68 Things to Do in Philadelphia This Weekend

Fireworks, concerts, free museums, and all that star-spangled summertime stuff.


C-Scales, part of Light: Installations by Bruce Munro, on display at Longwood Gardens through October 30th. / Photograph by Hank Davis

MULTIPLE DAYS

This is the part where we usually remind you to be safe, that Covid is still out there, that you should avoid smooching heshers or partaking of Lady and the Tramp-style spaghetti dinners. It’s all true. But this is also Fourth of July weekend, so you probably came to this page in search of information on fireworks and other citywide expressions of ooh and ahh. For that you’ll want to head over to Your Guide to Wawa Welcome America, Philadelphia’s Official July 4th Celebration where Laura Swartz breaks it all down for you. As always: Stay home if you don’t feel well. Dress in layers. Hydrate. Keep watching the skies.

MUSIC/BALLOONS
Philly Balloon & Music Festival
Watch big, colorful hot air balloons take off and land in Chester County this week — including the pretty Evening Balloon Glow. (If you want to take a ride, that’ll cost extra, $300-$400, and you’ll need to book it ahead of time.) Also live music (by Willie & Smith, Jac Connor, Ben Garner, JD Willis Band, Garrett Schultz, Moe Blues and more), a comedy juggler, tethered flights, food trucks, beer, bouncy houses and more.
$10-$30, July 1st-4th, Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show Grounds, 1326 Pottsdown Pike, Glenmoore.

HISTORY
Independence Day Celebration at Washington Crossing
Washington Crossing Historic Park hosts family-friendly events and activities all weekend long, including the Colonial Field Day (featuring 18th-century games) on Saturday, the Rebels and Redcoats Car Show (American, French, British and German cars) on Sunday and Living History Day, which includes re-enactors and a reading of the Declaration of Independence, on Monday.
Prices vary by event, July 2nd-4th, Washington Crossing Historic Park, 1112 River Road, Washington Crossing.

FIREWORKS
The Summer UnWined
Shady Brook Farm in Yardley — home of the Fudge Puppy regional delicacy — is hosting fireworks shows every Friday all summer long. This weekend’s a double shot, with fireworks on Saturday, too, plus live music, wine, cocktails, kid stuff and more.
$12-$24, July 1st & 2nd, Shady Brook Farm, 931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley.

ART
Light: Installations by Bruce Munro
British artist Bruce Munro displays eight of his signature “immersive large-scale light-based installations” all summer long in the lush, well-manicured indoor and outdoor green spaces of Longwood Gardens. While you’re there check out the Illuminated Fountain performances through September 25th.
$18-$25 admission, June 30th-October 30th, Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square.

COMEDY
Shuler King
Seems like the Wild ’N Out dudes are doing a divide and conquer thing. Last weekend it was Chico Bean. This weekend it’s South Carolina comedian/ funeral director Frank Williams III, aka Shuler King. He has a degree in mortuary science. Here’s his Instagram.
$22-$30, July 1st-3rd, Helium, 2031 Sansom Street.

THEATER
The Vinegar Tree
People’s Light present’s Paul Osborn’s “rarely produced 1930 comedy of manners” full of “mistaken identities and foolhardy love affairs.” Directed by Abigail Adams.
June 29th-July 24th, People’s Light, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern.

BASEBALL
Phillies vs. Cardinals
The Phils take on the Cards in three consecutive night games this weekend. If you go Friday or Sunday, you can catch a post-game fireworks show. If you go on Saturday, and you’re a kid 14 and under, you get a free headband. Choose wisely.
$17-$170, July 1st-3rd, Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way.

THEATER/HISTORY
The American Revolution: The Show
Chicago’s Theater Unspeakable presents a historical comedy featuring seven actors on a very small stage. The American Revolution: The Show “combines tongue-in-cheek humor with a dash of derring-do to evoke an epic time period in our nation’s history.”
$15-$25, runs June 28th-July 4th, Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 North American Street.

