No place in the United States celebrates Independence Day the way Philadelphia does! That’s because Philadelphia was the birthplace of the United States. On July 4th, 1776 United States claimed independence from Britain in what is now known as Independence Hall. Now, 245 years later, we continue to celebrate this holiday with exciting events happening all over the city. If you don’t have any plans for the 4th of July weekend just yet, consider the following:
Free Museum Days at Select Philadelphia Attractions
As part of Wawa Welcome America is the event’s Free Museum Days, when some of the city’s best museums and attractions offer free or pay-what-you-wish admission to visitors on select days during the 16-day July Fourth fest.
This year, 14 cultural institutions invite visitors to explore their collections for free or for a donation. Culture lovers can see the impressive permanent and special exhibitions on view at places like the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center, and The African American Museum in Philadelphia for a handsome discount.
Of course, exploring Philadelphia attractions is a bit different at the moment. Many of the free museum days require pre-registration for timed tickets. Masks may be recommended or required at many institutions as well. Your best bet: Plan ahead and check with each attraction before visiting.
Learn more here.
Watch Movies from prominent Philly locations!
Enjoy award-winning movies and classics all from the comfort of your car or lawn chairs/picnic set up!
To check the schedule of movies and times visit www.welcomeamerica.com!
Watch a Fireworks Show!
The tradition of July 4th fireworks returns to the iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Beginning at 8 p.m., guests are welcome to gather from Eakins Oval to Logan Circle to enjoy this rousing and patriotic festival grand finale.
Go to a FREE Concert!
POPS on Independence @ the Mann
JULY 3RD, 2021 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
THE MANN CENTER; 5201 PARKSIDE AVE, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19131
The Philly POPS continues its 42-year Independence tradition with POPS on Independence at The MANN. The POPS will perform an original program created and conducted by Music Director and Principal Conductor David Charles Abell, featuring Grammy & Tony nominee, Hamilton star Joshua Henry. The program will feature patriotic standards, pop favorites, and more. A Philadelphia tradition, this performance is part of The Philly POPS Salute Series, honoring our nation’s traditions, values, and commitment to service.
JULY 4TH, 2021 | 7:00 PM – 9:45 PM
TD PAVILION AT THE MANN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
5201 PARKSIDE AVE, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19131
The legendary July 4th Concert returns starring Bebe Rexha, featuring Flo Rida, and a special performance by Cam Anthony with the Philly POPS all on the Independence Blue Cross Stage at Mann Center for the Performing Arts for the first time ever. General admission and lawn access will be available for in-person guests and the concert will be broadcast live on NBC10 and TeleXitos.
For more ideas and longer list of events, visit www.visitphilly.com!