Cleanup underway after Made in America 2021 wraps in Center City Philadelphia

Some of the major streets that had been closed for the concert were being reopened by Monday morning.
PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Despite the major flooding in Philadelphia last week as the remnants of Hurricane Ida moved through, the Made in America festival went off without a hitch this weekend.

As soon as the show wrapped on Sunday night, the effort began to clean up and reopen the roadways.

"I've seen worse, like a couple years ago when the festival was here. It doesn't look that bad out here," said Gerald Woodson of Fairmount.

The entire width of the Ben Franklin Parkway from 20th to 25th streets, as well as the Spring Garden Bridge, were reopened at 5 a.m.

Some other road closures remain, but streets are expected to reopen by the Tuesday morning rush hour.

"Usually by the next day, Tuesday, things are open and the fencing is gone like it really never happened," said Renee Quarterman of Fairmount.

"I think they'll get it done, because I know a couple people that work for the city that come down here and work for the concerns and cleanup, so they'll get the job done," said Woodson.

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Concert goers didn't let the rain ruin their mood, especially since - for many of them - this was their first concert since the pandemic began.

The event brought tens of thousands of people out to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Saturday. Justin Bieber and Doja Cat were some of the big names that took the stage Sunday.

"It was a lot of fun. They started doing fireworks at the end with Justin Beiber. It was awesome," said Owen Mielni of Maryland and Jack Miles of West Chester, Pa.

The Made in America festival was certainly different than previous years with the requirement of either COVID-19 vaccination cards or a negative test result at the gate.

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