HISTORY
Fourth of July Weekend at the Museum of the American Revolution
The Museum of the American Revolution hosts a weekend of family-friendly, educational programming for Independence Day weekend. This includes the ongoing art exhibition Liberty: Don Troiani’s Paintings of the Revolutionary War, Revolution Place (featuring four “recreated historical environments”), Walking Tour: Revolutionary City, and more. For a complete list of events, click here.
$13-$19 admission, July 1st-5th, Museum of the American Revolution, 101 South Third Street.

HISTORY
Independence Week Celebration at the National Constitution Center
Among the many events going on at the Constitution Center this week and next are Wawa Hoagie Day (June 29th), the Finding the Founders series of scholarly talks “on equality and freedom through the lens of the American Revolution” (July 1st & 2nd), Revolutionary War Encampment and re-enactors (July 2nd-4th) and more.
Free admission, June 29th-July 4th, National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street.

THEATER
Flyin’ West
Quintessence Theater presents Pearl Cleage’s story of four Black female pioneers on the Old West fighting back against “sexism, violence, and the constant threat of white speculators breaking up the home they’ve made for themselves.”
$39, through July 3rd, Sedgwick Theatre, 7137 Germantown Avenue.

ART
This Is My Home.
This group show features the works of five artists whose site-specific installations incorporate their “personal histories, experiences, and hopes for the future.” Includes pieces by Sean Lugo, Zsudayka Nzinga, Ellen Hanauer, Hagudeza Rullán-Fantauzzi and Hagudeza Rullán-Fantauzzi and Ana Mosquera with Evan Kassof.
Included in $6-$12 admission, runs through October 30th, National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut Street.

CIRCUS
Trenton Circus Squad
The Trenton Circus Squad’s Big Top Tour sets up show in Camden for 11 public performances by its Youth Squad, including “acrobatics, high-wire walking, and unicycle stunts.” Several shows are free as are youth workshops; reserve your tickets ahead of time.
Free-$15, June 30th-July 9th, Cooper’s Poynt Waterfront Park, 801 Delaware Avenue, Camden.

MUSIC
Franklin’s Playlist
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia presents two performances at two locations as part of its Orchestra in the Garden 22 series. The program includes pieces by Purcell, Saint-Georges, Gow, Corelli, Boccherini and Mozart, and features cellist Branson Yeast.
$2-$95; June 30th, Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Boulevard; and July 2nd, Stoneleigh: a natural garden, 1829 East County Line Road, Villanova.

FESTIVAL
Chinese Lantern Festival
Once again the Chinese Lantern fest —featuring a 200-foot-long dragon — has taken over Franklin Square in a dazzling night-time display of light, color and electricity. There’s food and a beer garden, too. For lots more info and pics from the Chinese Lantern Festival, go here.
$18-$20, through August 7th, 6-11 p.m., Franklin Square, 200 North 6th Street.

OUTDOORS
Oval XP
There’s all kinds of good stuff going at Eakins Oval and along the Parkway this summer, including a Ferris wheel, kid stuff, a really big beer garden, and an impressive lineup of free concerts. Here’s what’s up this weekend: Remember Jones (July 1st), Brother Moses (July 2nd) and Kuf Knotz (July 3rd).
Free, through August 21st, Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Eakins Oval.

THEATER
Kinky Boots
Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope stages this modern favorite musical about a businessman and a cabaret entertainer who team up to try to save a shoe factory. Book by Harvey Fierstein, music by Cyndi Lauper. Directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell.
$85, through July 30th, Bucks County Playhouse, 70 South Main Street, New Hope.

DRINKS
Parks on Tap
Grab a drink and chill out in the grassy hillocks behind the Art Museum watch the Canada geese tend to their fuzzy goslings on the fortified banks of the Schuylkill River. These geese know little of food truck foods, craft beers and picnic tables, but you do. This is what makes you superior to a goose, all things considered.
Free till you buy something, continues through August 31, Water Works, 640 Waterworks Drive.

