The Philly 4th of July Jam


Starring The Roots And Special Guests

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This year, Philly’s own THE ROOTS return to lead the Philly 4th of July Jam – the largest free concert in America. They’ll be joined by Grammy Award-winning artists MIGUEL and JENNIFER NETTLES, along with other surprise guests you won’t want to miss!

2015 Schedule of Events


The 2015 festival calendar brings you 8 days of free, exciting events for the whole family! Click below for a full schedule of events.

Saturday, June 27th
Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Family Day
The Shops at Liberty Place 1625 Chestnut Street
Come out for an exciting day of family-friendly activities celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first reading of “Alice In Wonderland” at The Shops at Liberty Place. Families can let their creativity shine with tons of arts and crafts, interactive activities and more!
Sunday, June 28th
Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Wawa Welcome America! Community Day
Samuel Recreation Center 3539 Gaul Street
Residents and visitors are invited to join us for an afternoon of activities and music in one of Philadelphia’s great neighborhoods.
Monday, June 29th
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Free Admission to the Franklin Institute
Franklin Institute - 222 N. 20th Street
Courtesy of Wawa
Wawa invites you to enjoy free general admission to The Franklin Institute including access to three floors of interactive exhibits, explosive science shows and hands-on demonstrations and a show in the Fels Planetarium. Visit the interactive Wawa Dairy exhibit to discover the science behind dairy farming and production and to learn about the evolution of Wawa Dairy Farms.
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Go 4th & Learn About Science
Franklin Institute - 222 N. 20th Street
Enjoy special readings, book giveaways and educational fun! The first 800 children will receive a free book courtesy of Duffy Books in Homes USA.
8:30 p.m.
Philly @ The Movies “Big Hero 6”
Franklin Square 200 N. 6th Street
For the kick-off of the 2015 Philly @ The Movies series, attendees can view one of this year’s must-see films for children and adults alike, Disney’s “Big Hero 6”.
Tuesday, June 30th
10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Free Admission to the Philadelphia History Museum -
Philadelphia History Museum 15 S. 7th Street
In Partnership with PECO
Come out and learn about the rich history of the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Go 4th & Learn About Philadelphia
Philadelphia History Museum - 15 S. 7th Street
Enjoy special readings, book giveaways and educational fun! The first 800 children will receive a free book courtesy of Duffy Books in Homes USA.
8:30 p.m.
Philly @ The Movies “Annie”
Dilworth Park at City Hall - 1 S. 15th Street
The Philly @ The Movies series continues with a free screening of the newly adapted version of “Annie,” a tale of a precocious orphan girl with a big personality and heart of gold.
Wednesday, July 1st
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Free Admission to the African American Museum in Philadelphia
701 Arch Street
Visit the African American Museum in Philadelphia to experience the richness and vibrancy of African American heritage and culture in four exhibition galleries filled with exciting history and fascinating art.
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Go 4th & Learn About Fitness
Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse - 3500 Reservoir Drive
Enjoy a morning of fitness and fun at the Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, a 6.5 acre playground that includes the Ann Newman Giant Wooden Slide and more than 50 unique, child-friendly, and accessible pieces of play equipment. The first 800 children will receive a free book courtesy of Duffy Books in Homes USA.
9:00 p.m.
Philly @ The Movies “Rocky”
Philadelphia Museum of Art - 26th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philly @ The Movies continues with a free screening of “Rocky,” the iconic boxing film shot in and around Philadelphia. Movie-goers will watch this classic from the very steps that made Rocky a lifelong legend.
Thursday, July 2nd
9:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Free Admission to the National Constitution Center
National Constitution Center - 525 Arch Street
Courtesy of Wawa
Wawa invites you to enjoy a free day at the National Constitution Center including Freedom Rising, The Story of We the People, Signers’ Hall and new feature exhibits. A special display will feature Wawa’s commitment to military, fire and police.
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Go 4th & Learn About History
National Constitution Center - 525 Arch Street
Enjoy special readings, free book giveaways and educational fun! The first 800 children will receive a free book courtesy of Duffy Books in Homes USA.
10:00 a.m.
PHL Photo Exhibit "About Philadelphia"
Philadelphia International Airport, Terminal A-East - 8000 Essington Avenue
About Philadelphia: A City of Firsts
“About Philadelphia” is a photo exhibition that celebrates the City’s historic American firsts. Travelers going through the Airport can visit the exhibit to learn more. This exhibit is open to ticketed passengers only.
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Wawa Hoagie Day
Independence Mall - Market Street Between 5th & 6th Streets
The annual Wawa Hoagie Day will again focus on honoring our troops and expand on Wawa’s partnership with the USO. The event will include a salute to our local and national Heroes - our military, firemen and police officers. Wawa hoagies will be distributed FREE to the crowd. Special appearance by Food Network Chef Robert Irvine, and performances by: NBC’s “The Voice” Matthew Schuler and Audra McLaughlin as well as the USO Show Troupe.
8:00 p.m.
Philadelphia Orchestra Neighborhood Concert
Penn’s Landing - 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
The world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra presents a FREE Neighborhood Concert on the RiverStage at the Great Plaza.
9:00 p.m.
Philly @ The Movies “The Sixth Sense”
Rittenhouse Square - 210 W. Rittenhouse Square
The Philly @ The Movies series concludes with “The Sixth Sense,” directed and written by Philadelphia native M. Night Shyamalan and also filmed throughout Philadelphia. In this spooky tale, a young boy communicates with spirits that only he can see.
Friday, July 3rd
1:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Liberty Block Party
5th & 6th Streets Between Market & Chestnut Streets
The largest block party of the summer, the Liberty Block Party offers Philadelphia residents and visitors an opportunity to explore the city’s diverse food scene and some of its finest live entertainment. Entry and entertainment are free; however, food and drinks must be purchased.
8:00 p.m.
POPS! On Independence
Steps of Independence Hall - 6th & Chestnut Streets
The Philly POPS! return to celebrate America’s birthday with POPS! On Independence, a free concert at Independence Hall. Conductor Michael Krajewski and guest soloists Capathia Jenkins and Darius de Haas will take part in this year’s show. Seating is first-come, firstserved, and concert goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy one of Philadelphia’s most popular Fourth of July traditions.
Saturday, July 4th
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Celebration of Freedom Ceremony
Steps of Independence Hall - 6th & Chestnut Streets
Philadelphians and visitors can pay tribute to our nation at the Celebration of Freedom Ceremony featuring music, inspiring remarks, and a reading of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence, among other special elements. This year’s ceremony commemorates the 50th anniversary of the first LGBTQ protest, the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment.
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Independence Day Parade
Throughout Historic Philadelphia
You won’t want to miss the largest Independence Day Parade in decades as it comes to life in Philadelphia’s Historic District. Over 6,000 participants will march through the nation’s most historic square mile. Special guests include Miss America and more!
1:00 p.m.
America’s Birthday Party with Betsy Ross and Termini Bros. Bakery
Independence Visitor Center 6th & Market Streets
Celebrate America’s Birthday right in the Birthplace of Independence! The iconic Termini Brothers Bakery, a third-generation family-run business, will decorate a spectacular five-tier cake onsite, prior to the celebration. Termini Bros. will also provide 2,500 red, white, and blue cupcakes, arranged into a giant American flag. When the decorating is complete, Betsy Ross herself will conduct a brief ceremony to celebrate the nation’s 239th birthday and cut the cake. Then the fun really begins—all 2,500 cupcakes and the entire cake are distributed to attendees for FREE!
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Let Freedom Ring
Independence National Historical Park - 6th & Market Streets
The Sons of the American Revolution program starts on Independence Square & concludes with a symbolic tapping of the Liberty Bell by descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence in the Liberty Bell Center.
Noon - 7:00 p.m.
Party on the Parkway
Benjamin Franklin Parkway - 20th Street to Eakins Oval
The highly anticpated, day-long Party on the Parkway features blocks of exciting activities, games, entertainment, and food for the whole family. You can even learn the ropes of extreme sports from the experts at XPogo. Party on the Parkway offers a wealth of music programming throughout the day on the Global Music and Questlove stages.
7:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Philly 4th of July Jam & Grand Finale Fireworks
Benjamin Franklin Parkway - Eakins Oval
The Philly 4th of July Jam, known as the “Largest Free Concert in America,” is back starring THE ROOTS with special guests MIGUEL and JENNIFER NETTLES, plus other surprise acts! Their performance on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is followed by a spectacular fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art brought to you by Discovery’s “Shark Week”.

