Celebrating Independence Weekend With Fireworks, FREE Concerts, Block Parties, FREE Admission To Museums, 1776 Revolutionary War Encampment, Night Market and More!

Happy Independence Weekend in Philadelphia

‘Celebrating American Independence’

What not a better way than to celebrate your 4th of July Weekend right here in Philadelphia, where it all began! Enjoying Independence Day with friends, family and everyone else!

There will be free concerts, free admission to museums, the American Revolutionary War re-encampment, the main parade in the historic section of Philadelphia tomorrow, block parties, the spectacular fireworks show above the Philadelphia Museum of Art and much more.

The weekend kicks off with WAWA Welcome America activities and events, The Midway at Blue Cross RiverRink, Parks On Tap, Spruce Street Harbor Park, RiverRink Summerfest, Philadelphia Orchestra Concert & Fireworks, the continuation of American Spirits: The Rise & Fall of Prohibition and more.

During the weekend enjoy Spruce Street Harbor Park, RiverRink Summerfest, Germantown Second Saturday Festival, Night Market Spruce Hill, U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Concert & Fireworks, the Longwood Gardens’ Main Fountain, the Spring Blooms at Longwood Gardens, American Spirits: The Rise & Fall of ProhibitionFREE tours of Yards Brewing Cofarmers’ markets, free yoga, Headhouse Farmers’ Market and much more.

On 4th of July, enjoy a celebration of freedom ceremony, 1776 Revolutionary War Encampment experience, free admission to the National Museum of American Jewish History & Philadelphia History Museum, Independence Day Parade, Party on the Parkway, free concert on the Parkway and fireworks!

During the week enjoy Movie Nights by Schuylkill Banks, String Band Music Under the Stars, Movie Screenings Under the Stars, American Spirits: The Rise & Fall of Prohibition, PHS Pop Up Beer Garden South Street, Pay What You Wish at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Parks On Tap, Old City Farmers Market and much more.

In upcoming weeks get ready for Center City Sips, Summer Nights Concert Series at Penn Museum, Free Movies throughout Philly, First Friday, University City Dinning Days, Bastille Day, 40th Street Summer Series and much more.

What event or activity this weekend or during the week excites you the most? Please share with us in the comments below.

Tip: If you haven’t done so in recent months or years, visit the many wonderful museums in Philadelphia. Philadelphia Museums

Did you hear that Philadelphia was named best place to visit in the U.S. by Lonely Planet. Read more, click here.

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Things To Do In Philadelphia this Weekend & Week of ~ June 30 – July 6 ~

FYI – There are many events & attractions listed below that have been open prior today which are listed as “Now”. Also, check back daily for updates!