SHOPPING/ART
Art Star Pop-Up Market
Every weekend, Art Star welcomes vendors on the Bourse building’s Fifth Street patio. A rotation of sellers of homemade and handmade goods, art, jewelry, clothes and more will continue throughout the summer.
Free till you buy something, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer, the Bourse Philly, 111 Independence Mall East.

MUSEUMS/ART
Now Showing at PAFA
From the Ground Up: Artists and the Built Environment, through July 24th. Women in Motion: 150 Years of Women’s Artistic Networks at PAFA, through July 24th. Gift/Deeds: Collectors at PAFA, “selections of 20th century and contemporary art from six significant art collections gifted to PAFA’s permanent collection,” through January 8th.
Admission is $15-$18, reserve tickets required, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 128 North Broad Street.

FUN/OUTDOORS
Summerfest
The summertime attraction returns with another season of roller skating (admission: $5, skate rental: $10), games of chance, mini-golf, a Ferris wheel and more, with food, drink and a nice view of the Delaware River to boot. I’ve heard tell of a creature sighted in that river, but that’s probably just a lot of superstition.
Free till you buy or do something, continues till the end of summer, 101 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard.

FUN/OUTDOORS
Spruce Street Harbor Park
Spruce Street Harbor Park is the chill fraternal sister to Summerfest, known for its mood-lit trees, hammocks, floating barges and other slightly less well-lit attractions. Food, drinks and a nice view of the river, too. I once asked a scientist what lives in that river and he went silent for awhile before saying replying in a whisper “bad things, friendo.” What was that about?
Free till you buy or do something, continues till the end of summer, 301 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard.

THEATER
Into The Woods
The Arden stages the fan-favorite Sondheim musical about Cinderella, Rapunzel, a giant, a couple princes, at least one witch, a baker, etc. Stars Kim Carson, Ben Dibble, Katherine Fried, Ellis Gage, Scott Greer and lots more. Directed by Terrence J. Nolen. Ends Sunday.
$18-$53, runs through July 3rd, Arden Theatre, 40 North Second Street.

MUSEUMS
The Future Will Follow the Past
This exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz “explores the transformative changes America has experienced since 2020 and addresses antisemitism, racial violence, immigration, women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights and more.”  If you see the OY/YO statue out front you’re in the right spot.
Admission is free ($15 donations encouraged), continues through December, Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East.

COMEDY
Kyle Grooms
The veteran NJ comedian has appeared on Inside Amy Schumer, Chappelle’s Show and Last Comic Standing. This clip is NSFW. As if your boss never said a bad word.
$25-$35, June 30th-July 2nd, Punch Line Philly, 33 East Laurel Street.

ART
Isaac Julien: Once Again… (Statues Never Die)
Opened on Juneteenth, this “immersive five-screen installation” by artist/filmmaker Sir Isaac Julien, explores “the relationship between Dr. Albert C. Barnes, who was an early US collector and exhibitor of African material culture, and the famed philosopher and cultural critic Alain Locke, known as the “Father of the Harlem Renaissance.”
$23-$25, continues through September 4th, Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

MUSEUMS/TOURS
Summer Twilight Tours at Eastern State
Once again, Fairmount’s oddly lovely prison is offering night time tours and an open-air beer garden. BTW: The audio tour narrated by Steve Buscemi has been updated, and the prison is also displaying a Mark Menjivar’s new art installation, DLP Mirror.
$19-$20, Thursdays-Sundays through September 4th, Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue.

ART
A/RESTOS
Taller Puertorriqueño hosts this “immersive print and mixed-media installation on felt” created by prolific Puerto Rican artist Antonio Martorell. “Its title, A/RESTOS, is a play on the verb to arrest, stop, and remain, that which is left behind… and is Martorell’s response to the economic trouble afflicting his country of Puerto Rico.”
Free, through September 18th, Taller Puertorriqueño, 2600 North 5th Street.