2015 Philly 4th of July Jam Lineup


  • The Roots

    The Roots

    Miguel

    Miguel

    Jennifer Nettles

    Jennifer Nettles

    MKTO

    MKTO

    Zella Day

    Zella Day

    Twin Ghost

    Twin Ghost

Our 2015 Sponsors


Thank you to our sponsors for making this year's festival possible!

PRESS ROOM


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7.4.2015
Wawa Welcome America’s July 4th Activities

Philadelphia is the place to be this Fourth of July. The City of Brotherly Love and Wawa Welcome America! are pulling out all the stops to make this Fourth of July one to remember.

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7.1.2015
Street Closures and Other 2015 Festival Logistics

PHILADELPHIA (July 1, 2015) – Philadelphia is rolling out the red-white-and-blue carpet to
residents and visitors at the ongoing Wawa Welcome America! festival, which ends with a spectacular
concert and grand fireworks finale on July 4th. From an old-fashioned summer block party – Philly-style – to
the nation’s largest and hippest free concert, the schedule features free, family-friendly events in the
greatest place anywhere to celebrate America’s birthday.

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6.24.2015
2015 Festival Event Details

PHILADELPHIA (June 24, 2015) – The 2015 Wawa Welcome America! calendar provides eight days of
enticing events for Philadelphia residents and visitors alike to create lifelong memories at the festival from
June 27 to July 4. This year’s schedule brings festival attendees free, family-friendly events in the days
leading up to the Fourth of July, and will prove why Philadelphia is the best place to celebrate America’s
birthday.

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