By Mike Dougherty
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — This year’s Wawa Welcome America festival in Philadelphia promises to be the biggest and best yet, according to organizers.READ MORE: Norristown Police Searching For 3 Teens Accused Of Brutally Beating 56-Year-Old Pizza Shop Owner
America’s birthday celebration features free admission to eight museums and seven free public movie nights at several locations throughout the city.
Mayor Jim Kenney is also excited about the “Go 4th and Learn” readings and book giveaways.
“Welcome America will give away 10,000 free books to our children,” he said. “Residents in every neighborhood can just show up and the museums are free. No hassle, no secret code.”
And those museums include the Barnes, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin, the National Constitution Center, African American Museum in Philadelphia, National Museum of Jewish American History, Mummers Museum, and Ben Franklin Museum.READ MORE: CBS3 Legend Pat Ciarrocchi Tells Ukee Washington Her Most Personal Story Ever -- Her Own Brain Surgery
Free movie screenings will be held at Franklin Square, Xfinity Live, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Penn’s Landing, Schmidt’s Commons and the Tustin Recreation Center.
Wawa president Chris Gheysens says this celebration will be one to remember.
“Philadelphia is home. And so while we expand elsewhere, it’s wonderful putting our resources with the city together to put a great festival on.”
Leon Bridges and the O’Jays will be among the performers on the Parkway.
For more information, visit www.welcomeamerica.comMORE NEWS: The Story Of Pat Ciarrocchi's Brain