Fourth of July Events!

Look­ing for a way to spend In­de­pend­ence Day? The Star has you covered with this se­lec­tion of events throughout the Phil­adelphia area.

Wawa Wel­come Amer­ica

This year, Wawa’s Wel­come Amer­ica In­de­pend­ence Day cel­eb­ra­tion will kick off at 11 a.m. on the steps of In­de­pend­ence Hall at 6th and Mar­ket streets. Pay trib­ute to our great na­tion with a cel­eb­ra­tion of mu­sic, in­spir­ing re­marks and a read­ing of ex­cerpts from the De­clar­a­tion of In­de­pend­ence. ••


Parade through His­tor­ic Phil­adelphia

Then, from 11 a.m. un­til 12:30 p.m., the an­nu­al parade takes free­dom to the streets in the areas sur­round­ing In­de­pend­ence Hall with hun­dreds of par­ti­cipants from states across the na­tion, plus march­ing bands, floats and sev­er­al spe­cial per­form­ing teams. This year’s parade fea­tures a “Her­oes Sa­lute” hon­or­ing the 10th an­niversary of 9/11. ••

Fest­iv­al on the Park­way

From noon through 7 p.m.,  stop by the Ben­jamin Frank­lin Park­way, between 20th Street and the Eakins Oval at the Phil­adelphia Mu­seum of Art, for a block party fea­tur­ing three mu­sic stages, food vendors, sport­ing events, mul­tiple in­ter­act­ive zones and many more ex­cit­ing activ­it­ies. ••

Free con­cert with The Roots

After 7 p.m. on the Ben­jamin Frank­lin Park­way, between 20th Street and the Eakins Oval, from 7 to 11 p.m., Philly’s own mu­sic­al sen­sa­tion The Roots will serve as the house band for the Philly 4th of Ju­ly Jam – “The Largest Free Con­cert in Amer­ica.”

The band will be joined by Queen Lati­fah, Daryl Hall, Com­mon, Joe Jo­nas and more spe­cial guests on the park­way. ••

Fourth of Ju­ly fire­works

Fol­low­ing the end of the night’s events on the Ben Frank­lin Park­way – the con­cert ends at 11 p.m. - there will be a fire­works show in the sky above the Phil­adelphia Mu­seum of Art. ••


Vis­it the Ma­gic Gar­dens

The gar­dens will be hold­ing a spe­cial hol­i­day tour of Isai­ah Za­gar’s glit­ter­ing mo­sa­ic labyrinth lead by one of PMG’s know­ledge­able Garden Guides. The gar­dens are loc­ated at 1020 South St.

Also on our na­tion’s birth­day, ex­plore the ex­hib­i­tion en­titled Un­ex­pec­ted Muses. This show il­lus­trates the mu­tu­al in­spir­a­tion felt by PMG found­ing artist Isai­ah Za­gar and ceram­icist Jimmy Clark.

Phil­adelphia’s Ma­gic Gar­dens are open for tours from 11 a.m. un­til 6 p.m. Tick­ets cost $8 for the Hol­i­day Tour (which in­cludes adult ad­mis­sion), $5 for an adult, $2 for chil­dren aged 6 to 12 and chil­dren 5 and un­der get in free.

For more in­form­a­tion call 215-733-0390 or vis­it phil­lyma­gicgar­ ••

Au­then­t­ic In­de­pend­ence Day

Want to cel­eb­rate the Fourth of Ju­ly like Ben Frank­lin might have? The day’s activ­it­ies will in­clude hearth cook­ing, tex­tile demon­stra­tions, long rifle, garden and an­im­al talks. Vis­it­ors are wel­come to bring a pic­nic bas­ket lunch or pur­chase re­fresh­ments.

Bring a com­fort­able chair or blanket and en­joy the Fourth as it was cel­eb­rated years ago on a true co­lo­ni­al farm in Chester County. Feel free to pick up a quill pen and sign the De­clar­a­tion your­self!

The event will be held at Co­lo­ni­al Pennsylvania Plant­a­tion, loc­ated at 3900 N. Sandy Flash Drive in New­town Square. Tick­ets are $10 for adults and $8 for chil­dren aged 4 to 12. The plant­a­tion is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 610-566-1725 or vis­it­lo­ni­al­plant­a­ ••

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