Did You Know? || Philly History 101

Written by: Campus Philly Editorial Interns, Ashley Cappetta & Brenna Fallows

  1. Did you know that our Stars & Stripes were designed by Betsy Ross? The Betsy Ross House  is still standing today, where visitors can take in the sights and sounds of the American flag’s birthplace.  239 Arch Street. 10am-5pm.


  1. Did you know Elfreth’s Alley is the United States’ oldest residential neighborhood? Today, the museum and alley tours offer a glimpse into the lives of everyday colonial Americans. Spend an afternoon strolling along the thirty-two houses, built between 1728 and 1836, or take a guided tour for just $5. Museum: 124-126 Elfreth’s Alley. Fri-Sun 12pm-5pm.


  1. Did you know that the crack in the Liberty Bell is a heavily debated subject among historians? One theory is that the Bell was first cracked in 1752 upon its arrival in Philadelphia! 526 Market Street. 9am-8pm.


  1. Independence Hall is most notably the “birthplace” of the United States. Did you know that within its walls both the Declaration of Independence was adopted and the Constitution of the United States was signed? 520 Chestnut Street. 9am-8pm.


  1. Did you know that Benjamin Franklin was a writer, inventor, printer, scientist, and diplomat? Learn more about this important Philadelphian and his life here at the Benjamin Franklin Museumpart of the National Parks Service.  317 Chestnut Street. 9am-5pm.


  1. Did you know that Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence during the Second Continental Congress in 1776? The Declaration House housed Jefferson for the three weeks it took him to write the document. 599 S. 7th Street. 12pm-5pm.


  1. With more than 14.5 acres of floor space, City Hall is the largest municipal building in the United States. Did you know that construction took more than three decades to complete? In fact, City Hall is the tallest masonry structure in the world! 1401 JFK Blvd. 9am-5pm.


  1. One of the most influential documents in the world, and the supreme law of the United States, is only four pages long. Celebrate the U.S. Constitution, authored by the Philadelphia Convention, and the Constitution Center. Life-size bronze statues of the men who debated and signed this document populate its Signers’ Hall. 525 Arch Street. 9:30am-5pm.


  1. America’s first Fourth of July celebration was held at City Tavern  in 1777.  Over the years, famous visitors to the tavern have included Paul Revere, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington. Today, the restaurant preserves a colonial tavern feel with an authentic menu and costumed staff. 138 S. Second Street.


  1. The first commemorative Independence Day fireworks were set off on July 4th, 1777! Did you know that we celebrate with fireworks because John Adams wanted us to? In fact, he envisioned fireworks as part of the celebration in a letter to Abigail Adams on July 3rd, 1776!Be sure to check out our Fourth of July itinerary and patriotic perks!

Deals & Discounts || Patriotic Perks

Written by: Campus Philly Editorial Interns, Ashley Cappetta & Brenna Fallows

Head over to Citizens Bank Park  to catch the fireworkscourtesy of XFINITYafter the Phillies game! On either  July 1st or July 2nd, fans can experience a world-class fireworks show in their beloved sports complex. All students receive a $10 discount off tickets priced $41/$47 & under  just by using the password “STUDENT” when purchasing tickets online!

Bring a blanket and listen to the 65-piece Philly POPS  orchestra at 8pm on July 3 during a patriotic musical celebration in front of Independence Hall. This is your chance to see this talented group for free in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic district.

This weekend, learn about America’s diverse cultural history at no cost. On July 1, visit the African American Museum. On July 3, the Philadelphia Museum of Art allows visitors to pay what they wish for entry, and on July 4, the National Museum of American Jewish History will open its doors to those ambling through Independence Mall.

The famed Termini Brothers Bakery  will decorate a five-tier cake onsite, prior to the celebration right in America’s Birthplace of Independencethe Independence Visitor Center! Betsy Ross will be in attendance at America’s Birthday Party, too! The fun begins when the Termini Bros. provide 2,500 red, white, and blue cupcakesarranged in a giant American flagto the crowd! Betsy Ross will give a brief speech honoring the nation’s 240th birthday, and then all 2,500 cupcakes will be distributed for FREE!

Looking for more ways to celebrate? Check out our Fourth of July Itinerary!

Itinerary || Celebrating the Fourth

Written by: Campus Philly Editorial Interns, Ashley Cappetta & Brenna Fallows

The Fourth of July is kind of a big deal in Philadelphia. We are, after all, the birthplace of the nation, so you can expect our celebrations to be some of the biggest and best that the U.S. has to offer. And Philadelphia has it allfrom music to food to history. This celebration is much more than just the Fourth, too, so get ready for a whole week of patriotic fun with these suggestions!

If fireworks are your thing…

Check out Wawa Welcome America! Starting at 10 p.m., there will be a fantastic fireworks show over the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Even better? Get there early for the free concert at 5 p.m., featuring artists like Leon Bridges and a tribute to Gamble and Huff!

If you’re expecting a full-fledged celebration…

Philly’s got you covered. An Independence Day Parade, starting at Fifth and Chestnut, will march past Center City’s historic sites. This promises to be some old-fashioned fun in the summer weather, and, of course, it’s free.

If you’re down with the National Constitution Center

In preparation for Independence Day, opt to explore the 160,000-square-foot constitution center and check out the most important documents in our history. On June 30, the constitution center will be open to its visitors for free!

If you’re a hoagie lover

Head over to Independence Mall  on June 30, where Free Hoagie Day returns for its 24th year. Hosted by Wawa, the event salutes the military, firefighters, and police officers during a march performed by military heroes and re-enactors. More than five tons of Wawa hoagies will be distributed to the masses for free, so be sure to snag one for yourself!

If Penn’s Landing  is your second home…

Join the Philadelphia Orchestra on July 1 for a free performance. After the show, be sure to stick around for the fireworks displays along the Delaware River Waterfront.

If 4th of July is your time to dance…

The Historic Philadelphia Block Party is your place to be. Festivities will begin on July 3rd on 5th and 6th streets, between Market and Chestnut streets. Head straight to Independence Hall  for live entertainment, food vendors, games and activities!

If you’re looking to score a cool spot for fireworks…

Battleship New Jersey  has got you covered. Starting at 6p.m., catch a live performance by a Beatles tribute band. Check out some kid-friendly activities like face-painting, and be sure to snag some food and drinks at the concession stand. Finish off the night by enjoying the views of the fireworks over the Delaware River from aboard the ship.

Looking for some patriotic perks? Check out our Deals & Discounts post!

Meeting Philly One Block at a Time || Summer Lovin’ at the Penn Museum

P.M. at Penn Museum–Summer Nights Concert Series is returning for its sixth year of good ole #PhillyPhun. Summer Nights provides families and friends with laid-back, outdoor tunes to break up the workweek, and offers complete access to both the Penn Museum and the Museum Shop, all hosted in University City—let’s hope those summer nights don’t drift away too soon, are we right?

This past Wednesday the West Philly Orchestra kicked off the series. In the Stoner Courtyard—the museum’s front lawn—listeners gathered to embrace the funky sounds and jazzy ambiance of this orchestra.

West Philly Orchestra offered some traditional Balkan sounds at this week’s show— it was like nothing we’d ever heard before. Brassy, percussive and spirited, the music was definitely something you could dance to, and the musicians themselves seemed to be having a great time as they bobbed and danced to the sax, baritone, trumpet and drums. This wasn’t your last chance to check them out, though—the band’s website is a great place to listen to some of their songs or check out their schedule of upcoming shows. If you’re 21, you can join them for a Weekly Balkan Dance Party at Franky Bradley’s!  They’re an entirely unique cultural experience and perspective of Philly’s music scene.

As you listen to some great music, you’ll feel encouraged to make the experience your own! #CampusTip? Seating options are endless. Head to the central marble fountain for a great view, chill out in the “dining area” and chat with a friend at the bistro-style tables, check out the seating in front of the stage if you don’t want to miss a beat, or opt to hang with Mother Earth and enjoy some time on the lawn.

“Summer Nights” is definitely a great way to break up the work week (shout out to #HumpDay) and it’s also a kid-friendly event, if you’d like to bring the whole family along. It’s an especially great event for young professionals looking to network with musicians, too!

Joining in on the fun is the Pepper Mill Café, which is stocked with cocktails, including an assortment of wines and beers, non-alcoholic beverages, and light snacks—all available for a small price.

Speaking of, general admission (6+) is only 10 bucks, which includes your admission to the museum, and is free for children under 6, as well as for museum members. #CampusTip: Remember to bring cash for your ticket! There’s an ATM inside the venue, but play it safe and bring enough money to pay at the entrance gate.

“Summer Nights” presents different artists each week, each reppin’ their own styles and unique sounds. Check out some of the other artists that Summer Nights has to offer.

Penn’s next event is this Wednesday, the 22nd, with Ginger Coyle—Philadelphia’s latest artist to step onto the scene with her bright melodies and acoustic vibes. Even if you are unfamiliar with the artist or band of the week, these events are great opportunities to become more exposed to Philly’s music scene.

Oh—and please take advantage of the museum, which is open just for you until 8pm! Your ticket to Summer Nights gives you a chance to explore the halls, galleries, and artifacts of Penn’s museum. #CampusTip: Check out the “mini-tour” in between music sets at 6:30pm. We got to learn a little more about Egyptian culture by snagging  spots on this tour!


#TheMoreYouKnow: Concerts are every Wednesday from 5pm-8pm, June 17 through Sept. 2. 

#GetThere: 3260 South St. Philadelphia, PA 19104. It’s a hop, skip, and jump away from the University City train station.


Have fun at “Summer Nights” this season and enjoy bringing a little more pep into your #HumpDay.


Itinerary: My Philly Summer Party

The night will still be young following our My Philly Summer Party at The Barnes Foundation, so let’s keep the party rolling with this after party itinerary!

–Grab a slamming pizza pie at Pizzeria Vetri at 1939 Callowhill St.
–Catch a good taco vibes at Buena Onda, down the street at 1901 Callowhill St.
–If you’re 21+, fly off to Kite & Key, 1836 Callowhill St., for a low key beverage.

–Take a stroll along the Schuylkill River between the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Fairmount Water Works. There are beautiful lookout points that are very gram-worthy.

–Hang (and swing) outside at Spruce Street Harbor Park. Treat yourself to a sweet ending at the S.S. Franklin, the boardwalk version of Franklin Fountain. For the savory tooth, they have goodies for you too!

–Lace up your skates and skate your heart out at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest. Not into skating? Chill at the Chickie’s and Pete’s Waterfront Crabshack, or play a round of mini golf! Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is FREE and open to the public. Roller skating is a ticketed activity.

Meeting Philly One Block at a Time || #HBD to Philly’s 104.5

This past Saturday, 104.5 hosted its 9th Birthday Show—and it was rockin’. The lineup was comprised of 10 awesome artists, including Twenty One Pilots, AWOLNATION, and The Front Bottoms. BB&T Pavilion (formerly Susquehanna) teamed up with 104.5 to put on the event. But, alas! If you missed it, there’s another birthday show this Friday, June 17th. Headlining this one? You’ve got some big names: Florence and the Machine, Cold War Kids and The Lumineers! Doors are at 1pm and the headlining bands come on around 7pm, so plan your day of music accordingly.

Here’s some #CampusTips to keep you cool (both in temperature and in looks) at the next birthday show. Get prepped for a long, sunny day filled with music and good vibes!

  1. Let’s talk budget. If you’ve ever been to a concert, you know how crazy the cost can be for food and drinks—prep for that. Put a few bucks aside during the week so that you have money once Friday’s show rolls around. Don’t let the vendors fool you. I promise, one plate of nachos is the move.
  2. Suns out, guns out. Avoid looking like a lobster by using (and reapplying) sunscreen. You’ll need it, especially if you’re out on the lawn where overhead coverage is non-existent.
  3. Snapchat filters are #lit. Take pictures! These concerts really do deliver on the fun filters, so use them; these are the moments to remember. That being said, avoid 300 seconds of a blurry feed—keep those SnapStories civilized, peeps.
  4. Drink tons of water. 104.5’s birthday shows turn some people into camels. Friendly reminder that you are not in fact a camel and you do indeed need to drink water to thrive and survive during your long day out in the sun.
  5. Bring along a lawn chair or a blanket. If you have tickets for the lawn, you won’t want to be on your feet for the whole day. A comfy blanket or lawn chair is definitely necessary.
  6. Don’t be ashamed to sneak a nap in between sets. This one is more-so for lawn-goers, but seriously, close your eyes and take a cat nap so that you’re not totally drained by the end of the night.
  7. Make friends. The people around you can make or break your concert experience—particularly if you find yourself in the pit. Be nice and keep your hands to yourself.
  1. Wear something comfortable and lightweight. This one speaks for itself. Not a time to wear your Chewbacca mask.
  2. Be kind to the environment. A little party never killed nobody, so let’s throw out our trash until we drop! But forreal. Clean concerts floors make the long day more enjoyable.
  3. Have fun. Listen to some bands you’ve never heard before, dance like a fool, and throw your “rock on” hand symbols high into the sky.

There are technically two stages at this event, so be sure to check out the “New Music Discovery Show” stage near the food court outside for more good tunes.

#Tickets: Ranging from $29.50-$99.50.

BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Blvd, Camden, NJ 08103

Meeting Philly One Bike Ride at a Time || I Want to Ride My Bicycle

We’re riding into the summer on two wheels and want you to join our pack! Below you’ll find upcoming bike rides that are bound to get you pumped, tire pun intended.

