Stick Close to Home or Venture Downtown this Weekend….

Whether you want to celebrate locally in the Germantown Avenue Parents neighborhoods or head downtown for the big festivities, there’s PLENTY to do this weekend!  We’ve outlined the greatest hits ideas for you by day, with local activities first.  If you have any to add (particularly good local places to see fireworks) please leave a comment.  HAPPY 4th!  

Friday July 2 
Mt. Airy First Friday
Come out Friday July 2nd, from 6pm to 9pm as we celebrate First Friday!
Stop by any of over 30 participating shops, restaurants & galleries to experience
a taste of what Mt. Airy has to offer!  We are located throughout the Germantown Ave. corridor in the historic Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia.
Independence Picnic
12:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Historic Philadelphia
Come and celebrate Dietz and Watson Hot Dog Day in Historic Philadelphia and meet Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross and a host of other historic characters. While you’re here, visit other uniquely Philadelphia attractions like the Independence Visitor Center and the National Constitution Center, all located in this remarkably historic area. Enjoy great food and history free of charge.
POPS on Independence at 8:30 p.m.
Independence Hall : Independence National Historical Park
Peter Nero and the Philly Pops® will return to celebrate America’s birthday in a special “POPS on Independence” performance that commemorates the birth of our nation with a free performance of great American music including stirring patriotic anthems, rousing marches, and holiday favorites, set against the fitting backdrop of Independence Hall.
July 3:
Morris Arboretum: Out on a Limb’s First Birthday
You’re invited to “Out on a Limb’s” first birthday party! Enjoy free birthday cake starting at 12:00 pm, while supplies last, and visit from Judy Tudy, the “mommy clown” who will combine magic and storytelling into one enchanting show. These interactive presentations allow children to reach into their imaginations and explore. Judy Tudy will also have balloon animals and flowers for all the kids. The 450 foot long canopy walks lead you Out on a Limb and up into the tree tops, 50 feet above the ground.  (There are also circus trains at the Garden Railway through July 5)
Saturday, July 3, 2010, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. 
Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival $
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (break from 5p to 6p)
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Walnut Street and Columbus Boulevard at Penn’s Landing
Nothing beats ice cream on a hot summer day! Make a $5 donation to the Joshua Kahan Fund and help find a cure for Pediatric Leukemia while enjoying all of the cold stuff you can eat.
Penn’s landing Fireworks!
Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut
Approx. 9:30 p.m, following the Philadelphia Orchestra (time is subject to change)
Wawa Welcome America! Block Party in Chinatown
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Enjoy cooking demonstrations, a festive open air market and a multitude of exciting dance and musical performances as we celebrate Asian culture in Philadelphia’s own Chinatown, an urban village just north of the Center City district. 
Two Cities, One Waterfront: Free Fireworks!
Following 8:00 p.m. Philadelphia Orchestra Free Concert
Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing and Camden Waterfront
Come experience unique, choreographed and synchronized soundtracks to the fireworks on the Delaware River. Watch from Penn’s Landing or enjoy along the Camden Waterfront, as music will be amplified on both sides of the river. The spectacular fireworks display is presented by Delaware River Waterfront Corporation.
July 4
Chestnut Hill 4th of July Celebration
Next week marks the 94th annual Fourth of July parade and Celebration that has attracted parents and their kids to the intersection of Devon Street and Hartwell Lane for food, fun and games. The event will begin as it always does with a recitation and flag raising at 9:00 a.m., after which children will parade down Hartwell Lane in their costumes and floats (decorated bicycles, tricycles and wagons) to the Water Tower Recreation Center. Numerous prizes will be awarded to the best decorations in a number of categories.  Following the parade, the Water Tower’s ball fields will host a number of games and contests for children. In addition to the games, children can enjoy pony rides, face painting a giant moon bounce and a magician.  
Celebrate July 4th in Germantown – July 4, 11A.M. – 2 P.M. Help us celebrate America’s birthday with an old fashioned Fourth of July at Historic Stenton! Bring a picnic lunch and make your own ice cream for dessert, make your own “flag fan” to keep cool, and listen to Deborah Logan, Mistress of Stenton House from 1784 –1839, recount her story of hearing the Declaration of Independence being read for the first time in 1776! For more information or to make a reservation, call 215-329-7312 or email 
The Philadelphia Independence Day Parade: Life, Liberty & You
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Historic Philadelphia
Bring your flags, patriotic spirit and plenty of energy to America’s best 4th of July parade and revel in the pageantry that has made this march through Historic Philadelphia a new local tradition. 
Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival $
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Walnut Street and Columbus Boulevard
Celebrate the holiday with right way with all-you-can eat treats! Make a $5 donation to the Joshua Kahan Fund and take advantage of all the free ice cream you can eat.
Party on the Parkway, with Green River Ordinance Concert
12:00 noon – 8:00 p.m.
Concert at 3 p.m.
Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 20th Street to Eakins Oval
The whole family will enjoy this day-long festival that features more than a mile of fun, free entertainment, activities, games and of course, lots of food! Highlights include pop-rock band Green River Ordinance’s performance at 3 p.m., and “strong men” show incredible feats of strength at the MHP Liberty Strongman classic from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

The highly anticipated, huge Birthday Party also offers Three Music Stages, each showcasing a variety of talented artists and musicians. The Philly Sound Stage showcases premier rock, pop and R&B groups from 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.; the Kid’s Music Stage features visitors from the Philadelphia Zoo, dance ensembles and the latest music from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.; and Flamenco and Salsa Dance, the Chinese Lion’s Dance, African Drum and Dance Ensembles and more will take place on the Multicultural Music Stage from 12:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Additionally, the Go 4th & Learn Kid’s Fun Zone from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. brings education to life for children through games, crafts, inflatable obstacle courses and moon bounces and face-painting, and the Multicultural Arts Pavilion highlights colorful artwork and crafts from a wide variety of cultures from 12 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Life, Liberty & You Concert Followed By Fireworks
8:00 p.m: Concert
Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Eakins Oval
Get ready to rock out to the latest music from the Goo Goo Dolls, The Roots, Chrisette Michele and Chuck Brown as a part of the largest free concert in America. But come early, because you won’t want to miss hearing the other great main stage acts. Directly after the concert, make sure to catch the most spectacular fireworks in the city! 

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