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Wawa Welcome America Celebration 2018 (Philly 4th of July)

Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Join us for fireworks and so much more to celebrate America's Birthday in America's Birthplace - Philadelphia.

Sand Sculpture Spectacular at The Shops at Liberty Place

Wawa Welcome America is a multi-day festival with free multi-cultural and multi-generational events celebrating America’s Birthday. From June 28, 2018 to July 4, 2018, the citywide festival is jam packed with multiple fireworks displays, free concerts, free museum days, community events, free outdoor movie screenings, block parties and more!
 
Every year the grand finale is a massive outdoor concert on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art featuring huge stars and this year is no exception.  This year's Philly July 4th concert is featuring Pitbull, Heather Hadley, and the Philly POPS and will be capped off with the spectacular fireworks on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.  The Philadelphia July 4 concert is among the largest free concerts in the country and the fireworks never disapoint!
 
Fireworks above the Philadelphia Museum of Art - Photo Courtesy of Visit Philadelphia
 
Beyond the big concert though there are many other great events scheduled to take place, including:
 

Wawa Hoagie Day

Thursday, June 28 at 12PM
Independence Mall & National Constitution Center Lawn 
Celebrate the 26th Annnual Wawa Hoagie Day honoring our troops. Enjoy a 7-ton hoagie salute, free Wawa hoagies, a performance by the USO Show Troupe and hoagie building competition between police and firefighters.  If you miss this event, but still want to taste a Philly original, make sure to visit your local Wawa for Hoagie Fest which runs from now through August 5, 2018. To find your nearest Wawa, click here.
 

Sand Sculpture Spectacular at The Shops at Liberty Place 

From June 12, 2018 to July 4, 2018 world-renowned sculptors will transform the Rotunda at The Shops at Liberty Place into a 40-ton sand sculpture spectacular with hand-carved scenes commemorating Parkway 100 (Benjamin Franklin Parkway, one of the finest examples of bold civic planning in the United States, is celebrating its Centennial), the centennial celebration of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 
 
Sand Sculpture Spectacular at The Shops at Liberty Place
 

FIREWORKS Presented by Comcast NBCUniversal and Pyrotecnico:

Wawa Welcome America Fireworks over the Delaware River Waterfront 
June 30 at 9:30PM
 
July 4 at 9:30PM
Wawa Welcome America Fireworks over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway 
 

Parties and Celebrations:

Philadelphia's Historic District Block Party celebrating at Independence Mall 
July 3 - Independence Mall
12PM­7PM 
 
Celebration of Freedom Ceremony at Independence Hall 
July 4, 2018 - Independence Mall
10AM
 
United States of America's Independence Day Parade 
July 4, 2018 - Independence Mall
11AM
 
4th of July Parade in front of Independence Hall - Photo Courtesy of Visit Philadelphia
 
Independence National Historical Park Liberty Bell Tapping Ceremony 
July 4, 2018 - Liberty Bell Center
1PM 
 
7th Annual Birthday Party at the Independence Visitor Center hosted by Betsy Ross and Termini Bros. Bakery 
July 4, 2018 - Independence Visitor Center
1PM
 
Flaghouse Chapter NSDAR’s Children’s Naturalization Ceremony at the Betsy Ross House 
July 4, 2018
1:30PM
 

Concerts:

 
Concerts at Independence Mall
July 1, 2018 at 7PM
Gospel on Independence
 
July 2, 2018 at 7PM
Kimmel Center’s Broadway Philadelphia on Independence 
 
July 3, 2018 at 7PM
Philly POPS on Independence 
 

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