Light Reads: Fourth of July Weekend 2022

A Local’s Guide to the Fourth of July in Philadelphia

What better place to spend this year’s Fourth of July than right here in Philadelphia, a historic city that just so happens to also be the birthplace of the United States! Fun, fireworks, concerts, and good food are all to be had here. Check out the annual Wawa Welcome America, where good times are sure to be had by you and your families. This festival, which is the City of Philadelphia’s official Independence Day celebration, runs all the way from June 19th up until July 4th to honor and commemorate both Juneteenth and the Fourth of July. You’re sure to have a great time with local neighborhood fun and events, free concerts across the city, educational and inclusive programming, free museum admission across the city and, last but not least, the fantastic firework spectacle at the Art Museum!

Below, find a number of other festivities to celebrate the holidays in Philadelphia. There are a multitude of opportunities for engaging education for everyone, including the Museum of the American Revolution, the National Constitution Center, The African American Museum in Philadelphia, and the Betsy Ross House, to name a few. More information and links on those below as well. With so many festivities to take part in for everyone of all ages, there’s truly something for everyone. We hope you have a fun, safe, and reflective holiday!


Wawa’s Welcome America Festival: Freedom – Liberty June 19th – July 4th

Our America Now: Expressions of Freedom & Waterfront Fireworks July 1, 6:00 – 10:00 PM

Celebration of Community & Culture @ Esperanza Arts Center July 2, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Pershing’s Own Concert & Waterfront Fireworks July 2, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Philly POPS on Independence July 3, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

PNC Presents: Salute to America Independence Day Parade July 4, 11 AM – 12 PM

Party on the Parkway July 4, 12:00 – 7:00 PM

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Other Historic and Cultural Attractions to Consider

Museum of the American Revolution

National Constitution Center

The African American Museum in Philadelphia

The Betsy Ross House

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