Top 5 Things to Do in Philadelphia on the 4th of July

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There are few places as spirited and alive as July in Philadelphia! After all, Philadelphia is the birthplace of the nation. There isn’t another city that can claim that!

Where else would you want to be than where it all began? Each year, Philadelphia is honored with an influx of tourists who want to soak in the rich American history in our oldest neighborhoods, visiting the home of the Declaration of Independence, as well as the buildings in which our Founding Fathers assembled to draft, edit and inevitably sign the Declaration of Independence.

Pride and Patriotism

For many Americans, pride and patriotism rush to the forefront of our minds in the days leading up to the 4th of July. Hearts swell as we celebrate Independence Day, a nation like none other in the world.

To make the most of it, here are some fun events that often happen in the city in celebration of Independence Day.

Penns Landing at Twilight in Philadelphia |

Penns Landing at Twilight

1. Orchestra and Fireworks Display

Philadelphia Orchestra and Fireworks display at Penn’s Landing! (101 S. Columbus Boulevard). Usually held around the first of July in the evening.
Enjoy a free concert at dusk by the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra followed by the first fireworks display of the weekend.

2. Historic Philadelphia Block Party

Historic Philadelphia Block Party (520 Chestnut St. 19106). Usually held on or around the 3rd of July from 1-8 PM.
The afternoon is jam-packed with food, vendors, and continuous sources of entertainment happening right next to Independence Hall.

3. Independence Day Parade

Independence Day Parade in Philadelphia |

Independence Day Parade (5th and Chestnut St.). Usually held around 11 AM on the 4th of July.
The annual 4th of July parade returns with floats, live music, and often a guest appearance or two.

4. Party on the Parkway

Party on the Parkway (From 20th St to Eakins Oval). Typically held from 12 PM-10 PM on the 4th of July.
Celebrating the diversity and rich histories of various neighborhoods around Philadelphia, Party of the Parkway is an all-day event showcase featuring food, live music, cultural events, children’s activities, and dance! So much merry in one place, you’ll definitely be ready to spend the day on the Parkway!

5. Fireworks Display

Wawa Welcome America Grand Finale Fireworks Display! (Benjamin Franklin Parkway at Eakins Oval), 10 PM on the 4th.
Combined with a musical arrangement, this display is designed to illustrate 240 years of American achievements and patriotism. With the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art as a backdrop, the fireworks provide a truly exceptional holiday experience.

Regardless of what you choose to do or where you are this Independence Day, we hope you have a happy and safe holiday weekend and celebrate your American pride!


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