28 Brilliant Things To Do In Philly This Holiday Week, July 2-8

Philadelphia’s Historic District Block Party, Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert and Fireworks, First Friday in Philly and more...

With the Fourth of July holiday falling squarely in the middle of this week, it’s no surprise that there are tons of things to see and do in the birthplace of America.

The blockbuster Wawa Welcome America festival continues this week with more free museum days and free outdoor concerts. The festival culminates on Wednesday with the massive Party on the Parkway block party followed by an epic free concert starring Pitbull and a blowout fireworks show, all located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Also on the roster for this week: First Friday events at galleries and attractions citywide, a fabulous LGBT boat party at The Deck at Moshulu, a handful of awesome outdoor movie screenings and the inclusivity-promoting music event First Time’s The Charm at PhilaMOCA.

Check out all of our picks for this patriotic week in Philly, below.

July 4th Week in Philadelphia

Fourth of July fireworks over the Benjamin Franklin ParkwayPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Fourth of July is this Wednesday, and events celebrating America’s birthday light up the streets, the skies and the stages across the city from Monday through Wednesday. Highlights include the third annual Philadelphia's Historic District Block Party (Tuesday), free (or pay-what-you wish) museum days (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday), an expanded roster of outdoor concerts and a Fourth of July finale party on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, with a free concert starring Pitbull and the city's largest fireworks show in a decade over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

July 4th Week in Philadelphia

When:Through Wednesday, July 4
Where:Various locations including the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, N. 21st Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Varies by event

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Last Chance: Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival

Chinese Lantern FestivalPhoto by J. Fusco for Tianyu

Experience the dazzling 200-foot-long dragon, 28 all-new colorful lantern sculptures, live performances, the Dragon Beer Garden and food, drink and Chinese artisanal crafts vendors this week before the recently extended festival officially ends on Sunday.

Last Chance: Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival

When:Through Sunday, July 8
Where:Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street
Cost:$18, adults; $15, seniors and military; $12, youth

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Celebration of Black Arts

Visitors looking at art at Art SanctuaryPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Art Sanctuary’s Celebration of Black Arts is back with variety of programs that honor Black writing, Black art and Black music in Philadelphia. Panel discussions, writing, dance and wellness workshops, film screenings and more events take place throughout the celebratory month.

Celebration of Black Arts

When:July 1-31
Where:Various locations including Art Sanctuary Gallery, 628 S. 16th Street
Cost:Free

www.celebrationofblackwriting.org

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest at nightPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest draws crowds eager to experience Philadelphia’s only outdoor roller skating rink and The Midway, featuring a light-up 60-foot-tall Ferris wheel, an enchanting carousel, fun boardwalk games and a nine-hole mini-golf course. Between all the fun and games, guests can chow down on fare from Chickie’s and Pete’s Waterfront Crab Shack, Franklin Fountain Clubhouse Cabin and other food vendors. Bars set up around Summerfest pour local beers and cocktails as well.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

When:Through Monday, September 3
Where:Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free; pay-as-you-go food and drink

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Summer Sounds in the Historic District

Latin Nights at the LodgePhoto by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

This summer, visitors to Philadelphia’s Historic District can enjoy 50-plus live musical performances as part of Summer Sounds in the Historic District, a series of long-popular concerts and new programming sponsored in part by VISIT PHILADELPHIA. This week, Wawa Welcome America's Concerts on Independence continue with a preview of music from the Kimmel Center's 2018-2019 Broadway series on Monday and a patriotic performance by the Philly POPS on Tuesday, both outside of Independence Hall. Along the waterfront on Thursday, Ruby the Hatchet and DJ Wicked Sisters perform for the weekly Waterfront Sessions series at Spruce Street Harbor Park and Latin Nights at the Lodge goes down at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. On Friday at Summerfest, DJ Sylo and DJ Royale spin at the We Got The Beats DJ series.

Summer Sounds in the Historic District

When:Through Friday, September 7 (select dates)
Where:Various locations including Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free

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Spruce Street Harbor Park

Spruce Street Harbor ParkPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

This beloved beer garden and relaxing waterfront hangout gives visitors a chance to sit back on colorful hammocks or Adirondack chairs while sipping on a refreshing beverage both during the day and at twilight under tons of twinkling light fixtures. Vendors serving pizza, burgers, tacos, ice cream and more of the fare they’re best known for include Harborside Pizza, Froman’s, Village Burger, Distrito, Chickie’s and Pete’s and Franklin Fountain. Three bars around the park offer a variety of local craft beers, cocktails and wine for the 21-and-over crowd.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

When:Through Sunday, September 30
Where:Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free; pay-as-you-go food and drink

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Independence Day Celebrations at Philly Attractions

Reenactor and kids at Museum of the American RevolutionPhoto courtesy Museum of the American Revolution

Fete the Fourth of July all week long with special patriotic programming at the National Constitution Center (June 28 - July 4), the Museum of the American Revolution (July 1-4), Independence National Historical Park (July 2-8), Franklin Square (July 4), the Please Touch Museum (July 4) and many more of Philadelphia's popular museums, historic sites and attractions.

