July 3, 2013
Weekend Picks, July 4th Edition: Epic Fireworks On July 4 And 6, The Free Fourth Of July Jam Concert On The Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Taste Of Philadelphia And Much, Much More
Happy 4th of July, Philadelphia!
As we look forward to a long holiday weekend, it’s time to plan out how to take advantage of the scores of patriotic happenings in Philadelphia over the next four days.
It’s totally appropriate that Philadelphia — the city that hosted the delegates for the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the city that is home to the one-and-only Liberty Bell –has dozens of blockbuster events all holiday weekend long.
With Wawa Welcome America in full swing, popular musicians (think John Mayer, Ne-Yo, Jill Scott and, of course, The Roots) and one comedian (Kevin Hart!) are set to rock the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Thursday, July 4 at the annual (and free!) Fourth of July Jam. Immediately following the performance, a huge grand finale fireworks show erupts over the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Awesome.
For post-Fourth of July fireworks, look to the Delaware River as Adventure Aquarium presents an end-all fireworks show. The pyrotechnics follow a performance by Marsha Ambrosius at the Taste of Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing on Saturday, July 6.
In addition to pyrotechnic displays and free concerts, other July 4th-centric events are slated for the upcoming long weekend. Barbecues, history lessons, family-friendly events and special museum deals are all in the forecast.
Our top picks for this holiday weekend, below.
Wednesday, July 3
Top Pick: The City Festival
Top Pick: The Pops on Independence Mall
Top Pick: Longwood Gardens Fireworks and Fountains
Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture on the Wall at The Barnes Foundation (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Love, Loss, and What I Wore at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Art Splash: Red, White, and Glue (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Thursday, July 4 — Happy Fourth of July!
Top Pick: Wawa Welcome America Grand Finale Fireworks, approximately at 10:30 p.m.
Top Pick: Wawa Welcome America Fourth of July Jam, 7-11 p.m.
Top Pick: Independence Day Parade, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Top Pick: Party on the Parkway, noon-7 p.m.
Top Pick: Let Freedom Ring, 1-2 p.m.
Top Pick: Historic Germantown Events, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Friday, July 5
Top Pick: Taste of Philadelphia (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Top Pick: SugarHouse Casino Fireworks
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster at the Penn Museum (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Serpentine at the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University (Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Tugboats: The Art of Dave Boone at the Independence Seaport Museum (Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Turning Points at the Mercer Museum (Wed, Thus, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Summer Show Off Exhibit at the Mt. Airy Art Garage (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Serrano’s Street Fare Menu (Fri, Sat)
Soiree Philadelphia’s Pop-Up Shop
Our top picks for Saturday and Sunday, below.
Saturday, July 6
Top Pick: Camden Waterfront Freedom Festival (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Wicked at the Academy of Music (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Glow: Living Lights at the Academy of Natural Science (Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
CandyCoated Wonderland at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Sunday, July 7
Top Pick: Weeklong Independence Day Programs at the National Constitution Center (Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Big Bang BBQ at Chaddsford Winery (Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Extended Hours at The Barnes Foundation (Sat, Sun)
Brandywine Big Bang BBQ (Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
The 1968 Exhibit at the National Constitution Center (Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
The Art of Golf at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!
Portrait Stories at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun) — Closing Day!
Come See About Me at the African American Museum of Philadelphia (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Grease at the Walnut Street Theater (Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Kutztown Folk Festival (Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Big Bang BBQ at Black Walnut Winery (Sat, Sun)