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Philly’s Fourth of July celebrations disrupted by shooting

Philadelphians came out to the Parkway to celebrate July Fourth — here are colorful photos of the daytime fun —  but the finale was cut short by a shooting.

  • Two police officers were wounded and crowds scattered after shots rang out near the Art Museum. It happened around 9:45 p.m., right when the musical performances were finished and the fireworks had started.

It’s still unclear whether this was intentional or stray bullets from celebratory gunfire. Here’s what we know about the Independence Day shooting so far.

New ice cream alert: Vanderwende’s opens in Old City

Old City has a new ice cream destination with the first Pennsylvania outpost from a family that’s run a dairy farm in Delaware since 1954.

  • Youngest son Will Vanderwende is spearheading the foray into Philly. His older brothers both run outposts elsewhere in their home state, including a stand outside the Bridgeville creamery itself.

Ice cream is made in small batches, Vanderwende tells BP intern Emily White, who visited the store to check out the 32 flavors and blue-and-pink decor.

RECAP: What else happened?

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  • A Germantown intersection was deadly to pedestrians for the second time in two weeks Sunday, when someone crossing the street was killed by a driver in a hit and run. [Fox29]
  • PATCO is ramping up construction on Franklin Square Station at 7th and Race, which will have an elevator/escalator entrance, plus a bike rack for commuters. [WHYY’s PlanPhilly]
  • PA Humanities is seeking entries from people 16 to 22 years old in a contest to imagine what the Constitution might have been like if you’d helped create it. Entries could win tix to see Hamilton on Broadway. [PA Humanities]
  • The latest edition of Headlines of Yore looks at the legacy of Horace Mann Bond, Lincoln University’s first Black president whose son would go on to helm the NAACP. [Billy Penn]
  • Seen film crews in Center City recently? It’s an Apple TV series called “Manhunt,” about the search for John Wilkes Booth after he assassinated Lincoln. [Philly Chit Chat]
  • Check out these medium format photos of summer fun at Devil’s Pool, the urban oasis that might be the most debated spot in the Wissahickon. [Hidden City]


Nothing on the public schedule so far for Mayor Kenney today. Last night he railed against the ease of obtaining firearms in the U.S. “We’re the most armed country in world history and we’re one of the least safest,” he said at a press conference about the Welcome America shooting.


? BP Quizzo is at Hawthornes! Our pub trivia night about all things Philadelphia lands at the Bella Vista beer cafe. Happy hour specials and prizes await. RSVP for free to join us. (6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21)

? Partner event: City & State’s Diversity Summit invites small biz owners to connect with key agencies, reps, and contractors to get in on the lucrative government procurement process. Tickets are $60. (10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 14)

? A new weekly event called the Philly River Stroll kicks off tonight, with free entertainment and food and drink deals offered along the Delaware waterfront. (4 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays)