Wawa Welcome America presents its annual FREE concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway! Jennifer Hudson and Meghan Trainor will headline alongside The Philly POPS Big Band… and did we mention it’s FREE?!

America’s Birthday Party with Betsy Ross and Termini Brothers Bakery

Celebrate America’s birthday where it all began! The Independence Visitor Center invites visitors and locals to watch as the iconic Termini Brothers Bakery staff decorates a spectacular five-tier cake live on-site beginning at 9 AM. They will also be arranging 2,500 red, white, and blue cupcakes into the shape of an American flag.

At 1 PM, Betsy Ross arrives with a fife-and-drum procession to lead the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday” to America, before distributing all of the cake and cupcakes for FREE!

POPS on Independence

One of Philadelphia’s most beloved music traditions returns on the eve of the 4th. With the backdrop of Independence Hall, the internationally-renowned 65-piece Philly POPS Orchestra, led by Music Director-Designate Todd Ellison, will perform a patriotic, entertaining show.

The Philly POPS will be joined by Tony-nominated actress and singer Susan Egan, best known as the original ‘Belle’ in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on Broadway and the voice of ‘Meg’ in Disney’s Hercules, among many other Broadway, television and film performances.

Free Museum Day: Moore College of Art and Design

Featuring recent works by Moore alumni, the selections on view in this year’s exhibition represent a variety of degree programs including Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Illustration, Photography & Digital Arts and Textile Design, among others. Showcasing a wide variety of materials and skill sets, this presentation includes artworks in all mediums. This year’s exhibition is juried by Emily Zilber, an independent curator and consultant focused on contemporary art, craft, and design. From 2010-2018, Zilber was the first Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and she currently sits on the boards of the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston and Craft Now Philadelphia, and on the Board of Advisors of the North Bennet Street School. Exhibit open June 8 – August 10, 2019.


Artist Gary Smith creates abstract objects out of found and recycled materials—such as old barn joists and repurposed construction debris—and combines them with natural wood harvested from his five acre property in rural Chester County. Smith shapes the wood, burns the wood, seals it, cuts into it with common tools and seals it again and again to preserve it. This juxtaposition of otherwise ordinary mediums are displayed in unexpected compositions that bring new life to formerly discarded and forgotten fragments. This exhibition presents new and recent works created over the course of nearly twenty years, while also paying homage to Smith’s career as chief preparator in The Galleries at Moore from 1987 – 2012. Exhibit open June 15 – August 10, 2019.

Free Museum Day: National Liberty Museum

The National Liberty Museum brings liberty to life through stories of people whose character and courage have expanded liberty for all. The Museum’s exhibits, educational experiences and public programs inspire visitors to think about liberty as an ongoing human quest that we all share. On Wednesday, July 3, we invite you to explore the museum for FREE and ring our exact replica of the Liberty Bell!

Pay-What-You-Wish Museum Day: Mütter Museum

America’s finest museum of medical history, the Mütter Museum displays its beautifully preserved collections of anatomical specimens, models, and medical instruments in a nineteenth-century “cabinet museum” setting. The goal of the museum is to help visitors understand the mysteries and beauty of the human body and appreciate the history of diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy the Spit Spreads Death exhibition pop-up, outdoor games with the Center for Education, coloring print-outs and the Historical Medical Library exhibition pop-up from 1-4pm.

Wawa Hoagie Day

Part of Philly’s annual Wawa Welcome America festival in celebration of Independence Day, right here in America’s birthplace, is Wawa Hoagie Day – FREE HOAGIES! That’s right, the team at Wawa Welcome America is giving away EIGHT TONS of free hoagies on the lawns outside of the Independence Visitor Center and the National Constitution Center. 

Free Museum Day: National Constitution Center

The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia brings together people from around the world with different perspectives to discuss, learn about, and celebrate one of the greatest visions of human freedom in history, the U.S. Constitution.

Serving as America’s leading platform for constitutional education and debate, this nonprofit organization fulfills its congressional charter to “to disseminate information about the U.S. Constitution on a nonpartisan basis.”

Visitors of all ages can engage with interactive programs and exhibits while learning about the constitution in an enjoyable way. The Constitutional Center provides the best educational programs and online resources that inspire people to learn about the U.S. Constitution.

Free Museum Day: Independence Seaport Museum

We’re all about water! Dive into River Alive!, a new exhibit that brings the wildlife, science, and wonder of the Delaware River up close. Raise the sails on our pirate ship Diligence and submerge yourself in hands-on exhibits, our Workshop on the Water, Citizen Science Lab, and MakerSpace, plus one of the largest maritime art and artifact collections in North America.

Free Museum Day: Museum of the American Revolution

For the first time ever during Wawa Welcome America, the Museum of American Revolution invites you to explore the opening shots of the War of Independence, from the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the creation of the American Republic, the Museum’s core exhibition explores the ideas, events, and legacies of America’s revolutionary beginnings.