Can’t LIVE Without….Fourth of July Festivities

You already know my love for Philadelphia is conditional. One such condition is definitely the way we celebrate the fourth of July. Never mind that my love for this country is conditional too. I’m just saying. It’s kinda hard to have deep love for  this place as a woman of color, but again, the way we celebrate this nation’s independence day, or as my west coast nephew calls it “America’s birthday”, is something that even as a kid I just loved. There is a lot of vibrancy and festivities especially here in Philadelphia that I don’t think you or I should LIVE without. Did I mention a lot of them are free? And there is food? I mean like free food too? #free #food Sport your red, white, and blue, and get out there and join in the fun, the food, and the freedom!


Photo courtesy of Catherine Malandrino.com

Wednesday July 2nd
10am
Philadelphia International Airport
Civil Rights In Philadelphia: 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

An exhibition of 55 photographs that tells the story of Philadelphia’s civil rights activism including William Penn’s belief in religious freedom, Benjamin Franklin’s activism to gain American independence, abolitionists including Lucretia Mott and William Still, civil rights leaders Octavius Catto, Leon Sullivan, and Cecil B. Moore, gay activists like Barbara Gittings, women’s rights activist Ernesta Ballard, and today’s leaders who seek equality for the LGBT community and all of Philadelphia’s citizenry. Often referred to as the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection, Philadelphia is known for its inclusiveness and its belief in civil rights for all Americans.
12pm
Independence Mall, 5th and Market Streets
Wawa Hoagie Fest

Celebrate Life, Liberty &the Pursuit of Deliciousness with 4.5 tons worth of hoagies served free to thousands. Join this patriotic event as Wawa salutes our military, fire & police.

9pm
Philadelphia Art Museum
Philly @ The Movies “Rocky”
Yup, the one and only movie will be shown at the site of one of the films most infamous scenes. 

Photo courtesy of Vogue Magazine
Thursday July 3rd
8pm
Independence Hall
Philadelphia POPS! 
Enjoy live music courtesy of the Philadelphia POPS. Just bring a chair or a blanket, fellow music lovers, and maybe even your dancing shoes. You never know how good music may move you. wink wink!

Photo courtesy of American Wild Child for LF 


Friday July 4th 
12pm-7pm
20th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Party on The Parkway
An afternoon of music, games, food, and all kinds of free activities for every person of every age. The night wraps up with fireworks!

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