Newsletter for Saturday, July 4
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
LGBT civil rights activist and retired Marine Staff Sergeant Eric Alva pays respect to the Revolutionary War soldiers who gave their lives to create our nation; photo by @stanleyphoto for @visitphilly on Instagram
8 FIREWORKS SHOWS TO WATCH IN THE PHILLY AREA
There’s really only one way to spend your Fourth of July evening in Philadelphia, and that’s through the classic celebration of fireworks. In Center City, the lone option is on the Parkway, which is not always the best if you don’t want to deal with a large crowd or wait until after several musical acts play. Fortunately, several other opportunities abound in Philly and beyond. Here are eight fireworks shows in the Philadelphia area worth viewing this holiday.
WELCOME AMERICA 101: WHEN AND WHERE TO SEE THE ROOTS, POGO STICKS AND EVERYTHING ELSE
For people who stay in Philadelphia for the Fourth of July, Wawa’s Welcome America celebration is one of the most popular events. The music at the end of the day is considered the world’s largest free concert. And before the music starts, there’s plenty of entertainment, too. Here’s your pocket guide to Saturday’s Welcome America festival.
VIDEO: THE BEST FIREWORKS SHOW PENNSYLVANIA’S BACKWARDS LAW WILL LET YOU BUY
Think fireworks suck in Pennsylvania? Sure, the state follows a 1939 law that prevents residents from using fireworks that make noise or emit real sparks or shoot up more than a couple feet off the ground, even though those fireworks can be sold to out-of-state residents. Still, those fatcat Harrisburg lawmakers forgot about the greatest firework of all: imagination. So, using only imagination — and Wal Mart — here’s the best fireworks show you can legally buy in Pennsylvania.
ON THE CALENDAR
GO OUT TO EAT & DRINK
Don’t worry if you didn’t get a chance to pick up picnic supplies. It may be Independence Day, but it’s also Saturday, and lots of local restaurateurs and their staffs are heading work. From Lolita to Pub & Kitchen to London Grill to Brigantessa and more, Philly eateries are ready to feed those of us who know the city where it all began is the best place to celebrate the Fourth. Find details and updates on Twitter at #OpenInPHL.
When: Saturday, July 4
Where: All over Philly
How Much: Pay as you go
TERMINI BROS. CELEBRATES AMERICA’S BIRTHDAY
For the fourth year running, the iconic South Philly bakeshop founded in 1921 is throwing a cake party at the Independence Visitor Center. Swing by in the morning to get a glimpse of a huge five-tier layer cake being decorated and an American flag made of 2,500 cupcakes, then return at 1 PM to get a free slice or cupcake of your own.
When: 1 PM, Saturday, July 4
Where: Independence Visitors Center, 6th & Market streets
How Much: Free
PHILLY 4TH OF JULY JAM & FIREWORKS
Weather prognosticators promise the rain will be gone by evening, just in time for a serious music fest in front of the Art Museum. What’s been called “the largest free concert in America” will feature The Roots, MKTO, Miguel, Zella Day and more, and finishes with a big ol’ fireworks display. The crowds are huge, but the sightlines are good, and the sound is pumped down the Parkway via a speaker system. If you go, prepare to take your time getting home; a throng that big doesn’t disperse quickly.
When: 7-11 PM, Saturday, July 4
Where: Eakins Oval/Ben Franklin Parkway
How Much: Free
MUSICAL COMEDY IN A BEER GARDEN
If plants had voices, what would they sing? That’s the subject of Bitter Homes and Gardens, a new musical comedy by the Bearded Ladies, the resident cabaret company of the Wilma Theater. The show, which will be performed in the PHS Pop Up Gardens, features a friendly ear of corn named Jebediah Eatin-Good, and you can expect tunes both original and familiar. Tip: if you can’t make it on Sunday, performances take place throughout the month.
When: 2 PM & 6 PM, Sunday, July 5
Where: PHS Pop Up Garden, 9th & Wharton streets
How Much: Pay what you can (suggested donation $15 – $20)
KIDS DAY AT FRANKFORD & GIRARD
Stephen Starr’s Fishtown restaurants are softening the blow of the holiday weekend drawing to a close with a series of events that let you keep your kids (or friends’ kids) amused while getting in some last lick day-drinking. Fette Sau is offering free cookies for little ones along with noon to 5 PM adult happy hour, and arts and crafts by Smith Playground from 2 – 4 PM. Next door at Frankford Hall, kids eat free from 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, when there will also face painters, balloon twisters and a performance from The Lara and Joe Show.
When: Sunday, July 5
Where: Fette Sau (1208 Frankford Ave.) & Frankford Hall (1210 Frankford Ave.)
How Much: Pay-as-you-go food & drink; free activities