JULY 4TH PHILADELPHIA IS NOW ALSO PHILLY JAM 2013 – Schedule
WAWA WELCOME AMERICA! ANNOUNCES DETAILS OF 7-DAY FESTIVAL CELEBRATING AMERICA’S BIRTHDAY – Plus the Philly 4th of July Jam will feature a number of top musical artists, including:
The Roots, John Mayer, Jill Scott, Demi Lovato, Ne-Yo, Grace Potter and J. Cole,
along with Ben Taylor and other surprise guests. An additional performance by
Marsha Ambrosius will take place on July 6 during the Taste of Philadelphia.
Largest Free Concert in America,’ the nation’s most diverse
Independence Day Parade and an unparalleled Taste of Philadelphia
City of Brotherly Love invites Philadelphia residents and visitors
alike to make lifelong memories at Wawa Welcome
America! from July 1 to July 7, 2013. The 2013 schedule brings festival
attendees seven days of FREE, family-friendly events, including the
weekend after the Fourth of July, and will prove why Philadelphia is the
only place to celebrate America’s birthday.
A detailed event schedule follows below. All events are free, unless otherwise noted.
The first Go 4th & Learn installment,
Go 4th & Learn: Wawa Dairy,
will be held at Franklin Square. Children will hear stories and also
learn about the history of
dairy, courtesy of Wawa. Lessons in cow milking, photo opportunities
with a milkmaid, arts and crafts, face painting and more will be
available throughout the day.
Philly @ the Movies series offers visitors and residents the opportunity to enjoy free, family-friendly cinematic classics on the big screen at
great venues across the city. For the exciting kickoff to the 2013 Philly @ the Movies program, bring the whole family to Rittenhouse
Square to take in one of this year’s must-see films, “Silver Linings Playbook.”
continues with a morning of special programming, live musical
performances, and an exhibition on
the history of the hoagie. Free admission to the National Constitution
Center will be provided all day, courtesy of Wawa Hoagie Day!
Hoagie Day returns
to the Independence Visitor Center’s lawn across the street from the
Liberty Bell. Mayor Nutter will join Wawa associates and hoagie-lovers
from across the
Philadelphia region to celebrate our famous Hoagie Day! 4.5
tons worth of hoagies will be served for free to thousands. Join in
this patriotic event as Wawa salutes our military, fire
and police. Take part in the “mail call” station collecting letters for
troops; Hoagies for Heroes charitable hoagie building contest to honor
our local heroes; and a concert by the Liberty Belles.
Selected Authors, Playwrights, and Poets
the writing of the nation’s Declaration of Independence and the
Constitution, Philadelphia has been home to many celebrated authors.
authors were selected by librarians from the Free Library of
Philadelphia who represent the breadth of the region’s literary
creativity past and present.
PHL Photo Exhibit is only open to ticketed guests due to its location within the airport terminal.
Continue July 2 –
world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra will treat festival attendees to a
FREE Neighborhood Concert on the RiverStage at The Great Plaza,
followed by a small land-side fireworks salute.
Philly @ the Movies series continues with “Rocky,” the beloved boxing film shot in and around Philadelphia. Bring your friends and family
and watch this iconic film from the famous steps that made Rocky a lifelong legend.
Go 4th & Learn educational series! Kids can enjoy the 6.5 acre playground which includes the legendary, one-of-a-kind Ann Newman
Giant Wooden Slide and more than 50 unique, age-appropriate and accessible pieces of play equipment.
Peter Nero and the Philly Pops!®
celebrate America’s birthday in America’s birthplace with
“POPS! on Independence,” a free concert at Independence Hall. As one of Philadelphia’s most popular Fourth of July traditions, seating
is first come, first served. Note: Concertgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.
Celebration of Freedom Ceremony, featuring music, inspiring remarks and a reading of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence, among
other special elements. This year’s ceremony will feature programming to honor the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement.
off in front of Independence Hall, this annual Philadelphia classic
takes to the streets with thousands of participants from states
across the nation, including marching bands, floats, military
organizations and several special performance teams. People of all ages
will surely enjoy the patriotic pageantry of the most diverse
Independence Day Parade in the country as it winds through the
nation’s most historic square mile. This year’s parade features more
than 5,000 participants. You won’t want to miss the 2013
Independence Day Parade!
ceremony starts on Independence Square and concludes with a symbolic
tapping of the Liberty Bell. To view the bell tapping, you must be in
the Liberty Bell Center by 1:30 p.m.
Party on the Parkway kicks off at noon on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 20th Street to Eakins Oval, featuring blocks of
exciting activities, games, entertainment and food for the whole family!
events, and many more activities. A Go 4th & Learn area
for children will also be offered, bringing education to life through
interactive games, arts and crafts and face-painting. Food vendors will
fill the Parkway cooking up delicious food to delight
the whole family. Performers will grace the Global Music and Questlove
Stages throughout the day to entertain attendees.
The Roots are back as the house band for the Wawa Welcome America!
Philly 4th of July Jam
– “The Largest Free Concert in America.” An array of the brightest and
boldest talent on the national music scene
will perform alongside The Roots on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. A
spectacular fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art will
follow the performance and cap off the day.
Taste of Philadelphia, a signature three-day food sampling event. Each year,
Taste of Philadelphia continues to expand its food offerings, family friendly activities and free music entertainment – with 2013 set to
be the “biggest
bite” for food lovers yet.
grounds at Penn’s Landing will be filled with traditional festival
foods and representatives from some of Philadelphia’s favorite
restaurants. Philadelphia’s famous food trucks will
line the Chestnut Street Bridge, offering a unique twist on the
traditional sidewalk cart. As guests dine on local favorites, their eyes
and ears will be treated to outstanding musical performances and
beautiful views of the Delaware River waterfront. Entertainment
and admission to Penn’s Landing for Taste of Philadelphia
free — with bite-sized dishes from restaurants and food trucks offered at a few dollars each.
Throughout the duration of
Taste of Philadelphia, local and national artists
will entertain guests on two stages — the RiverStage at Penn’s Landing and the Old City Stage at Front and Chestnut Streets.
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end with a bang – literally – as the Adventure Aquarium Waterfront
Fireworks Spectacular illuminates the sky over the Delaware River.
Taste weekend while taking in the sights and sounds of local talent along the waterfront at the RiverStage.
Wawa Welcome America! is a multi-day festival that celebrates America’s
birthday in America’s birthplace, Philadelphia. In 2013, Welcome
America, Inc. is proud to celebrate 20
years as the producer of Philadelphia’s Fourth of July festival. For
more information, please visit
us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wawawelcomeamerica a