Article Old City Eats Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia
July is a busy (and exciting!) month in Philadelphia.
July Fourth festivities kick off the month with giant fireworks shows, free concerts (Jennifer Hudson and Meghan Trainor!), block parties, outdoor movie nights and more. The major events-driver during Independence Day in Philadelphia is Wawa Welcome America, which promises free programming in all different pockets of the city.
The summer entertainment continues well after the holiday with the grand opening of The Oval+, a giant green space and public park on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with tons of free programming nearly every day of the week.
Plus, those looking to check out some new restaurants during the season of longer nights can make a reservation at one of the restaurants participating in University City Dining Days, a week-plus-long restaurant week at spots in the neighborhood.
And with all of the warm-weather fun, why not make it an overnight trip by booking the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package? The hotel deal includes free hotel parking, free tickets to Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes at The Franklin Institute and more — up to $286 (!) of free perks.
Read on for our guide to the biggest happenings in Philadelphia this July.
Note: Events are arranged in chronological order.
Pastorius Park — Photo courtesy Parks on Tap
Wednesdays through Sundays, April 24 – September 29, 2019
The alfresco eats and drinks are endless at Parks on Tap, a roving beer garden that visits a different park throughout the Philadelphia area every week.
In July, the pop-up urban oasis starts off at the beautiful Shofuso Japanese House and Garden (July 3-7) and continues to Pastorius Park in Chestnut Hill (July 10-14), the Discovery Center (July 17-21), the Fairmount Water Works (July 24-28) and Gorgas Park (July 31 – August 4).
READ MORE — Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia
The super-popular Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival returns to Franklin Square with impressive handcrafted lanterns that illuminate after the sun sets. This year marks the fourth year of the display and will feature 30 all-new lanterns along with live performances and the returning Dragon Beer Garden.
Read More May 10 – September 1, 2019
The day-to-night summer hang on the Delaware River gives visitors a chance to skate at Center City’s only outdoor roller rink, chow down on a plethora of boardwalk-style food (think crab fries, funnel cake), ride a Ferris wheel, play carnival rides and enjoy fun in the summer sun.
READ MORE May 10 – September 29, 2019
Enthusiasts of riverside chilling enjoy the hammocks, patio games, boardwalk foods, floating gardens, draft beer, cocktails and cool breezes at this wildly popular spring-into-fall destination that welcomes hundreds of thousands of people each year.
Uptown Beer Garden — Photo courtesy K. Aversa
Wednesdays, June 5 – August 28, 2019
Summer Wednesday nights in Center City mean neighborhood-wide happy hour deals at some of the area’s most popular bars during Center City District Sips. Participating bars offer up deals on cocktails, beer, wine and appetizers to the after-work crowd.
READ MORE — Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia June 13 – September 2, 2019
Take advantage of the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package this August to make a stay in Philadelphia even better.
This summer, the package includes up to $286 in free perks, including free hotel parking, free tickets to Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes at The Franklin Institute, free roller skating and Ferris wheel ride at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, a $25 promotional card to Garces restaurants, a free carousel ride at Franklin Square, free ping-pong at SPiN Philadelphia and an all-day pass on the Philly PHLASH.
Thursdays, June 20 – August 29, 2019
The Old City neighborhood kicks off the weekend a day early this summer with happy hours, live music and special gallery events known as Old City Eats every Thursday night. Dozens of spots throughout the area serve up appetizer specials and half-priced drinks from 5 to 8 p.m. on a weekly basis. Stay tuned for a list of participating restaurants.
READ MORE Gospel on Independence — Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia
It’s no surprise that the birthplace of America hosts an epic July 4th celebration every year. Known as Wawa Welcome America, the event kicks off on June 29 for a full six days of happenings of free museum admission, concerts, fireworks and so much more. Check out our full guide to the Fourth of July in Philadelphia.
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia
There is plenty of fun to be had in the birthplace of America on the Fourth of July. The day kicks off in the Historic District with the Independence Day Parade, celebrations at the Betsy Ross House and Franklin Square, and much more.
The afternoon brings the Party on the Parkway, the July 4th Concert with Jennifer Hudson and Meghan Trainor, and a spectacular fireworks show over the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (More on that below.
) Check out our full guide to July Fourth festivities.
Read more — Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia Thursday, July 4, 2019 | Noon-10 p.m.
A blockbuster Wawa Welcome America event, the Party on the Parkway offers a day full of family fun, with food trucks, live performances, games and more taking place along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on July 4th.
READ MORE — Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia Thursday, July 4, 2019 | 9:30-10 p.m.
A massive free concert — headlined by Jennifer Hudson and Meghan Trainor! — on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway precedes a fantastic fireworks show that fills the sky above the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The whole event is completely free to attend and the dazzling fireworks can be seen from many vantage points throughout the city.
