Parkway cleanup begins, weekend celebrations continue

PHILADELPHIA - July 5, 2013

"There's a lot of things going on in the city and we're definitely here to enjoy them," said Ivy Evans.

Over on the Schuylkill River, the Independence Day Regatta got underway on Friday morning.

More than a thousand rowers of all different ages have come to Philadelphia to spend the weekend on the river.

"We come here and race a lot of different teams," said Taylor Williams.

"We went to some parties yesterday which is why I'm tired and my kids went to bed early," said Dan Pritzker.

From fireworks to a free concert, with Wawa Welcome America, celebrating America's birthday in America's birthplace is a weeklong event.

Thursday night's Fourth of July Jam drew thousands to the Ben Franklin Parkway with artists like John Mayer and Neyo taking the stage in front of a jam-packed audience.

As the crowds left for home, the cleanup crews were poised to go. From Eakins Oval and down several blocks, roads were closed for the effort.

Crews worked all night long to scrub and sweep away the litter that covered the streets.

"It looks so clean after such a big party last night," said Joanna Belbey.

"I don't see a lot of trash, it's pretty amazing," said Greg Bisson.

Meanwhile over at Penn's Landing on Friday morning, the set up was underway to kick off three days of food and fun with a view of the Delaware River.

The Taste of Philadelphia boasts dozens of the city's most popular food trucks and restaurants.

It's an opportunity for people to sample new foods at a low cost and for vendors to dazzle new clients with mouthwatering recipes.

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