Independence Day Celebrations at Philly Attractions

When:June 28 - July 4
Where:Various locations including the Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street
Cost:Varies by event

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Free Museum Days at Philadelphia Museums and Attractions

Photo courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art

Five of Philly's coolest museums and attractions offer free or pay-what-you-wish entry for Wawa Welcome America this week. Explore the Philadelphia Museum of Art (July 2), the Rodin Museum (July 3), the National Liberty Museum (July 3) and other museums and attractions citywide for free (or a donation of your choosing) in celebration of the nation's birthday.

Free Museum Days at Philadelphia Museums and Attractions

When:June 28 - July 4
Where:Various locations including Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free or pay what you wish, depending on the attraction

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Brews & Views: Rooftop Mini Series at the Free Library of Philadelphia - Parkway Central Library

Note: Due to inclement weather, the Brews & Views event scheduled for Tuesday, July 3 is canceled. The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central Library location turns its rooftop Skyline Terrace into a beer garden in the days leading up to the Fourth of July. Attendees can enjoy local craft beers and refreshing cocktails along with a menu of snacks, as well as stunning views of the city skyline and Logan Square.

Brews & Views: Rooftop Mini Series at the Free Library of Philadelphia - Parkway Central Library

When:June 29 - July 3
Where:Free Library of Philadelphia - Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street
Cost:Free; pay-as-you-go food and drink

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Concerts on Independence

Concerts on IndependencePhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Wawa Welcome America presents two free outdoor concerts on Independence Mall this week in front of Independence Hall: The Kimmel Center’s Broadway on Independence (Monday) consists of performances by cast members from the upcoming Broadway Philadelphia season and POPS on Independence (Tuesday) features patriotic tunes by the Philly POPS and special guest Heather Headley.

Concerts on Independence

When:Broadway on Independence: Monday, July 2, 7-8:30 p.m.; POPS on Independence: Tuesday, July 3, 7-9 p.m. Update (July 3, 7 p.m.) This show has been cancelled due to inclement weather.
Where:Independence Hall, 520 Chestnut Street
Cost:Free

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Outdoor Movie Screenings in Philadelphia

Screenings Under the StarsPhoto by M. Stanley for Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

Residents and visitors can catch movies screening in parks and other alfresco venues throughout the area all summer long. This week's schedule includes Pitch Perfect at XFINITY Live! (Monday), Justice League at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing (Thursday), Blade Runner 2049 at The Schmidt's Commons (Friday), The Giant Claw at the Betsy Ross House (Friday) and Kung Fu Panda at Trolley Car Diner (Friday).

Outdoor Movie Screenings in Philadelphia

When:July 2-6 (select dates)
Where:Various locations including Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Varies per event

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Movie Nights in Game Masters: Tron (1982) at The Franklin Institute

Games Masters exhibit at the Franklin InstitutePhoto courtesy Mark Ashkanasy

The Franklin Institute welcomes guests after-hours for exclusive access to the Game Masters exhibit followed by a screening of the 1982 film Tron. A cash bar will serve beer and wine.

Movie Nights in Game Masters: Tron (1982) at The Franklin Institute

When:Tuesday, July 3, 5:30-10:30 p.m.
Where:The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost:$20, general admission; $9, members

www.fi.edu

Philadelphia’s Historic District Block Party

Historic District Block PartyPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

This free, seven-hour-long, classic Philly street celebration returns to Independence Mall for year three. On tap: a pop-up beer garden outside The Bourse, a kids’ stage and zone, food trucks, pop-up performances and plenty of history to take in.

Philadelphia’s Historic District Block Party

When:Tuesday, July 3, noon - 7 p.m.
Where:Independence Mall, S. 6th and Chestnut streets
Cost:Free, pay-as-you-go food and drink

www.welcomeamerica.com

Big Gay Boat Party: Independence at The Deck on the Moshulu

All aboard Philadelphia's historic tall ship for a night of dancing and drink specials with the LGBT community at this popular waterfront party on Tuesday.

