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Celebrating America’s Birthday In Philadelphia

(Fireworks above the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  File photo)

(Fireworks above the Philadelphia Museum of Art. File photo)

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By Mike Dougherty

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The 4th of July IS Philadelphia. Each year, the city strives to create a bigger and better party to celebrate America’s birthday.

Once again, the festivities will end with a spectacular fireworks display over the Art Museum and a free concert on the Ben Franklin Parkway. The Roots, Philly’s so-called house band, headlines the show. Queen Latifa, Daryl Hall, Joe Jonas and Common will also perform. There may even be a surprise performance or two, just like last year when Boyz II Men made an unexpected appearance.

Here’s a rundown of the day’s events…

10:00 – Mayor Michael Nutter and Governor Tom Corbett speak at the Celebration of Freedom Ceremony at Independence Hall

11:00 – Independence Day Parade through Old City begins

12:00 – Party on the Parkway opens

12:30 – Happy Birthday America birthday cake sampling at the Visitor’s Center

1:00 – Let Freedom Ring bell ringing ceremony at the Liberty Bell

7:00 – “The largest free concert in America” and fireworks spectacular

Some good news for visitors driving into the city today: there is no parking meter enforcement, so free street parking as long as it’s a legal spot. But be careful to read the signs because there are parking restrictions in place in Old City and near the Parkway.

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