11 Can’t-Miss Local 4th of July Events
From concerts to parades to fireworks, there are plenty of ways to celebrate our nation this Independence Day.
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2018 Wawa Welcome America Festival • June 28 – July 4
Global superstar Pitbull headlines this year’s Wawa Welcome America Festival concert on July 4. In addition to Mr. Worldwide, the Philly POPS BIG Band returns to the stage to celebrate its 40th anniversary. The POPS will be joined by Tony and Grammy awards winning R&B star, Heather Headley. Look for citywide events the week leading up the concert and firework show, like the Sand Sculpture Spectacular at the Shops at Liberty Place, and Free Museum Day at the Mütter Museum.
Independence Day Celebration at Museum of the American Revolution • June 30 – July 4
At the Museum of the American Revolution, visitors can reflect on our nation’s history and engage in discussion. This family-friendly event is filled with activities designed to inspire learning about the Declaration of Independence.
101 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia.
For the past 69 years, Garrett Hill has kept up the tradition of celebrating Independence Day with family, friends, and fun. See decorated bikes and floats at the parade, then head over to Clem Macrone Park to watch the Bryn Mawr Rotary Club Races.
810 Conestoga Road, Bryn Mawr.
Celebrate our nation’s independence with historical games, music, and an all-American cookout. Plus, learn about the Valley Forge Encampment and it’s vital role in the American Revolution.
1400 N. Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia.
Marple Newtown Fourth of July Parade • July 4
This annual parade starts at St. Alban’s Circle in Newtown Square and finishes at the Broomall Fire House. Be sure to check out the beautiful antique cars and creative floats along the route.
St. Albans Circle, Newtown Square.
Now in its 76th year, the Narberth Fourth of July celebration is a must-attend for area residents. Festivities include a parade of adorable babies, plus family-friendly activities like a wheelbarrow race and a pie-eating contest. The evening ends with one of the biggest area fireworks displays around.
80 Windsor Ave., Narberth.
This year, Norristown is mixing things up with a new parade route and a block party. After the parade, head to Main Street where there will be live music, food trucks, local vendors, and a beer garden.
Now in its 19th year, the Phoenixville Parks and Recreation Department promises visitors a fireworks show designed to thrill.
279-299 Fillmore St., Phoenixville.
From 7:15-9:15 p.m., the Chester County Concert Band will perform at Wilson Farm Park, accompanied by a dusk-time fireworks show.
500 Lee Road, Wayne.
Help construct four different mosaic designs that will be displayed at the Independence Visitor Center. While there, check out the MINILAND Philadelphia exhibit featuring the new model of the Comcast Technology Center.
599 Market St., Philadelphia.
Didn’t catch fireworks on July 4? Want to catch another round? Head to this festival, held at Nottingham County Park, complete with festival-style foods from a dozen food vendors and a fireworks show.
150 Park Road, Nottingham.