2017 Delaware County & Philadelphia PA Independence Day Weekend Fireworks, Parades, Festivities and Family Fun Galore




Independence Day Celebrations and Fun

Philadelphia Welcome America Celebration
June 29th – July 4th
See Full lists of Events and Schedule HERE

More Museums Join the Schedule of Free Museum Days

  • National Constitution Center (courtesy of Wawa), June 29
  • Penn Museum, June 30
  • Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site (5 – 8 p.m.), June 30
  • One Liberty Observation Deck (8 – 11 a.m.), July 1
  • African American Museum in Philadelphia, July 1
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art (pay what you wish), July 2
  • The Barnes Foundation (courtesy of PECO), July 2
  • National Liberty Museum, July 3
  • The Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection at Temple University, July 3
  • National Museum of American Jewish History, July 4
  • Philadelphia History Museum, July 4

Five Nights of Free Movies Around Town
Grab plenty of popcorn for more movie screenings under the stars. Philly @ The Movies presented by St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children features free outdoor movie screenings.

  • The Piazza at Schmidt’s, Despicable Me 2, June 29
  • Main Street in Manayunk, Despicable Me, June 29
  • Panati Playground, The Lego Batman Movie, June 30
  • Vernon Park, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, July 1
  • The steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Rocky, July 2
  • Franklin Square, SING, July 3

All-American Celebration at Independence Hall
at the National Constitution Center
June 29th – July 4th
The National Constitution Center will offer free admission on Wawa Hoagie Day, Thursday, June 29, courtesy of Wawa.  Admission will also be free for our Finding the Founders event on Sunday, July 2, courtesy of the John Templeton Foundation.
Details and festivities HERE

Wawa Hoagie Day
Honoring our Heroes & History Makers with a Taste of Home
Thursday June 29, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Independence Visitor’s Center Lawn & National Constitution Center Lawn
Details HERE

Innovation Demonstrations at Penn Park at The University of Pennsylvania
Friday, June 30 12-4 p.m.
For the first time Wawa Welcome America, in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania, will showcase innovation and technology. Local inventors will show off their inventions, while children and families can experience musical technology demonstrations, participate in financial literacy games, hear books read by guest readers including Mayor Jim Kenney and City Representative Sheila Hess, and enjoy interactive ballroom dance performances and lessons. Visitors can also enjoy a Free Museum Day at the Penn Museum

A Fourth of July Celebration and Picnic at Colonial Plantation
Saturday and Tuesday, July 1st and 4th
Time – 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Last admit at 3:00
Admission is $10.00 for adults and $6.00 for children (ages 4 to 12). Children under 4 are free.
Details HERE

Wells Fargo Citywide Community Day
Saturday, July 1, Starting at 12 p.m. Times Vary
Wells Fargo will present Citywide Community Day on Saturday, July 1 during Wawa Welcome America. The festival takes place throughout the City of Philadelphia with Performances in Public Spaces—an afternoon of free, family-friendly pop-ups happening simultaneously in 10 public parks, squares and plazas throughout Philadelphia neighborhoods. Performances, hosted by The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy and Wawa Welcome America, ranging from cultural experiences to hip hop dancing, jazz and storytelling will be performed in the heart of Philadelphia’s diverse neighborhoods. In addition to the performances, Welcome America will provide free books for children courtesy of Books In Homes plus debut the Philadelphia World Heritage Coloring Book produced by Global Philadelphia, patriotic fun and activities. The African American Museum of Philadelphia will offer free admission and special programming from 2 to 3 p.m. At 4 p.m. In Gospel We Trust presents a riveting afternoon of Gospel featuring Treena Ferebee and the Sounds of Soar Gospel Ensemble along with Citywide Praise Dance Troupe at City Hall. The day ends with a free concert and fireworks over the Delaware River Waterfront. Visit WelcomeAmerica.com for complete details.

