City announces streets closures, from June 30 to July 4, for the 2010 Wawa Welcome America! Festival

(Philadelphia June 30, 2010 – July 3, 2010) – City officials announced recently that street closures — beginning Wednesday, June 30 through Sunday, July 4, 2010 — near many special events during the ongoing Wawa Welcome America! Festival. Delays can be expected and motorists are advised to avoid or proceed with extreme caution in these areas prior to and on Independence Day.

The following information includes street closures regarding the 2010 Wawa Welcome America! Festival:

Beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30 through Sunday, July 4, Eakins Oval will be closed on the west side (in front of the Art Museum). All traffic will be forced outbound onto Kelly Drive at 23rd Street. All inbound traffic will be forced out Fairmount Avenue from Kelly Drive.

In preparation for July 4th events, on Thursday, July 1, the 500 block of Chestnut Street will be closed beginning after the morning rush hour, at 9:30 AM, for the set-up of the stage and related equipment. The street will reopen at 3 PM for the PM rush hour and close again after 6:30 PM to allow for the completion of equipment set-up. The street will remain closed Friday, July 2, to allow for further set-up.

Beginning at 7AM for set-up, on Saturday, July 3, the area bordered from 9th to 11th Street, and from Vine to Arch Street (listed below) will be closed for the Chinatown Block Party. The actual event runs between noon and 5 PM. All streets are expected to be opened by 6 PM.

10th Street, Vine to Arch
Race Street, 9th to 11th
Cherry Street, 9th to 11th
Appletree Street, 9th to 11th
Spring Street, 9th to 11th

No street closures are planned during the concert and fireworks at Penn’s Landing on Saturday, July 3; however Columbus Boulevard may be heavily congested during the fireworks display.

Sunday, July 4, 2010
Independence Ceremony/Parade
5th Street- Walnut to Arch
6th Street- Walnut to Arch
7th Street- Walnut to Market
Chestnut- Front to 8th
Market- Front to 8th
Front- Dock to Arch

Sons of the Revolution Parade
Walnut- Front to 6th
2nd Street- Chestnut to Dock
38th Parallel- Spruce to Dock