Bombs bursting in air (figuratively speaking) are a July Fourth tradition, and few places have as grand a fireworks show as Philadelphia’s, which puts the grandeur of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Art Museum to good use. Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia.
This year, the Glorious Fourth ushers in an equally glorious long weekend. Here’s our advice on how to fill it:
Thursday, July 3
Two Philly classics: Take your pick, lovers of outdoor arts and culture – there are two great al fresco events taking place tonight. If you missed yesterday’s outdoor screening of “Rocky” on the Art Museum steps the scrappy boxer made famous, Schuylkill Banks offers a reprise tonight next to the Walnut Street Bridge. If you’re more in the mood for music, check out the Philly Pops concert on Independence Mall, a patriotic spectacular featuring guest soloist Capathia Jenkins. Our only caveat: Given that the forecast includes the chance of thunderstorms, you should follow @July4thPhilly on Twitter or visit the Wawa Welcome America website for up-to-the-minute weather information.
“POPS on Independence”: 8 p.m. on Independence Mall, between Fifth and Sixth streets on Market Street. “Rocky” Movie Night at Schuylkill Banks: Screening starts at dusk (8:30 p.m.) at Schuylkill Banks by the Walnut Street Bridge. Both events free.
Friday, July 4
Boom! Bang! Oh, say, can you still hear?: If you’re like most of us, the only question you’re asking about the Fourth of July right now is “Which fireworks display do I want to see?” The Big One, of course, is on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway behind the Art Museum. Starting around 10:30 p.m., it’s the capstone to a free evening of music, the 4th of July Jam, featuring hometown faves The Roots and an all-star lineup that includes Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, and Aloe Blacc, starting at 7 p.m.
4th of July Jam: 7 p.m. on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from Logan Square to the Art Museum, with fireworks around 10:30 p.m. Free.
Saturday, July 5
…and if that wasn’t enough: Why should the Birthplace of the Nation limit the birthday celebration to just one day? Tonight, the fireworks move to the other side of the city. This year’s Penn’s Landing July Fourth celebration begins at 8 p.m. with a concert by the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”, followed by fireworks around 9:30 p.m. Before you spread out your blanket to enjoy the concert, how about gorging on all the ice cream you can eat during the day at the Wawa Welcome America Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival, which began yesterday and continues through Sunday at Penn’s Landing.
Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival: All day at Penn’s Landing, Walnut Street and Columbus Boulevard. $7 donation benefits the Joshua Kahan Fund’s fight against pediatric leukemia. Penn’s Landing concert: 8 p.m. at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Walnut Street and Columbus Boulevard. Adventure Aquarium Fireworks Display: Following the concert (approximately 9:30 p.m.) at the Great Plaza and on the Camden waterfront. Concert and fireworks free.
Sunday, July 6
All-American fare for a good cause: Today is National Fried Chicken Day, and what better way to celebrate it than at Philly’s premier poultry purveyors, Federal Donuts? In honor of the occasion, all four FedNuts locations are serving up boneless-thigh FedNuggets from 11 a.m. until they’re gone. $6 gets you four of these tempting morsels. And while you’re at it, how about chipping in for a worthwhile charitable project the brains behind FedNuts are cooking up? Restaurateurs Steve Cook and Michael Solomonov are partnering with the Broad Street Ministry’s Broad Street Hospitality Collaborative to launch a first-of-its-kind-in-Philly restaurant: Rooster Soup Co., a soup emporium that will take Federal Donuts’ surplus chicken parts and turn them into delicious stock for a variety of soups. Proceeds from the soup sale will benefit the Hospitality Collaborative’s programs that provide meals and support services to Philadelphians in need. Donate $20 to the Kickstarter campaign by 11:59 Saturday night and you could win free Federal Donuts fried chicken for life – the drawing will be held at noon today.
National Fried Chicken Day at Federal Donuts: 11 a.m. until the FedNuggets run out at all four Federal Donuts locations: 1219 S. 2nd St., 1632 Sansom St., 3428 Sansom St. and 701 N. 2nd St.