Big Gay Boat Party: Independence at The Deck on the Moshulu

When:Tuesday, July 3, 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Where:The Deck on the Moshulu, 401 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$8

www.moshulu.com

Yoga and Justice with Kempis Songster, Colleen DeVirgiliis and Brianne Murphy at Eastern State Penitentiary

Yoga at Eastern State PenitentiaryPhoto courtesy Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary hosts an outdoor yoga class and enlightening discussion about the intersection of yoga and justice led by social justice activist and yoga teacher Kempis Songster and Colleen DeVirgiliis and Brianne Murphy from Transformation Yoga Project. Beginners are welcome and mats and chairs will be available.

Yoga and Justice with Kempis Songster, Colleen DeVirgiliis and Brianne Murphy at Eastern State Penitentiary

When:Tuesday, July 3, 6-7 p.m.
Where:Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue
Cost:Free

www.easternstate.org

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Baltimore Orioles at Citizens Bank Park

Photo courtesy Philadelphia Phillies

The ballpark is the place to be this Independence Day! On Tuesday, the Baltimore Orioles take on the Phillies and stay in town on the Fourth of July holiday for an afternoon game that’s sure to be well-attended.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Baltimore Orioles at Citizens Bank Park

When:July 3-4
Where:Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way
Cost:$18 and up

www.mlb.com

Celebration of Freedom Ceremony and the United States of America’s Independence Day Parade

Independence Day ParadePhoto by R. Myers for Visit Philadelphia

Philly’s Fourth of July celebration kicks off at Independence Hall during a patriotic presentation. This year’s honorees: Frank Giordano and the Philly POPS. As always, the morning includes a reading of the Declaration of Independence, followed by music and remarks. Then, dozens of colorful floats, marching bands, military groups and more than 6,000 participants from across the nation march through the streets of the Historic District for the United States of America's annual Independence Day Parade.

Celebration of Freedom Ceremony and the United States of America’s Independence Day Parade

When:Wednesday, July 4, 10 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Where:Independence Hall, 520 Chestnut Street
Cost:Free

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Wawa Welcome America Party on the Parkway and July 4th Concert

Party on the ParkwayPhoto by R. Myers for Visit Philadelphia

All of Philadelphia comes together for one giant celebration during the Party on the Parkway, which brings loads of free entertainment to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on the Fourth of July. The major outdoor celebration features city blocks of family fun, including food trucks, live performances, a zip line, games, beer gardens (for the adults) and a kids’ zone, all before a massive free concert starring Pitbull, Heather Headley and the Philly POPS Big Band.

Wawa Welcome America Party on the Parkway and July 4th Concert

When:Wednesday, July 4, noon - 9:30 p.m.
Where:Benjamin Franklin Parkway, N. 21st Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free, pay-as-you-go food and drink

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7th Annual Birthday Party at the Independence Visitor Center

On the Fourth of July, the Independence Visitor Center throws an epic birthday party for America, complete with a five-tier cake and 2,500 cupcakes arranged in the shape of an American flag. After singing Happy Birthday, visitors can enjoy the treats for free.

7th Annual Birthday Party at the Independence Visitor Center

When:Wednesday, July 4, 1-2 p.m.
Where:Independence Visitor Center, 599 Market Street
Cost:Free

www.welcomeamerica.com

Wawa Welcome America July 4th Fireworks on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Fireworks over the Philadelphia Museum of ArtPhoto by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Following the massive free Pitbull concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on the evening of the Fourth of July, a fireworks show fills the sky above the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Wawa Welcome America’s biggest fireworks show in a decade is completely free to watch and can be seen from many vantage points throughout the city.

Wawa Welcome America July 4th Fireworks on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

When:Wednesday, July 4, 9:30-10 p.m.
Where:Benjamin Franklin Parkway, N. 22nd Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

www.welcomeamerica.com

Old City Eats

People eating al fresco at Red Owl TavernPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Old City Eats provides half-priced appetizers and drink specials to patrons of participating Old City bars and restaurants — including High Street on Market, Tuna Bar and Cuba Libre — every Thursday this summer from 5-8 p.m. Cheers!

