Philly police step up security for July 4th events

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- The City of Philadelphia is stepping up security for the holiday weekend, particularly for events like Monday's concert on the Ben Franklin Parkway.

The chairs for that event are in place, the stage erected, and security fencing is being constructed.

Hundreds of thousands will be on hand, and police will be keeping a watchful eye.

"Every time we have these events we want officers to be seen, so you'll see a visible presence, some will even have the neon vests, so they're easy to spot," said John Stanford of the Philadelphia Police. "But there will also be officers you don't necessarily see."

Recent attacks in Orlando and Istanbul have heightened safety concerns, but Philadelphia Police say no new measures have been put in place to deal with this year's celebration.

"There is no specific threat to Philadelphia, but we are always concerned and make sure we are aware what's going on around the country and around the world," Stanford said.

The Art Museum was bustling with tourists on Friday afternoon. The general consensus seems to be that people are aware, but living their lives normally.

"I keep in my mind and I am just aware of situation that I am at, but it's not going to stop me from living my life. I think we need to continue and do what we want to do," said Dan Romensko of Wilmington, Delaware.

The reminder from police this weekend if you encounter something suspicious: If you see something, say something.
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