Independence Day on the Parkway

Photo illustration by G. Widman for GPTMC

You’ve been waiting, waiting 11 whole days for this one much-celebrated day to arrive. Your wait has been worth it because Wawa Welcome America! has an amazing day planned for you. So join your fellow Philadelphians (no matter where you are from, today you are one) on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in the ultimate celebration of this nation’s independence.

July 4 will begin with the Celebration of Freedom on the steps of Independence Hall from 10 – 11 a.m. Start the celebration of our nation’s birth with music, speeches and readings from the Declaration of Independence.

Next on the agenda is the Independence Day Parade from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The route of the parade is designed to be a chronological procession of history, retracing the steps of our forefathers while emphasizing the impact the Constitution had, and still has, on us. The path on this historic mile will feature 3,500 patriotic and multicultural marchers, musicians, dancers, and floats as well as all five branches of the military.

From the parade head over to the day-long Party on the Parkway from 12 – 7 p.m. where you will find a family-friendly festival that starts at The Franklin and stretches to the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC

This celebratory day will culminate in the Forth of July Jam and Fireworks. Philly’s own The Roots are headlining the jam as are Earth, Wind and Fire, Estelle, Sarah Bareiles, Michael McDonald, DJ Jazzy Jeff and many more.

Once the musical part is done, you will be able to enjoy one of the best fireworks shows ever. There are quite a few locations from which to enjoy this magical spectacle if you decide not to stay on the Parkway.
– Lemon Hill
– Boathouse Row
– Kelly Drive
– Martin Luther King Drive
– Schuylkill River Park


Stay tuned for previews and live coverage of WAWA Welcome America! events. This post is brought to you with the support of Wawa Welcome America.Connect with WAWA Welcome America on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @July4thPhilly.

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