Mural Arts Philadelphia Monument Lab Summer Sampler
Saturday, July 1 at Franklin Square 1-4 p.m.
Mural Arts Philadelphia gives the first glimpse of Monument Lab, featuring a sneak preview of Philadelphia artist Kara Crombie’s monument, Sample Philly: an interactive sculpture with a sound bank of musical loops drawn from the city’s rich musical history. Enjoy live music and refreshments, and chat one-on-one with the artist and curators in Franklin Square. Monument Lab is a public art and history project produced by Mural Arts Philadelphia and curators Paul Farber and Ken Lum that invites people to join a citywide conversation about history, memory, and our collective future. The Monument Lab Summer Sampler is produced in partnership with Historic Philadelphia, Inc. Visitmonumentlab.muralarts.org for more information.

Adventure Aquarium – Independence Day Splash
Saturday July 1st 5 PM – 9 PM
Fireworks on the Waterfront
Details, tickets and pricing HERE

Wawa America Debut! Food Trust’s Night Market Spruce Hill: Independence Day Weekend Edition at 40th & Walnut Streets will offer a unique family-friendly culinary experience with street eats, live music and neighborhood pride. This is the Food Trust’s debut in West Philadelphia.
Saturday, July 1st 6 – 10 p.m.

Broadway Philadelphia On Independence Mall
Freedom Stage on Independence Mall (5th and Market Street)
July 3, 2017, 5 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
FREE – Tickets are not required to attend.
The free concert will feature music from the following shows:

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Musical
From his meteoric rise to fame in 1957 through his tragic death less than two years later, Buddy Holly influenced modern music like no other performer of his generation. (June 24-July 9, 2017)
Disney’s Aladdin
From the producers of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. (June 13-July 1, 2018)
Finding Neverland
Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. (November 21-26, 2017)
Kinky Boots
With songs by Grammy® and Tony Award®-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. (October 3-8, 2017)
Les Misérables
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. (January 9-21, 2018)
Stomp is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, and utterly unique—an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. (December 26-31, 2017)
The Color Purple
With a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, The Color Purple gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story. (December 12-17, 2017)
The Phantom of the Opera
Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera will return to Philadelphia as part of a brand new North American Tour! (November 1-12, 2017)
The Sound of Music
The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score (April 24-29, 2018).
Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, Waitress tells the story of Jenna – a waitress and expert piemaker “dreaming her way” out of her small town. (February 13-18, 2018)
Back by “popular” demand. Wicked, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz… but from a different angle. (July 26-August 27, 2017)

For more information, visit www.welcomeamerica.com

Camden Waterfront Freedom Festival
July 4th
Details and festivities HERE and HERE

Independence Day at National Museum of American Jewish History
Tuesday July 4th
10 AM – 5 PM
Celebrate Independence Day with free admission to NMAJH! Enjoy activities for the whole family, including interactive gallery talks, story time, painting…not to mention an unbeatable view of Philly’s July 4th parade! All ages are welcome.
Schedule of Activities:
Watch the parade from our 5th floor terrace
Freedom Family Corner
Drop in arts and crafts and play zone
Canvas Painting with Color-Me-Mine Art Studio
Drop in to paint your own souvenir canvas flag
Throughout the Day
Meet and Greet George Washington
Listen to stories of the American Revolution by President Washington himself, brought to life by a historical impersonator.
Throughout the Day
Meet and Greet Eva Baen
Talk with a costumed impersonator portraying a young Jewish woman who came to Phialdelphia in 1913. Look for Eva’s artifacts on the 3rd floor.
Details HERE

July 4th Community Picnic in the Park at Valley Forge National Historic Park
Tuesday July 4th
11 AM – 3 PM
Highlights of the day include historical games, crafts, and activities, a reading of the Declaration of Independence by one of our Founding Fathers, a musical performance from Darla, artillery demonstrations, and an exciting exhibit from the American Treasure Tour.
The barbecue tent will be serving up delicious All-American fare including grilled hot-dogs, hamburgers, ice cold beverages and more!
This event is free and open to the public, with food available for purchase
Details HERE and HERE

$5 on the 4th of July – Open Community Swim Day at Glenolden Swim Club
12 PM – 9 PM
Spend your 4th of July with us at the Glenolden Swim Club! 
Everyone will enjoy a special $5 rate for the day!!! 
This is an OPEN community event!
*Members are free!
Details HERE

KIDZ BOP KIDS “Best Time Ever” Tour and More for Families on July 4th
Tuesday, July 4 on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway 2-7 p.m.
Enjoy five blocks of FREE entertainment, food and fun for all ages July 4 at Party on the Parkway. Families can enjoy an interactive kid’s area featuring the Strider Bikes obstacle course, a Zipline, games, and make-and-take arts and crafts. Animal lovers can bring their furry friends to enjoy the Amtrak All Aboard Pet Zone. For the second year, KIDZ BOP KIDS will perform a free live concert on July 4 on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 1 p.m.on the main stage.

