Mary J. Blige to headline Wawa Welcome America on July 4th

This is a return to the A-list after last year.

Wikimedia Commons

Mary J. Blige, known as The Queen of Hip Hop Soul and a top hitmaker of the 90s and early aughts, will headline Wawa’s Welcome America concert this summer, the city announced this morning.

She’ll be joined at the festival by locals Boyz II Men, who will be honored for their music achievements and philanthropy. Boyz II Men formed at Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts more than 25 years ago.

The theme for the show is “Everyone is a History Maker.”

More acts are likely to be announced in the coming weeks. Last year, Welcome America featured Leon Bridges and Leslie Odom Jr. and a tribute to Philly legends Gamble and Huff, creators of The Sound of Philadelphia.

It’s unlikely we’ll see The Roots, though. After headlining the concert for several years during the Mayor Michael Nutter administration, they bowed out last year and Questlove sarcastically tweeted about the event.

Welcome America is one of the biggest concert events every year in Philly, with an estimated 175,000 people seeing the headlining act and up to 700,000 showing up for the full day of festivities on July 4.

Thanks for reading another Billy Penn story

Seems you’re the kind of person who really digs in. Want more? Sign up for our morning update, the quick, easy, free way to stay on top of Philly news.

Thanks for reading Billy Penn

Like the story above, everything we publish is powered by our members. If you enjoy reading, throw us a bone! Just $5/month makes more difference than you’d think.

Thanks for reading! We need you.

Member donations power our newsroom. If Billy Penn helps you feel more connected to Philly, we’d love to count you in. Will you join us?

Lock in your support

Reader support powers our newsroom. A monthly membership helps lock it in.

Can we count on you as a Billy Penn sustainer?

Winning the local journalism game

Thank you: Your support as a member is powering our news gathering.

Know someone else who might like our work? Invite them to join.