Informational Posts For Things To Do Year Round or Seasonal

  • Our Guide to All Museums in Philadelphia ~ Visit many wonderful museums in Philly. ~ Philadelphia Museums ~
  • Our Guide to FREE events in Philly during 4th of July weekend ~ June 30 – July 4 ~ FREE – Enjoy free movies, story telling, free hoagies, parades, free concerts, one of the largest outdoor concerts and parties, firework shows and more! ~ Our Guide to FREE events in Philly during 4th of July weekend ~
  • Our guide to top Fireworks Shows 4th of July Weekend ~ June 30 – July 4 ~ Here is our guide of what fireworks shows will be out in full force and some special spots to watch these fireworks shows. Enjoy! ~ Our Guide to top Fireworks Shows 4th of July Weekend ~
  • Parks On Tap ~ June 30 – July 4 ~ Strawberry Mansion Bridge ~ Tuesday, July 4 ~ Noon – 10 pm (special extended hours for holiday) Get out there and explore many of Philadelphia’s beautiful parks while enjoy beer, food and good company! ~ Parks on Tap ~
  • American Spirits: The Rise & Fall of Prohibition ~ June 30 – July 16 ~ Held at the National Constitution Center from 9:30 am to 5 pm, this exhibit includes 100 + rare artifacts from the temperance movement, original ratification copies of the 18th and 21st amendments and much more. ~ American Spirits: The Rise & Fall of Prohibition ~
  • The Midway at Blue Cross RiverRink ~ June 30 – September 4 ~ Held at the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, guests will enjoy boardwalk-inspired games, a full-size carousel, and a specific marquee ride. Throughout the summer, the marquee ride will be rotated between a 60 ft Ferris Wheel, the Pharoah’s Fury swinging boat ride, and the Typhoon Magic Carpet ride. There will be an outdoor bowling alley, mini-golf, food and drinks as well. ~ The Midway at Blue Cross RiverRink ~
  • Mirror Maze Exhibition ~ June 30 – September 4 ~ Held at The Franklin Institute, get lost in a 1,700-square-foot mirror maze, which explores the mathematical patterns of the natural world, from the nested spirals of a sunflower’s seeds to the ridges of a mountain range, to the layout of the universe. ~ Mirror Maze Exhibition ~  
  • Historical Activities For Kids & Adults All Summer Long ~ June 30 ~ September 4 ~ Most Are FREE - Explore the many historical activities and events throughout the year in Philadelphia. Many of which are made just for kids, allowing for quality family fun time. ~ Historical Activities For Kids & Adults All Summer Long ~
  • Longwood Gardens’ Main Fountain ~ June 30 – September 30 ~ Visitors will enjoy more than 1,700 jets and streams soaring as high as 175 feet in the air each night during the season. ~ Longwood Gardens’ Main Fountain Grand Opening with Fireworks Show ~
  • Spruce Street Harbor Park ~ June 30 – October 1 ~ Spruce Street Harbor Park will include a floating restaurant, boardwalk, hammocks, tons of colorful LED lights, new planted greenery, more Philadelphia restauranteurs, seating options, and a new family entertainment area! ~ Spruce Street Harbor Park ~
  • RiverRink Summerfest ~ June 30 – October 1 ~ Enjoy the Blue Cross RiverRink which has been transformed into an outdoor roller rink, a nine-hole mini-golf course, food, and new this year, an outdoor bowling alley. ~ RiverRink Summerfest ~
  • The Kinetic Sculptures of Lyman Whitaker at Morris Arboretum ~ June 30 until October 31  ~ From 1 pm to 3 pm at the Morris Arboretum, meet and observe metal artist Lyman Whitaker as he demonstrates how he creates and assembles his dynamic and beautiful sculptures! ~ The Kinetic Sculptures of Lyman Whitaker ~  
  • 1776 Revolutionary War Encampment ExperienceJuly 2 – 410:00 am – 5:00 pm at the National Constitution Center (Front Lawn), 525 Arch Street – Experience the life of an American Revolutionary War soldier through a recreated historic military encampment. Guests will be able to practice mustering with the troops, visit the wounded in a medical tent, watch how soldiers reloaded their weapons and much more. ~ 1776 Revolutionary War Encampment Experience ~

