Philly knows how to party. And the 4th of July is no exception. Since Philadelphia is technically America’s birthplace, the city knows a thing or two about the holiday. And thankfully, there is no lack of activities throughout the entire week. So whether you’re looking for music, free food, or fireworks, you’re in luck. Here’s a roundup of all the things going on around the city for the holiday.


June 30th:

The Philly Ice Cream Scoop—Even though Reading Terminal Market can be a little bit overwhelming, what better way to ring in Independence Day than ice cream. The event features ice cream from 13 different vendors along with games and activities.

“Pershing’s Own” Fireworks—You don’t have to wait until Wednesday to enjoy fireworks. The United States Army Band will perform on Penn’s Landing, followed by fireworks on the Delaware Riverfront from 9:30 p.m.—10:00 p.m.


July 1st:

Rocky Movie Screening—Bring your blanket and your snacks and watch Rocky alongside the Rocky statue. The classic Philly movie will be projected outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art. And, if you look like Sylvester Stallone in his heyday, you can even participate in a Rocky lookalike contest. 


July 2nd:

Red, White, and Blue Happy Hours—Multiple Philly restaurants and bars are offering happy hour specials from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday. The perfect way to unwind after work and get ready for a fun holiday.


July 3rd:

Block Party—Philadelphia’s Historic District— The Philly Historic District (a.k.a. Old City) will host a celebration for the reopening of the Bourse, an indoor marketplace. Food trucks and live music will fill 5th and 6th streets, and start a party the whole city can get in on.


July 4th:

Party on the Parkway- Okay, I get that going to crowded Center City probably isn’t the most appealing thing to do for the holiday. But—get this—Pitbull is performing. And, there’s going to be the biggest firework show that they’ve had in decades. If that didn’t convince you, nothing will.


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