Photo Of The Day: Have A Happy Fourth Of July, Philadelphia!

Wawa Welcome America's spectacular fireworks on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway offer an electric toast to July 4th tonight. (Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC)

Happy Birthday, America!

The official day of commemorating the birth of the nation has arrived. Today, the week-long celebration of July 4th in Philadelphia reaches its crescendo.

Wawa Welcome America hits its high point tonight with a bang as a free blockbuster concert and a free fireworks show take over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from noon all the way through until after 11 p.m.

From dawn until nearly midnight, patriotic happenings fill the streets, parks and attractions of the City of Brotherly Love. For an hour-by-hour lineup of today’s festivities, check here.

If you’re celebrating beyond city limits, we’ve got you covered, too. Check here for our top picks of 4th of July events taking place in Philadelphia’s countryside.

Just looking to catch the fireworks spectacle above the Benjamin Franklin Parkway? Refer to our fireworks watching guide and interactive map for the best vantage points from which to watch tonight’s display on the Parkway. And, folks, note that there are no fireworks over the Delaware River tonight (that show is on Saturday, July 6).

For those staying in the comfort of their own homes, you don’t have to miss out on the action and music on the Parkway. For the first time this year, VH1 will televise and live stream the Philly 4th of July Jam concert.

Remember, all fireworks shows and events are scheduled rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, follow @July4thPhilly on Twitter and Wawa Welcome America on Facebook for up-to-the-minute information.

Have a happy and safe Independence Day!

Want to get out and celebrate? Check out our Hour-by-Hour Guide to the 4th of July in Philadelphia right here!


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