Old City Eats

When:June 21 - August 30 (Thursdays only)
Where:Various locations including Red Owl Tavern, 433 Chestnut Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Parks on Tap at Shofuso Japanese House & Garden

People at the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden with blooming cherry blossomsPhoto courtesy Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

From Thursday through Sunday, the roving beer garden series Parks on Tap lands at the peaceful Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Philadelphia’s West Fairmount Park. Events at this location include a charitable happy hour from 5-7 p.m. with half of the proceeds going to support the park (Thursday), a free yoga class from 6-7 p.m. (Thursday) and a weekend full of crafts and activities to commemorate the traditional Japanese star festival known as Tanabata (Saturday and Sunday).

Parks on Tap at Shofuso Japanese House & Garden

When:July 5-8
Where:Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Lansdowne and Horticultural drives
Cost:Free; pay-as-you-go food and drink

www.parksontap.com

First Friday in Philadelphia

First Friday outside 3rd Street GalleryPhoto by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

On the first Friday evening of every month, the streets of many neighborhoods in Philadelphia fill with arts lovers of all kinds who wander among the countless art galleries, studios, shops and restaurants. This week, Old City, Fishtown, Bartram's Garden, Asian Arts Initiative, the Barnes Foundation and more have First Friday festivities planned.

First Friday in Philadelphia

When:Friday, July 5
Where:Various locations including 3rd Street Gallery, 45 N. 2nd Street
Cost:Varies by event

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LEGOLAND LEGO Brick Building Event at the Independence Visitor Center

Legoland PhiladelphiaPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia partners with the Independence Visitor Center Corporation for this day-long LEGO brick building event. Attendees can lend a hand in creating four mosaics made of LEGOs to depict Philadelphia’s Independence Day celebrations and see the LEGOLAND Discovery Center's newest LEGO replica of the Comcast Technology Center — which is 11 feet tall and made from 49,728 LEGO bricks! — for the first time.

LEGOLAND LEGO Brick Building Event at the Independence Visitor Center

When:Thursday, July 5, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Where:Independence Visitor Center, 599 Market Street
Cost:Free

www.phlvisitorcenter.com

First Time’s The Charm 2018 at PhilaMOCA

PhilaMOCAPhoto By M. Kennedy For Visit Philadelphia

After a two-year hiatus, First Time's the Charm is back! Members of the DIY music community hold two concerts at PhilaMOCA on Friday and Saturday. Friday's show features new bands that must include women, people of color, queer, trans and gender non-conforming people, and those with disabilities. Saturday's is a benefit for the nonprofit Beyond the Bars that includes performers from previous years and a number of other bands.

First Time’s The Charm 2018 at PhilaMOCA

When:July 6-7
Where:PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th Street
Cost:$10

www.philamoca.org

Blueberry Festival at Linvilla Orchards

Experience the peak of local blueberry season at Linvilla Orchards for the annual Blueberry Festival. Guests can pick fresh blueberries, enjoy a pie-eating contest, participate in arts and crafts activities and more at this event that's fun for the whole family.

Blueberry Festival at Linvilla Orchards

When:Saturday, July 7, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Where:Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media
Cost:Free

www.linvilla.com

“See You Later” Weekend at the Penn Museum

The Sphinx at the Penn Museum in PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy the Penn Museum

Swing by the Penn Museum this weekend and see the Sphinx one last time before the Penn Museum closes the Egypt Gallery temporarily for major artifact conservation.

“See You Later” Weekend at the Penn Museum

When:July 7-8
Where:Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost:$10, adults, seniors and students; $2, ACCESS and Museums for All cardholders (up to four family members per card); free, active U.S. military, STAMP cardholders, members, PennCard holders, and children (5 and younger)

www.penn.museum

PECO Multicultural Series: Hispanic Fiesta at Penn’s Landing

Hispanic Fiesta at Penn's LandingPhoto courtesy El Concilio

Part of the annual PECO Multicultural Series of festivals, the two-day Hispanic Fiesta hits the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing for a full weekend of events, food and performances that celebrate Latino culture in Philadelphia and beyond. The festival runs from 2 to 8 p.m. on both July 7 and 8 with authentic dance performances, spirited musical performances, eats from local Latino food vendors and a beer garden from the team at Goose Island Philadelphia.

PECO Multicultural Series: Hispanic Fiesta at Penn’s Landing

When:July 7-8
Where:Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Free; pay-as-you-go food and drink

www.elconcilio.net

Living History: Reenactment of the First Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence on Independence Square

On Sunday, a commemorative reading of the Declaration of Independence takes place at the site where the historic document was first read aloud in public. Guests get a copy of the Declaration to follow along at this free reenactment.

Living History: Reenactment of the First Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence on Independence Square

When:Sunday, July 8, 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where:Independence Square, 111 S. Independence Mall West
Cost:Free

www.nps.gov

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