There is no shortage of fireworks across the region, including the massive annual show over the Ben Franklin Parkway in the city. 

Happy Birthday, America.

As usual there is no shortage of things to do, both in the Roxborough area and the city.

Here's the rundown.

21st Ward Party

It's time for the 2019 21st Ward Fourth of July celebration and parade, and a full schedule of holiday fun is on tap.

The public is invired to come dressed in your service uniform or your red, white, and blue, for the annual hometown Independence Day Parade of Sunday Schools and Churches on Thursday, July 4, beginning at 9 a.m. On Lyceum Avenue between Manayunk and Ridge avenues.

Bring your folding chair with you and find a spot on the parade route to sit and enjoy our hometown’s parade. In 2019, the 329th anniversary of old Roxborough Township and in an effort to bring more people to the parade, the 21st Ward Fourth of July Association has invited specific community groups to march in the community’s Independence Day Parade. Groups will include: Jeanette’s School of Dance, Action Karate, Roxborough Christian School, and the Roxborough Home for Women.

Thursday, July 4, 2019 will mark the 189th year of our community’s sacred Independence Day Parade of Sunday Schools and Churches. It is the 112th year churches have joined the Sunday Schools in the combined parade march. Our hometown Independence Day Parade will begin at 9 a.m. sharp at Manayunk Avenue at Lyceum Avenue.

Grand Parade Marshal the Rev. Michael I. Talley, Sr. (Pastor of Lighthouse Missionary Baptist and alumnus of Galilee Baptist) will be assisted by Assistant Parade Marshals: Joe and Renée D’Amore, Jack Craighead and friends (Leverington Presbyterian), Fran D’Amore Danowski (Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic), Ralph and Claire Morgan (St. Timothy’s Episcopal), Theresa Remoldi Ferris, Dan Ferris, & Luann Casey.

Any church that wishes to march in a future parade is welcomed to contact the Association President at 215-482-6513. Find the 21st Ward Fourth of July Association on Facebook .

There is no rain date for the parade. If, because of serious inclement weather, the parade is canceled by Grand Marshal the Rev. Michael I. Tally, the parade will be held next year with Green Lane United Methodist Church in the lead.

The 21st Ward Independence Day Parade of Churches and Sunday Schools will begin with the salute to the Flag of the United States of America and the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance led by Hugh “Bud” Sinnott, Commander of the Hattal-Taylor V.F.W. Post 333, followed by the playing and singing of the National Anthem. The Hattal-Taylor Post Color Guard will proceed up the parade route with the Association’s President, Linda Marie Bell (Andorra Baptist) and Parade Marshals.

The Good Timers Band will play for Green Lane United Methodist and provide music during the parade at regular intervals. To facilitate a more efficient parade the band will ride in two pickup trucks which will turn north onto Ridge Avenue and travel on Conarroe Street back to the beginning of the parade at Manayunk and Lyceum Avenues.

July 4, 2019 is the 189th anniversary of this event.

Fireworks around region

Delaware County

Upper Darby: 9:20 p.m., July 3; Upper Darby High School Memorial Stadium. Admission is $4 but parking and children under 5 are free.

Clifton Heights: 9:30 p.m., July 4; Clifton Heights Athletic Field

Lansdowne: 9:15 p.m., July 4; Penn Wood High School field

Chester: July 6, fireworks to follow Union game; Talen Energy Stadium

Montgomery County

Ambler: 9 p.m., July 5; Wissahickon High School, Rain date: July 6

Conshohocken: 9:45 p.m., July 3; at Sutcliffe Park

Limerick: 9:30 p.m., July 4; Waltz Golf Farm

Lower Providence Township: at dusk, July 4; Eagleville Park Rain date: July 6.

Narberth: after 8:45, July 4; Narberth Playground

Norristown: 9 p.m., July 4; 1325 Harding Blvd.

Skippack Village: at dusk, July 4; Skippack Pike

Upper Merion Township: at dusk, July 4; Heuser Park


Wawa Welcome America

Free Museum Days – Twenty-two of Philadelphia’s museums, cultural institutions, and attractions will open their doors free of charge, or, for an optional pay-what-you-wish donation, during the Wawa Welcome America festival. Courtesy of each museum and institution, attendees can access the largest number of museums in the festival’s 27-year history. Hours of complimentary entry vary per museum.

Wednesday, July 3: National Liberty Museum, The Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design, Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Penn Museum, Mütter Museum, Fireman’s Hall Museum, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Photo POP Philly: Sweet Paradise at The Bourse

Thursday, July 4: Bartram’s Garden House and the National Museum of American Jewish History

Wednesday, July 3: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Mander Playground Plus, a special, ticketed screening of Once in a Hundred Years: The Life & Legacy of Marian Anderson, winner of Best Documentary Feature at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival. Presented at the Philadelphia Film Center, the feature recounts the inspiring story of a Philadelphia musical icon who helped set the stage for the Civil Rights era. Wednesday, July 3 at 2 p.m.

PECO Go 4th & Learn—A dynamic event series presented by PECO will promote children’s reading and education through engaging activities, fun workshops and free books for all attendees supported by Books in Homes USA. Go 4th & Learn will launch Wawa Welcome America’s Inaugural Day of Service to promote community service and volunteerism with a day dedicated to cleaning Hunting Park.

