Heading to Philadelphia? Here are 10 things do in the city of brotherly love this weekend
By Dorothy Sasso
Where better to celebrate America’s Independence Day than in Philadelphia, birthplace of the nation? The city is offering a range of inexpensive and sometimes free activities for Fourth of July weekend. From bar crawls to fireworks, check out these ten interesting and cheap things to do this weekend in and around Philadelphia.
Philly’s 4th of July AmeriCRAWL: Kick off the holiday weekend with Philly’s official July 4th bar crawl. Tickets include no cover access to several local bars. Register between 5-10 p.m. on July 3 at The Plough and the Stars. $10 gets you general admission to the bar crawl on July 3 starting at 5 p.m. $15 gets access to the bar crawl and the IndeBEERance Beach Party on July 4 at Cavanaugh’s River Deck. Drink specials run from 2-9 p.m.
Liberty Block Party: From 1-8:30 PM on July 3, head to 5th and 6th Streets between Market and Chestnut for a free outdoor festival. Enjoy food and beverages (pay as you go) as well as live entertainment and family friendly activities.
Signers’ Day Celebration: Christ Church and Burial Ground is hosting a Signer’s Day Celebration on July 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Look for a visit from Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, a chance to sign a copy of the Declaration of Independence and family-friendly activities. Free to attend.
National Liberty Museum: From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 4, pay what you wish at the National Liberty Museum. The temporary exhibit focuses on Hometown Heroes, which pays tribute to veterans of American military conflicts.
Celebration of Freedom Ceremony: The steps of Independence Hall will be the site of a morning of music and reading of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence. Starting on July 4 from 10-11 a.m., this year’s ceremony will celebrate the 50th anniversaries of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the first major LGBTQ protest in the US, the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 and the 150th anniversary of the Constitution’s 13th Amendment. To add to the excitement, there will be a special naturalization ceremony to welcome new American citizens.
All American Day: The National Constitution Center is offering free admission on July 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. The patriotic activities include arts and crafts, a Revolutionary War encampment, musical performances and historical reenactors. Visit http://constitutioncenter.org/ for the full lineup.
Independence Day Parade: 6,000 participants from around the country will march 1.2 miles in the Independence Day Parade on July 4 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Miss America 2015 will be in attendance, as will military groups, marching bands and other performers. The parade starts at Independence Hall and goes down Market Street to the Delaware River.
Let Freedom Ring Ceremony: From 1-2 p.m. at the Independence National Historical Park, watch descendants of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Pennsylvania Society’s Sons of the Revolution celebrate the Fourth of July, ending with a symbolical tap of the Liberty Bell at 2 p.m.
National LGBT 50th Anniversary Ceremony: Independence Mall will mark the 50th anniversary of the first gay civil rights demonstration that happened on the spot. The ceremony will include a reenactment of the protest, as well as music, speeches and videos.
The Signing: Head to the Tattooed Mom on South Street on July 4th for a free performance of Creatures of the Night’s new play “The Signing or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Freedom.” Doors open at 8 p.m. and admission is free. The play features Ben Franklin traveling through time and space to get American icons to give their feedback on the Declaration of Independence. Look for Marilyn Monroe and Jimi Hendrix to weigh in!
Bonus: The best party starts at noon on July 4 on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway (20th Street to Eakins Oval). This festival includes games, food and music. Stick around until 7:30 when Philly 4th of July Jam aka the Largest Free Concert in America starring the Roots, and ending in a massive display of fireworks. Fireworks can also be seen over the Delaware River. Head to Race Street Pier or Spruce Street Harbor Park early for the best seats!