Tonight Picks: Wawa Welcome America Kickoff, Free Museum Admission, Parks On Tap And More

July 4th festivities begin in the City of Brotherly Love tonight...

Happy (almost) Fourth of July, Philly!

The city’s six-day Wawa Welcome America! July 4th festivities kick off tonight with free museum admission, a free movie screening, a beer garden at City Hall and more. Check here for a full guide to all the celebrations through July 4th.

Elsewhere, head to the Delaware River waterfront for river-side fun at The Midway at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and a live performance at Spruce Street Harbor Park.

Or grab a drink at any one of the city’s (many) outdoor beer gardens, including roving beer garden Parks on Tap, which is currently at two locations — the Strawberry Mansion Bridge and Paine’s Park.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

Welcome America Pick: Free Admission to the National Constitution Center

Founders Hall at the National Constitution CenterPhoto courtesy National Constitution Center

The 160,000-square-foot National Constitution Center opens its doors for free today, inviting you to learn everything there is to know about the U.S. Constitution through an array of high-tech exhibits, artifacts and interactive displays. Bonus: Access to the fun American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition exhibition is also free!

Welcome America Pick: Free Admission to the National Constitution Center

When:Thursday, June 29, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where:National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
Cost:Free

welcomeamerica.com

Welcome America Pick: Philly at the Movies — Despicable Me 2 at The Schmidt’s Commons

Movie Night At Schmidt's CommonsPhoto courtesy The Schmidt's Commons

As part of Wawa Welcome America’s Philly @ The Movies festivities, The Schmidt’s Commons hosts a free screening of animated comedy Despicable Me 2 tonight. Share a laugh with your favorite Minion lover. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Welcome America Pick: Philly at the Movies — Despicable Me 2 at The Schmidt’s Commons

When:Thursday, June 29, 8-11 p.m.
Where:The Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. 2nd Street
Cost:Free

www.welcomeamerica.com

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and The Midway

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest’s new Midway attraction brings carnival fun to the Delaware River waterfront. Take a ride on a Ferris wheel, play carnival games or take a spin on Summerfest’s fun rollerskating rink.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and The Midway

When:Thursday, June 29, 1-11 p.m.
Where:Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

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The Best Beer Gardens in Philadelphia

Who doesn't love drinking a cold beer outdoors? This summer, more than 30 beer gardens have opened throughout the Philly region, including Uptown Beer Garden (above), Independence Beer Garden, Skygarten and more. Cheers!

The Best Beer Gardens in Philadelphia

When:Times vary by location
Where:Various locations including Uptown Beer Garden, 1735 Market Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Welcome America Pick: Parks On Tap Jr. — Culture on Tap

Parks On Tap Jr. brings the breezy experience of roving beer garden Parks On Tap to the City Hall Courtyard this summer. Have a drink or two at one of Philly’s most iconic landmarks.

Welcome America Pick: Parks On Tap Jr. — Culture on Tap

When:Thursday, June 29, 4-9 p.m.
Where:City Hall, 1401 JFK Boulevard
Cost:Pay as you go

www.parksontap.com

Spruce Street Harbor Park Waterfront Session with The Dove and the Wolf

Philly’s hammock haven Spruce Street Harbor Park hosts weekly music nights every Thursday throughout the summer. On the Thursday before Independence Day, catch popular, local indie pop duo The Dove and the Wolf. The performance will take place from 6:30-9:30 p.m., allowing for plenty of time to also grab a beer from the park’s beer gardens and a bite to eat from the plethora of boardwalk-style food outlets.

Spruce Street Harbor Park Waterfront Session with The Dove and the Wolf

When:Thursday, June 29, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Where:Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

www.sprucestreetharborpark.com

Final Day for the Brews and Views Beer Garden at Parkway Central Library

The Parkway Central Library’s Brews and Views beer garden series ends tonight. Take advantage of your last chance this summer to take in gorgeous views of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Logan Square from the library’s Skyline Terrace.

Final Day for the Brews and Views Beer Garden at Parkway Central Library

When:Thursday, June 29, 5-9 p.m.
Where:Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Charade at Schuylkill Banks

Schuylkill BanksPhoto courtesy Schuylkill Banks

Free movie nights at the Schuylkill Banks continue tonight with a screening of classic romantic comedy Charade. Grab a blanket and enjoy Hollywood icons Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn under the stars.

Charade at Schuylkill Banks

When:Thursday, June 29, 8:30 p.m.
Where:Schuylkill Banks, 2501 Walnut Street
Cost:Free

www.schuylkillbanks.org

Old City Eats

From 5-8 p.m., enjoy specials at one of several Old City eateries and restaurants for Old City Eats. Explore the Historic District and grab some half-priced appetizers, $4 beers and $5 cocktails.

Old City Eats

When:Thursday, June 29, 5-8 p.m.
Where:Various locations including The Little Lion, 243 Chestnut Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Welcome America Pick: Free Admission to The Mummers Museum and Free Mummers Performance

Learn about the fun and colorful tradition of the Mummers at the South Philly museum dedicated to the costumes, songs and lively routines of the iconic troupe. The Mummers Museum will offer free admission from 6-8 p.m. and the award-winning Quaker City String Band will perform — also for free — from 8-10 p.m.

Welcome America Pick: Free Admission to The Mummers Museum and Free Mummers Performance

When:Thursday, June 29, 6-10 p.m.
Where:Mummers Museum, 1100 South 2nd Street
Cost:Free

welcomeamerica.com

Stroll The Street Manayunk

Enjoy al fresco dining throughout Manayunk tonight for Stroll The Street Manayunk, where select restaurants will feature $5 food and drink specials. Vendors and food trucks will also be on hand.

Stroll The Street Manayunk

When:Thursday, June 29, 5-8:30 p.m.
Where:Various locations including Bourbon Blue, 2 Rector Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.manayunk.com

Parks on Tap at Paine’s Park and the Strawberry Mansion Bridge

Parks On TapPhoto courtesy Fairmont Park Conservancy

Parks on Tap’s roving beer garden continues to spread summer fun in two different locations going into the 4th of July weekend. Enjoy a summer night at either the Strawberry Mansion Bridge or Paine’s Park.

Parks on Tap at Paine’s Park and the Strawberry Mansion Bridge

When:Wednesday, June 29, 5-10 p.m.
Where:Paine’s Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive & Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Pay as you go

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Music, Cocktails, and The Science of Sleep with Casper at the Institute of Contemporary Art

Relax with a drink in your hand at this “staycation” event. Featuring a DJ set from Cosmo Baker, A Night With Casper also allows guests to “sleepwalk” on a guided tour through the Institute of Contemporary Art, take in a screening of Michel Gondry’s The Science of Sleep and more. Sweet dreams.

Music, Cocktails, and The Science of Sleep with Casper at the Institute of Contemporary Art

When:Thursday, June 29, 6-10 p.m.
Where:Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th Street
Cost:Free with RSVP

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