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May 5, 2014

Save The Date: Wawa Welcome America Returns This Summer With The Roots, Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj And Jennifer Hudson Headlining The Philly 4th of July Jam And Much More, June 28-July 4

Wawa Welcome America returns to celebrate Independence Day and American history from June 28 to July 4 with the country's largest free outdoor concert and a massive fireworks display on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and much more. (Photo courtesy Wawa Welcome America)

All of the action of the lively spring festival season has us thinking ahead.

The blowout Wawa Welcome America celebration and Philly Fourth of July Jam, one of the biggest annual events in Philadelphia, returns to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day this summer, June 28 though July 4.

A wealth of patriotic festivities take over the city every year, with highlights including live — and free! — music from Grammy-winning musicians, a parade, fireworks, a food festival and more.

Perhaps the most hotly anticipated event, the culminating concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway — the Philly 4th of July Jam — brings legendary musicians to a pop-up stage in front of the Art Museum year after year.

Philadelphia’s own hometown heroes The Roots are back again to curate a killer lineup and, for the second year, VH1 has partnered up with Wawa Welcome America to provide a high-definition nationwide broadcast of the Philly 4th of July Jam.

The just-released 2014 music lineup features great names like Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, Aloe Blacc and, of course, The Roots.

For more on the music, check out the complete music lineup on Philly 360°.

But before the free concert climax, an entire week of events celebrate the national holiday. Look for new kick-off event Liberty Block Party at The Shops at Liberty Place on Saturday, June 28, a Mural Arts Paint Day on Sunday, June 29, the return of the all-time favorite Wawa Hoagie Day on the Independence Visitor Center lawn Wednesday, July 2, plus free movies, concerts and — of course! — fireworks.

Fireworks light up the sky on multiple occasions throughout the week, and the grand finale fireworks are slated for Friday, July 4 immediately following the concert on the parkway.

Also on Saturday, July 5, watch the sky over the Delaware River come alive with a landside fireworks from Adventure Aquarium.

Truly, Wawa Welcome America is an awesome display of entertainment in celebration of the Fourth of July.

Check back for more as Independence Day approaches.

Wawa Welcome America!
When: June 28-July 4
Where: Various locations
Cost: Free
More info: www.welcomeamerica.com

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OMG What a day of fun with my son and fiance Marko at the parkway at oval center playing ping pong checkers different vendors and varities of food.We also walked down boat house row just a beautiful day to be out having fun in the city My son had a blast Gotta love the city Go Philly

the 4 of july I will be down on the parkway viviburton