Greetings Sun & Earthlings! We’re getting ready to celebrate Independence Day 2015 and we know lots of great events happening in the Philadelphia area leading up to July 4th. We’re highlighting our favorite events to share with you and best of all, they’re all free! Whether you’re a Philadelphia resident, or you’re visiting from out of town, you’ll find these events perfect for the whole family. Check them out and let us know what you think!
Penn’s Landing: Saturday June 27 through June 28 come see the biggest sailing event in North America. 13 ships and the world’s largest rubber ducky (seriously, it’s 6 stories tall!) come to port at Penn’s Landing and the Camden Waterfront. The cream of the crop of the 13-ship fleet will be L’Hermione, a reproduction of the ship that brought General Lafayette to help the young United States during the Revolutionary War. Don’t miss Jupiter, Tree of Life, Lynx, Eagle, or any of other the visiting ships. Visitors can take tours of the ships, enjoy live performances all day, sip at a beer garden for adults, play games fit for the whole family, indulge in delicious food and much, much more. Saturday after exploring the Tall Ships, head to the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing for a patriotic and FREE concert from The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” one of the nation’s amazing musical organizations. The concert starts at 8:00pm and immediately following the spirited performance, look to the sky for an astounding firework finale. Take in the sun, fun, and a little American history for a memorable trip sure to delight the whole family!
Movie Night: Also going on all week there will be FREE screenings of new and classic movies presented by Wawa Welcome America. Visit their website for a full list of movies, locations and showtimes.
Franklin Institute: Monday, June 29 from 9:30am to 5:00pm enjoy FREE admission to the Franklin Institute located at 222 North 20th Street. Walk through a giant human heart, unravel the secrets of Your Brain, and enjoy educational fun at the Franklin Institute. Admission to the region’s leading science museum includes a show at the incredible Fels Planetarium. From 10:00am to 12:00 noon Wawa is hosting a special exhibit about the growth of Wawa Dairy Farms and convenience stores from their origins to where they are today. The event includes readings and educational fun! The first 800 kids to come to the museum will receive a free book from Duffy Books in Homes USA. Learning has never been more fun!
Philadelphia History Museum: Enjoy another FREE event Tuesday, June 30 from 10:30am to 4:30pm and experience the city’s past like never before at the renovated Philadelphia History Museum. The historic building built in 1826 is located just around the corner from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. It has been an exciting site giving insight into Philadelphia History for nearly 70 years. Families visiting the Philadelphia History Museum can participate in Go 4th & Learn, featuring readings, giveaways and educational fun from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. The first 800 children will receive a free book courtesy of Duffy Books in Homes USA. We hope you can make it and learn about Philadelphia’s astounding history.
African American Museum of Philadelphia: Wednesday, July 1 from 10:00am to 5:00pm spend the day at the African American Museum in Philadelphia and experience African American history and culture. The museum’s galleries of educational history and beautiful art will be FREE and open to the public. The African American Museum on Philadelphia was one of the museums to open during the 1976 U.S. Bicentennial celebration in Philadelphia when American Pride was at an all-time high. It is noteworthy as the first museum built by a city to preserve African American history and culture. This museum is one of our favorites in the area so make sure you let us know if you make it!
National Constitution Center: Thursday, July 2 from 9:30am to 8:00pm you can take advantage of another freebie with FREE admission to the National Constitution Center. Be sure to check out the newest exhibition: Speaking Out for Equality: The Constitution, Gay Rights, and the Supreme Court. Explore fun interactive exhibits, the inspirational Freedom Rising exhibit and a special display highlighting Wawa’s dedication to military, fire and police. Plus from 10:00am to 12:00 noon the National Constitution Center will give the first 800 kids a free book from Duffy Books in Homes USA. If you can make it to all the events that’s a lot of summer reading for the kids!
Independence Hall: Begin the July 4th festivities a day early on Friday, July 3 with a block party in historic Philadelphia on 5th and 6th Streets between Market and Chestnut Streets. From 1:00pm to 8:30pm the Liberty Block Party gives Philadelphia locals and visitors an opportunity to explore the city’s food scene and some of its finest live entertainment. Best of all, entry and entertainment are FREE. Then starting at 8:00pm on the steps of Independence Hall The Philly Pops! come to celebrate with POPS! On Independence, a (you guessed it) FREE, patriotic concert in front of Independence Hall. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair for one of the most popular Independence Day customs in Philadelphia featuring classics from Conductor Michael Krajewski and soloists Capathia Jenkins and Darius de Haas.
Independence Day: On Saturday, July 4 there are many different activities to choose from that are perfect for the whole family. Begin your day at 11:00am and join the Independence Day Parade. The 1.2 mile parade makes its way through Historic Philadelphia and features more than 6,000 participants from all across the nation. This year, attendees can plan to see Miss America 2015, local marching bands performing patriotic tunes, and myriad performance teams. Then at 1:00pm you can attend the Let Freedom Ring ceremony where the Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence and Pennsylvania Society’s Sons of the Revolution take part in a special event at Independence Hall. The morning celebration comes to an end with the tapping of the Liberty Bell at 2:00pm. Then, from 2:00pm to 7:00pm, check out the Party on the Parkway on the Ben Franklin Parkway. Thousands of people explore the streets for a FREE festival of food, live entertainment and family friendly fun! Don’t miss Pogopalooza, the world championship of extreme pogo, or live music at the Global Music and Questlove Stages. Then end your night the right way with the Philly 4th of July Jam, the world’s largest (wait for it…) FREE concert featuring some of the largest musical acts in the nation including Philly’s The Roots, with special guests Miguel and Jennifer Nettles. Immediately after the concert stay for an astounding firework display above the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
There are plenty of activities to choose from so get out there and celebrate America’s birthday with your family. Let us know if you follow any of our suggestions and if you visit any of these great free events on our Facebook page. We love hearing from you and hope you have a happy and healthy 4th of July!