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Our Favorite Daily Picks for the Wawa Welcome to America Week-Long Celebration

Posted by Admin PhillyLiving on Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 at 9:01am.

Philly really knows how to celebrate July 4th, after all, it is the birthplace of America right?  The week-long Wawa Welcome to America celebration starts on June 28th and runs through July 4th; each day offering an array of events and activities for everyone! Our daily favorites for the ENTIRE week are here, but we will also be sending out reminders each day of what you could be doing rather than pretending to read your work email or heading home after a long day at the office! If you're headed out of town to celebrate along the Jersey Shore, scroll to the bottom to see what's going on where you'll be.
June 28th:
Wawa Hoagie Day (Independence Mall & National Constitution Center Lawn from 12-1pm) Stop by & pick up your free hoagie, & while you're there you can catch the hoagie building competition between local firefighters and police.
June 29th:
Free Museum night at Eastern State Penitentiary (5-7pm) The night out includes the audio tour, interactive experiences as well as art installations throughout
June 30th:
The Philly Ice Cream Scoop: Best Saturday plans to date; come to Reading Terminal Market between 1pm & 5pm to enjoy local favorites from Bassetts, Franklin Fountain, Little Baby's, Lil Pop Shop & Zsa's. There are contests to get involved with, prizes to win plus various demonstrations.
July 1st:
Orange Theory Freedom Fit Fest (Philly Art Museum Steps 8am-7pm) Get your fitness on! Throughout the day there are a variety of different competitions, classes and more to get your heart rate up! Check out the full details here.
July 2nd:
Red, White & Blue Happy Hour (Deck at the Moshulu, Cuba Libre, Sofitel Liberte Blue & more from 5-7pm) Monday's are much brighter when you have a happy hour to look forward to! We've listed a few participating locations but check back here for the full list as we get closer to the main event.
July 3rd:
Historic Block Party at Independence Hall (12pm-7pm) Free. 7-hours. Street-Style Celebration. If that's not enough to make you want to drop everything and head to Independence Mall than we don't know what will! There's a kids area, beer gardens, food trucks & so much more. Throw on your out of office early and be there just in time for happy hour!

July 4th:
The Main Event Wawa Welcome to America Concert (Benjamin Franklin Parkway 12pm to 10pm) It's an all-day affair on the Parkway; plenty of food, and entertainment for the entire family! Between the jam pack schedule of live music to the beer gardens and even a zip line, there's enough to keep you busy leading up to the main event. Mr. 305 will be headlining the concert this year and is sure to keep the party going all night with his vibrant music and entertaining moves!

Celebrating Down the Shore

Ocean City
Start off the morning with a bike parade (2 locations) 1. Longport Bridge Parking lot (North End): Registration begins at 9 am and the parade starts at 10 am. Sponsored by the Gardens Civic Assoc. OR 2. 40th & Asbury Ave. (South End): Registration begins at 9 am and the parade starts at 10 am. Sponsored by the South OC Improvement Assoc. Kick off the evening with a kite flying competition at 7pm at the Ocean City Music Pier (address listed) followed by entertainment. A spectacular boardwalk fireworks display tops off the night at 9pm

Sea Isle City
Sea Isle City is the perfect place to celebrate our Nation’s Independence.  The Fireworks Show will take place at 9:00 p.m., launched from an ocean barge near the 50th Street beach

9:30 a.m.: Field Races - 10th Street Recreational Field
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.: Family Fun Fest - 30th Street and the Beach
7 p.m.: Bay-Atlantic Symphony Concert - Avalon Community Hall
9 p.m.: Fireworks - 30th Street Beach

Stone Harbor
It's their annual 4th of July races & contests! Registration begins at 9am at the 82nd St Recreation Pavillion, for some events, you must register in advance (full details here). The opening ceremonies kick off at 10am and the events all take place immediately following - may the best sand sculptor win! 

Yoga on the beach, Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series, Patriotic Pooch Parade, Independence Day Parade, Fireworks - interested in learning more, check out the details of where and when here!

Cape May
Cape May’s annual fireworks display takes place on July 4th, weather permitting. Firework launch across from Congress Hall, from a barge a quarter-mile offshore. Enjoy a fantastic view of the show from the beach, promenade, or any property facing Beach Avenue.

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