Date Specific Events & Activities ~ June 30 – July 6 ~

  • Philadelphia Mural Arts Tours ~  ~  Month of June ~ Come check out the many Mural Arts tours throughout Philadelphia. ~ Philadelphia Mural Arts Tours for June 2017 ~ or 215-925-3633. ~ About Philadelphia Mural Arts ~
  • Free Admission to Penn Museum ~ June 30 ~ FREE – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Location: Penn Museum, 3260 South St in University City ~ More Info ~
  • Free Admission to Eastern State Penitentiary ~ June 30 ~ FREE -  5:00 pm – 8:00 pmLocation: Eastern State Penitentiary,  2027 Fairmount Ave in Fairmount ~ Explore America’s most historic prison at night! ~ More Info ~
  • Art After 5 ~  July 30 Free with admission, from 5 pm to 8:45 pm. ~ Final Fridays: Down the Shore - Here’s our definition of summer madness: skip the shore traffic and keep it local. We’re bringing beach vibes to the Museum with grub and boardwalk games. Held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Great Stair Hall. Art After 5 ~
  • Philadelphia Orchestra Concert & Fireworks ~ June 30 ~ FREEThe world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra presents a concert on the RiverStage at the Great Plaza & FREE fireworks afterwards! Fireworks approximately at 9:30 pm. ~ More Info ~
  • Our Guide to FREE events in Philly during 4th of July weekend ~ June 30 – July 4 ~ FREE - Enjoy free movies, story telling, free hoagies, parades, free concerts, one of the largest outdoor concerts and parties, firework shows and more! ~ Our Guide to FREE events in Philly during 4th of July weekend ~
  • The Midway at Blue Cross RiverRink ~ June 30 – September 4 ~ Held at the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, guests will enjoy boardwalk-inspired games, a full-size carousel, and a specific marquee ride. Throughout the summer, the marquee ride will be rotated between a 60 ft Ferris Wheel, the Pharoah’s Fury swinging boat ride, and the Typhoon Magic Carpet ride. There will be an outdoor bowling alley, mini-golf, food and drinks as well. ~ The Midway at Blue Cross RiverRink ~
  • Philadelphia Mural Arts Tours ~  Month of July ~ Come check out the many Mural Arts tours throughout Philadelphia. ~ Philadelphia Mural Arts Tours for July 2017 ~ or 215-925-3633. ~ About Philadelphia Mural Arts ~
  • Filter Square Farmers’ Market ~ July 1 From 9 am to 2 pm, The Food Trust holds an outdoor market at 23rd and Pine Streets. Enjoy fresh vegetables & food from favorite local farmers and producers. Filter Square Farmers’ Market ~ 
  • Liberty Lands Market ~ July 1 ~ From 9 am until 3 pm at 926 N. American St in Northern Liberties. One can find everything from fresh organic produce to hand crafted wears and lotions. Hand made soaps, Ice Creams, sauces, organic teas and coffees and more. Part of the market, you will find animal rescues with adoptables & pet products. Liberty Lands Market ~
  • Rittenhouse Farmers’ Market ~ July 1 ~ From 9 am to 3 pm from 18th & Walnut Streets, enjoy fresh seasonal produce, fresh seafood, fresh bread and much more! ~ Rittenhouse Farmers’ Market ~  
  • Free Yoga at Race Street Pier ~ July 1 until November 5 ~ FREE - From 9:30 am to 10:30 am every Saturday and Sunday at Race Street PierJust bring a yoga mat and be ready to stretch out. ~ Free Yoga at Race Street Pier ~
  • Clark Park Farmers’ Market ~ July 1 ~ From 10 am to 2 pm, The Food Trust holds an outdoor market at 43rd St and Baltimore Ave. Enjoy fresh vegetables & food from favorite local farmers and producers. ~ Clark Park Farmers’ Market ~
  • Night Market Spruce Hill ~ July 1 ~ 6 pm to 10 pm ~ Held in the Spruce Hill neighborhood! The Night Market Philadelphia has grown into more than just a few food festivals a year that spotlight different Philly neighborhoods with excellent food from local restaurants and Philly’s finest food trucks. A chance to explore different neighborhoods, foods, music and people all at once. ~ Night Market Spruce Hill ~
  • U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Concert & Fireworks ~ July 1 ~ FREE – 8 pm – 9:30 pm Location: Penn’s Landing at Delaware River Waterfront, 101 S. Columbia BLVD – Listen to the United States Army Band followed by live fireworks at 9:30 pm! ~ More Info ~
  • Yards Brewing Co Tours ~ July 1 & 2 FREE - Saturdays & Sundays from 12 pm to 4 pm at Yards Brewery, enjoy a wonderful tour of the brewery! All tour-goers must be 21+ unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Bus tours, private tours and guided tastings are offered by appointment only. Please contact events@yardsbrewing.com for booking information. ~ Yards Brewing Co Tours ~
