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Jun 28, 2011
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Weekend Planner: Celebrate the 4th

Weekend Planner: Celebrate the 4th

G. Widman for GPTMC

Happy Birthday, USA!

Celebrate the birth of our nation with parades, festivals, firework displays and more. Here's a round-up of patriotic happenings in Philadelphia and beyond.


Fireworks Displays
Wed., July 29:
   • The Mann Center in Phila.
Fri., July 1:
   • Downingtown, PA
   • New Hope, PA/Lambertville, NJ
   • Wilmington, DE
Sat., July 2:
   • Over the Delaware River, Phila.*
   • Lahaska, PA
   • Nottingham, PA
Sun., July 3:
   • Doylestown, PA
   • Haddonfield, NJ
   • Kennett Square, PA
   • Langhorne, PA
Mon., July 4:
   • Collingswood, NJ
   • Dover, DE
   • Langhorne, PA
   • Narberth, PA
   • Newark, DE
   • Over the Art Museum, Phila.
   • Pottstown, PA
   • Quakertown, PA
   • Radnor, PA
   • Skippack, PA
   • Southampton, PA

* = View the Sat. Delaware River fireworks at Penn's Landing, Phila. or at Wiggins Park in Camden, NJ. Adventure Aquarium hosts a ticketed viewing party.

Wawa Welcome America

The Philadelphia festival is already underway, with two more fireworks displays, an ice cream festival, free movie screenings, kids' activities, ceremonies, a party on the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. and a mega concert to come. View all Welcome America events >>

Historic Philadelphia Happenings

Besides hosting some Welcome America activities, the birthplace of our nation is also home to these other Independence Weekend happenings.

Discover the Real George Washington exhibit and Independence Day-related activities at the National Constitution Center. Kids are free with paid adult admission, starting July 1.
► Civil War Road Show and Independence weekend activities at Franklin Square
► Declaration of Independence readings at Independence Mall
► Extended hours at Independence Hall, Liberty Bell Center and Independence Visitor Center
► "Sweet Freedom" birthday celebration with free cake at the Independence Visitor Center
► Betsy's Independence Day Bash at the Betsy Ross House
► Signers Day at Christ Church

Declaration of Independence Readings

Listen to the historic document being read at local historic sites.
View all public Declaration readings >>

Shore Fun on the 4th

Beach-goers can be treated to fireworks and other patriotic fun at these destinations:

Atlantic City
Cape May
Ocean City
Rehoboth Beach
Stone Harbor

For more shore activities for families, go to our Free Shore Fun guide >>

Community Celebrations

These towns host parades, carnivals, contests and other celebrations for the 4th:

Bala Cynwyd, PA
Collingswood, NJ
Dover, DE
Garrett Hill, PA
Haddonfield, NJ
Historic Germantown/Phila., PA
Narberth, PA
New Britain, PA
New Castle, DE
Nottingham, PA
Skippack, PA
Southampton, PA
Quakertown, PA

Museums, Zoos & Other Kid-Friendly Places

Enjoy 4th of July-themed crafts, storytimes and more:

Biggs Museum, Dover, DE
Brandywine Zoo, Wilmington, DE
The Crayola Factory, Easton, PA
Delaware Children's Museum, Wilmington, DE
Elmwood Park Zoo, Norristown, PA
Fonthill Museum, Doylestown, PA
Sahara Sam's, Berlin, NJ

Patriotic Music

Listen to all-American music in:

Doylestown, PA
Dover, DE
Selbyville, DE
Washington Crossing, PA/Titusville, NJ

For more weekend events, search hundreds of activities on our calendar. Receive weekend event highlights directly in your inbox each week! Sign up for MetroKids' e-newsletter today.

Stephanie Halinski is calendar editor of MetroKids.

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