Welcome America schedule

July 2, 2013 4:12:07 AM PDT
Philadelphia hosts the world with Welcome America, through Sunday.

TUESDAY, JUY 2

PHL PHOTO EXHIBIT
Philadelphia's Literary Legacy: Selected Authors, Playwrights, and Poets Philadelphia International Airport Terminal A-East 10 a.m. Since the writing of the nation's Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, Philadelphia has been home to many celebrated authors. Fifty authors were selected by librarians from the Free Library of Philadelphia who represent the breadth of the region's literary creativity past and present. For ticketed passengers to enjoy.

GO 4th and LEARN
HISTORY National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street 10 a.m. - Noon Enjoy special programming, live musical performances, and an exhibition on the history of the hoagie. Free museum admission provided all day courtesy of Wawa Hoagie Day!

WAWA HOAGIE DAY
Independence Visitor Center Lawn, Market Street between 5th & 6th Streets Noon - 2 p.m. Wawa will serve a 4.5 ton "hoagie salute" to visitors attending the 21st annual Wawa Hoagie Day. Stop by the letter writing station to create cards and letters for our troops. You won't want to miss a concert by the USO Show Troupe or the hoagie building contest to recognize the USO and our local police and fire personnel. Wawa Hoagie Day is Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Deliciousness at its finest.

PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERT
Presented by Wells Fargo
Penn's Landing, 101 S. Columbus Blvd.
8:05 p.m.
The world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra presents a FREE Neighborhood Concert on the RiverStage at the Great Plaza, followed by a small landside fireworks salute.

PHILLY AT THE MOVIES
"Rocky"
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway
9:00 p.m.
Don't miss this Philadelphia classic from the very steps that made Rocky a lifelong legend.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 3

GO 4th and LEARN
FITNESS
Smith Memorial Playground, East Fairmount Park
10 a.m. - Noon
Break a sweat at the 6.5 acre playground, which includes the Ann Newman Giant Wooden Slide and more than 50 unique, age-appropriate and accessible pieces of play equipment. *The first 200 children will receive a free book.

POPS! ON INDEPENDENCE
Independence Hall
8:00 p.m.
The Philly POPS! return to celebrate America's birthday in America's birthplace. Arrive early with your blanket and lawn chairs to enjoy one of Philadelphia's most popular Independence Week traditions.

THURSDAY, JULY 4

CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM CEREMONY
Steps of Independence Hall, 6th & Chestnut Streets
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
A patriotic and inspiring morning full of music, speeches and a reading of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence will make this Fourth of July unforgettable.

PHILADELPHIA INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE
Throughout Historic Philadelphia
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Witness more than 5,000 participants as they celebrate America's birthday marching through the nation's most historic square mile.

LET FREEDOM RING
Independence Square, 5th & Market Streets
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
The ceremony starts on Independence Square and concludes with the symbolic Liberty Bell tapping. *Note: To view bell tapping, be in the Liberty Bell Center by 1:30 p.m..

PARTY ON THE PARKWAY
Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 20th Street to Eakins Oval
12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Philly really knows how to throw a party! America's birthday continues with blocks and blocks of exciting activities, multiple music stages, games and all-American food.

PHILLY 4TH OF JULY JAM & FIREWORKS
Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 20th Street to Eakins Oval 9:00 p.m. Watch live on 6abc if you can't be there in person. Coverage begins at 7p.m. THE ROOTS are back for the "Largest Free Concert in America," with special musical guests John Mayer, Demi Lovato, Jill Scott, Ne-Yo, Grace Potter, J. Cole along with Ben Taylor. An amazing fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art will follow this crowd-pleasing performance.

FRIDAY, JULY 5
TASTE OF PHILADELPHIA
Noon - 10:00 pm
Penn's Landing is taken over by Philadelphia's favorite food vendors at this signature three-day food-sampling event accompanied by live entertainment.

SATURDAY, JULY 6
TASTE OF PHILADELPHIA
Noon - 10:00 p.m.
On day two, Marsha Ambrosius takes the stage for a show-stopping performance followed by the Adventure Aquarium Waterfront Fireworks Spectacular.

SUNDAY, JULY 7
TASTE OF PHILADELPHIA
Noon - 3:00 p.m. Enjoy the final day of Taste weekend while taking in the sights and sounds of local talent along the waterfront at the RiverStage.

ENJOY THE FESTIVAL MORE ONLINE
Wawa Welcome America is on all the major social media pages.
Twitter - @july4thphilly
Facebook - facebook.com/WawaWelcomeAmerica (look for exclusive videos there, too)
Instagram
You're invited to post your own accounts and photos on the Instagram page, and if you do, you could win a prize.


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