  • Taste of Philadelphia: Market Tours ~ July 1 & 5 ~ Starts at 10 am every Wed & Sat – Learn the story behind cheese steaks, hoagies, pretzels and other Philly food favorites, and the 115-year history of the vibrant Reading Terminal Market where they’re sold during this 75-minute, food-writer-led walking tour. ~ Taste of Philadelphia: Market Tours ~
  • First Sundays at Barnes Foundation ~ July 2 ~ FREE - On the first Sunday of every month, visitors to the Barnes Foundation will enjoy free admission, family entertainment and informative seminars from 10 am to 6 pm. Free tickets can be obtained at the Barnes Foundation beginning at 9 am. Advance reservations are not available for Free First Sundays. ~ First Sunday’s at Barnes Foundation ~
  • Headhouse Farmers’ Market ~ July 2 ~ Established in 2007, this market is located in the historic Society Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia. Featuring more than 40 vendors, Headhouse is one of The Food Trust’s largest farmers markets. Beyond the abundance of fresh produce, you can also find a great selection of locally prepared foods and artisanal goods such as soups, caneles, ice cream, coffee and wine. ~ Headhouse Farmers’ Market ~
  • Free Yoga at Race Street Pier ~ July 2 until November 5 ~ FREE - From 9:30 am to 10:30 am every Saturday and Sunday at Race Street PierJust bring a yoga mat and be ready to stretch out. ~ Free Yoga at Race Street Pier ~
  • Pay As You Wish ~ July 2 ~ Stop in at the Philadelphia Museum of Art every 1st Sunday of the month from 5 pm – 8:45 pm and ”Pay What You Wish”,  as you explore the museum and its remarkable collections. ~ Pay What You Wish ~
  • Philly at the Movies: Rocky! ~ July 2 ~ FREE – Time: 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm ~ Location: 26th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway More Info ~
  • Our Guide to FREE events in Philly during 4th of July weekend ~ July 2 – 4 ~ FREE - Enjoy free movies, story telling, free hoagies, parades, free concerts, one of the largest outdoor concerts and parties, firework shows and more! ~ Our Guide to FREE events in Philly during 4th of July weekend ~
  • 1776 Revolutionary War Encampment Experience - July 2 – 4 ~ FREE10:00 am – 5:00 pm at the National Constitution Center (Front Lawn), 525 Arch Street – Experience the life of an American Revolutionary War soldier through a recreated historic military encampment. Guests will be able to practice mustering with the troops, visit the wounded in a medical tent, watch how soldiers reloaded their weapons and much more. ~ 1776 Revolutionary War Encampment Experience ~
  • Historic Block Party ~ July 3 ~ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm ~ Location: Independence Mall ~ 5th and 6th Streets Between Market and Chestnut Streets. The largest block party of the summer offers Philadelphia residents and visitors an opportunity to explore the city’s diverse food scene and some of its finest live entertainment that surrounds Independence Hall & the Liberty Bell.  Enjoy arts, music and speech. Throughout the day talented artists will create works of art inspired by our country’s independence on the Artist’s Stage. Entry and entertainment are free; however, food and drinks must be purchased. ~ More Info ~
  • Pops! on Independence ~ July 3 ~ FREE7:00 pm – 9:00 pm ~ Location: Steps of Independence Hall, Chestnut Street, between 5th & 6th Sts. The Philly POPS! return to celebrate America’s birthday with POPS! On Independence, a free concert at Independence Hall. Conductor Michael Krajewski and featuring Broadway and featuring guest vocalists Tony DeSare – a POPS favorite – and Hamilton star Mandy Gonzalez will take part in this year’s show. Seating is first-come, first come first serve, and concert goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy one of Philadelphia’s most popular Fourth of July traditions. ~ More Info ~
  • Our Guide to FREE events in Philly on 4th of July ~ July 4 ~ FREE - Enjoy free admission to museums, a parade, a free concert, one of the largest outdoor concerts and parties, firework shows and more! ~ Our Guide to FREE events in Philly during 4th of July weekend ~
  • Independence Day Parade ~ July 4 ~ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ~ Location: Throughout Historic Philadelphia in Olde City. You won’t want to miss the largest Independence Day Parade in decades as it comes to life in Philadelphia’s Historic District. Over 6,000 participants will march through the nation’s most historic square mile. Special guests include Miss America and more!

