Here are a few of the Fourth of July fireworks parades, and holiday activities in the Philadelphia area, with most of the events sponsored by Wawa Welcome America. Follow the link below for more info on the Philadelphia Independence Day Parade, Party on the Parkway, 4th of July Jam and Fireworks, the POPS on Independence concert, and other celebrations.
Philadelphia 4th of July Events
Wawa Welcome America
Various events and locations around Philadelphia – June 28-July 4, 2014:
June 28, 2014
- Liberty Block Party: June 28, 12pm-10pm at the Shops at Liberty Place. Swing by the largest block party of the summer and spend an afternoon relishing in some of the finest live entertainment, unique crafts and savory food this city has to offer.
June 29, 2014
- Mural Arts Paint Day: June 29, 12pm-4pm at 1100 N 41st St. Join Wawa Welcome America!, LISC, Wells Fargo, and the City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program for a community paint day in one of President Obama’s newly designated Promise Zones.
June 30, 2014
- Wawa Go 4th & Learn About Science and Wawa Dairy: June 30, 10am at Academy Natural Sciences. Wander among towering dinosaur skeletons, meet live animals, or discover an indoor tropical butterfly garden. Check out the hands-on Wawa Dairy exhibit. The first 200 kids will receive a free book! Enjoy special programming and free museum admission all-day courtesy of Wawa!
- Philly @ the Movies: Disney’s “Frozen”: June 30, 9pm at Franklin Square. Bring the kids out for a screening of the biggest children’s movie of all time. They’ll also get to enjoy mini golf, free giveaways & carousel rides.
July 1, 2014
- Go 4th & Learn About Fitness: July 1, 10am-noon at Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse. Break a sweat at the 6.5 acre playground, which includes the Ann Newman Giant Wooden Slide and more than 50 unique, age-appropriate and accessible pieces of play equipment. The First 200 kids will receive a free book!
- Philadelphia Orchestra Neighborhood Concert: July 1, 8pm at Penn’s Landing. The Philadelphia Orchestra returns for its seventh summer to the RiverStage at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. This FREE concert brings the world-renowned orchestra to a new, community and audience, celebrating the organization’s commitment to enhancing the vitality of neighborhoods throughout the Philadelphia region. Following the performance, you won’t want to miss the small land-side fireworks salute!
- Philly @ the Movies: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”: July 1, 9pm at Rittenhouse Square. Come cheer on the triumphant leading lady, Katniss Everdeen, as she returns to the Hunger Games arena in the second installment of this exhilarating series!
July 2, 2014
- Go 4th & Learn About History: July 2, 10am at the National Constitution Center. Enjoy special programming, live musical performances, and an exhibition on the history of the hoagie. Free museum admission all-day courtesy of Wawa!
- PHL Photo Exhibit-Civil Rights in Philadelphia: July 2, 10am at the airport. An exhibition of 55 photographs that tells the story of Philadelphia’s civil rights activism including William Penn’s belief in religious freedom, Benjamin Franklin’s activism to gain American independence, abolitionists including Lucretia Mott and William Still, civil rights leaders Octavius Catto, Leon Sullivan, and Cecil B. Moore, gay activists like Barbara Gittings, women’s rights activist Ernesta Ballard, and today’s leaders who seek equality for the LGBT community and all of Philadelphia’s citizenry. Often referred to as the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection, Philadelphia is known for its inclusiveness and its belief in civil rights for all Americans.
- Wawa Hoagie Day: July 2, noon at Independence Mall. Celebrate Life, Liberty &the Pursuit of Deliciousness with 4.5 tons worth of hoagies served free to thousands. Join this patriotic event as Wawa salutes our military, fire & police.
- Philly @ the Movies: “Rocky”: July 2, 9pm at Philadelphia Museum of Art. Don’t miss this Philadelphia classic from the very steps that made Rocky a lifelong legend.
July 3, 2014
- POPS! On Independence: July 3, 8pm on the steps of Independence Hall, 6th & Chestnut. Peter Nero and the Philly POPS! Return to Philly to celebrate America’s birthday! Bring your blanket & lawn chairs & enjoy one of Philadelphia’s most popular July 4th traditions.
July 4, 2014
- CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM CEREMONY: July 4, 10am-11am on the steps of Independence Hall, 6th & Chestnut. Pay tribute to our great nation at the Celebration of Freedom Ceremony featuring music, inspiring remarks, and a reading of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence – among other special elements. This year’s ceremony will recognize the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the 60th anniversary of the Brown vs. Board Supreme Court decision.
- PHILADELPHIA INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE: July 4, 11am-12:30pm throughout historic Philadelphia. Witness more than 5,000 participants as they celebrate America’s birthday by marching through the nation’s most historic square mile.
- PARTY ON THE PARKWAY: July 4, 12pm-7pm on Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, 20th St to Eakins Oval. Party on the Parkway: Friday, July 4, noon-7pm. A massive block party and celebration featuring live music, family-friendly activities, games, food. Look out for the Questlove Stage.
- PHILLY 4TH OF JULY JAM & FIREWORKS: July 4, 7pm-11pm on Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, 20th St to Eakins Oval. The “Largest Free Concert in America,” will rock the Parkway as THE ROOTS, ED SHEERAN, NICKI MINAJ, JENNIFER HUDSON, ALOE BLACC, and ARIANA GRANDE, along with VICCI MARTINEZ, take the stage followed by an amazing fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Chadds Ford: Fireworks & Wine — July 4, 12pm-fireworks at Penn Woods Winery in Chadds Ford, PA. Bring blankets and chairs, pack a picnic (local cheeses and crackers available for sale) and enjoy a glass or bottle of your favorite Penn Woods wine. Wine sales end at 8:30pm. Fireworks show across the street at sunset.
Camden: Waterfront Freedom Festival — July 3 – 6, 2014, Thu/Fri 11am, Sat/Sun 12 noon. The Camden Waterfront will host a variety of FREE special events. Enjoy family activities, live music, contests, food, Beer Garden, and Fireworks July 5, 2014 at 9pm on the Camden Waterfront (from Adventure Aquarium).
Camden: Battleship New Jersey Fantail BBQ: July 4, 11am-4 pm. Battleship New Jersey on the Camden Waterfront. Step aboard the Battleship New Jersey for a special July 4th barbecue on the deck of the historic vessel. Includes Teach Fleet Lego Display featuring massive, naval-themed Lego models up to eight-feet long.
Germantown Independence Day Celebration: July 4, 11:30am.-4pm, 5501 Germantown Avenue and beyond. Free daylong celebration at six Historic Germantown member sites: Stenton, Hood Cemetery, Concord School & Upper Burial Ground, Johnson House, Cliveden, and Wyck. A day of free tours, activities for children, live music, reenactors, a farmer’s market, and the annual ringing of the historic Concord School bell.
NOTE: Know of another Independence Day event in the Philly area that belongs on the list? Please share in comments at the bottom of this page.