FOOD/BEER/OUTDOORS
PHS PopUp Gardens
It’s been one of the great marvels of the modern age, watching the Philadelphia Horticultural Society pivot from regular gardens to beer gardens. We get to drink outdoors in nice places. They raise a little cash for their plant schemes. Everybody wins.
Pay as you go, open all summer and beyond; PHS Pop Up Garden at Manayunk, 106 Jamestown Avenue; PHS Pop Up Garden on South Street, 1438 South Street.

MUSEUMS
Derrick Adams: Sanctuary
The AAMP presents this exhibition of works by Baltimore-born multimedia visual artist Derrick Adams. Sanctuary includes painting and sculpture that deals with concepts of “Black refuge and leisure.”
$10-$14, through August 28th, African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street.

MUSEUMS/ART
Now Showing at the Art Museum
Sean Scully: The Shape of Ideas A major exhibition of Dublin-born American abstract artist Sean Scully including paintings and works on paper from 1970 to now. Through July 31st. Elegy: Lament in the 20th Century Artists who explore grief and respond to tragedy in their work. Through July 24th. Waiting for Tear Gas “Visual interpretations of political protests, with works spanning from 1913 to 2017. Through July 17th. Martine Syms: Neural Swamp / The Future Fields Commission A multichannel video installation that “challenges racial and gender stereotypes and investigates what it means to be Black and a woman in a hyper-digitized world.” Through October 30th.
$14-$23 admission, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

MOVIES
Now Playing at Mahoning Drive-In
Lehighton’s famous drive-in theater hosts three busy nights of programming this Fourth of July Weekend.

  • Friday, July 1st: I Want Candy — a double shot of John Candy with Uncle Buck and The Great Outdoors.
  • Saturday, July 2nd: De Palma-Rama! — watch Carrie, Blow Out and a mystery third film also directed by Brian De Palma.
  • Sunday, July 3rd: M. Night Night — Watch M. Night Shyamalan’s 1999 Philly favorite The Sixth Sense.

$10 ($20 for overnight), 6 p.m., the Mahoning Drive-In Theater, 635 Seneca Road, Lehighton, PA.

ART
Making Place Matter
The Clay Studio’s first exhibition at its fancy new HQ includes works by three artists who explore “the idea of a place with regard to personal history, cultural heritage, and social justice”: Peruvian-born Kukuli Velarde, Massachusetts-based Molly Hatch, and Egyptian-American North Carolinian Ibrahim Said. Each artist explores the idea of a place with regard to personal history, cultural heritage, and social justice.
Free, through October 2nd, Clay Studio, 1425 North American Street.

KAYAKING
Seaport Museum Kayak Excursions
The Independence Seaport Museum offers several guided tours up and down the Delaware River during the warmer months f the year. These include excursions to Petty’s Island, the Three Sisters shipwrecks and Graffiti Pier. Check the schedule to see what’s going on this weekend.
$60-$85, Independence Seaport Museum, 211 South Columbus Boulevard.

ART
Spoons to Stir the Soul: The World Of Norm Sartorius
This exhibition is a career retrospective of woodcarver Norm Sartorius, with hand-carved spoons and other artworks spanning his career and gathered from private and public collections.
Free, through July 24th, Center for Art in Wood, 141 North Third Street.

MUSEUMS
Harry Potter: The Exhibition
The popular traveling exhibition features props and costumes from the Harry and Beasts films, plus other displays and such which celebrate the characters, settings, etc., “using best-in-class immersive design and technology.” Magic. Got it.
$39-$43, continues through September 18th, Franklin Institute, 222 North 20th Street.

ART
La Brega
This exhibition of works by mixed media artist Johnny Irizarry is presented in partnership with Taller Puertorriqueño, where he served as executive director in the 1990s. “La Brega explores the diasporic experience through the lens of a Puerto Rican.”
$6-$12, through August 15th, Liberty Lands, 913 North 3rd Street.