    The parade begins at 5th and Chestnut Streets, then travels West on Chestnut Street to 9th Street. It then turns right onto 9th Street, before heading down Market Street toward Front Street. The parade finishes by marching down Front Street to Chestnut Street. Total route is 1.2 miles long. ~ More Info ~

  • 4th of July Concert ~ July 4 ~  7:00 pm – 9:30 pm Location: Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Benjamin Franklin Parkway at Eakins Oval

    The Philly 4th of July Jam, known as the “Largest Free Concert in America,” kicks off with celebrity performances on the iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway will headline the non-stop live concert featuring food trucks, beer gardens and fun activities. The Concert will honor Philly’s own Boyz II Men and feature performances by The Philly POPS, Mandy Gonzalez, Tony DeSare and the legendary Mary J. Blige! (tickets only needed for front seating at Eakins Oval) Their performance on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is followed by a spectacular fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art. ~ More Info ~

  • Live at Lunch at Dilworth Park ~ July 5 ~ FREE - Every Wednesday from noon to 1:30 pm at Dilworth Park, enjoy musical and performing arts live. Food & drinks pay-as-you-go. ~ Live at Lunch at Dilworth Park ~

  • Old City Farmers Market ~ July 5 ~ From 2 pm to 7 pm outside Christ Church at Church Street between 2nd and American. Held every Wednesday until November 1. Shop for organic produce, breads, meats, cheeses, flowers and plants, warm-weather sweets, and a wide variety of oils, preserves, and canned goods. Old City Farmers Market ~

  • Summer Nights Concert Series at Penn Museum ~ July 5 ~ Starting at 5 pm & held at the Penn Museum every Wednesday night until September 6, listen to music while enjoying a peaceful night on the lawn with drinks and food. Come listen to the Red Hot Ramblers tonight! ~ Summer Nights Concert Series at Penn Museum ~
  • Center City Sips ~ July 5 – August 30 (takes place every Wednesday) ~ Welcome Center City Sips! Have a favorite establishment? Maybe wanting to try a new place out? This event is a great opportunity to sample cocktails and appetizers at new restaurants and visit local favorites with friends and co-workers at discounted prices. ~ Center City Sips ~
  • Pay-What-You-Wish ~ July 5 ~ Stop in at the Philadelphia Museum of Art every Wednesday from 5 pm – 8:45 pm and ”Pay What You Wish”,  as you explore the museum and its remarkable collections. ~ Pay What You Wish ~ 
  • Parks On Tap ~ July 5 – 9 ~ Held at Shofuso Japanese House & Garden in West Fairmount Park ~ Get out there and explore many of Philadelphia’s beautiful parks while enjoy beer, food and good company! ~ Parks on Tap ~
  • Old City Eats ~ July 6 ~ Old City District Introduces Old City Eats Summer Program! The program will include 25 + restaurants and bars, taking place every Thursday night from 5 p.m. till 8 p.m. until August 31. Establishments will offer one or more appetizers at half the price, $5 drink specials, off-menu dishes and seasonal cocktails. ~ Old City Eats ~
  • Movie Screenings Under the Stars ~ July 6 ~ Takes place every Thursday night in the months of July and August at the Great Plaza in Penn’s Landing. Typically starting between 8-8:30 pm, you get to enjoy a movie for free while outdoors. Come relax with friends, family or that special someone. Enjoy! Tonight watch Captain America: Civil War.~ Movie Screenings Under the Stars ~
  • Dilworth Park ~ Now Open ~ Enjoy seating areas for relaxation, food & live music. ~ Dilworth Park ~
  • Franklin Square ~ Now Open for the 2017 season ~  The Franklin Square is a great place to bring the family or for a date. Located in the historical part of Philadelphia in Old City. This park offers a carousel, a miniature golf course, a storytelling bench, a playground, a picnic area and more. ~ Franklin Square ~
  • Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk  ~ Now Open ~ Enjoy this 2,000 foot new extension bridging the South Street Bridge & the Locust Street bike trail. ~ Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk  ~
  • “Your Brain” at Franklin Institute ~ Now Open ~ A permanent exhibit at the Franklin Institute. Travel through a two-story tall neural network climbing structure with dynamic lighting and sound effects that are triggered by your footsteps. Kids can act as a Doctor by scanning the brain with an MRI machine, explore your brain, challenge your brain & much more.   ~ “Your Brain” at Franklin Institute ~ 
  • Native American Voices Exhibit at Penn Museum ~ Now Open ~ Stop over at Penn Museum in University City and learn about contemporary issues in Native America. Uncover the rich history and identity of the Native American people through 200 plus objects on display & much more. Native American Voices Exhibit at Penn Museum ~
  • The Artifact Lab – Mummy Conversation at Penn Museum ~ Now until (no date set) ~ Here is your chance to get up close and personal. Watch conservators clean, examine, & preserve Egyptian Mummies at Penn MuseumBest of all, there are special times during the week to where you can ask them questions in person. ~ Conserving Mummies at Penn Museum ~

