Happy summer! It's the longest day of the year, and Philly is ready to celebrate. There are peak sunshine festivities today and throughout the weekend, including music performances, glow in the dark meditation, maypole dancing, Reiki sessions, boozy snowcones, festivals, workshops and pop-up dinners. Check out the list here — most events are family-friendly, and some are also free.
Philadelphia doesn't have an international border, and Mayor Jim Kenney — who had harsh words for Trump yesterday — recently scored a court victory regarding sanctuary city status. But the city's policies are still under attack in Harrisburg — including by some of Philly's own legislators. To get a better idea of where the local delegation stands on immigration, we turned to their voting records. On things like Rep. Martina White's sanctuary repercussions bill, there's a pretty sharp divide.
Congrats to the mobile vendors who've made it to the Final Four round of the Ultimate Philly Food Truck bracket. To get to know these impressive entrepreneurs a bit better — and to prep for this Sunday's Ultimate Philly Food Truck Celebration at New Liberty Distillery — we asked them to share some war stories from the road. Check out some of the funny, wacky and just weird stuff these truckers have to deal with, then cast a vote for your favorites.
- Longtime Sixers reporter Molly Sullivan was ousted at NBC Sports Philadelphia, and fans are pissed.
- A Phillies fan got smacked in the face by a hot dog from the Phanatic's on-field launcher and had to go to the hospital.
- Debbie Africa, the first Move 9 member to be released on parole, said her freedom was bittersweet.
- Philly is one of 5 finalists for a state-of-the-art U.S. Army command center, which has the potential to create 500 jobs.
- The official trailer is out for Rocky sequel Creed II.
- Thanks to everyone who came to our healthy cooking demo with Primal Supply Meats! Pics are up on FB here.
Kenney begins his day by announcing a new David McCullough Prize for Excellence in American Public History at Carpenters' Hall in Old City (10 a.m.). Next is the debut of the Wawa Welcome America sand sculpture at Liberty Place (11 a.m.). In the afternoon: remarks at a Jefferson University conference on combating gun violence (3:30 p.m.).
🚚 BP Event 🌟 We're celebrating the opening of New Liberty Distillery's gorgeous courtyard space in Kensington with an Ultimate Philly Food Truck Celebration. Kid-friendly, pet-friendly, all you can eat. (Sunday, June 24, 1 to 4 p.m.)
🌭 Mayfair is hosting the first of three Night Markets set for this summer, with dozens of vendors and food trucks and live music and family fun. (Thursday, June 21, 5 to 9 p.m.)
🌍 The third annual Juneteenth Parade will feature more than 3,000 marchers on 18 floats celebrating the end of slavery in the U.S. This celebration's gonna be big. (Saturday, June 23, 10:30 a.m.)
🍺 Roy-Pitz opened its Spring Arts brewpub in Philly a year ago, but has been brewing for a decade. A 10-year anniversary celebration brings rare beers, art exhibits and the debut of cans. (Saturday, June 23, 10:30 a.m. to 11: 30 p.m.)
📺 The National Association of Black Journalists is hosting a four-hour, entirely free panel discussion about how to help change the lives and the images of black men in the news and in society. (Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
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