HISTORY/ART
Pool: A Social History of Segregation
Pool makes use of Fairmount Water Works’ former incarnation as a public pool to explore the “the history and contemporary implications of segregated swimming in America,” and uses audio and video to include the voices of Olympic swimmers Simone Manuel, Cullen Jones and Maritza Correa McClendon, along with famous Philly swim coach Jim Ellis and more.
Free, ongoing, Wednesday-Saturday through August, Fairmount Water Works, 640 Waterworks Drive.

SCIENCE
Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss
This exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences, developed in collaboration with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, teaches visitors about thermal vents, research submersibles, shipwrecks and other wonders of the really deep deep.
$18-$22, continues through July 24th, Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

SCIENCE/EXHIBIT
Becoming Weatherwise: A History of Climate Science in America
This exhibition at the American Philosophical Society highlights “the importance of work by amateurs and professionals who have worked collaboratively to study weather and climate in the interest of agriculture, human health and comfort, military dominance, and simple curiosity.”
Free (timed entry tickets required), through December 31st, American Philosophical Society Library & Museum, 104 South Fifth Street.

ART
Keith Haring: A Radiant Legacy
Doylestown’s Michener Art Museum presents an exhibition of more than a hundred paintings, prints, sculptures and such by visual artist Keith Haring who was born in Reading and raised in Kutztown. Haring (1958-1990) started out as a street artist before becoming one of the most celebrated pop artists whose work can be found on mugs, t-shirts and posters, as well as the walls of museums and galleries. Through July 31st.Also showing  at the Michener: (re)Frame: Community Perspectives on the Michener Art Collection, through March 5th; and Kyle Confehr: Process is the Product, through October 9th.
$8-$13 admission, Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown.

OUTDOORS
Rothman Roller Rink
Lace up your skates or blades on the west side of City Hall and enjoy this “colorful, retro-inspired” outdoor roller rink. Reservations recommended.
$8-$10 (plus $5 for skate rental), through July 17th, Dilworth Park, 1 South 15th Street.

ART
Magical Fantasy
This installation of “immersive spatial artworks” just sprung up one day on the lawn of the Navy Yard’s Marine Parade Grounds. Originally created for the Firefly Music Fest, Magical Fantasy was created by London artist Morag Myerscough and the mysterious public arts collective Group X, who previous gave us Sea Monsters HERE (aka that 2018 installation full of purple inflatable tentacles).
Free, on display through October, Marine Parade Grounds, Navy Yard, 4747 South Broad Street and Constitution Avenue.


FRIDAY, JULY 1st

MOVIES
Robot Monster
The Betsy Ross House’s summer movies series “First Friday Movie Nights Under the Stars & Stripes” continues with a screening of the 1953 sci-fi/horror flick Robot Monster about a robot monster that kind of looks like an ape in an old-timey diving helmet. Stars George Nader, Gregory Moffett, Claudia Barrett and George Barrows as “Ro-Man the Monster/Great Guidance.” There’s no tagline listed so let’s come up with one: “You haven’t experienced terror like this unless you are a deep-sea diving instructor at the zoo!” (Future screenings include It Conquered the World and The Amazing Colossal Man.)
$5, 8:45 p.m., Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street.

MUSIC
A Black Celebration
Philly’s longstanding “Depeche Mode Heavy Dance Party” continues with another night of darkwave, goth, and post-punk music by DJ Baby Berlin and DJ Jem. More on A Black Celebration here.
$6, 9 p.m., Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 North Frankford Avenue.

MOVIES
Independence Day
The Historic Arch Street Meeting House in Old City hosts a screening of the 1996 alien invasion classic starring Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell and more, like Judd Hirsch, Robert Loggia, Randy Quaid, Margaret Colin and James Rebhorn, not to mention the aforementioned Harvey Fierstein, Adam Baldwin, Brent Spiner, James Duval, Vivica A. Fox and so on, which includes Harry Connick Jr., etc. Tagline: “We’ve always believed we weren’t alone. On July 4th, we’ll wish we were.” I have embedded the trailer somewhere on this page. It’s a mystery!
$5 suggested donation, 8-11 p.m., Historic Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch Street.