Philadelphia Beer Gardens

  • Independence Beer Garden ~     ~ Independence Beer Garden ~
  • PHS Pop Up Beer Garden South Street ~ Open 2017 Season ~ The PHS Pop Up Garden is back! Located on 1438 South Street, right next door to the Jamaican Jerk Hut, visitors will enjoy a secluded area with an outdoor bar, palm trees, colorful umbrellas and hammocks, as visitors they enjoy tropical cocktails, beer, wine, food, live music and games. Check it out. ~ Pop Up Beer Garden ~
  • Uptown Beer Garden ~ 1735 market St ~ Uptown Beer Garden ~

Visiting Philadelphia

Are you Visiting Philadelphia? Have you lived in or near the City of Philadelphia, but never ventured out too the many historical sites in Philly? Here is a quick guide for some must see attractions in the City of Brotherly Love.

  • The Independence Visitor’s Center – Your guide for all of your information relating to historical sites in Philadelphia and other things to do in Philadelphia. ~ Independence Visitor’s Center ~
  • Museum of the American Revolution - The Museum of the American Revolution tells the full story of the American Revolution and explores its ongoing legacy, showcasing a vast collection. There are over 3,000 artifacts that have been collected to include General George Washington’s marquee and much more. The museum anchors the eastern end of Independence National Historical Park. ~ Museum of the American Revolution ~
  • Philadelphia Zoo ~ With the warmer weather approaching, you can not miss America’s Oldest Zoo. 42 acres of awesomeness and over 1,000 animals. ~ Philadelphia Z00 ~
  • Liberty Bell – Symbol of American Independence – If you are visiting Philadelphia, this is one site that must be seen. ~ Liberty Bell ~
  • Elfreth’s Alley ~ Get to walk down a street with 300 years of history. Elfreth’s Alley is one of the oldest continuously inhabited residential streets in America. ~ Elfreth’s Alley ~
  • Philadelphia City Hall ~ Like Architecture? Philadelphia History? They give tours of the Philadelphia City Hall. If you go up high enough, you get to see the whole city. ~ Philadelphia City Hall ~
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art – So many things that surround this museum. The “Rocky” Steps or the “Rocky” statue. A great view down Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Behind the museum, you can view Boat House Row and a few other things. ~ Philadelphia Museum of Art ~
  • Betsy Ross House – Did Betsy Ross actually make the American Flag? Learn about some of Philadelphia’s earliest history. ~ Betsy Ross House ~
  • Independence Hall – This is where the Declaration of Independence was adopted and where the Constitution of the United States was debated, drafted and signed. ~ Independence Hall~
  • National Constitution Center – If anything, you must see the ‘We the People’ exhibit. There are other timely exhibits. ~ National Constitution Center ~
  • Philadelphia Parks – Such as Fairmount Park or even Franklin Square for the kids or relaxing.

