20th St. and Eakins Oval
Philadelphia, PA 19130
www.welcomeamerica.comDate: July 1-7, 2013
The Wawa Welcome America Festival is one of the nation’s largest Independence Day celebrations. From educational events for the kids to ice cream-eating competitions and live orchestra performances, the days leading up to July 4th are packed with fun events for the whole family. And Independence Day itself is full of festivities too, including the Philadelphia Independence Day Parade from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. throughout historic Philly, and the ringing of the Liberty Bell in Independence Square from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Ease on into the night by heading over to Eakins Oval and enjoying a real American-style block party complete with food, games and live music. If you still have steam, blow it off at the greatest 4th of July concert in the nation, Philly Fourth of July Jam.
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130
www.welcomeamerica.comDate: July 4, 2013
Considered the largest free concert in the country, the Philly 4th of July Jam will feature Philly’s The Roots with special guests such as Queen Latifah, Common, Joe Jonas and Daryl Hall, another native of Philadelphia. Also set to perform are John Mayer, Jill Scott, Demi Lovato, Ne-Yo and Grace Potter. For the price, you really can’t beat this concert. And there will be plenty of fireworks, as the Philadelphia Museum of Art lights up the skies beginning at 10:30 p.m.
1250 N. Front St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
www.kungfunecktie.comDate: July 4, 2013
A hip place to celebrate July 4, Kung Fu Necktie is a music venue located in the Fishtown area. It features both local and national indie bands. At 8 p.m., the New York City band Nude Beach takes to the intimate stage at KFN. Despite its name, the music of Nude Beach is not a hybrid-Beach Boys sound. In some ways, the band has combined Elvis Costello with early Johnny Cougar, a tad of Springsteen and a helping of Paul Westerberg.
401 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
www.spiritofphiladelphia.comDate: July 6, 2013
Take the Fireworks Dinner Cruise on board the Spirit of Philadelphia, departing from Penn’s Landing. The three-hour cruise features a DJ and dancing, dinner from the Grande Dinner Buffet and a great view of the fireworks display at Penn’s Landing. The new ship offers cruises year-round on the Delaware River. It first goes north to the Benjamin Franklin Bridge then south to the old Navy Yard, where it goes under the Walt Whitman Bridge.
Penns Woods Winery
124 Beaver Valley Road
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
www.pennswoodswinery.comDate: July 4, 2013
Penns Woods Winery is planning special events all day long on July 4. With special hours for the nation’s birthday celebration, the winery invites visitors to come and sit a while and sample a glass or bottle of a favorite wine from the Penns Woods Wine selection and sample local cheeses and crackers, which will be on sale at the winery. At sunset, a fireworks show will be held across the street. Pack a picnic meal and bring chairs and blankets.