Wednesday, July 3: Official unveiling of the design for a new mural celebrating the Philadelphia Fire Department —one of the oldest professional fire departments in the nation. This Mural Arts Philadelphia mural is sponsored by Wawa and the Philadelphia Fire Department. The event will also include fire and electrical safety tips and demonstrations, games and giveaways. From 10 a.m.—noon

Thursday, July 4: Aviator Park; Performances by local groups on the Multicultural Stage, acrobatic dunkers, face painting, arts & crafts and games. From noon—7 p.m.

Live Nation KidNation—Live Nation invites kids to the Fillmore Philadelphia for a fun day of games and activities, giving the youth a peek inside the music industry alongside industry professionals plus fun giveaways, including tickets to upcoming shows, swag and more. Tuesday, July 2 from noon—6 p.m. Wawa Hoagie Day—Title sponsor Wawa, Inc. presents an eight-ton hoagie Salute to Our Troops—named after the continuing focus of Hoagie Day— honoring our service members and hometown heroes, as well as recognizing Wawa’s long-standing partnership with the USO. Hoagie Day takes place at Independence Mall and the National Constitution Center Lawn, providing free hoagies and, for the first-time, a performance by the U.S. Army Field Band. Plus, “Hoagies for Heroes”, a hoagie-building competition between Philadelphia police and firefighters benefitting local charities. The day also features FREE admission to the National Constitution Center in honor of Wawa Hoagie Day. Tuesday, July 2 at noon.

Concerts & Fireworks

Wawa Welcome America will present numerous free concerts throughout the week at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Commonwealth Plaza at the Kimmel Center, Independence Hall and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Kimmel Center’s Great American Party on the Plaza; Kimmel Center— Enjoy free performances on the Kimmel Center Plaza direct from the 2019/20 season. The event will feature festival-style activities and live performances from casts direct from Broadway and the U.S. Navy Band Cruisers all under the signature glass ceiling. Get your vocals ready and join in the Hamilton’s Hamiltunes Sing-a-long! Wednesday, July 2 from 5—7:30 p.m.

POPS on Independence—The beloved annual concert returns to Independence Hall with conductor Todd Ellison leading the 65-piece Philly POPS orchestra in a patriotic, entertaining performance with Tony-nominated actress and singer Susan Egan, best known for her role as the original ‘Belle’ in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on Broadway and the voice of ‘Meg’ in Disney’s Hercules, among many other Broadway, television and film performances. The Philadelphia tradition draws thousands of Philadelphians and visitors each year. Presented by Comcast NBCUniversal, this performance is part of the POPS Salute Series, a portfolio of programs performed on American holidays, celebrating those who serve our country, its cities, and communities. Wednesday, July 3 at 7 p.m.

July 4 Celebration

Celebration of Freedom Ceremony – The City of Philadelphia’s Office of the City Representative and Independence National Historical Park will present the Celebration of Freedom Ceremony at Independence Hall. This patriotic event includes a reading of The Declaration of Independence, where it was signed, and a rousing performance by the Philly POPS® BIG Band. During the ceremony, Mayor Jim Kenney will present the fourth annual Magis Award to an individual who exemplifies the spirit of the award in their everyday life. Also recognizing a commitment to serving the Greater Philadelphia area, Wawa will announce the recipient of The Wawa Foundation Hero Award.

Of four finalists—After School Activities Partnerships, Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence, Esperanza, and Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports—the winner will be chosen by public vote and receive a $50,000 grant, while the three runners-up will each receive $10,000 grants. Begins at 10 a.m. Salute to America Independence Day Parade – Starting at Independence Hall immediately following the Celebration of Freedom Ceremony, 4,000 marchers, floats, and military personnel will process through the nation’s most historic square mile, presented by the Philadelphia International Airport. Begins at 11 a.m.

Other patriotic events throughout the day include the annual Let Freedom Ring Ceremony at Independence Hall, a ceremonial Liberty Bell Tapping, the 7th annual Birthday Party at the Independence Visitor Center followed by the Children’s Naturalization Ceremony at the Betsy Ross House.

Party on the Parkway

Families can enjoy five blocks of free entertainment, food and fun including an interactive Kids’ Zone featuring a zip-line, acrobatic dunkers, bungee jumping, games and delicious complimentary treats from Tastykake and Popsicle. The 21+ crowd can take advantage of multiple beer gardens serving a variety of drink options, as well as interactive activities, all on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Noon—7 p.m.

Chill Moody Music Stage—Returns to the Ben Franklin Parkway for the official Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert Pre-Show. The set, curated by Philadelphia Music Ambassador and Recording Artist Chill Moody, will spotlight Philly’s rising stars and invite artists from outside the region as well for a diverse and energetic experience. Noon—7 p.m.

This year’s star-studded performances feature Grammy Award-winning icons Meghan Trainor and Jennifer Hudson, taking the Independence Blue Cross Stage at the Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert for the first time. The free extravaganza will begin with singer, songwriter, and multiinstrumentalist Meghan Trainor and conclude with a special set by Jennifer Hudson alongside The Philly Pops Big Band. Food trucks, beer gardens and fun activities round out a night of blockbuster fun on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The concert will conclude with an unforgettable fireworks display, presented by Comcast NBCUniversal and Pyrotecnico with a showstopping finale choreographed to a custom patriotic soundtrack arranged and performed by the U.S. Army Field Band, airing on 106.1 The Breeze, an iHeartMedia station. Concert begins at 7 p.m., Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

The festival schedule and details of all events can be found at

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