Crack open a new box of sparklers because the nation celebrates its 235th birthday on Monday, July 4. As Philadelphia is the birthplace of the United States, the city tends to have quite a few celebrations to attend each year. And this year is no different. The federal holiday is on Monday, July 4, and as such, some celebrations in outlying suburbs have been moved to Sunday, July 3.
In downtown Philadelphia, residents can attend several different Fourth of July festivities including two different celebrations at Penn's Landing. There will be a concert with the U.S. Army band and fireworks to follow July 2 and on July 3 there will be "Fam Jams," which is a free concert open to families featuring Emily Osment and Tim Urban.
The major Fourth of July celebration will take place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 5 to 11 p.m. Philadelphia's favorite hometown band, The Roots, will be playing prior to the Grand Finale Fireworks.
To help plan where you can celebrate your Fourth of July festivities, here's a breakdown of events in the surrounding area:
Monday, July 4
- Annual 4th of July Celebration at Wilson Farm Park (500 Lee Rd. Chesterbrook, Pa.). The Chester County Concert Band plays from 7:15-9:15 p.m. and the fireworks display begins at dusk.
- Easttown Township Family Picnic and Bike Parade, which begins at the at 11 a.m.
Check out events in other local areas: