Wawa Welcome America Festival Day 12 was jam-packed with many free events in the city to get involved in. Here was the guide to the block party, free museums, wildlife exploration opportunity and family fun on June 30, 2022.
PECO Go 4th & Learn: A Great Debate
People learned some history at PECO Go 4th & Learn: A Great Debate from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 30.
Parents and guardians came out with the kids and joined in on a discussion on how stories of the past impact the present, while on the grounds our nation was founded at Independence National Historic Park.
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There were opportunities for kids of all ages to learn about America's early history. Kids also received a book giveaway courtesy of Books in Homes USA.
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Free Museum Day at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
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Part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum provided free admission as part of the festival.
You could observe hundreds of species of birds, mammals, plants, trees and insects on 10 miles of trails. People were able to borrow some binoculars or a fishing rod for free from the Visitors Center to enhance the exploration experience.
People took advantage of the opportunity to explore from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free Museum Day at Wyck Historic House, Garden and Farm
The Wyck Historic House, Garden and Farm offered free admission to discover the centuries-old site that provides educational, cultural and nutritional resources.
The 2-1/2 acre site in the Germantown neighborhood connects the Philadelphia family who lived there for nine generations and their history to the community through programs that highlight history, horticulture and urban agriculture.
People enjoyed free admission from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Free Museum Day at the American Swedish Historical Museum
The American Swedish Historical Museum in South Philadelphia encouraged you to explore cultural identity through the story of Swedes and Scandinavians in America for free.
The celebrations, educational programming and exhibits all work to preserve and interpret the material culture, the museum says. Read more on the museums programs and exhibits here.
These engaging exhibits were part of the free admission from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Summer Solstice White Party at African American Museum in Philadelphia
To end the day, people headed to the African American Museum in Philadelphia dressed in all white, or your favorite African-patterned attire for their Summer Solstice White Party from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The event was free for museum members but cost $25 for non-members, according to the museum.
Philadelphia icon and international recording artist Barbara Sheree was set to host the event. The night brought live music, improv and other performances. People saw some of the region’s best musicians, including a full band and live DJ for the night.
Guests also enjoyed food and wine served at the party.
Full Details on Wawa Welcome America Day 12 Festivities:
PECO Go 4th & Learn: A Great Debate
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 30
Where: Independence Historic National Park
Market Street between 5th & 6th Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Free Museum Day at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge
When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 30
Where: John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19153
Free Museum Day at Wyck Historic House, Garden, Farm
When: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on June 30
Where: Wyck Historic House, Garden and Farm
6026 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144
Free Museum Day at ASHM
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 30
Where: American Swedish Historical Museum
1900 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia PA 19145
Summer Solstice White Party at AAMP
When: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on June 30
Where: African American Museum in Philadelphia
701 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19106