Barbecues and parades are fun, but everyone knows Fourth of July is all about the fireworks. Towns across the country have purchased their gunpowder and are gearing up to give an explosive salute to our great nation. We’ve listed some of the most impressive shows taking place throughout the surrounding area.
Philadelphia is to America what Bethlehem is to Jesus, so we host the granddaddy of the all fireworks shows…it’d be rude not to. The Parkway will feel a little snug this Saturday when thousands join together to watch our hometown heroes The Roots rock the stage. Following the concert a spectacular show will explode over the Art Museum. Saturday, July 4th, 10:30 pm, free, Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Satisfy pyrotechnical cravings by settling down along prime vantage points on either side of the Delaware River. The Waterfront hosts two shows to celebrate the holiday. Thursday, July 2nd, Saturday, July 4th, free, 9:15 pm, 121 North Columbus Boulevard.
Skies above Citizens Bank Park will glow all the colors of the rainbow. The show begins 15 minutes following the baseball game against the Brewers. Thursday, July 2nd, game begins at 6:35 pm, must purchase tickets, 1 Citizens Bank Way. Read more »
For the fifteenth year in a row Philadelphians can witness live performances by a world-renowned ensemble for free. The Philadelphia Orchestra performs two shows this summer at no cost: one at the Great Plaza on July 2nd and another at the Kimmel Center on July 30th.
For the first one, audiences can roll out their picnic blankets and enjoy a lineup of patriotic favorites for a pre-Independence Day celebration performed on the RiverStage at Penn’s Landing. In addition to the American classics, the Orchestra is presenting a collection of pieces from Michael Daugherty’s Reflections of the Mississippi. The show doesn’t end when the conductor drops his baton. Be sure to stick around for the landslide firework display that will light up the night sky after the show.
It’s no secret that Philadelphia goes all out for Independence Day, with the City’s main celebrations manifesting in the form of Wawa Welcome America. The annual program comprises a whole week of free festivals, events and block parties, and culminates with a grand-finale concert and fireworks show on the Parkway. There’s a lot happening, and only a crazy person could do it all. So to help you get the most out of the week’s activities, we’ve put together this day-by-day guide to the very best to-dos. Read more »
Thanks to that giant rubber duck, the Tall Ships Festival is one of the most-hyped events of summer. It officially kicked off Thursday, with more than a dozen mega vessels from around the globe on the Delaware River between Philadelphia and Camden.
The duck actually looks surprisingly small in the photos HughE Dillon captured at the kickoff, and he apparently had a little trouble making it to the party: “The duck couldn’t fight the wind to make it up the Delaware,” HughE says. “It got stuck on one of those barges that has been anchored in the Delaware for the past year. Tug boats and the Water Board had to go over and dislodge it. It tried to continue its journey, but the organizers realized it just wasn’t going to make it. They towed it to an area near the aquarium, where it was being docked.”
Philadelphia History Museum is kicking it old school. The establishment’s Young Friends group is hosting a garden party called Cocktails in the Courtyard that will have dresses flapping to the Turkey Trot.
Travel back to a time when bobs were in and alcohol was out—though they’ll breeze past that latter fact at this party. Liquor will not only be in abundance at the festivities, it’s bound to be a main attraction. It is 2015 after all—and you’ll need some liquid encouragement before you attempt the Charleston.