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Upcoming Events & Attractions in Philadelphia ~ July 7 & beyond

  • Free Admission To National Museum of American Jewish History ~ July 7 ~ FREE ~ 10 am – 5 pm – Enjoy free admission to the National Museum of American Jewish History on the first Friday of each month. ~ Free Admission To National Museum of American Jewish History  ~
  • Art After 5 ~ July 7 Free with admission, from 5 pm to 8:45 pm. ~ Buyepongo Buyepongo means “to cause a ruckus,” and you’ll want to join in as soon as the band launches into its infectious and energetic rhythms. A riotous mash-up of influences fuses hip-hop, punk, funk, and jazz into a blend of styles from across the Latin American diaspora. Held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Great Stair Hall. Art After 5 ~ 
  • First Friday Movie Night at the Betsy Ross House ~ July 7 ~ From 5 pm to 9 pm at the Betsy Ross House. Tonight watch The Giant Claw. ~ First Friday Movie Night at the Betsy Ross House ~
  • First Friday’s in Old CityJuly 7 ~ Starts at 5 pm. Your chance to visit Art Galleries throughout Old City after normal hours. You will be able to talk to the art directors and possibly some of Philadelphia’s local artists. This also takes place as First Saturdays with select Art Galleries extending out to Fishtown. ~ First Fridays ~ 
  • First Friday’s in Manayunk ~ July 7 ~ Starts at 5 pm. Come enjoy art in Manayunk. Before or afterwards, enjoy a meal at the many restaurants, or stop in one of Manayunk’s wonderful specialty shops. ~ First Friday’s in Manayunk ~
  • Germantown Second Saturday Festival ~ July 8 ~ FREE - Held in the Historic Germantown neighborhood, from noon to 3 pm, guests throughout the day can take free buses to some of Germantown’s most-frequented sites (Johnson House, Cliveden and more) and enjoy live music, shopping and food. ~ Germantown Second Saturday Festival ~
  • Center City Sips ~ July 12 – August 30 (takes place every Wednesday) ~ Welcome Center City Sips! Have a favorite establishment? Maybe wanting to try a new place out? This event is a great opportunity to sample cocktails and appetizers at new restaurants and visit local favorites with friends and co-workers at discounted prices. ~ Center City Sips ~
  • Summer Nights Concert Series at Penn Museum ~ July 12 ~ Starting at 5 pm & held at the Penn Museum every Wednesday night until September 6, listen to music while enjoying a peaceful night on the lawn with drinks and food. Come listen to the Zydeco-A-Go-Go tonight! ~ Summer Nights Concert Series at Penn Museum ~
  • Old City Eats ~ July 13 ~ Old City District Introduces Old City Eats Summer Program! The program will include 25 + restaurants and bars, taking place every Thursday night from 5 p.m. till 8 p.m. until August 31. Establishments will offer one or more appetizers at half the price, $5 drink specials, off-menu dishes and seasonal cocktails. ~ Old City Eats ~
  • Movie Nights by Schuylkill Banks ~ July 13 ~ FREE - You will be able to enjoy movies this summer at two different locations. Enjoy food, refreshments, and the company of friends and family while watching some great movies during the summer. Tonight starting around 8 pm (dusk) enjoy The Big Lebowski at Walnut Street Movies! ~ Movie Nights by Schuylkill Banks ~
  • String Band Music Under the Stars ~ July 13 ~ FREE Mummers Concert every Thursday evening through September 21 held outside at the Mummers Museum starting at 8 pm. Refreshments are served starting at 7:30 pm. Tonight is the Avalon String Band ! Come out for some fun and excitement and relive the Mummers! ~ String Band Music Under the Stars ~
  • Movie Screenings Under the Stars ~ July 13 ~ Takes place every Thursday night in the months of July and August at the Great Plaza in Penn’s Landing. Typically starting between 8-8:30 pm, you get to enjoy a movie for free while outdoors. Come relax with friends, family or that special someone. Enjoy! Tonight watch Magnificent Seven.~ Movie Screenings Under the Stars ~
  • University City Dinning Days ~ July 13 – 23 ~   ~ University City Dinning Days ~
  • Bastille Day ~ July 15 ~ Starting around 5:30 pm, Eastern State Penitentiary will be teaming up with The Bearded Ladies to showcase the entire French Revolution and a playful reenactment of the storming of the Bastille.  ~ Bastille Day ~
  • 40th Street Summer Series ~ July 22 ~ FREE - Held at 40th & Walnut Streets from 5 pm to 8:30 pm. 40th Street Summer Series is a free outdoor music series in University City that is family-friendly. Not only will there be the eclectic sounds of jazz, funk, Balkan brass and much more, but many activities and entertainment for both kids and adults such as jugglers, face painting, balloon art, fire artists and more. Each concert is scheduled on a Saturday starting at 6 pm. ~ 40th Street Summer Series ~
  • Radio 104.5 Block Party at Festival Pier ~ July 23 ~ FREE (but ticketed) starts at 2 pm at Festival Pier features performances by TBA soon. ~ Radio 104.5 Block Party at Festival Pier ~
  • 4th Friday in Headhouse District July 28 ~ Starting at 5 pm in the South Street Headhouse District, Experience the creativity and energy of the fabulous Fourth Street and South Street business communities with an evening of extended hours, art, music, food and shopping along Historic Fabric Row (and beyond). ~ 4th Friday in Headhouse District ~  
  • Philadelphia Mural Arts Tours ~  Month of August ~ Come check out the many Mural Arts tours throughout Philadelphia. ~ Philadelphia Mural Arts Tours for August 2017 ~ or 215-925-3633. ~ About Philadelphia Mural Arts ~
  • Free Admission To National Museum of American Jewish History ~ August 4 ~ FREE ~ 10 am – 5 pm – Enjoy free admission to the National Museum of American Jewish History on the first Friday of each month. ~ Free Admission To National Museum of American Jewish History  ~
  • First Sundays at Barnes Foundation ~ August 6 ~ FREE - On the first Sunday of every month, visitors to the Barnes Foundation will enjoy free admission, family entertainment and informative seminars from 10 am to 6 pm. Free tickets can be obtained at the Barnes Foundation beginning at 9 am. Advance reservations are not available for Free First Sundays. ~ First Sunday’s at Barnes Foundation ~
  • Pay As You Wish ~ August 6 ~ Stop in at the Philadelphia Museum of Art every 1st Sunday of the month from 5 pm – 8:45 pm and ”Pay What You Wish”,  as you explore the museum and its remarkable collections. ~ Pay What You Wish ~

