Things to Do for the Fourth of July in Philadelphia

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Everyone’s favorite summer holiday is quickly approaching! Nothing says July 4th like BBQs, pool days, parades, and fireworks! But with the country beginning to emerge from the worst of it, some celebrations are returning in the area. Read on to see what’s happening around Philadelphia this Independence Day and gather up some ideas for your Fourth of July weekend.

Go to a Baseball Game

As the ultimate American pastime, baseball pairs perfectly with Independence Day! And the Philadelphia Phillies just happen to be playing the San Diego Padres this year at home on July 4th. The afternoon game starts at 1:05 pm and you can get seats starting around $50. The game takes place at Citizens Bank Park and children under 14 will get a free Zack Wheeler T-shirt!

Welcome America Philadelphia

As in previous years, Wawa is planning to present the Welcome America Philadelphia festival. Last year, the celebration went virtual, and they still haven’t announced what form it will take for this summer, so keep checking back here. Previous years have featured dozens of free performances and concerts in both English and Spanish and a huge firework show over the Delaware River.

Clark Park

A laid-back day barbequing with family and friends is one of the best ways to spend the Fourth of July, and if you’re looking for a public park to host a BBQ, check out Clark Park. There are grills and picnic tables available, and unless you’re bringing a group of more than 25 people, you won’t need a permit. You can easily spend the whole day hanging out in this 9-acre park. There are lots of grassy areas (both shade and sun!) to spread out a blanket or toss around a frisbee, playgrounds, and basketball courts. It’s a popular park and there’s usually something going on like a flea market or food trucks.

Cape May

Looking to get out of the city for Fourth of July weekend? A perfect weekend getaway spot is Cape May, a cute beach town located about an hour and a half from Philly. There’s plenty to do in this historic seaside resort town on any given weekend, like exploring the lovely streets full of pastel-colored, flower-bedecked Victorian houses, shopping and dining in the pedestrian-friendly downtown district, or swimming at the miles of open, sandy beach.

Things get even better around Independence Day. Provided everything can happen due to COVID, there will be a parade along Beach Avenue at 1 pm on Saturday and fireworks Sunday night. Historic Cold Spring Village, a living history museum, will be hosting a celebration all weekend with music, family activities, demonstrations of early American trades, and the chance to explore historic buildings.

Go to the Pool

On a sweltering July day, there’s nothing like cooling off in the pool! And Philadelphia has over 70 outdoor public swimming pools where you can spend your holiday swimming and splashing. Use this tool to find the pool nearest you and check their hours.

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