Race Street Pier is one of the places to be this weekend as it will be hosting a movie screening on Saturday night as well as being a great spot from where to watch the fireworks above Penn's Landing, also on Saturday night. (Photo by R. Kennedy for GPTMC)
The name of the game this weekend is extending your July 4th celebrations while simultaneously, ahem, staying cool… (Really? A Real-Feel of 108° on Saturday? That’s just not cool.) Luckily, we have you covered with both picks for additional July 4th fun as well as some of our best bets for beating the heat.
It’s always cooler on the waterfront, so that’s just one reason to check out the last July 4th -themed fireworks display of 2012, this Saturday night at Penn’s Landing. The evening also includes a concert of patriotic music beforehand and as a live soundtrack to the show.
We’re also hopeful that’s it going to cool down just enough to enjoy an outdoor movie screening of one of our all-time favorite 80s movies on Friday night in Mount Airy.
And, of course, there’s always the genius idea of heading indoors to one of the city’s many attractions to soak in a bit of frosty museum air-conditioning while exploring one of the numerous blockbuster exhibitions currently on view here in the city.
Also note that posting will be a little light here this afternoon as Team Uwishunu will be extending our own July 4th celebrations by ducking out a little early today — Happy (Extended) Fourth!
And with that, our top picks for this weekend, below.
Friday, July 6
Vox VIII Opening at Vox Populi Gallery
Snyderman Works Gallery: Found Objects Opening
Reading Room Opening at Little Berlin
Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times at the Franklin Institute (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Friday Night Fireworks in New Hope and Lambertville
Neon Art: Folk, Found and Fine at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Bistrot La Minette Movie Under the Stars
Moonlight Movies In Mt. Airy
Martinis on the Portico at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Saturday, July 7
Free Fireworks Show and Concert on Penn’s Landing
Beat The Heat With Our Top Picks For Attractions With Frosty Air Conditioning
Top Picks For Cold Confections: Ice Cream, Water Ice, Gelato
Champagne Saturdays at Arcadia’s Rittenhouse Location
Sixth Annual Philly Phyzz Phest
Wine Bar Weekend at Chaddsford Winery
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)
More Weekend Picks, below.
Salvatore Pinto: A Retrospective Celebrating the Barnes Legacy at the Woodmere Art Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Uwishunu’s Guide To Picnicking In Philadelphia
Sunday, July 8
Sangria Sunday at Chaddsford Winery
To Bigotry No Sanction: George Washington & Religious Freedom at the National Museum of American Jewish History (Fri, Sat, Sun)
White Pines Productions present Team Sunshine Performance Corporation at Elkins Estate
SugarHouse Casino presents SugarBeach pop-up on the waterfront (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!
New Rita’s exhibit and flavor at the Please Touch Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Craft Spoken Here at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)
PAFA and Dr. Barnes (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Bike Rentals in Fairmount Park are open
Prom: Photographs by Mary Ellen Mark at the Perelman Building (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Maya.2012: Lords of Time at the Penn Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Morris Arboretum’s Garden Railway (Fri, Sat, Sun)
“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)