If you’re looking for something exciting to do this 4th of July weekend, don’t forget that your dorm room is just minutes away from the city where American independence began. Here are a few opportunities to celebrate the holiday from Uwishunu.com. Editor’s Note: A tropical storm, expected to become the season’s first hurricane, will be moving along the eastern seaboard over the next few days. The current weather.com forecast anticipates nothing more serious than scattered showers in Philadelphia on the 4th, but please keep abreast of the situation as it develops, and please use caution if you will be traveling.
An outstanding opportunity to commemorate the American struggle for liberty will occur at the corner of 6th and Chestnut streets for the Celebration of Freedom Ceremony, which will begin at 10:00 AM. The ceremony will commemorate not only the signing of the Declaration of Independence, but the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the 60th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education. The ceremony will include music, a reading of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence, and remarks from a list of notables that includes Martin Luther King III, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, and Vice President Joe Biden. The ceremony will be followed by a parade at 11:00.
The Super-Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival will run at Penn’s landing from Friday the 4th through Sunday the 6th. For only $7, you buy access to all the ice cream and water ice you can eat; vendors include Ben and Jerry’s Haagen-Dazs, the Philadelphia Water Ice Company, and more. Even better, proceeds from the event will go to the Joshua Kahan Fund, which seeks a cure for pediatric leukemia.
If you’re looking for a party and concert, head to the Eakins Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the Party on the Parkway. The festivities commence at noon with food, fun, and music from local acts. The party kicks into high gear at 7:00 PM with the “July Jam”, a free concert featuring performances from the Roots, Nicki Manaj, Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Hudson, and Ariana Grande, among others. Fireworks, starting at around 10:30 and running until 11:00, will close the day out. Did we mention that admission is free?