NBC10 Philadelphia - Aditi Roy
"Budweiser Made in America" will take place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway during Labor Day weekend. The setup for the two-day music festival began on Thursday and road closures will last until Labor Day. NBC10's Aditi Roy reports.
We're a day out from the highly-anticipated “Budweiser Made in America” Festival. The two-day music festival, featuring superstar rapper Jay-Z, rock icons Pearl Jam and a diverse roster of musical acts, will take place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Street closures and parking restrictions around the Parkway area began Thursday at 6 a.m. and run through Sept. 3.
All patrons will be directed around to 25th Street to the west entrance of the Art Museum.
During the concert events on Sept. 1 and Sept. 2, all traffic headed to the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be directed to use the parking garage entrance on Waterworks Drive. The only exception will be drivers with America Disabilities Act (ADA) parking, allowing them access to the parking area at the northwest corner of the upper terrace by way of 25th Street and Kelly Drive.
The Mayor’s Office says any motorists who live or work within the confines of the closed areas will be allowed to enter at any of the closure points after showing ID to a police officer onsite. They also say the remainder of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, from 16th to 20th Streets, may be closed to vehicular traffic if deemed necessary by public safety. If this happens, cross traffic may be restricted on the numbered streets between 16th and 20th Streets.
Here’s a breakdown of the street closures:
Saturday, Sept. 1:
Concert performances begin at 2 p.m. and will end at 11 p.m. Beginning at 6 a.m., roads in the area of the event will be closed to non-resident traffic, including:
Concert performances begin at 2 p.m. and will end at 11 p.m. Beginning at 6 a.m., roads in the area will be closed to non-resident traffic, including:
SEPTA and NJTransit will operate under normal weekend schedules. Festival ticket-holders and others planning to visit the parkway are urged to use public transportation to get in and out of Center City during the festival weekend, due to the road closures.
The Mayor's Office also says the city will provide a heavy police presence during the concert. Three Philadelphia Police beacons will be positioned outside the festival showing where officers are deployed to assist festival goers. The beacons will be on the northeast corner of 17th Street and the Parkway, the southeast corner of 18th and the Parkway and the western entrance to Logan Circle between 19th and 20th Streets.
Access to the event is only available to festival ticket holders. Tickets for both days are still available. You can purchase them through Ticketmaster or Live Nation. Proceeds from the concert will benefit local United Way organizations.
For more information on the festival, visit the Made in America website.