Bicycles + Exploration = Bikesploration (Round 2)
Hidden City and SPOKE Magazine have teamed up again to present a four tour series of bicycle explorations. Three of the tours are brand new (Camden was offered once last year) and we’re not sure when–or if–they’ll be coming back, so catch them while you can.

#TheMoreYouKnow: Only $10 for Students.

Full Moon Bike Ride on June 20th
Another month passes. Another Full Moon. And it is the Strawberry Moon! We will meet up at the bottom steps of the Art Museum. A day or two before the ride, the route will be announced. Try to get to the ride at 8:30PM. The route can be approximately 10 miles. It will not always be as long. It may be up to 15 miles depending on where the route goes past.

#TheMoreYouKnow: The end will be at a random bar. This is the same as the park. It won’t always be at the same bar. The main goal is a cheap bar, but the other goal is a safe place and bike locking.

Women Bike PHL Coffee Club 
Each Wednesday — next one of June 15th at La Colombe Fishtown — we meet at a different coffee shop in Philadelphia for Coffee Club — an informal gathering where Philly’s women bicyclists can share tips, rant, support, celebrate, and, most importantly….CAFFEINATE together.

#TheMoreYouKnow: Curious about biking but haven’t quite gotten pedaling yet? You’re welcome too! Bring your ideas, questions, announcements, and good cheer!

The Vintage Jaunt 
On June 25th, Ride north on the D&L Canal Trail to New Hope where they will cross the river to Lambertville for lunch and antique shopping. Lunch is included in the cost of the ticket. The ride is aproximately 14 miles round trip and we will ride at a leasurly pace.

#TheMoreYouKnow: You are encouraged to wear a snappy outfit on this vintage jaunt. Tweed is excellent for biking, we hear.

RideDNC — Broad Street Ride
An 11.5-mile trip down Broad Street to FDR Park on Wednesday, July 27, the third night of the political convention. Organizers have billed their event as “antiprotest.” Instead, they are hoping the bike ride will be an inclusive experience where people can respectfully express their political opinions, whatever they may be.

#TheMoreYouKnow: Once the bikers reach FDR Park, the event will turn into something of a dance party. The organizers hope some delegates will wander over from Wells Fargo Center.

Meeting Philly One Block at a Time || Protecting & Preserving Philadelphia’s Outdoor Spaces

The first thing that you think of when you hear “Philadelphia” probably isn’t nature or the outdoors. Granted, perhaps we are better known for our history, art, music and food. But considering Philadelphia’s impressive parks system, its close proximity to some of Pennsylvania’s most beautiful scenery, and its position between two major rivers, this city has a lot to offer the natural world, and, in turn, a responsibility to protect it.

Seeking to counteract the notion that Philadelphia isn’t an outdoorsy city, United By Blue was founded in 2010, selling “responsible, durable goods” through their website and flagship store on Second Street. I’m a longtime fan of the brand’s tee shirts, totes, and accessories, but what really draws me to support this company is its commitment to sustainability. They’ve pledged to remove one pound of trash from waterways for every product sold.

This is possible through the support of volunteers that participate in the company’s cleanups. They’ve hosted more than 150 of these events, with an amount of waste exceeding 285,000 pounds removed from waterways throughout the nation.

On Tuesday, June 7, I participated in my first cleanup at Frankford Creek at Tacony Creek Park. I didn’t even know this outdoor space existed until this event, but now I’m excited at the possibility of participating in a bird watch or creek study. Representatives from the Philadelphia Water Department and the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership were there to echo the mission of the United By Blue staff, an overall reduction of single-use plastics and the preservation of our oceans by the preventative measure of removing plastics, metals and other non-recyclable waste from creeks and waterways.

Volunteers, filling blue bags with recyclable objects and black bags with trash, diligently scoured the pathways and creek bank. At the end of the event, a staggering 1,800 pounds of trash had been collected in under two hours. Participants voted for “weirdest trash,” enjoyed snacks graciously provided by Philadelphia’s The Living Room Café and Little Baby’s Ice Cream, and won prizes from Waltzing Matilda.

This was what I liked best about the event- the generous, collaborative effort among Philadelphia organizations to do something good for our city and our planet. Plus, United By Blue’s insistence on a hands-on approach to its mission (rather than donating money) really made sense to me—I was exposed to an entirely new outdoor space, I saw how dire its need was, and I walked away with a more pressing understanding of the problems our planet is facing. Fortunately, though, I also walked away more assured in my own ability to make a difference. United By Blue, I’ll be back.

