Joe Biden Will Be in Philadelphia on the 4th of July

Vice President Joe Biden will be in Philadelphia Friday for the annual “Celebration of Freedom,” part of the Welcome America celebration.

This year’s ceremony, which takes place in front of Independence Hall, will additionally commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education. He’ll appear with Mayor Michael Nutter and other local luminaries.

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Things To Do in Philly on July 4th That Aren’t Fireworks

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Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival: Starting this July 4th and going through the 6th, the 15th annual Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival will be held at Penn’s Landing. On Friday, July 4th, come out to the first day of this mouth-watering festival and cool off with, well, as much ice cream as you want. Ice cream will be provided by Ben & Jerry’s, Haagen-Dazs, Philadelphia Water Ice Company, and many more. A $7 donation is required to enter the festival pavilion and all proceeds go to the Joshua Kahan Fund to fight pediatric leukemia. The festival runs all weekend giving you the chance to enjoy ice cream every day if you wanted to, while supporting a great cause. Friday, July 4th, 12p.m.-6p.m., Saturday, July 5th, 12p.m.-5p.m. and 6p.m.-9p.m., and Sunday, July 6th, 12p.m.-6p.m., Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. Read more »

July 4th Weekend at Shake Shack

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Don your red, white and blue and head over to Shake Shack to celebrate America’s independence and the highly-anticipated return of July 4th Weekend at Shake Shack Philly. 

Beginning today, July 3rd through July 6th Shake Shack in Center City, University City, and King of Prussia will be serving up fan favorites like the Shack Corn Dog, a Vienna all-beef hot dog dipped in Shack-made corn batter and served with Rick’s Picks sweet corn relish ($4.50). Don’t forget to finish off your meal with the oh so patriotic and oh so delicious Blueberry Pie Oh My Concrete. This blue and white dessert is a vanilla frozen custard blended with a slice of Shack-made blueberry pie (Single: $4.25/Double: $6.50).

Happy Birthday America and a happy 10 years to Shake Shack!

Shake Shack [Official]

First Named Storm of Season Could Bring Rain to Philadelphia

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On Tuesday Tropical Storm Arthur became the first named storm to form in the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, and it’s headed up the East Coast.

Fortunately, Arthur is expected to stay out to sea. But, especially if it’s closer to the western edge of that possible track in the model, it could bring a lot of rain. Here’s the main issue with our region: Arthur is expected to become a hurricane at 8 a.m. on Friday off the coast of North Carolina. Your three-day holiday weekend might get rained on a bit.

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What’s #OpenInPHL on the 4th of July

Fourth of July Fireworks over the Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Though many of us will be heading to the shore, relatives or friends, others will be looking to for an open bar or restaurant on the Fourth of July. Below is a list of bars and restaurants doing specials for the day. Another quick glance of what is available via OpenTable or CityEats.

And of course we also will be encouraging open bars and restaurants to tweet that they are indeed #OpenInPHL.

The Bottle Shop at Local 44 is open and well stocked with highly portable 12-ounce cans. And they’ll be specially priced all day today and on the 4th.

Derek’s in Manayunk makes it a tradition to offer a burger and fries for just $6. Even better, that burger can be beef, turkey or vegan. And had to Derek’s after 10 p.m. and every drink will be half-price.

We already told you that Hot Diggity and Shake Shack are doing corn dog specials.

Starting at noon, Lucky 13 will be hosting a July 4th cookout. Join them as they  grill burgers and hot dogs offer summer drink specials for their fourth annual cookout.

Morgan’s Pier will be opening earlier for the long holiday weekend. Stop by  for lunch on the 4th.

The Phillies play a day game tomorrow which means Sidecar Bar & Grille will be open at 1 p.m. and offering dollar dogs.

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Standard Tap Celebrates Pork and Independence

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Standard Tap is celebrating the holiday weekend with Pork of July food and drink specials. From Thursday, July 4th until Sunday, July 7th, the Northern Liberties stalwart will be offering a pitcher special for three American Pale Ales (Riverhorse APA, Stoudt’s APA and Standard Ale). Each pitcher will be served with two complimentary hot dogs. Also on the drink list, pork belly Bloody Marys and micheladas.

The kitchen will also be turning out a smoked St. Louis rib platter, pork cheeks and cheese plus a bone in pork chop sandwich.

Pork of July at Standard Tap [Facebook]

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