Philly Celebrates July 4th in a Big Way

There is something big on the horizon for Philadelphia. From June 24 through July 4, Philadelphia and Wawa will host, Wawa Welcome America.

The week and a half long celebration will lead to one of the biggest Fourth of July celebrations the city has ever seen. 

The festivities begin on Thursday, June 23 with a concert featuring Nancy Wilson at The Dell Music Center in Fairmount Park. 

Scheduled for Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26 is a “Taste of Philadelphia.” This will include musical performances by Aaron Neville Gerald Veasley, and more. During these days you will also be able to sample cuisine from the region's best chefs and restaurants. Go to the Wawa Welcome America website for a complete list.

On Wednesday, June 29, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will join Philadelphia police officers and firefighters, Wawa associates and hoagie-lovers across the region to celebrate Hoagie Day 2011.This year, Wawa will honor our soldiers and local heroes by partnering with the USO. Wawa will be serving a 4.5 ton Hoagie salute on Independence Mall in front of the Independence Visitor’s Center.

Throughout the week there will be various musical performances, film screenings and firework displays alll leading up to the grand final -- Philly’s Fourth of July Jam

This free concert will feature the Roots as the headliner and other big-time artists such as Earth, Wind and Fire, Michael McDonald, Estelle, Sara Bareilles, DJ Jazzy Jeff and more. The concert will take place on the Ben Franklin Parkway.

Make sure you don’t miss out on this 11-day celebration.

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