Happy July 4th, Philadelphia!
As the holiday weekend approaches, fireworks, parades, free concerts and more fill every corner of the city — and the countryside, too.
Two major fireworks shows illuminate the sky over the course of the next few days.
First, Wawa Welcome America closes out with its epic fireworks display on July 4th above the Philadelphia Museum of Art (at about 10:30 p.m.) following the 4th of July Jam, or “Largest Free Concert in America.” This year, the totally free concert features Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran, The Roots and more.
On Saturday, July 5, the Delaware River Waterfront gets in on the fireworks action with a show high above the river (at about 9:30 p.m.) following a concert by the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own.”
Also look forward to an all-you-can-eat ice cream festival, outdoor movie nights, parades, historic happenings, free museum admission and much more.
On account of the holiday, we’re going to be heading out a little early today, but we wouldn’t leave without offering up our picks for a super weekend.
There’s no better place to celebrate America’s independence than in the birthplace of it all — right here in Philadelphia. Read on for our guide to this weekend.
Please note: 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.
Thursday, July 3
Top Pick: Philly POPS! Free Concert — 8 p.m. **Due to inclement weather, this concert has been moved indoors to Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Show at 8 p.m.
Top Pick: Screenings Under the Stars at Penn’s Landing Presents The Goonies**Due to inclement weather, this movie night has been cancelled.
Top Pick: The Awesome Fest Presents Living Stars at Clark Park**Due to inclement weather, this movie night has been postponed to this Sunday, July 6 at Clark Park.
Top Pick: Free Screening of Rocky at the Schuylkill Banks and Walnut Street Bridge**Due to inclement weather, this movie night has been cancelled.
Unconsitituional at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre (Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Camden Waterfront Freedom Festival (Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
SS United States at the Independence Seaport Museum (Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Friday, July 4 — Happy July 4th!
Top Pick: Philly 4th of July Jam — 7 p.m., Benjamin Franklin Parkway and 21st Street.
Top Pick: Fireworks on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway — Approximately at 10:30 p.m.
Top Pick: Independence Day Parade — 11 a.m., Starts at 6th and Chestnut Streets
Top Pick: Celebration of Freedom Ceremony with Remarks from Vice President Joe Biden — 10-11 a.m., Steps of Independence Hall, 6th and Chestnut streets
Top Pick: Party on the Parkway — noon-7 p.m., Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 20th Street to Eakins Oval
Much more, below.
Franklin Square Independence Day Family Fun (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Opening Weekend at Fly School Circus Arts (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello at the National Constitution Center (Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Saturday, July 5
Top Pick: Fireworks at Penn’s Landing — Approximately 9:30 p.m.
Top Pick: The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” at Penn’s Landing — 8 p.m.
Top Pick: Wawa Welcome America Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Top Pick: Hawthornes IPA Block Party
Free Yoga at Race Street Pier at 9:30 a.m. (Sat, Sun)
Garden Variety Beer Garden (Sat, Sun)
Native American Voices: The People — Here and Now at the Penn Museum (Thurs, Sat, Sun)
Sunday, July 6
Top Pick: Our Guide to Spruce Street Harbor Park (Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Top Pick: Our Guide to Brunch in Philadelphia
$17.76 Lobster Dinner at Pennsylvania 6 (Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Circus! Science Under the Big Top at The Franklin Institute (Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Your Brain at The Franklin Institute (Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Free Brewery Tours at Yards Brewing Company (Sat, Sun)