Check out everything going on in the area this Fourth of July.
America’s big day is almost here. Below is a smorgasbord of free-to-attend events. For a complete listing of events, visit welcomeamerica.com.
Monday, July 3
Patriotic POPS Performance
Celebrate Independence Day eve with the 65-piece POPS orchestra, as it performs a patriotic set list. Featured vocalists are Tony DeSare and Mandy Gonzalez, actress of the Tony award-winning musical Hamilton. Bring a blanket and some snacks for a fully enjoyable night outside. 7–11 p.m. Independence Hall, 520 Chestnut St. phillypops.org/concerts-events
Independence Day Block Party
It is time to turn the holiday celebration into high gear. The event will include three stages for performances, games for kids and other activities, clothing and crafts sales. The Kimmel Center will also have a performance preview of the 2017–18 Broadway Philadelphia season. Noon-7 p.m. Free admission. Independence Mall, 5th and 6th streets between Chestnut and Market streets.
Family Movie Night
Forget about the movie theater. Head to family-friendly Franklin Square for a free screening of Sing. You may even find yourself singing along. 9–11 p.m. Screens go up at sundown. 200 S. 6th St.
Tuesday, July 4
Celebration of Freedom
Fourth of July in Philly would simply be incomplete without a special ceremony where it all began — Independence Hall. Mayor Jim Kenney will present the Magis Award to Philadelphia Hometown Hero Ralph Galati. Boyz II Men will also be honored for their achievement in music and philanthropy. The Grammy-winning performers will read an excerpt from the Declaration of Independence. 10–11 a.m. Chestnut Street, between 5th and 6th streets.
Independence Day Parade
Celebrate America’s independence with marching bands, military groups, floats, banners and a lot of patriotism. Join the crowds and show your red, white and blue. 11 a.m-noon. Independence Mall, Chestnut Street, between 5th and 6th streets.
Hang with the Kidz Bop Kids
Sirius XM subscribers may be familiar with the tunes from the Kidz Bop Kids who are on their Best Time Ever tour. Want to see them for free? Be by the main stage on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 1 p.m.
Party on the Parkway
A full day of music suited for all ages. For even more fun, the party will include the Strider Bikes Obstacle course, Zipline, games and arts and crafts. Pet owners can bring their animals to the Amtrak Pet Friendly area. The venue has two beer gardens to enjoy drinks while listening to the music. Noon-7 p.m. Free admission. Eakins Oval Main Stage, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Hitting a high note
The annual July 4th Concert on the Parkway is the highlight of the Wawa Welcome America celebration, drawing A-list performers to entertain the crowd of thousands. This year is no exception, with R&B superstar Mary J. Blige headlining the show. This year’s free concert will honor Philly’s own Boyz II Men. 7–9:30 p.m. 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Fireworks to follow. ••