There’s no better place to celebrate the birth of America than the very city where our nation was founded–Philadelphia. With the 4th of July this Friday, the city is abuzz with plenty of great events to help celebrate the holiday. This week’s Top 5 Events are just a few of the many ways you can celebrate our city and our country. Be sure to check them out!
Philadelphia Orchestra Neighborhood Concert
When: July 1st, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Where: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd. and Chestnut St., Philadelphia Cost: Free!
Start off your week with the 7th season of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Neighborhood Concerts. This free concert is a great way to experience the arts in Philadelphia without spending a fortune. You can expect to hear compositions from Broadway plays like Porgy and Bess, West Side Story and many others. Seating for this outdoor venue is first-come, first-serve, so get there early if you want a good spot. Afterwards, stick around for a fireworks show to kick off the patriotic celebrations.
Wawa Hoagie Day
When: July 2nd, 12 p.m. Where: Independence Visitor Center, 1 N. Independence Mall West, Philadelphia Cost: Free!
There’s no question that hoagies are a staple of Philly cuisine–they even caused controversy when they beat the cheesesteak to being named “the official sandwich of Philadelphia.” Whether or not you agree with this title, it’s hard to say no to a free hoagie courtesy of Wawa. Head to the Independence Visitor Center lawn to celebrate the annual Wawa Hoagie Day. Philly’s favorite convenience store will come prepared with hoagies–4.5 tons of them to be exact. The event will also celebrate the brave men and women of the armed forces, police departments and fire departments.
Philly @ The Movies: Rocky
When: July 2nd, 9 p.m. – 11 p.m. Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphia Cost: Free!
This is your chance to watch this iconic Philadelphia film on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art for free. Enjoy this inspiring sports movie about a boxer from Philadelphia trying to win the title. You may even recognize some famous Philly landmarks throughout the film! The screening begins at dusk, which will most likely be around 9 pm. Afterwards, be sure to take a picture with the Rocky statue next to the museum!
Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival
When: July 4th-6th, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Where: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd. and Chestnut St., Philadelphia Cost: $7
If you like ice cream (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t?) then bring your appetite to the Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival! This three-day event is sponsored by the Joshua Kahan Fund to fight pediatric leukemia, and for a $7 donation to the charity you’ll have access to as much ice cream as you want. Sponsors of the event include Haagen-Dazs, Ben & Jerry’s, Edy’s, Starbucks, Turkey Hill, Breyers, Bassetts and many more! This event is sure to be delicious, and more importantly, it’s for a great cause!
Philly’s 4th of July Jam and Grand Finale Fireworks
When: July 4th, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphia Cost: Free!
Come celebrate the birth of our nation with Philly’s largest party! First, the “Largest Free Concert in America” will bring acts such as Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj, Aloe Blacc, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, and The Roots to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. With so many great musicians performing for free, this definitely isn’t a party you want to miss. Afterwards, check out Philly’s fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art. There’s no better way to wrap up your 4th of July celebrations.