Philadelphia and Delaware County PA Fireworks and Parades

Friday June 30, 2017

Wawa Welcome America Fireworks presented by NBCUniversal and Pyrotecnico
Friday, June 30 at 9:30 p.m. over the Delaware River Waterfront

Saturday July 1, 2017

July 4th Celebration in Paddock Park
Saturday July 1st
10:30 AM
Paddock Park Havertown, PA
 July 4th celebration in Paddock Park will be held on Saturday, July 1st! We’ll kick things off with a parade led by the Oakmont Fire Company – it begins prompty at 10:30 AM from Merrybrook Circle (at Colfax Rd). Decorate your bike, stroller, scooter, wagon or stroller with patriotic flair and compete for a “Best Of” award.
After the parade, we’ll meet in the park at 11:00 AM for a fun-filled day of field games, pony rides, face painting, magic shows, hot dogs, pretzels and drinks. Enjoy the event with music from a live DJ. Please bring cash to purchase tickets for pony rides and food/drink. 
Details HERE

8th Annual Ridley Park 4th of July Car Show
11 AM
at Ridley Park Lake
Registration begins at 10:30
All makes, models and motorcycles welcome.
20 trophies awarded
Vehicle entry fee $10
Free for spectators.
Enjoy a fun filled day with a car show, food, music and finish off the night with spectacular fireworks display.
Details HERE

A Fourth of July Celebration and Picnic at Colonial Plantation
Saturday and Tuesday, July 1st and 4th
Time – 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Last admit at 3:00
Admission is $10.00 for adults and $6.00 for children (ages 4 to 12). Children under 4 are free.
Details HERE

Harrah’s Chester Philadelphia
Fireworks – Saturday July 1st 
Must be 21 or older to attend
Details and weekend schedule HERE

Ridley Park Fireworks
Saturday, July 1st
Fireworks at Dusk (approx 9 PM)
Ridley Lake
Details HERE

Wawa Welcome America Fireworks presented by NBCUniversal and Pyrotecnico
Saturday, July 1 at 9:30 p.m. over the Delaware River Waterfront

Sunday July 2, 2017

Bethel Township
Sunday July 2nd 
at Dusk (approx 8:30 PM)
at Bethel Springs Elementary School
Raindate July 3rd
Details HERE and HERE

Monday July 3, 2017

Monday, July 3rd
Norwood Lower Park
at Dusk

Upper Darby
Concert and Fireworks
Monday July 3rd 
Gates open 7 PM – Fireworks 9:15 PM
at Upper Darby High School field
featuring Chicco’s Vibe
$4 admission, children under 5 are free
Gates open 7:15 PM
Raindate Wednesday July 5th
Details HERE

Sesame Place
Monday July 3rd &
Tuesday July 4th
9:25 PM – 9:35 PM
Details, tickets and pricing HERE

Tuesday July 4, 2017

Parade & Festivities
Tuesday July 4th 
11:00 AM
Raindate Saturday July 8th
Details HERE

Tuesday July 4th
Depart from Chestnutwold Elementary at 10am, up Morris Rd, ending at Elwell Field
Details HERE

Aston Township
Tuesday July 4th
at Dusk
Behind Sun Valley High School
The Aston Township Fire Department will also be selling food and refreshments as well as glow necklaces.
Details HERE

Bala Cynwyd
Tuesday July 4th
Parade & Festivities
starting at 9:30 AM
Parade Route, festivities and details HERE

Clifton Heights
Tuesday July 4th
10 AM
Beginning at East Broadway and Maple avenues
Dusk (approx 9:15 PM)
at the Athletic Field
$6 per person admission (ages 3 & under are FREE)
Parking $5 per car

