Is it a surprise that Philadelphia knows how to throw an epic July 4th celebration?
The team behind the blockbuster Wawa Welcome America festival has been throwing massive Independence Day (and week!) celebrations for more than a quarter of a century — and 2018 will be no different.
WAWA WELCOME AMERICA FAST FACTS
- The massive, multi-day July 4th celebration runs from June 28 to July 4.
- Pitbull headlines the FREE Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
- The Wawa Welcome America July 4th Fireworks show after the concert will be the largest show in a decade.
Celebrating the nation’s birthday for the 26th year in a row, Wawa Welcome America — one of the biggest events of the entire year in Philly — is a multi-day party with 50 free events (!) for all ages throughout the city, including concerts, a parade and fireworks.
Speaking of concerts, the giant free concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on July 4th features a different set of talented musicians each year, and this year, global hip-hop star Pitbull will headline the huge concert.
Pitbull — or “Mr. Worldwide,” as he’s also known — is the star behind hits like Timber, Give Me Everything and I Know You Want Me. He’s sold six million albums and 70 million singles, and had No. 1 hits in more than 15 countries.
The Parkway stage will also welcome Heather Headley, a Grammy Award-winning R&B, gospel and Broadway star who has toured with Andrea Bocelli. The Philly POPS BIG Band and R&B singers Tiffany Jones, Alita Moses and Desahanna Wooden will perform as well.
After the festivities on stage, a huge fireworks show will fill the sky above the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This year’s spectacle promises to be the largest July 4th fireworks show in more than a decade.
Can’t make it to the Parkway? The celebration will be broadcasted live throughout the Philadelphia area on NBC10 and broadcasted in Spanish on Telemundo62.
More info on the other 49 free events going down during the 26th annual Wawa Welcome America festival will be announced in May, so stay tuned.