Light Reads: Independence Day 2024

To celebrate Independence Day, this week’s Present Value post features a curated selection of holiday events and regional news. Our team has gathered a mix of festive activities and important updates to keep you informed and engaged. We hope this round-up enhances your July 4th celebrations. Wishing everyone a safe and joyous Independence Day! 

Upcoming Events 

Red, White, & Blue To-Do | Independence Visitor Center 
Philadelphia Visitor Center

Salute to Independence Parade
WaWa Welcome America, Inc.

Wawa Welcome America Festival
WaWa Welcome America, Inc.

Free Admission at the National Constitution Center on July 4th
National Constitution Center

Free admission at the Zoo for the 150th Anniversary on July 1st
WaWa Welcome America, Inc.


The Latest from Present Value 

Improving Accessibility in Cities
Grace Hanoian, Business Development and Marketing Associate

The State of High-Speed Rail 
Lechuan Huang, Analyst

The Importance of Higher Education and Workforce Development to a Growing Urban Economy
Carole de Fries, Senior Advisor 

In the News 

Penn RAs get First Union Contract
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Montco Applies to Build Hydroelectric Station at Norristown Dam
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Restored SEPTA Trolleys will Return to Route 15 
The Philadelphia Inquirer

NY Gov Hochul Delays Controversial Pricing Plan ‘Indefinitely’
CNN Business 

Fun Facts about July 4th 

This fourth of July, Americans are anticipated to spend about 9.5 billion on food. In 2022, consumers spent 2.3 billion on fireworks! But, before the Civil War, businesses closed for the holiday to demonstrate patriotism.  

John Adams originally wanted to celebrate Independence Day on July 2nd because most of Congress signed the declaration that day.  

Americans consume around 150 million hot dogs on the Fourth of July each year!





Moira Connell, Business and Development Intern | [email protected]

Moira Connell is a Business Development and Marketing intern at ESI. She is currently a student at the University of Pennsylvania studying Philosophy Politics & Economics and Consumer Psychology.  

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