Are you ready to celebrate the Fourth of July in Philadelphia? With concerts, festivals, and of course fireworks, the city offers a fun range of options for all ages. You won’t have any trouble finding ways to celebrate during the entire holiday week.
1. Fireworks Shows
Philly 4th of July Jam and Grand Finale Fireworks
The grand finale fireworks take place July 4 along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 18th and 23rd Streets. The event kicks off with the biggest free outdoor Fourth of July concert in the country at 7:00 p.m. Previous performers have included Jill Scott, Kevin Hart, Ne-Yo, and John Mayer. The fireworks start around 10:30 p.m.
SugarHouse Casino Fireworks Show
The SugarHouse fireworks take place July 5 around 9:00 p.m. The casino has a lengthy walkway, which is an excellent location for watching the show. You can also head over to Fishtown’s Penn Treaty Park to enjoy the display.
On July 2, take in the Philadelphia Orchestra Neighborhood Concert at 8:00 p.m. The world famous Philadelphia Orchestra is presenting this free concert on the RiverStage at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing with a small fireworks display immediately afterward. On July 3, enjoy the free POPS on Independence at 8:00 p.m. in Independence Hall where Peter Nero and the Philly POPS! Symphony will celebrate the birth of the nation in high style. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring their own blankets and lawn chairs.
Finally, plan to attend part or all of The City at the Piazza at Schmidts. From 2:00 to 9:00 pm, take in free music and runway shows displaying the nation’s hottest apparel and accessory designers at the Piazza.
3. Taste of Philadelphia
The Taste of Philadelphia takes place July 5-7 at Penn’s Landing where local restaurants and food trucks sell tasting portions. The event also includes live shows and special happenings. On the evening of July 6, make sure to stay for the Adventure Aquarium Waterfront fireworks show. For a full list of 2014 vendors and sponsors, visit Philadelphia Weekly.
4. Go 4th & Learn
Go 4th & Learn is a free educational series presented by Wawa with interactive fun for the entire family. On July 1, learn more about fitness at the Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The site spans more than six acres and features the Ann Newman Giant Wooden slide and over 50 innovative, kid-friendly play equipment pieces. Head to the National Constitution Center on July 2 at 10:00 a.m. for special programs, live concerts, and an exhibit about the history of the hoagie. Museum admission is free that day.
5. Camden Waterfront Freedom Festival
Head over to the Camden Waterfront July 3-6 for the Second Annual Camden Waterfront Freedom Festival, which includes a wide range of family-friendly celebrations and activities. Take in free music in Wiggins Park, military displays and demonstrations, attractions, and giveaways. There will be special displays and events on the highly decorated naval vessel, the Battleship New Jersey, during the event. Make sure to check out Hippo Haven at Adventure Aquarium and the festival’s beer garden featuring Flying Fish Brewery. The festivities start at 11:00 a.m. July 3 and 4 and at noon on July 5 and 6.
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