Philadelphia 4th of July Fireworks, Parades, Celebrations

Philadelphia FireworksHere 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 2013, the POPS on Independence concert, and other celebrations.

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Philadelphia 4th of July Events

Wawa Welcome America: July 1-7, 2013. Philadelphia’s largest combination of Independence Day activities. Various events and locations around Philadelphia, as follows.

  • Celebration of Freedom Ceremony: July 4, 10-11am on the steps of Independence Hall. A patriotic and inspiring morning full of music, speeches and a reading of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence will make this Fourth of July unforgettable.
  • Philadelphia Independence Day Parade: July 4, 11am-12:30pm throughout Historic Philadelphia.
  • Party on the Parkway: July 4, 12pm-7pm on Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. America’s birthday continues with blocks and blocks of exciting activities, multiple music stages, games and all-American food.
  • Let Freedom Ring: July 4, 1-2pm at Independence Square. The ceremony starts on Independence Square and concludes with the symbolic Liberty Bell tapping. *Note: To view bell tapping, be in the Liberty Bell Center by 1:30pm.
  • 4th of July Jam & Fireworks: July 4, 7pm-11pm on Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. The Roots are back as our house band for the “Largest FREE Concert in America,” alongside John Mayer, Demi Lovato, Jill Scott, Ne-Yo, Grace Potter, J. Cole, Ben Taylor, and other special guests. An amazing FIREWORKS display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art will follow this crowd-pleasing performance.
  • Go 4th & Learn: “Wawa Dairy” on July 1 at Franklin Square – storytelling 10am-noon, Wawa interactive dairy and history area 10am-1pm. “History” on July 2 at National Constitution Center 10am-noon – special programming, live music, exhibition on the history of the hoagie. “Fitness” on July 3 at Smith Memorial Playground 10am-noon – break a sweat at the 6.5 acre playground.
  • Philly @ The Movies: “Silver Linings Playbook” plays July 1, 9pm at Rittenhouse Square. “Rocky” plays July 2, 9pm at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Philadelphia Orchestra Neighborhood Concert: July 2, 8:05pm The world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra presents a FREE Neighborhood Concert on the RiverStage at the Great Plaza, followed by a landside FIREWORKS salute.
  • Wawa Hoagie Day: July 2, noon-2pm at Independence Visitor Center. Join the mayor and hoagie-lovers from around the region for Wawa Hoagie Day on Independence Mall. Feast on 4.5 tons of hoagies on the lawn of the Independence Visitor Center and salute the nation’s military, police and fire departments during the delicious annual celebration.
  • POPS on Independence: July 3, 2013, 8pm at Independence Hall. As one of Philadelphia’s most popular Fourth of July traditions, seating is first come, first served. Note: Concert goers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.
  • As part of First Friday in Old City, the Race Street Pier on the Delaware River Waterfront will be hosting Park at the Dark featuring performances from 7-9pm, immediately followed by a FIREWORKS show presented by SugarHouse Casino at 9pm.
  • Taste of Philadelphia: July 5 – 7, 2013. Penn’s Landing is taken over by Philadelphia’s favorite food vendors at this signature three-day food-sampling event accompanied by live entertainment. Noon-10pm on July 5 & 7, noon-3pm on July 6.
  • Adventure Aquarium Waterfront Fireworks Spectacular: July 6, best viewed from Penn’s Landing and the Camden Waterfront. FIREWORKS after dark.

Lawncrest 4th of July Celebration: July 4 at the Lawncrest Rec Center on Rising Sune Ave at Comly St. Parade starts at 9am along Rising Sun Avenue, from Martins Mill Road to the Lawncrest Recreation Center at Comly Street. The parade grand marshals are Marge Simon, Art Kramer, Peggy Kramer and Phil Grutzmacher. Festivities continue  at the park all day, and FIREWORKS begin at dusk. Rain date for fireworks is July 6.

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