Independence Day is the quintessential American summertime holiday. A perfect combination of warm air, bright sun, great food, and unconditional patriotism makes July 4th a hit each and every year. This year will arguably be our most active outdoor holiday in recent time as events span from early morning parades to late evening fireworks. Fill your mid-day with great music and food as you and your loved ones explore our area’s most anticipated outdoor dining experiences. As our community continues to reopen, here are just a few up-to-date ways to celebrate the red, white and blue in the city of Philadelphia.
Events & Things to Do
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Events & Things to Do
Philadelphia is one of the oldest municipalities in the United States. Philadelphia played a critical role in the American Revolution as a meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States, who signed the Declaration of Independence. Philadelphia is the home of many U.S. firsts, including the first library, hospital, medical school, national capital, stock exchange, zoo and business school. There are 67 National Landmarks in Philadelphia. What better place to celebrate Independence Day than in the history-rich city of Philadelphia.
The 4th at the Fort
6400 Hog Island Road
Celebrate American Independence at an intact Revolutionary War battlefield! At this event, you will learn the story of the greatest bombardment of the American Revolution through guided tours. Enjoy musket and cannon demonstrations and Revolutionary War Soldier Life displays. Fire the signal cannon on top of the wall with a $20 donation.
Bring your own picnic to enjoy in the shaded, riverfront picnic area. Reserve a picnic table ($10, BY JULY 2) to assure social distancing with patriotic table covering and garbage bag provided. Unreserved tables are first come, first served. The event is from 10 am – 4 pm. Learn more here
Free Admission – National Constitution Center
National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
The National Constitution Center brings together people of all ages and perspectives, across America and around the world, to learn about, debate, and celebrate the greatest vision of human freedom in history, the U.S. Constitution. Admission is free on July 4th in honor of America’s birthday.
Visit the M&M Flag at the Betsy Ross House
239 Arch Street
Celebrate America’s birthday at the birthplace of the American flag! The Betsy Ross House is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 4 and all visitors will receive a free mini 13-star flag. This is the last chance to see the one-of-a-kind M&M’s® flag made from more than 26,000 candies! Meet Betsy Ross in person and learn all about her memorable role in the birth of our nation. Self-guided tours are $7 for adults; $6 for children/seniors/active military.
Photo courtesy of The Betsy Ross House
Urban Adventure Quest
600 Walnut Street
Turn the history-rich city of Philadelphia into a giant game. Urban Adventure Quest has created an interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the amazing race with a three-hour sightseeing tour of Philadelphia. Guided from any smart phone, groups will make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. The adventure begins in the heart of the historic center of town and will take you on a journey among amazing iconic sights, famous houses, cool murals and other secret spots of the city. Start when you want and play at your pace. Sign up here
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Brews & Clues
117 Chestnut Street
Celebrate Independence Day by touring America’s history right in the city of Philadelphia. Brews & Clues turns your smartphone into the city’s best tour guide. Every tour helps you discover secret history, enjoy famous landmarks, and—of course—drink at the most interesting bars in the city. Work with your team to solve puzzles, answer trivia, and compete for the top spot on the leaderboard!
The Brews & Clues Philadelphia Tour is a 3-mile walking experience that takes about 4 hours to complete. You’ll explore the historic “Old City” neighborhood of Philly – the literal birthplace of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Hang out with Ben Franklin. Raise a glass to William Penn. Answer some questions about American independence. Brews & Clues will be your guide through the City of Brotherly Love!
You and your team will start and finish near historic Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. You’ll explore the area known as “Old City” —home to many restaurants, shops, historic sites, and popular watering holes. All you need is a team! Get your tickets here.
Attractions & Landmarks You’ll Visit
- Independence Hall
- The Liberty Bell
- Betsy Ross House
- Elfreth’s Alley
- Ben Franklin’s Grave
- Christ Church
Wawa Welcome America
5201 Parkside Avenue
Celebrate Independence Day at Wawa Welcome America. The traditional July 4th firework display is returning to the iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway this year. The festive evening ends at 9:30 pm with a spectacular 30-minute fireworks display above the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The fireworks can be spotted from numerous viewpoints across the city.
The official fireworks soundtrack airs on The Breeze 106.1 FM. The complete fireworks spectacular broadcasts live on NBC10 and TeleXitos.
Rivers Casino Block Party
1001 N. Delaware Ave.
This free community event features live entertainment by Let’s Groove Tonight, The Ultimate Earth Wind and Fire Tribute Band, food trucks, family fun and awesome view’s of Philly’s fireworks, with free parking too! The party starts at 5 pm on Sunday, July 4th.
Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia
900 Packer Ave.
Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia is hosting a fireworks spectacular on Saturday, July 3rd at 9:45 pm. Fireworks will be deployed from the top of the Live! parking garage and will be visible from anywhere in the South Philadelphia community. The best viewing location is the DVYAA Ballfield at 7th & Packer, which will be open for public seating at 7:30 pm. It’s encouraged to bring your own lawn chair.
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