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Here Are 3 Reasons to Attend Welcome America in Philadelphia, PA, This Summer

Living in or near the City of Brotherly Love grants you plenty of opportunities for summer fun, especially during the Fourth of July weekend. You could spend the holiday weekend hopping from one backyard BBQ to the next, but wouldn’t you rather spend the time immersing yourself in the historical and musical culture that Philadelphia is known for?

This summer, celebrate America’s birthday in America’s birthplace by attending the Wawa Welcome America celebration. Here are our top three reasons why you need to attend Welcome America in Philadelphia, PA, this Fourth of July weekend.

The History

The Wawa Welcome America celebration is a six-day festival from June 29th to July 4th with over 50 free events for all ages and cultures.

With so much to do over this long weekend, where does one begin? Well, one of the major ways to celebrate America’s birthday is to get enriched by Philadelphia’s impressive history.

Welcome America is offering free museum days for all attendees. Here are just some of the many museums participating…

  • National Constitution Center: June 29th, 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Penn Museum: June 30th, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • African American Museum in Philadelphia: July 1st, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • The Barnes Foundation: July 2nd, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

By the end of this six-day learning experience, you’ll be impressing your friends and family with your knowledge of this great city’s history.

The Music

Is history not really your thing? Are you more into listening to some really good music? This festival is for you, too!

The Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert will take place on Independence Day on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This concert is free and will include legendary performers, such as Mary J. Blige, Boyz II Men, and The Philly Pops.

Plus, feel free to walk around and stop at the various food trucks and beer gardens (the latter for the 21 and older crowd) to satisfy your hunger and quench your thirst while these incredible acts perform.

The Fireworks

It wouldn’t be a proper Fourth of July Celebration without some fireworks. The remarkable part about this festival is that you’re going to get three days’ worth of chances to see some stunning fireworks displays!

On June 30th, the Philadelphia Orchestra will perform a free neighborhood concert on the RiverStage at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Following the show, enjoy a 30-minute firework display on the Delaware River Waterfront.

On July 1st, the US Army Band “Pershing’s Own” will delight the attending audience with some rockin’ renditions of old standards, new hits, and patriotic tunes, including hits from American Bandstand, Bon Jovi, and Philly’s own Patti LaBelle. The concert will run from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., followed by the second night of marveling at the fireworks along the Delaware River Waterfront.

July 4th will be your last chance to see the fireworks. Ff you’re going to make it to any night, you’ll definitely want it to be this one. Immediately following the Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert, there will be two big fireworks shows that’ll span from the Schuylkill River to the Delaware River. Grab a blanket and join your friends and family to take in these jaw-dropping, inspiring fireworks displays.

If you’re not able to make it to the concert/fireworks show, you can always watch from the comfort of home on NBC 10 or Telemundo 62.

We hope to see you at this fun-filled, 6-day cultural event celebrating the birth of this great county. If you’re interested in spending the night in Philadelphia, check out the travel packages being offered. And for up-to-date information, visit Wawa Welcome America Philadelphia’s Facebook page.