PHILADELPHIA’S JULY 4TH FESTIVITIES – A Week Long Celebration of Events – SPRITE SLAM DUNK COMPETITION
This year’s Fourth of July Festivities is grander than years gone by with a schedule that is chock full of fun things to do and see (These are just my highlights, full schedule at the bottom of entry and it’s a doosie):
Kicking off the week is the Taste of Philadelphia on June 26th at Penns Landing.
Taste of Philadelphia
5:00 p.m. – 4/25; 11AM 6/26; 11AM 6/27;
Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street
Interested in sampling cuisine from the region’s best chefs? Come and try amazing “tastes” from some of the most popular restaurants in the city and find new favorite menu items! Stroll the waterfront while you’re “dining” and listen to some great beats at the same time. Participating restaurants include: Hard Rock Café, Tony Lukes, Steaks on South and many more.
Saturday 6/26/10 – NBA NATION PRESENTED BY SPRITE, T-MOBILE USA & KIA MOTORS BRINGS HOOPS & STARS TO THE TASTE OF PHILADELPHIA
at 2pm Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia, PA
Specifically, the competition will start at 4PM in the East Parking Lot of Great Plaza.
Special appearances include*:
• NBA Legend and NBA Nation Ambassador Darryl Dawkins – appearing Saturday, June 26, 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. and at the Kia Performance Court on Sunday, June 27, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
• NBA Player Thaddeus Young, Philadelphia 76er – appearing Saturday, June 26, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
• Justin Friedlander, Justin’s Quest Founder – appearing Saturday, June 26, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Ex 76er and dunk legend Darryl Dawkins and two dunking All-Stars will be judging until the final round, then the winner will be determined by fan votes. The first place winner will receive $1,000, a Flip Video and the chance to travel to All Star 2011 in LA to compete for $10,000. Second place will get $500. Show your support for Philly and its most legit dunkers
WEDNESDAY JUNE 30
Wawa Hoagie Day and Philly @ The Movies: Rocky
7:00 p.m. Hoagie Day
9:00 p.m. Movie
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Join Wawa for an epic Philadelphia double feature: the famed Hoagie Day celebration followed by a special screening of Rocky, all free of charge! Wawa will serve a culinary masterpiece fit for display in one of the museum’s galleries – a mile-long hoagie! Enjoy a party atmosphere and fun before settling down for Philly @ the Movies at the foot of the “Rocky steps” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It’s a one-two combo that can’t be beat! See below for information on how to enter the “Rocky” Contest.
I enjoy going to a few of the smaller parades in the local towns. To find this info check the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper on Friday July 2nd in the weekend section.
Celebration of Freedom
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
520 Chestnut Street
Join Mayor Michael A. Nutter and other local dignitaries as they kick off the day’s festivities at a ceremony honoring America’s 234th birthday.The Philadelphia Independence Day Parade: Life, Liberty & You
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Bring your flags, patriotic spirit and plenty of energy to America’s best 4th of July parade and revel in the pageantry that has made this march through Historic Philadelphia a new local tradition.
Party on the Parkway
12:00 noon – 8:00 p.m.
Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 20th Street to Eakins Oval
The whole family will enjoy this afternoon of fun, free entertainment and of course, lots of food! Stay for the Life, Liberty & You concert starring The Goo Goo Dolls and jaw dropping fireworks later in the evening. More information can be found at: http://www.WelcomeAmerica.com.Philadelphia City Hall Tours M-F at 12:30PM from Rm 121. Plus see the City from the 40th Observation Floor every 15 minutes, but pick up your timed tickets from Rm 121
as it’s first come first served and they go quickly. ($5 – $10) Also pick up maps of the city, pamphlets on the city and the July Fourth Celebrations here as well as the Visitor Center at 5th & Market Streets
This year there is 3 nights of fireworks:
Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
6/26 – Concert with Morris Day and the Time 8PM, followed by Fireworks
7/3 – Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Company, presents The Philadelphia Orchestra’s FREE Neighborhood Concert and Fireworks! 8PM
The Philadelphia Art Museum July 4th 8PM
Ceremony, Concert – The Roots, Goo Goo Dolls
For much more and updated information go to America’s Birthday dot com