Mike and I at his mom’s before we started our day
The July 4th Independence Parade. We met so many folks from Philly, and around the nation and world. So moving.
I wanted to bring you some fun photosNice family that posed for me.
Water girl
Teresa Scanlan—Miss America 2011­—would like to be a Supreme Court justice some day. But she’d settle for president.The kids love Inspector McGruff. I was impressed
so adorable
Brandywine Roller Derby gals
Miss Pennsylvania 2011– Juliann Sheldon.
Under God we Trust
hmm Star Wars marches on
Thank you Major General Wesley Craig
I do seriously get choked up when I see all the nationalities that represent these United States march in unison for the love of our great country.
Miss Black Pennsylvania USA: Jillian Patricia Pirtle. Poor thing couldn’t wait to take off those heels. I don’t blame her. They are killers
I thought it was the Olympic Torch, but not 100% percent sure. So cool though.
Thank you to all the service men and women that continue to fight for our freedom
Now it was time for the Party on the Parkway afternoon festival then concert
She’s too too cute in the tutu. I wore my wig so a lot of folks wanted my photo. So sweet.
Kids crafts, lots of balloon house jumping slides, all for free on the Parkway.
Beat it
nuff said. I bought this hair piece the day before at the Visitor Center for $5. Al Lee could you save me a bunch for next year.
Hammock on the Parkway. Peeps next to them had a large screen TV and a refrigerator
these folks were sitting pretty too
Wawa distributing free ice tea and hats to folks.
This guy cleaned up with his $1 jokes guaranteed to make you laugh. This is one of my top seating choices. It’s at 20th & Parkway. You can see the stage, although it’s far away, Art Museum and you have the screen. I talked to people at this location and they told me they got there around 5PM. Good to know for next year.
there were 3 stages of talent along the Parkway, and a few acts right in the middle of the street. It was a great set up and everyone was entertained.

Philadelphia is a must stop for fun on July 4th. Thank you Margaret Hughes, City Rep Office, First Lady Lisa Nutter, Mayor Nutter, especially City Rep Melanie Johnson for producing such a fantastic day created memories of a life time for all. I ran into these folks at the MHP Pro Strong man Competition, which was very popular.
one competition had everyone pulling tires, then another had them pulling a 15,000 pound truck
Would not want to piss this guy off

6ABC reporters Mary Caraccioli and Katherine Scott
Fashion on the Parkway

They’re spending their first July 4th on the Parkway and wanted a spot away from the maddening crowds. I told them this was perfect for fireworks watching, and pointed out the closest food place & other necessities. Hope I was right.
Getting ready for the long hot night, but well worth it. I love how everyone has a responsibility and the little girl is stylin’ it
Stopped by Janice Simonsen and Donna Coghlan’s party in front of their building at 2601. Also in this picture is Arthur Kade (photos), Harry Spivak (photos), Donna Coghlan (photos), Jim Gatch, Kimberly Setlowe, Charlie Pasquale (photos), Steve Arch Archibald, Amanda Hartung, Molly Higgins, Sandra Leach Gatch, Scott AdamsThen it was back to my condo – The Philadelphian. First I visited Theresa from Liquad Salon and her husband’s pied-à-terre. It was their first Fourth here and I can’t wait to see how they loved it.
At the last minute I changed my mind about shooting the concert and joined our Annual July 4th Party overlooking the Parkway. I do love watching the show from Mike’s mom’s balcony with a bunch of our friends. Chip Ellis & Lee Paterson, El, Jim Werner and Mike Sheridan, Lynsie & Evan Solomon (Coming UP: They are hosting the National MS Society – Happy Hour @ Del Frisco’s), the newlyweds KYW1060’s Hadas Kuznits and Dan Reinherz
Mark, Tian & David Powell Pershica
Elle and Hadas Kuznits. Elle was in town for Hadas’ wedding on July 3 (I’ll have those photos this week.) She’s from Israel, and has been to the states many times, but this is her first July 4th. She told me how excited she was to spend the Fourth of July in Philadelphia. Why would anyone spend it anywhere else. Everyone must come to Philly at least once to experience the history of the United States. (Sign her up at GPTMC!!)
Mrs Toub and Mike. Thanks to Mrs Toub for the use of her apartment every year for our party. (We face the Delaware River & The City)
I can’t tell you how happy I am for my friends. They met on So if you are looking for the lid to your pot, they could be out there on Congratulations Hadas and Dan!!
Mike and Jim. These two have been busy becoming the next real estate moguls. It’s always great spending time with them.
Now on with the show

The concert with The Roots, Earth, Wind and Fire, Boyz II Men and the O’Jays was one of the best. Then the fireworks lit of the Parkway

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And thanks to my fellow Wawa Welcome America Bloggers for keeping me & us informed all month long Ed Salvato (photos), Linda Pham-Vertlieb (photos), Nicolle A. Morales Kern Laiya St. Clair , Aaron A Stella and GPTMC staff. (Photo by George of Top Gun)