PHOTOS: Scenes From the Third Annual Philly Free Streets
Including a history scavenger hunt, jazz festival, and pop-up beach.
The city gave pedestrians free reign of North Broad Street on Saturday and, by all measures, they made the most of it.
Cars were barred from an eight-mile stretch of Broad Street, from City Hall to Erie Avenue, for the city’s third Philly Free Streets event. Residents ran, biked, and walked the wide-open stretch of North Broad — while others set up barbecues, danced, and played music.
And then there was this young family, utilizing three forms of transportation:
Thanks to everyone who joined us today at @PhillyFreeSts, connecting Center City to the heart of North Philadelphia. More photos to follow but, for now, we will leave you with this father and two sons. Thanks for sharing, @publicworkshop! #PhillyFreeStreets #ThinkBroad pic.twitter.com/K8Yx1sdPPl
— oTIS Philadelphia (@PhillyOTIS) August 11, 2018
Or this guy — who we strongly relate to — figured why not just throw down a chair and let it all pass you by:
— Jason Nark (@JasonNark) August 11, 2018
It was a behemoth block party with an open invitation. Or, for some, it became a chance to slow down and take in the murals and architecture of a street they usually zip down.
Mural Arts Philadelphia got in on the fun, too.
— Mural Arts (@muralarts) August 11, 2018
— Patrick Morgan (@PMorganPHL) August 11, 2018
The city had a full itinerary of activities to keep families occupied. At the Cecil B. Moore intersection, there was a jazz festival. Near J.F.K, there was an African-American history scavenger hunt. And at the Master Street intersection near Temple, a pop-up beach with 50 tons of sand — complete with hammocks, beach chairs, and games — was available. (If you missed the beach, no worries: It will be back this coming weekend.)
Mayor Kenney joined the festivities, too, making the walk from J.F.K. to Erie, and then replacing his burned calories with a cheesesteak from Max’s (American wit with a little hot sauce, if you were curious.)
Perfect end to #PhillyFreeStreets: a visit to Max’s for a cheesesteak! American wit – plus a little bit of hot sauce. So glad so many Philadelphians visitors are checking out all the businesses on North Broad and Germantown Avenue this year! pic.twitter.com/BoO12tELwL
— Jim Kenney (@PhillyMayor) August 11, 2018
If you’re feeling a little FOMO this dreary Monday morning, you have next year’s Philly Free Streets to look forward to. We can only imagine they’ll want to keep this young tradition alive.
— Philadelphia Schools (@PHLschools) August 11, 2018
— Jon Geeting (@jongeeting) August 11, 2018
— Holli Stephens (@wordsbyholli) August 11, 2018
— Jane Slusser (@janeslusser) August 11, 2018