The 4th of July, or Independence Day, is this weekend and what better way to celebrate this holiday than in the birthplace of our country!
Independence Day is a federal holiday in the U.S. that commemorates the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The 13 colonies were now free, united and independent states. Most recently, the 4th of July has turned into a big Summer holiday filled with barbecues, fireworks, music and more!
Check out our guide for what to do on 4th of July weekend in Philly!
Firework and Fountain Show At Longwood Gardens
On July 3 at 9:15pm, head to Kennett Square’s botanical gardens to celebrate America with soaring water, music and a fireworks display. While you are there, check out the shops and restaurants.
Wawa Welcome America Festival
The Wawa Welcome America festival has been going on for most of June and will continue until the holiday weekend! This weekend will have performances from Bebe Rexha and Flo Rida at the Mann Center, along with other performers. Then at the end of the night, fireworks will be set off over the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Be sure to get your tickets, if there are any left and enjoy live music again!
Freedom-Liberty Celebration At The African American Museum
On Saturday, July 3 from 11am to 2pm, the African American Museum in Philadelphia invites guests to Franklin Square for a Freedom Liberty celebration. Visitors can take part in creative workshops, hear speeches from African American figures in American history and more. This event is free and open to the public.
Philly Pops At The Mann Center
When you are done visiting the African American Museum head on over to the Mann Center for the Performing Arts to watch the Philly POPS perform from 7 to 9pm. They have been a staple of Wawa Welcome America for years. The concert, which will include patriotic songs, pop hits, and more, is free, but does require tickets and pre-registration.
Red, White And Blue BBQ Bash At Peddler’s Village
If you want to get out of the city and have someone else barbecue for you, then this is the place to go. Their annual Independence Day event offers grill favorites, live music, entertainment and even activities for children. It takes place on July 3 and 4 from 12 to 5pm. You may have to put out a bit of money for the food, but the activities are free.
GoFourth! Event in Pottstown
This GoFourth! Events run all day, starting at 11am. It starts with a parade on High Street, then a street fest from 1 to 5pm, which features restaurants, pubs and beer gardens, live music, activities for the kids and vendors. The day ends with a firework show over memorial park on July 4th at 9pm. You can sign up to be a volunteer or just enjoy the event as a spectator.
Independence Hall, The Liberty Bell and More!
Why not visit the historic landmarks that are in the heart of the city like Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the historic district. This is where our freedom was founded and what better time to learn about that history than on July 4th? Tickets are required to visit Independence Hall. Along with those historical sites, there are many other fun things to do including waterfront hangout spots and places to get amazing cheesesteaks.
So no matter where you live in the city or out, there are fun things to do for the holiday weekend. Have a fun and safe 4th of July and God Bless America!