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July 4 Wawa Welcome America free festival events


Redacción El Sol | 7/3/2017, 5:41 p.m.
July 4 Wawa Welcome America free festival events

Celebration of freedom ceremony, the United States of America’s Independence Day parade, party on the parkway, entertainment on independence mall, naturalization ceremony, july 4th concert & fireworks, free museum days, & sand sculpture spectacular

WHAT: Free Museum Day at the Philadelphia History Museum

Visitors can enjoy free admission to the Philadelphia History Museum on July 4 as part of Wawa Welcome America’s Free Museum Days. The museum’s collections and exhibits reflect Philadelphia’s history and diversity.

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Philadelphia History Museum - 15 S. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106


WHAT: Free Museum Day at National Museum of American Jewish History

The National Museum of American Jewish History is offering free admission on July 4 as part of Wawa Welcome America’s Free Museum Days. Visitors will experience 360 years of American Jewish history community through spotlight talks, story times, and arts and crafts.

WHEN: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

WHERE: National Museum of American Jewish History - 101 S. Independence Mall E.,

Philadelphia, PA 19106


WHAT: Celebration of Freedom Ceremony

Join Honorable James F. Kenney, Mayor of the City of Philadelphia, and City Representative Sheila Hess on the morning of July 4th for a patriotic ceremony at Independence Hall. Mayor Kenney will present the Magis Award to Philadelphia Hometown Hero Ralph Galati. Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman will join The Philly POPS BIG Band in a special reading of an excerpt from the Declaration of Independence. The Wawa Foundation Hero Award will be presented by the Wawa Foundation to a Philadelphia non-profit organization.

The United States Of America’s Independence Day Parade

The annual United States of America’s Independence Day Parade will be held from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Independence Mall. 4,000 participants will parade through Historic Philadelphia during this year’s patriotic parade. For the full parade route visit https://welcomeamerica.com/event/independence-day-parade/.

WHO: Honorable James F. Kenney, Mayor of the City of Philadelphia

City Representative Sheila Hess

Philly POPS BIG Band

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson

Councilman Mark Squilla

City Council

Boyz II Men Members Shawn Stockman, Wanya Morris, Nathan Morris

Chris Gheysens, President & CEO of Wawa Inc.

Jay Culotta, President of the Wawa Foundation

WHEN: Celebration of Freedom Ceremony - 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

The United States Of America’s Independence Day Parade - 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

WHERE: In front of Independence Hall – 6th & Chestnut Streets


WHAT: 6th Annual Birthday Party

On the morning of July 4, beginning at 9:00 a.m., a five-tier cake will be decorated and 2,500 cupcakes displayed in the shape of an American flag. At 1:00 p.m., when decoration of the cake is complete, Betsy Ross, accompanied by a fife and drum, will lead the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday” and cut the cake to celebrate our nation’s 241st birthday. Termini Bros. Bakery will serve the cake and cupcakes to the public for FREE. First come, first served.

WHEN: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

WHERE: Independence Visitor Center - 6th Street & Market Street


WHAT: Entertainment on Independence Mall