The star-spangled salute to America features honored speakers, like Mayor Michael Nutter, and patriotic ceremonies from 10 – 11 a.m. Celebrate our nation’s birth with a patriotic salute! Music, speeches and a reading of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence will pay tribute to the history of our nation.

Independence Day Parade at Market Street

What’s red, white and blue all over? The old-time Fourth of July parade that winds through Historic Philadelphia from 11 – 1 p.m. This year, the route has expanded, winding through the nation’s most historic mile, featuring 3,500 patriotic and multicultural marchers, musicians, dancers and floats. All five U.S. military branches will be represented.

Party on the Parkway at Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 18th and 23rd Streets

Music, dancing, cultural activities, arts and crafts and live entertainment make for an afternoon of family fun from 12 noon – 7 p.m.

Philly Fourth of July Jam and Grand Finale Fireworks at Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Four-time Grammy award-winning band The Roots will headline Philly’s 4th of July Jam! The band and the Festival musical director ?uestlove will perform their set as well as sets with special guests Earth, Wind and Fire, Michael McDonald, Estelle, Sara Bareilles, DJ Jazzy Jeff and more! From 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

FIREWORKS LOCATION: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Time: The fireworks display is estimated to begin around 10:30 p.m

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