Welcome America


Friday, June 25 through Monday, July 5, 2010

Friday, June 25

Taste of Philadelphia
5:00 p.m.
Penn’s Landing
Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street

Interested in sampling cuisine from the region’s best chefs? Join us for the opening of three days of Taste of Philadelphia. Come and try amazing dishes from some of the most popular restaurants in the city and find new favorite menu items! Stroll the waterfront while you’re “dining” and listen to local musical performers.

Saturday, June 26

Taste of Philadelphia


Free Concert and Fireworks
11:00 a.m.
Penn’s Landing
Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street

Taste of Philadelphia continues with its first full day of music, food and fun! Sample some of the best cuisine in the city and receive an autograph from “The Last Airbender”’s Jackson Rathbone and Nicola Peltz. Also, enter to win tickets to the red carpet New York premier of “The Last Airbender.” There’s music all day to enjoy and help you keep your appetite up. Stay for the fabulous fireworks display and participate in the Watch! Count! Win! contest for the chance to win VIP tickets to the July 4th musical finale staring the Goo Goo Dolls.

Morris Day & The Time

8:00 p.m. Concert

Penn’s Landing

Brush off your bird dance, take one last look in the mirror and head to Penn’s Landing to hear Morris Day & The Time perform “The Bird”, “Jungle Love” and all their greatest

hits. Following the concert will be a fabulous fireworks show, presented by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation.

Sunday, June 27

Taste of Philadelphia
11:00 a.m.
Penn’s Landing
Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street
Don’t miss the final day to sample delicious bites from Philadelphia’s many restaurants. There’s more music and fun to be had, so bring your family and friends!

Monday, June 28

Go 4th and Learn – About History
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Franklin Square
200 N. 6th Street

Mayor Nutter and local celebrities will share Historical Story Time with children from across the region. Bring the little ones to this morning event also featuring face painting, crafts, interactive games as well as chances to take your photo with a 1918 Wawa Antique Dairy Truck.

Tuesday, June 29

Go 4th and Learn – About Science
10:30 a.m.

Franklin Institute/Franklin Theatre

222 North 20th Street

Children will participate in an interactive program on the Science of Fireworks. After this exciting program, participants are invited to enjoy the museum’s exhibits. Note: Admission will be first-come-first-served as there is limited availability for this event. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Philly @ the Movies



15th & JFK Boulevard

9:00 p.m.

Join us for the sing-along version of this musical favorite and groove along to hits from this classic tale of romance and teen angst.

Wednesday, June 30

Go 4th & Learn - About Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

10:00 a.m.

Local youth will participate in a story time presentation by 2010 Caldecott Medal winner illustrator and Philadelphia native, Jerry Pinkney, and will enjoy interactive arts activities exploring summer scenery and the Philadelphia landscape. Note: Admission will be first-come-first-served as there is limited availability for this event. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Wawa Hoagie Day


Philly @ the Movies: Rocky

Philadelphia Museum of Art

7:00 p.m. Hoagie Day

9:00 p.m. Movie

Join Wawa for an epic Philadelphia double feature: the famed Hoagie Day celebration followed by a special screening of Rocky. Wawa will serve a culinary masterpiece fit for display in one of the museum’s galleries - a mile-long hoagie! Enjoy a party atmosphere and fun before settling down for Philly @ the Movies at the foot of the “Rocky steps” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It's a one-two combo that can't be beat!

Thursday, July 1

Screening Under the Stars: Avatar

Penn’s Landing

8:30 p.m.

See one of this year’s blockbuster movies on the biggest screen we could find!

Movie Premier: The Last Airbender

Pearl Theatre

1600 North Broad Street

7:30 PM

Air, Water, Earth, Fire. Four nations tied by destiny when the Fire Nation launches a brutal war against the others. A century has passed with no hope in sight to change the path of this destruction. Caught between combat and courage, Aang (Noah Ringer) discovers he is the lone Avatar with the power to manipulate all four elements. Aang teams with Katara (Nicola Peltz), a waterbender, and her brother, Sokka (Jackson Rathbone), to restore balance to their war-torn world. Based on the hugely successful Nickelodeon animated TV series, the live-action feature film “The Last Airbender” is the opening chapter in Aang’s struggle to survive.

