Summer Events in Philadelphia

Independence Day show

Grand Finale fireworks ©Kevin Burkett/Flickr

It’s been quite a while since we haven’t written anything new about one of America’s most beloved cities: Philadelphia. This historic city has always been a favorite destination for US citizens (and not only).

With historic attractions of major importance and a thriving urban culture, Philadelphia is an all year round destination. And it gets even more interesting in summer, when hundreds of events keep culture-hungry tourists busy. Here’s a taste of what you could experience this summer in Philadelphia:

4th of July Party

There are few places in the US where 4th of July is celebrated with more splendor and excitement than in Philadelphia, the place where the US declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. This is why people from all the corners of the US choose to travel to Philadelphia on Independence Day. 4th of July is a day of celebration and fun, and all around Philly there will be free shows and concerts, ending with the most expected event of the day – the Fourth of July Jam and Grand Finale Fireworks.

Independence Day show

Grand Finale fireworks ©Kevin Burkett/Flickr

Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

If you are looking for those ‘another kind of’ events, then you might as well start with the annual Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll. The idea behind this event is quite simple: local businesses install stands along Baltimore Av., to sell various products. But everything is 1$ – no less and no more.

Philadelphia street

Baltimore Ave. © Ezra.Wolfe/Flickr

Made in America Festival

Following the great success that the festival has last year, the Made in America Festival is coming back in 2013 with an even more impressive lineup. Beyonce and Nine Inch Nails are only two of the big names performing at this 2-day event in Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The concerts are planned for the Labor Day weekend (31 Aug – 1 Sept 2013).

Caribbean Festival

If you care to explore the multicultural side of Philly, then the Caribbean Festival is a good place to start. This one day event in August is meant to give Philly-natives a taste of the Caribbean. Caribbean music and dances will play an important part, but so will food, hand-made products and educational workshops.

Bastille Day Festival

You might find this hard to believe, but Bastille Day is just as popular in Philadelphia as it is in France. Eastern State Penitentiary is the main location for this popular summer event in Philadelphia. The mock reenactment of the Fall of Bastille will take place on July 13,  when modern revolutionaries will conquer the prison and ‘guillotine’  Marie Antoinette. Music, parties and good food follow.

street party

Bastille Day ©Infrogmation/Flickr

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