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The Best Places to Celebrate the Fourth of July in Philadelphia

By Lauren Lau | June 27, 2018 | Lifestyle

The historic city of Philadelphia is the ideal spot to post up during our nation’s birthday on the Fourth of July. Get ready to enjoy extravagant firework displays, waterfront views, and so much more. From craft beers to concerts, here are the can’t-miss events celebrating one of the city’s biggest parties of the year.


JUNE 29, 2018

Schmidt’s Common's Beer-BQ

Part of their aptly named Red, White, and Blue happy hour series, The Piazza will transform into a picturesque summertime space featuring local food trucks and a array of delicious craft beers. Grab a beer and some food and watch an outdoor screening of E.T. to kick off the upcoming holiday. 1001 N. 2nd St.; 267-546-5424

JUNE 30,2018

Red, White, and Brewfest

Sugarhouse Casino's Fishtown Hops has everything you need for the perfect summer afternoon: live music, cold drinks, and a beautiful waterfront view. Spend the weekend-before-July 4 enjoying performances by the Xpogo Stunt Team and famed Philadelphia lyricist, Chill Moody. End the night with a great view of the Delaware Riverfront fireworks. 1001 N. Delaware Ave., 267-546-5424

The United States Army Band Concert and Fireworks Display

The U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own” will be celebrating July 4th at the Great Plaza in Penn’s Landing. The family-friendl performance will be followed by an incredible fireworks show over the Delaware river. 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., 215-922-2386

JULY 2, 2018

Kimmel Center’s Broadway Philadelphia on Independence

Celebrate the holiday and the upcoming Broadway season with an array of dazzling performances by the casts of Fiddler on the Roof, Miss Saigon, Cats, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and more! 300 S. Broad St., 215-893-1999

JULY 3, 2018

Historic District Block Party

Philadelphia Historic District’s massive block party is the perfect event leading up to the Fourth of July. Remarkable food and live music and entertainment flood the streets of Independence Mall. This year’s block party will also celebrate the grand opening of the newly remodelded artian market inside The Bourse. 5th and 6th streets, 267-546-5424

POPS on Independence

Know for their versatile repertoire of musical stylings, the Philly POPS will be celebrating America’s birthday with their annual free concert. The Philly POPS Salute Series performance will feature Tony and Grammy award winner Heather Headley and Philly vocalist, Justin Hopkins. Get there early and grab a good seat! 520 Chestnut St., 215-893-1999

JULY 4, 2018

Party on the Parkway

When you think of July 4th in Philadelphia, Welcome America's Party on the Parkway is probably the first thing that comes to mind. The party starts at noon with live performances from some of the industry's biggest names, food trucks, and beer gardens. Finish the night off with the Wawa Welcome America concert by Grammy-awarding winning rapper Pitbull and a spectacular firework display. 2451 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, 267-546-5424

The United States of America’s Independence Day Parade

Show off your best red, white, and blue attire during this can't-miss patriotic affair. Thousands of participants will attend the parade of marching bands, colorful floats, and military members. 520 Chestnut St., 215-546-5424

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