Friday, July 2

Picturing Liberty: Philadelphia’s Legendary Bell

Philadelphia International Airport

8000 Essington Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19153

Whether heading into or out of town, check out this amazing new photography exhibit which highlights one of the most recognized symbols of America’s freedom. (TICKETED PASSENGERS ONLY)

Independence Picnic

Historic Philadelphia

Come and celebrate Dietz and Watson Hot Dog Day in Historic Philadelphia and meet Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross and a host of other historic characters. While you’re here, visit other uniquely Philadelphia attractions like the Independence Visitor Center and the National Constitution Center, all located in this remarkably historic area. Stick around for live music in the evening and the pre-opening of Liberty 360, the new 3-D, HD, 360 degree indoor show at the new Historic Philadelphia Center.

“POPS on Independence”

Independence Hall

8:00 p.m.

Peter Nero and the Philly Pops® celebrates America’s birthday with “POPS on Independence,” an annual free concert at Independence Hall. Come join the celebration and participate in one of Philadelphia’s most popular Fourth of July traditions. “POPS on Independence” is presented by Amway Global. Note: Seating is first come, first served. Concert goers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

Saturday, July 3

Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival $

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (break from 5p to 6p)

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Walnut Street and Columbus Boulevard at Penn's Landing

Nothing beats ice cream on a hot summer day! Make a $5 donation to the Joshua Kahan Fund and help find a cure for Pediatric Leukemia while enjoying all of the cold stuff you can eat.

Wachovia, A Wells Fargo Company, presents the Philadelphia Orchestra Free Neighborhood Concert at Penn's Landing

7:30 p.m.

Great Plaza at Penn's Landing

Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street

The incomparable Philadelphia Orchestra delights you with their world-renowned symphonic music followed by a brilliant fireworks display presented by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation.

Chinatown Block Party

Chinatown at 10th and Arch Streets

Come and experience a taste of Philadelphia’s Asian culture at the Chinatown Block Party, returning to Welcome America! after 15 years. Visitors can sample dishes from various types of Asian cuisine or watch a dance performed in colorful costumes during this event.

Sunday, July 4

Celebration of Freedom
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Independence Hall
520 Chestnut Street
Join Mayor Michael A. Nutter and other local dignitaries as they kick off the day’s festivities at a ceremony honoring America’s 234th birthday.

The Philadelphia Independence Day Parade: Life, Liberty & You
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Historic Philadelphia

Bring your flags, patriotic spirit and plenty of energy to America’s best 4th of July parade and revel in the pageantry that has made this march through Historic Philadelphia a new local tradition.

Bell Tapping Ceremony

1:30 p.m

Liberty Bell Center

500 Market Street

Descendents of the original Declaration of Independence signers honor their ancestors by ceremonially tapping this symbol of American freedom.

Party on the Parkway
12:00 noon – 8:00 p.m.
Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 20th Street to Eakins Oval
The whole family will enjoy this afternoon of fun, free entertainment and of course, lots of food! Stay for the Life, Liberty & You concert starring The Goo Goo Dolls and jaw dropping fireworks later in the evening. More information can be found at: www.WelcomeAmerica.com.

Life, Liberty & You Concert Followed By Fireworks

8:00 p.m: Concert

The Goo Goo Dolls

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Eakins Oval

Fireworks following Concerts

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Get ready to rock out to music from the Goo Goo Dolls’ latest album and all their best hits. But come early, because you won’t want to miss hearing the other great main stage acts The Roots, with special guest R&B and soul singer Chrisette Michele, and jazz funk guitarist and vocalist Chuck Brown.

Monday, July 5

Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival $

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Walnut Street and Columbus Boulevard at Penn's Landing

Don’t miss out on your last chance to make a $5 donation to the Joshua Kahan Fund and take advantage of all the free ice cream you can eat.

Wawa Welcome America! is a multi-day festival featuring fun, fireworks, food, history and entertainment as part of the nation’s premier July 4th showcase. Welcome America! boasts the largest free concert in America, attracting thousands of visitors to celebrate all of the patriotic pageantry on America’s birthday in America’s birthplace. The event is produced by Welcome America, Inc. For more information, visit www.welcomeamerica.com