There's something special about being in Philadelphia on the 4th of July. Each Independence Day, our nation's birthplace becomes an electric, buzzing community of proud, celebratory Americans. While many city dwellers flee to the cool waters of the Jersey Shore for the July 4th weekend, there are several reasons to stay in Philly to celebrate America's birthday. As the place where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, Philly is full of exciting and historic opportunities to celebrate. Here's a few fun—and mostly free—ways to help you celebrate the 4th of July in Philadelphia.
1. Rent a Bike with Indego
Fourth of July weekend is a perfect time to leisurely explore the city on two wheels. But perhaps you don't own a bike, or simply want to take a one-way ride. Enter Indego, the city's newest transportation system. The City of Philadelphia, in partnership with Independence Blue Cross, has recently launched 60 bike stations with more than 600 bikes for rent. They are available by the hour or by the month, depending on the membership level you choose.
2. The Sound of Liberty: A Tribute to the American Songbook
Kick off your July 4th weekend by enjoying free patriotic music on the Delaware River by the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra at Penn’s Landing River Stage at the Great Plaza. Some featured tunes include “America the Beautiful” and “The Washington Post March.” Tickets are not required, and seating is first-come, first-served. After the concert, there will be a free fireworks show by the river to cap off the evening.
3. Liberty Block Party
Take in the sights and sounds of freedom at the Liberty Block Party, a free festival taking place right by the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. There will be food, drinks, and live entertainment provided at the festival, which is set on the backdrop of Philadelphia's most historic blocks on 5th and 6th streets between Market and Chestnut.
4. Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert & Fireworks
A massive free concert — headlined by Jennifer Hudson and Meghan Trainor! — on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway precedes a fantastic fireworks show that fills the sky above the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The whole event is completely free to attend and the dazzling fireworks can be seen from many vantage points throughout the city.
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