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Philadelphia’s “Welcome America” Week Ends

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Sanitation worker Joe Johnson watches final act of "Welcome America" festival. (Credit: Pat Loeb)

Sanitation worker Joe Johnson watches final act of “Welcome America” festival. (Credit: Pat Loeb)

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By Pat Loeb

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – After a week of “Welcome America” events, it’s time for Philadelphia to say “ta-ta, America.”

The Independence Week festival wrapped up Sunday afternoon with a few final performances and activities at Penn’s Landing.

Things didn’t end with a bang (that was Saturday night’s fireworks), but with jazz, a low-key finale for an ambitious celebration, but it was just what Stacy Crane, with a toddler in tow,was looking for:

“We thought it would be more low key today, so we just thought it would be fun to have her experience it,” she said.

Even Stacy was surprised by how sparse the crowd was, but not Jeff:

“It is quiet but I think it’s quiet because of the heat and the economy,” he said.

But don’t be deceived by the closing, says Josh Mokowitz:

“It gave a good name for Philly,” he said. “Everyone seems to enjoy themselves on the Fourth of July here. It’s like a trademark for Philly every summer.

Josh worked the entire festival for the city and calls it a success.

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