If you’re interested in taking part, there are cleanups throughout summer and fall, within reasonable distance to Philadelphia and the surrounding schools. Plus, registration is free. I can attest that not only is it a good cause, but you’ll enjoy yourself, too, while celebrating the entrepreneurship and ingenuity of a Philadelphia mission-based company that’s making a big difference.

Meeting Philly One Block at a Time || Your Guide for All Things Swingin’ This Summer

Whether you’re acquainted with the cats of the jazz scene—or you’re just acquainted with the cat in your apartment—this summer is the time to experience all the musical facets Philly has to offer. Check out some of the best spots for jazz, soul, and funk music below and enjoy adding a little “swing” into your summer days.

If you’re looking for a casual introduction to the jazz scene, World Cafe Live is your go-to hook up.

Every Monday Night from 5:30-7 p.m., World Cafe Live hosts “Jazz Jams.” Huge perk? The shows are FREE! After the house band begins the night with two short performances, any musician or vocalist is welcome to take the stage with the band—just be sure to sign-up beforehand if you’re interested in performing. If getting on stage isn’t your thing, sit back with some food from the cafe and enjoy the show.

#CampusTip: Jazz Jams are hosted upstairs, so be sure to walk to the top level of the cafe once you arrive at the event.

#GetThere: 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104

If you’re looking for exposure to a blend of styles, visit Chris’ Jazz Cafe.

In its little cafe, Chris’ hosts a wide range of performances each week. From student-run bands to well-known artists, listeners at Chris’ receive full exposure to the many faces of the jazz scene. With its intimate setting, listeners can get up close and personal to the stage and experience the sounds that appeal to their tastes—whether that be the rhythmic sound of the drum or the rich sound of the tenor saxophone—Chris’ has got you covered.

#CampusTip: Students receive a $5 table credit when purchasing a ticket online—just remember to bring a valid I.D. to the show.

#GetThere: 1421 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102

If you’re looking for live music and fine dining head over to Heritage in Northern Liberties.

In its homey abode, Heritage offers its guests great dining options accompanied by the sounds of funky jazz. Each day of the week, this restaurant hosts bands, trios, solo artists and special guests for listeners. Check out Heritage’s “Bluegrass Brunch Sundays” from 11:30-3p.m. for an added perk, and see if you vibe well with the sounds of Bluegrass.

#CampusTip: Since Heritage is one of the newer spots for jazz, be sure to make a reservation on the site to save yourself a table—and avoid a long wait!

#GetThere: 914 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA, 19123

If you’re looking for the happiest of “happy hours,” check out Time.

This whiskey bar and tap room is the perfect environment to experience jazz, funk, and soul artists. Throughout the month, Time hosts multitudes of artists, ensuring that listeners gain a full musical experience each time they come to the restaurant. Enjoy American cuisine alongside live music every night, including the sounds of jazz musicians, DJs, funk groups and even Open Mic nights.

#CampusTip: Time’s “Happy Hour,” from 5 – 7 p.m., offers some seriously discounted deals, including $5 BBQ Pork Sliders, $3 seasonal drafts and $5 house red and white wines.

#GetThere: 1315 Sansom St., Philadelphia, PA, 19107

Check out these places this summer and enjoy a bite alongside some great tunes—and have fun getting acquainted with the cats of the jazz scene!

Meeting Philly One Block at a Time || Discovering Your Inner Yogi

Pop Up Yoga Philly is on a mission: Host a plethora of sessions in the Philadelphia region for yogis and non-yogis alike. On Friday, May 20th, the team hosted a session at Fairmount Water Works Pavilion. While enjoying the serene views of the Schuylkill River, I twisted, stretched, and bulldozed through my first meditation process.

#TheMoreYouKnow: Am I the only one who didn’t get the memo to take her sneaks off before the sesh? Yep. I was.

For just 17 bucks Pop Up Yoga delivers a fun and calming workout. While connecting with Mother Earth (shoutout to my #1 homie), searching for some internal peace, and connecting the body and the mind, yoga is able to provide some time to get away from the harrows of your work or school day; it’s also a great way to soak up the summer weather, too!

June 2: Magic Gardens Pop Up: Vinyasa 
June 14: Vino and Vinyasa at Valley Green 
June 16: Twilight Pop Up Yoga at Franklin Square 
June 17: Yoga ‘Alfresco’ at the Water Works 
June 23: Glow and Flow to the 80’s 
June 30: Twilight Pop Up Yoga at Franklin Square 

#Getting there: https://campusphilly.org/getting-around/

#CampusTip: Wear something comfy and embrace your hidden yogi with an open mind. Oh, and please, take your shoes off before the session–rookie mistake!