Parade,  Festivities, Carnival & Fireworks
Tuesday July 4th
Raindates: Fireworks- Friday July 7th and Parade/Daytime Fun – Saturday July 8th
Details HERE

Parade & Activities
Tuesday July 4th
The parade begins in the Wells Fargo parking lot at Mac Dade Blvd and Ashland Ave. Participants may begin to lineup starting at 9:30 a.m. Parade time is 10:30.
Join us in Glenolden Park at the conclusion of the parade for patriotic ceremonies followed by food and fun in the park. We will have music by DJ Jim Kelly, bounce houses, face painting, trackless train rides, games and prizes for the kids (and a few adults).
Food sales will benefit Boy Scout Troop 44. Free water ice will be available while supplies last.
Rain date is July 8th
Details HERE

Havertown – Hilltop Civic Association
Tuesday July 4th
9:30 a.m.
Parade & Celebration
Bon Air Fire Company & Steel Field
Details HERE
(Thanks, Kate S.!)

Parade and Festivities
Tuesday July 4th
9:00 AM Parade starts at East Greenwood & Wycombe Avenues
9 PM
Details and Fireworks ticket info HERE

4th of July Parade & Family Fun 
Tuesday, July 4th
10 AM
Details and schedule HERE

Llanerch Civic Assoc. 4th of July Parade
Tuesday, July 4th
9:45 AM – 11 AM
Get your bikes, scooters, wagons and strollers ready!
Parade leaves from the Llanerch Fire House parking lot
Details HERE

Marple Newtown
Tuesday July 4th
10:00 AM
Beginning at St Albans Circle – ends at the Broomall firehouse
Details HERE and HERE

Media Recreation Board Annual Independence Day Celebration
Tuesday July 4th
Food, fun, and entertainment.
Live performance by Silly Joe.
There will be a water slide, and games for the kids.
There will also be a bike decorating contest for those that wish to participate.
Details HERE

Morning Festivties
Tuesday July 4th
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
at Narberth Playground
at dusk
Details HERE

Tuesday July 4th
8:30 AM
Activities at Kugler Park following Parade
Details HERE

Penn Wynne
Tuesday July 4th
Parade & Festivities
starting at 9:30 AM
Rain Date July 9th
Parade Route, Festivities info and more info HERE

Prospect Park
Parade and Festivities
Tuesday July 4th
Parade starts 8:30 AM
Festivities and music following in Park Square
Details and parade route info HERE and HERE

Garrett Hill Parade
Tuesday July 4th 
Details and schedule HERE
Tuesday July 4th (Raindate Saturday July 9th)
at Radnor High School
at dusk, gates open 6:30 PM
Raindate Saturday July 8th
Details and Gate Donation info HERE

Ridley Park
Parade & Festivities
Tuesday July 4th
10 AM
Details HERE

Parade & Festivities
Tuesday July 4th
9:30 AM
Beginning at Borough Hall
Ending at Triangle Park with festivities
Details HERE

Sesame Place
Monday July 3rd &
Tuesday July 4th
9:25 PM – 9:35 PM
Details, tickets and pricing HERE

Tuesday July 4th
9 AM
Beginning at Springfield High School
Activities and Games Begin at 10 AM at Veterans Memorial Park
Free ice cream, free balloons, concert, field events, pony rides, face painting, kiddie bounce, clown, juggler and more
Details HERE

Tuesday July 4th
9:30 AM
Bethlehem United Methodist Church to Thornbury Park
Details HERE

4th of July Festivities
Tuesday July 4th
11 AM – 2 PM
at Bristol Lord Field (located at 6th & Main Streets).
Please note that you must be a current resident of the borough to participate.
Please join us for FREE hot dogs, chips, soft pretzels, water ice, candy and drinks! Entertainment will include a DJ, Face Painting and games!
Details HERE

Upper Merion
4th of July Celebration
Tuesday July 4th
3 PM – 10 PM
Heuser Park Dr, King of Prussia, PA 19406
Carnival 3PM
Beer Garden 3PM
Mango Men Concert 5PM
Outback Steakhouse and Bonefish Grill Samples 5PM
Details HERE and HERE

Wawa Welcome America Fireworks presented by NBCUniversal and Pyrotecnico
Tuesday, July 4 at 9:30 p.m. over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway


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