OLD CITY (WPVI) --There is no better place to be during the Fourth of July weekend than in the city where this nation's independence was born.
"I've always said we should do this, we should do this," said Joe Buchler of Pottstown.
Ahead of the Philly Pops concert Sunday night, the Buchlers made it a patriotic picnic.
Locals and out of towners waited in line to see Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and got a glimpse of Philadelphians from 1776.
"We're so local it seems like we always overlook it and its right on top of us, and just wanted to be part of all the festivities," said Deborah Ingravallo of Mt. Laurel.
"We figured the weekend of the Fourth, what better time to be in Philadelphia?" said Ashley Dunavan of Arkansas.
Dunavan says she made sure to honor our forefathers, but also included another famous guy from a couple of centuries later.
"I do have my 'Rocky' shirt," said Dunavan. "You cant come to Philly and not check out Rocky."
No summer holiday is complete with a block party. We found one in Old City that boasted food truck after food truck.
"The beef jerky, it tastes really good and just really sweet and healthy," said 10-year-old Jordyn Jones of Quakertown.
Across the city, the festivities leading into the big day continued.
Over near Belmont Plateau, the Garfield-Gilmore family mixed the Fourth with a graduation party, laying out a spread of family favorites including banana pudding and deviled eggs.
The weather made it easy to enjoy everything the city has to offer.
"It's beautiful. I like the breeze, seems like a lot to do and it's free," said Rosiland Ziglar of Connecticut.