SCIENCE
First Friday: The Science of Fireworks
The chemical brothers and sisters at Old City’s Science History Institute host a talk about “the chemistry and artistry of fireworks through the ages.” Also: make your own firework bookmark (non-explosive), play a chemistry card game for prizes and more.
Free, 5-7 p.m., Science History Institute, 315 Chestnut Street.

ART/SHOPPING
First Friday West Philly Trunk Show
Indie-Life Media hosts this Friday night shopping op featuring several artists and makers including Livy’s Naturals, Touch Threads, Anu Rock and Anchovy Studio. Plus a runway show, a DJ and more.
Free, 5-9 p.m., Indie-Life, 4616 Baltimore Avenue.

MUSIC/MUSEUM
First Friday at The Barnes
Pianist, composer, and music historian Guthrie Ramsey — also the founder of the Musiqology, a blog and podcast — will perform The Renaissance, Refried with his band, promising a “Harlem Renaissance-era repertoire with a contemporary twist.” Also: cocktails, gallery talks and more.
$28, 6-9 p.m., Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

ART/MUSIC
First Friday in Roxborough
The band Two Ripped Jeans — perhaps you know their slogan: “Two Guitars. Two Voices. Two Ripped Jeans.” — performs in Roxborough Pocket Park. Also: craft drinks and food.
Free, 6-9 p.m., Roxborough Pocket Park, 6170 Ridge Avenue.


SATURDAY, JULY 2nd

MUSIC
Jerry Paper
L.A. singer-songwriter-producer Lucas Nathan makes synthy, loungey, muzaky music in the guise of Jerry Paper. Their most recent record Free Time released in April. It’s poppy and catchy, with a sneaky avant garde streak throughout. Dougie Poole opens the show.
$16, 8 p.m., Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 North Frankford Avenue.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC
Celebration of Community and Culture at Esperanza
The day kicks off with a block party featuring Latin food, music, and vendors. Then, head inside the Esperanza Arts Center for performances by Argentinian pianist Emiliano Messiez and his quartet, and performances and dance lessons with members of the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School.
Free, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Esperanza Arts Center, 4261 North 5th Street.

MUSIC
DanJoMar
Whom is DanJoMar, you ask? It’s a band featuring Joe Jack Talcum and Dan Stevens of Dead Milkmen along with their pal Marshall Fischer of Stinging Nettles and such. Also on the bill: Marissa Paternoster (of the world famous Screaming Females), plus Vixen 77, Froggy and At Night.
$12, 7 p.m., PhilaMOCA, 531 North 12th Street.

MUSIC
China Crisis
British synth-pop band China Crisis is on their 40th anniversary tour, having first made “politically charged” new wave/post-punk music in 1979 and later achieving hits at home and abroad with songs like “African and White,” “Christian,” “Tragedy and Mystery” and more.
$25-$35, 6 p.m., City Winery, 990 Filbert Street.

MUSIC
DJ Jazzy Jeff
This Saturday, DJ Jazzy Jeff starts a residency at Jack’s Bar + Grill, a restaurant and dancefloor inside Rivers Casino. The residency continues September 17th, November 23rd and February 17th of next year, so I hope it’s the kind of residence where you get to go home between gigs. With DJ Gary O.
Free, 10 p.m.-noon, Jack’s Bar + Grill, Rivers Casino, 1001 North Delaware Avenue.

MUSIC
The Sound of Liberty Concert
The National Marian Anderson Museum presents “the Patriotic & American Songbook in Concert” — including a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence — at the Chapel of Four Chaplains at the Navy Yard on Saturday. Performed by the National Marian Anderson Vocal Scholar Artists and the Marian Anderson Instrumental Ensemble
Donations welcome, noon-4p.m., Philadelphia Navy Yard, Chapel of Four Chaplains, 1201 Constitution Ave.

