July 4th kicks off early in Philadelphia, with a weekend packed full of Fourth festivities from spectacular fireworks to food festivals and more. (Top photo by R. Kennedy for GPTMC, bottom two by J. Smith for GPTMC)
Philadelphia’s 10-day-long July 4th celebration kicks into high gear this weekend with the Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival, Taste of Philadelphia food extravaganza and the first of two giant fireworks displays, this one on Penn’s Landing above the Delaware River.
But there’s a lot going on outside of the holiday happenings, from summer sales at local boutiques to outdoor concerts to BBQs to major exhibitions.
Here are our top picks for this weekend, below:
Friday, June 29
“Taste Of Philadelphia” Food Festival (Fri, Sat, Sun)
The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Summer Concerts at the Mann Center (Fri, Sat)
Wine 101 at the Wine School of Philadelphia (Fri, Sat)
Summer BBQ Blowout sale at Adresse
The National Constitution Center’s Independence Day Celebration (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Third Street Habit Summer Sale (Fri, Sat)
Friday Nights Under the Stars at Brandywine Polo Club
Martinis On The Portico at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
To Bigotry No Sanction: George Washington & Religious Freedom at the National Museum of American Jewish History (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Opening Day!
Bistrot La Minette Movie Under the Stars
Moonlight Movies In Mt. Airy
Saturday, June 30
July 4th In Philadelphia Fireworks Guide: Where to Watch Tonight, Round One, On Penn’s Landing
Independence Day Splash at Adventure Aquarium
Plus: Adventure Aquarium launches Shark Shuttle between Independence Visitor Center and Penn’s Landing RiverLink Ferry terminal
Battleship Blast on the Battleship New Jersey
Big Bang BBQ at Penns Woods Winery (Sat, Sun)
Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival (Sat, Sun)
Dinner and a Show package at Fish and the Wilma Theater
Fireworks and Live Classic Rock Music at Penn Treaty Park
Clark Park Summer Solstice Music & Arts Festival
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Top Picks For Cold Confections: Ice Cream, Water Ice, Gelato
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SugarHouse Casino presents SugarBeach pop-up on the waterfront (Sat, Sun)
Michael Moore speaks at Plays & Players Theatre
LMFAO at Wells Fargo Center
The Bellevue Beach: Kids Summer Fun
Strada Pasta Pop-Up Dinner
Peddler’s Village 50th Annual Celebration of Freedom
Roundup: Where In Philadelphia To Drink A Lemon Shandy, The Perfect Warm-Weather Cocktail
Light Installations by Bruce Munro at Longwood Gardens (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Bring-Your-Own-Dog Brunch at Square 1682
Race Street Pier Summer Film Series
Paddle Penn’s Landing (Sat, Sun)
Salvatore Pinto: A Retrospective Celebrating the Barnes Legacy at the Woodmere Art Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)
The Walnut Street Theatre’s The Buddy Holly Story (Fri, Sat, Sun)
New Rita’s exhibit and flavor at the Please Touch Museum
Craft Spoken Here at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times at the Franklin Institute (Fri, Sat, Sun)
PAFA and Dr. Barnes (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Sunday, July 1
Bike Rentals in Fairmount Park are open
Summer Eats: Top Picks For Cold Confections In Philadelphia
Summer Eats Roundup: Top Picks For Philadelphia Food Trucks
Prom: Photographs by Mary Ellen Mark at the Perelman Building — Opening Day!
Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Uwishunu’s Guide To Picnicking In Philadelphia
BYOW Sunday at Davio’s
Maya.2012: Lords of Time at the Penn Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Morris Arboretum’s Garden Railway (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Act II Playhouse’s My Fair Lady (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!
Azuka Theatre’s Hazard County (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!
Arden Theatre’s Tulipomania (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!
“Run! The Super-Athletes of the Sierra Madre” at the Penn Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)
From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen at the National Constitution Center (Fri, Sat, Sun)
On My Honor: 100 Years of Girl Scouting at the National Constitution Center (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow: Living with the Atomic Bomb, 1945-1965 at the Mercer Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Offering Of The Angels: Treasures From The Uffizi at the Michener Art Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)
First Among Equals exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)