As always, no matter if you are visiting Philadelphia or live in the City of Philadelphia, we hope our list of things to do in Philadelphia helps you out. If you have stumbled upon something else that we did not mention, please let us know in a comment or in an e-mail. If you are a business or organization that has an event coming up, please contact us. MyPhillyAlive If you happened to visit any of the things mentioned above, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment here or on that article describing what you liked about that event or attraction. As always, we would greatly appreciate any feedback. Thanks, MyPhillyAlive

Philadelphia Weather for the weekend of June 30 – July 4

Friday  |  40% PM Thunderstorms |  High 88°  |  Low 73°

Saturday  |  90% AM Thunderstorms  |  89°  |  Low 67°

Sunday  |  Sunny  |  85°  |  Low 63°

Monday  |  90% AM Thunderstorms  |  89°  |  Low 67°

4th of July  |  Sunny  |  85°  |  Low 63°

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Jeff Belonger

Jeff Belonger has been in the mortgage industry for 19+ years and now wants to do something different. With his experience of blogging and social media, Jeff wants to share all of what Philadelphia has to offer, so he created MyPhillyAlive.com. At MyPhillyAlive, we want to share the excitement that the City of Philadelphia resonates. Sharing the passion within, from the people of Philadelphia. At MyPhillyAlive, we’ll be talking about Philadelphia restaurants, fun bars, the city night life, the history of Philadelphia, Philly attractions & events, the arts, sports, and much more. We want people to add their experiences regarding Philadelphia, even if they are from out of town, which can be done on our Facebook fan page as well. www.facebook.com/MyPhillyAlive At the end of the day, we want to be different from the many Philadelphia sites. We want our site to be easy to navigate, while at the same time, we want you to not only find the hot spots, the best things to do in Philadelphia; but those hidden gems within the city. Thanks...

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