It’s Independence Day, guys! What are your plans? Will you be cooking out on a rooftop with your closest friends, soaking up the sun and sipping rosé to a rockin’ Spotify playlist? Are you headed to (or already at) the shore for a Fourth spent splashing in the breakers and getting sand between your toes? Or are you simply enjoying a day off work and sleeping in? Any plans are good plans on the day that we celebrate the very spirit of our great nation. If you still don’t know what you’ll be doing tonight, however, let me make a suggestion.
The Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert & Fireworks is FREE and open to the public, meaning that, as long as you don’t mind crowds, it’s going to be a hell of a party on the Ben Franklin Parkway. It’s going to be a biggie, with the Party on the Parkway starting at Eakin’s Oval and trailing along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway up to 20th Street. You can watch from the Parkway with no reservations and no cost, but for those who would like some seating, a VIP section is available for paying partygoers in Eakin’s Oval.
On the Independence Blue Cross stage, you can rock out to the performances of Grammy winners Jennifer Hudson and Meghan Trainor (somebody send Frank a YouTube link if she performs “Me Too,” kthnx), alongside the Philly POPS BIG Band. This is all lead-up to when the sun goes down and the sky becomes a canvas for the brilliant spectacle of red, white, and blue fireworks. Accompanying the show will be the United States Army Field Band, which will perform live for the first time on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I’m getting emotional just thinking about it.
The best part is that the concert and fireworks will be televised on NBC10, so you need not even leave the house to appreciate the fun.
Happy 4th of July!