MUSIC/FOURTH OF JULY
Pershing’s Own Concert (and Waterfront Fireworks)
Gather at Penn’s Landing for a concert of old standards, new hits, and patriotic tunes by the U.S. Army’s band, followed by a spectacular fireworks display above the Delaware River.
Free, 7-9 p.m., Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing.

MOVIES
Encanto in the Park(s)
Thanks to the Fairmount Park Conservancy, neighborhood parks all around the city will be transformed into outdoor movie theaters all summer long, with plenty of family-friendly picks. Movies are BYOB (Bring Your Own Blanket) and begin at dusk. This weekend, catch Encanto at both Elmwood Park and Fernhill Park.
Free, dusk, Elmwood Park and Fernhill Park.


SUNDAY, JULY 3rd

POPS on Independence / Photograph courtesy of Visit Philadelphia

MUSIC/FOURTH OF JULY
POPS on Independence
This concert is a Philadelphia tradition (going on 44 years!) enjoyed by 15,000 attendees each year. The Philly POPS orchestra will perform a patriotic, entertaining show featuring singer and songwriter Ryan Shaw. Bring your own chairs and blankets. Starting at 5 p.m., the Bourse will bring entertainment, food, and fun outside the food hall.
Free, 7-9 p.m., Independence Mall.

BEER
Imprint B.Y.O.B. Party
Hatfield’s Imprint Beer Co. hosts a “private beer share” to benefit the Manna on Main food bank. $20 includes all you can eat smoked meats, sides & desserts.
$20, 6-10 p.m., Imprint Beer Co., 1500 Industry Road, #Suite R, Hatfield.

KIDS/ART
PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Between the Lines
It’s first Sunday, so that means free admission to the Barnes Foundation (pre-registration required) and a family festival! This month, the Barnes is highlighting Temple’s graphic novel and exhibition BLAM! (Black Lives Always Mattered!). Plus, kids’ scavenger hunts throughout the galleries, storytelling, art-making, and more.
Free (pre-register online), 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

KIDS/ART
Family Festival: Seize the Clay
The Art Museum is also offering free admission and family fun on Sunday. Celebrate ceramics with artist demonstrations, live performances, and a clay art project in the Kids Art studio.
Free, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

KIDS
Family Fun Day at Spruce Street Harbor Park

Bring the kids for an afternoon of fun with with the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts.
Free, 2-4 p.m., 301 South Columbus Boulevard.


MONDAY, JULY 4th

FOURTH OF JULY
The Fourth of July
It’s the Fourth of July. There’s a lot of Welcome America stuff happening on Monday: the parade, the party, the concert, the fireworks. Here’s all the info you need.
Free, all day, mostly along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

FOURTH OF JULY
Freedom Festival
The O’Jays — and fireworks — headline this concert just across the river in Camden. Also on the bill: Travel Lanes and the Tri-County Symphonic Band.
Free, 5 p.m., Wiggins Waterfront Park, 2 Riverside Drive, Camden.

FOURTH OF JULY
Funk on Front

Middle Child Clubhouse hosts a Fourth of July block party under the El with an afternoon of great music from Snacktime and other performers, plus food, drinks and merriment.
$30 (free for kids under 12), 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Front Street between Girard and Thompson.

FOURTH OF JULY
Narberth Fireworks and Family Fun

The fireworks are back after three years off! Plus, a daytime carnival (10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) with food, games, a baby parade, and more. Come back at night for a concert by Snacktime (They’re really busy on July 4th!) followed by fireworks.
Free; carnival from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., concert and fireworks from 7:15-10:30 p.m., Narberth Park, Narberth.

FOURTH OF JULY
The 4th at the Fort

Celebrate Independence Day at Fort Mifflin (an intact Revolutionary War battlefield) with guided tours, musket and cannon demonstrations, a Revolutionary War Soldier Life display and more. Bring your own picnic; you can reserve a table for $10, or grab a first-come, first-served unreserved one for free.
$6-$10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Fort Mifflin, 6400 Hog Island Road.