First weekend of July and there is so much fun to be had! It’s the 4th of July and plenty of patriotic activities are taking place in and around the city. Plus enjoy the 15th annual super scooper ice cream festival, free museum admission and more! – Jennifer Oxenford
Super Scooper All You Can Eat Ice Cream Festival
Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
101 S. Columbus Blvd. & Market Street
As if you ever need an excuse to eat more ice cream! The Super Scooper All You Can Eat Ice Cream Festival is running for three days this weekend Friday, July 4th – Sunday, July 6th from 12-6 p.m. at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. Head down to the river for a day of frozen delights tasting ice cream and frozen treats from numerous vendors all while helping a local charity, the Joshua Kahan Fun against pediatric leukemia. Tickets $7.
Wawa Welcome America! Celebration
Celebration of Freedom Ceremony: 10 a.m.
Philadelphia Independence Day Parade: 11 a.m.
Party on the Parkway: 12 p.m.
The Wawa Welcome America! Festivities are in full swing on Friday, July 4th starting with the Celebration of Freedom Ceremony at 10 a.m. on the steps on Independence Hall, followed by the Philadelphia Independence Day Parade throughout historic Philadelphia at 11 a.m. and capped off by the Party on the Parkway on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 12 p.m.-10 p.m. Free.
Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks
Windsor & Haverford Aves.
Come out to celebrate one of the biggest Fourth of July celebrations and fireworks displays on the Main Line on Friday, July 4th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. when the Narberth Park is transformed into a carnival of family fun with parades, races, family activities, carnival games, and more. Later in the evening enjoy the fireworks display and pre-display entertainment, too. Free.
Don’t miss the free Freedom Festival running July 4th – 6th on the Camden Waterfront with attractions, food, fireworks and more as you honor America’s heroes. The festival will feature live music, military displays, tours of the Battleship New Jersey as well as the collection of giant naval-themed Lego models and more. The festival is free but some events are ticketed.
Art Splash: Red, White and Glue
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Families can explore, create and play all summer long with the new Art-Splash program running Friday, July 4th – Sunday, July 6th. Kids and families get to “Meet the Masterpieces” all summer long as ten treasures from the museum’s collection are featured and come to life through play and hands-on activities. Museum admission for kids 12 and under is always free. Adults admission $23.50
Independence Day Family Fun
6th & Race Streets
Head to the city’s oldest square, Franklin Square, for some family fun to celebrate America’s birthday this Friday, July 4th – Sunday, July 6th. Come out for carnival games and take a ride on the Lightening Bolt Express Train plus more. Games .25 cents per play. Train $5 for adults, $4 for kids.
Watch Fireworks On the Battleship
Battleship New Jersey
62 Battleship Place
Enjoy the spectacular view of fireworks on the Delaware aboard the Battleship New Jersey on Saturday, July 5th at 6 p.m. along with live music, entertainment and food and beverage concessions too. $10 donation.
Free Admission on Sunday Mornings
Brandywine River Museum
1 Hoffman’s Mill Road
Chadds Ford, Pa.
Enjoy free admission to the beautiful Brandywine River Museum on Sunday mornings including this Sunday, July 6th between 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free.
Born In the USA
Garden State Discovery Museum
2040 Springdale Road
Cherry Hill, NJ
Celebrate Independence Day all weekend long at the Garden State Discovery Museum with patriotic crafts, plenty of outdoor fun and activities and quiet fireworks in the Theater. $10.95.
All American Celebration on the Mall
National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
Let the patriotic festivities continue at this All American Celebration on the Mall happening at the National Constitution Center this Friday, July 4th – Sunday, July 6th. Enjoy the interactive Independence Day show, create Colonial-era arts and crafts and stop over at the Revolutionary War encampment on the museum’s lawn. Plus don’t miss Colonial music performances and appearances by some famous figures, too. Free with museum admission. Admission $14.50 adults, $13 for kids 13-18, $8 for kids 4-12 and free for kids 3 and under.
Jennifer Oxenford is a mother of two and the founder of phillyfun4kids http://www.phillyfun4kids.com your place to find free and mostly free things to do with your kids in and around this great city of motherly love. You can also follow phillyfun4kids on twitter at @phillyfun4kids and Facebook.
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