By Constance Capone | June 22, 2016 | Culture
With Wawa Welcome America! just around the corner (June 27), this collaborative event made possible by nonprofit Welcome America, Inc., the City of Philadelphia, Comcast, and of course, Wawa, kicks off with city-wide performances and activities, leading up to an explosive Fourth Of July. Here we outlined some of the can't-miss events from the celebration.
During each day of the festival, a different museum will open its doors to Philadelphia residents for free. Participating museums include National Constitution Center, Ben Franklin Museum, and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Wawa Welcome America! expects over 100,000 museum visitors.
Nonstop music and dance performances will rock Independence Mall on July 3 from 1 to 8 p.m. Festival goers can dine via food trucks and enjoy live entertainment from local talent like the Philadelphia Dance Academy and Beatles tribute band, The Beat Tells. Plus, there'll be plenty of things for children to enjoy such as getting elaborate balloons made from a balloon artist, getting their faces painted, and meeting Uncle Sam on stilts.
Upholding pride and patriotism on Fourth Of July, the Independence Day Parade will march down Chestnut and Market streets. The spectacle starts at 11 a.m., and will feature more than 10 floats with over 4,000 participants. Plus, attendees can catch a glimpse of Betty Cantrell, Miss America 2016, who will make an appearance as well.
During the festival, there will be three separate displays open to everyone. The first two will glitter above Penn's Landing on July 1 and 2, with the final display happening on Independence Day over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
The longest free concert in America will start at 5 p.m. on July 4 across the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, boasting five hours of Philadelphia-bred talent. Among the performers will be Leslie Odom Jr. from Broadway musical Hamilton, Yazz The Greatest from FOX's Empire, and DJ Biz Markie. But before the final fireworks set off, The Philly POPS orchestra will take the stage and perform various patriotic numbers to end the night on a grand note.
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