Crowds enjoy free museum visits in Philadelphia as final Fourth of July preps are underway

Some folks have even traveled from Puerto Rico to witness what Philadelphia has to offer for the Fourth of July.

Monday, July 4, 2022
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Both residents and tourists took advantage of the deals apart of the Wawa Welcome America Festival.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Fourth of July celebrations continued in Philadelphia Sunday, where both residents and tourists took advantage of the deals apart of the Wawa Welcome America Festival.

Sunday is pay what you want day at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Barnes Foundation, featuring the Blockson Afro-American collection, also offered free admission.

As crews put the final touches on the concert stage at Eakins Oval, others came to the parkway simply for their morning workouts or a picture with Rocky.

"The statue! We wanted to see the Rocky statue. The park was nice, we stayed at the casino, downtown was cool," said Gavin Willits, who's in town from Michigan.

"We rode our bike from Moore Street all the way to here," said 8-year-old Jackson Newmuis from Germantown, who enjoyed the morning with his dad.

Philadelphia is a travel destination for the Fourth of July, given the history.

"It's one of the birthplaces of America! We just left DC, so we went to the capitol and all, and of course they talked about the Declaration of Independence, so we came here," said Jennifer Chase-Fernald form Georgia.

Ed Schnedler from Missouri said, "We're real excited to take part in the fireworks and the big concert coming up, so we're looking forward to doing all of that. We're staying through Monday. We came to watch baseball and stuck around to celebrate the fourth (of July)."

Some people plan on avoiding the crowds all together for the holiday.

"Oh yeah, I don't want to do the crowd. I'm going to a friend's house. His daughter is having a party, so I'm going to have fun over there," said Donta Clenton form Germantown.

The Party on the Parkway starts Monday, July 4 at 12 p.m. It culminates with a concert featuring Jason Derulo and a fireworks show.

The Philly POPS tradition is also back for Independence Day weekend.

Aside from the music, it's trusting moms word!

"The music. If my mom picked the concert it's going to be good," said Sasha Khulmann.

It's a weekend packed with entertainment.

"Hang out, see some of the festivities and see some music over there," said Betty Ann Dowd of Bricktown.

The Dowds are escaping the Jersey Shore madness and spending the Fourth of July weekend in Philadelphia.

Some folks have even traveled from Puerto Rico to witness what Philadelphia has to offer for the Fourth of July.

"Some museums, we had a tour in a bus and also enjoyed a meal in morning," said Gustavo Correa from Puerto Rico.