The Best Events in Philadelphia for Independence Day Weekend 2022


From epic fireworks to block parties and festivals, no one does the Fourth quite like Philly.

Whether you are celebrating alone or with your family, there is no shortage of events. Many of your favorite ways to celebrate are back, including a spectacular fireworks display, musical performances, block parties and more. Not to mention free admission to many of your favorite cultural institutions.

This year, see the fireworks and take in the shows, but don’t let your celebrations end there. Keep the party going by checking your voter registration status and connecting with the person at your local council to make your voice heard. It really is a celebration of independence.

Happy Independence Day!

(Art/History/Kid Friendly) Now is your chance to see the city’s best cultural and artistic institutions for free or at low cost. Thanks to the Fourth, some of the best attractions in the city will participate in free or paid days. Some require pre-registration or timed tickets. Participants this weekend include:

  • Friday: Powel House, Faith and Liberty Discovery Center, Penn Museum, Rodin Museum, Science History Institute, Masonic Temple Library and Museum

  • Saturday: Stenton, National Museum of Liberty

  • Sunday: Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Museum of Art

  • Monday: Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History, Christ Church and Burial Ground

(Until July 4, various locations, welcomeamerica.com/events)

(History/Kid Friendly) It wouldn’t be a 4th of July celebration without time travel to revisit the journey to independence. The Museum of the American Revolution hosts events, workshops, and activities throughout the weekend, from quizzes to flag-making. If you want to bring the celebration home, stop by the museum’s gift shop for all your flag-themed needs. (Free, June 28-July 5, 101 S. Third St., amrevmuseum.org)

(Food/kid friendly) The hoagie Wawa is classic summer. Head to Independence Mall where Wawa will be serving up over seven tons (!) of free hoagies. While you feast, watch a performance by the US Army’s Six String Soldiers. (Free, June 29, noon-2 p.m., Independence Mall Block 2, welcomeamerica.com)

(Kid Friendly) Whether you take it off the ground or in the clouds in a hot air balloon, you won’t want to miss this Philadelphia tradition. Bring the whole family for a weekend filled with live music, food trucks, fireworks and, of course, hot air balloons. Book a ride in advance to head for the sky or stay on the ground and watch the balloons soar and shine above you. ($10-20, July 1-4, 1326 Germantown Pike, Glenmore, phillyballoonfest.com)

(Festival/kid friendly) Start your weekend at the water’s edge for an evening of great food, music and fireworks. Performances include everything from speech to song and dance. Stock up on your favorite local food trucks and try your luck at games and activities. Then, end your evening with a grand fireworks display over the Delaware River. (Free, July 1, 6-10 p.m., 121 N. Columbus Blvd., welcomeamerica.com)

(Festival / Free) Esperanza organizes a block party to celebrate Latin cultures in the city. The festival features local food, music, and vendors, as well as indoor performances by pianist Emiliano Messiez and his quartet, dance lessons with members of the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School, and more. (Free, July 2, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 4261 N. Fifth St., welcomeamerica.com)

(Party/kid friendly) Stop by this beer garden and pre-party before heading to the POPS concert. Fifth Street between Market and Chestnut will transform into a festive block party with delicious food and performances such as Rev. R2 and Da’Crew. (Free July 3, 4-9 p.m.,)

(Music/Kid Friendly) The Philly POPS are back to continue their 44-year Independence Day tradition. This year’s show features guest artists Terrell Stafford, Cam Anthony and Paula Holloway. Philly’s Mother Bethel AME Choir will also perform, all alongside POPS Big Bang. (Free, July 3, 7-9 p.m., Independence Mall Block 2, phillypops.org)

(Parade/Kid Friendly) Red, white and blue take to the city streets on Monday, with lavish floats, marching bands, dancing, pomp and a plot of American flags. Miss America is the grand marshal. The parade starts at 11 a.m. at Market and Second Street, and heads along Market to City Hall. (Free, July 4, 11am-12pm, Market Street from Second Street to City Hall, welcomeamerica.com)

(Community) Celebrate the Fourth where it all began. Independence Hall will serve as the backdrop for this celebration of our history. You will hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence as well as remarks from a series of special guests. There will be a limited number of places available on a first come, first served basis. (Free, July 4, 10-11 a.m., Sixth & Chestnut St., welcomeamerica.com)

(Music) This dinner cruise along the Delaware is an elegant way to celebrate the Fourth. Start the evening with a chef-prepared dinner, live DJ entertainment and drinks on the open-air terrace. Then, look up and admire the spectacular fireworks, right from the water. (July 4, 6:30-10:30 p.m., 401 S. Columbus Blvd., cityexperiences.com)

(Party/kid friendly) It’s a block party under the El, hosted by Middle Child and Snacktime. Enjoy delicious bites from Liberty Kitchen, Pitruco Pizza and 1-900 ICE-CREAM. Drinks will be served by Middle Child, Le Bouchon and Jambru Ferments. Middle Child Clubhouse and Snacktime bring you five hours of great local music. Children under 12 can enter for free. ($30, July 4, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1232 N. Front St., tickettailor.com)

(Community) Grab your walking shoes and discover all the Fourth Walk celebrations. Covering a distance of approximately eight miles, you’ll begin at Jefferson Station and travel along the Ben Franklin Parkway, stopping at various 4th of July celebrations along the way. Stay all day or hop on and off at your own pace. (Free, July 4, 10am-10pm, 10th and Filbert Sts., eventbrite.com)

End the weekend with an epic concert with Jason Derulo, Ava Max and Tori Kelly followed by fireworks synchronized with a DJ set. (If you don’t want to see it in person, the show will also air live on NBC10 & TeleXitos). If you want to go, here are some tips: you can bring food, a small cooler, pets, and chairs/blankets (as long as you’re not in the ticket section). You cannot bring fireworks, weapons, large signs or banners, skateboards, glass containers, selfie sticks, laser pointers, and a few other contraband items.(Free, July 4, 7 p.m.-10 p.m., Benjamin Franklin Parkway, welcomeamerica.com)

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