READ MORE Saturday, July 6, 2019 | Noon
The team behind the Dope Shows concerts bring a stellar lineup of musicians to The Mann Center for a day-long fest this July. Participating musicians include PnB Rock, Pusha T, NBA Youngboy and Lil Durk.
— Photo courtesy El Concilio
Food, music, crafts and shopping from nearly all Latin American countries are represented at the two-day Hispanic Fiesta at Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. The event is expected to draw tens of thousands of people.
Shoppable art, crafts and decor from more than 180 vendors are the theme of the day at Tinicum Park in Bucks County during the area’s 70th annual Tinicum Arts Festival. Guests can browse paintings, photographs, jewelry, sculptures and more, while also enjoying snacks, live music and picturesque views of the Bucks County park.
This summer, BalletX debuts The Little Prince, a world-premiere show that draws its inspiration from the book of the same name. The feature-length ballet features not only original dance but also an original score by Peter Salem (best known for his musical work on Call the Midwife).
Thursdays, July 11 – August 29, 2019
Summer fun arrives at the Delaware River waterfront in the form of its free Thursday night movie series that takes place alfresco at Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. The outdoor movie series kicks off with a screening of Captain Marvel on July 11 and continues with screenings of Crazy Rich Asians, Clueless, Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse and more throughout the summer months.
READ MORE July 12 – September 8, 2019
Local artist Justin Tyner uses salvaged and repurposed glass to create beautiful stained glass works that showcase the effects of light. The works are on display at the pinnacle of salvaged goods, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, starting on July 12 for a nearly two-month run.
READ MORE — Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia
Every July, cult film fans flock to the historic Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville for Blobfest, a three-day horror-movie extravaganza. Many scenes from the 1958 horror/science-fiction movie The Blob were filmed at the Colonial Theatre and in the town, and every year, locals celebrate their place in movie history with a weekend-long street party, several screenings of the film and more.
READ MORE — Photo by B. Tran, courtesy University City District Saturday, July 13, 2019 | 6 p.m.
Between live music, free snacks and crafts, it’s no wonder that the 40th Street Summer Series is a go-to spot for warm-weather fun. The July event features a live performance by Voices of Africa, along with plenty of other all-ages fun to boot.
Saturdays, July 13 – November 16, 2019
Organized by The Food Trust, the group behind the wildly successful Night Markets, the weekly farmers market at Cherry Street Pier features goods from local food vendors and Phiadelphia-area makers on Saturdays throughout the summer and fall months.
READ MORE Saturday, July 13, 2019 | 2-8 p.m.
Music, food, crafts and shoppable goods make up the afternoon-long Islamic Heritage Festival at Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. Part of the PECO Multicultural Series, the celebration begins with the Unity in Diversity Parade at 5th and Market streets and continues with the fun-filled festival.
READ MORE Sunday, July 14, 2019 | 2:30 p.m.
This alternative and contemporary music festival, presented by AfroTaino Productions and WXPN, celebrates the new sounds of Latin America and turns up the heat with jovial sounds from popular artists summer after summer. The 2019 edition heads to World Cafe Live with eight performers, including The Beachers, Kevin Johansen, Lady HD and more.
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Bastille Day Military Parade, July 14, 2019 on the Champs-Elysées, program
Published by Elodie D. · Photos by Julie M. · Published on 3 July 2019 at 13h34 · Updated on 3 July 2019 at 14h24
On Sunday July 14, 2019, the traditional parade will start at 10 a.m. on the Champs Elysées. This historical event is the occasion to celebrate French nation and the different protective armies protecting us. This year, soliders highlight the fact theyr “Protect together” and present drones, robots and other innovations used in the army.
Each July 14, on Bastille Day, the same thing happens.
The day starts early for soldiers, and for good reason! The traditional Bastille Day parade on the Champs-Elysées! This is the occasion to discover this 2-hour show gathering 66 plantes and 36 helicopters, 196 vehicles, 4.212 men and women parading and 200 riders of the Garde Républicaine in Paris!
For this parade, traffic will be forbidden from 6:30 a.m. on a large perimeter going from Porte Maillot to Bastille! Yes, yes, a very large forbidden area! Traffic should gradually resume throughout the day.
This year, over 125 Parisians can attend the event from the bleachers. Seats are opened to people owning the Carte Citoyen-Citoyenne de Paris. They will be seated in the Mairie de Paris bleachers, down the road, close to the presidential benches.
Bastille Day, July 14, 2019 program:
- 9:40 a.m.: Troop review by the general officers commanding the foot and motorized parades
- 10 a.m.: Arrival of the President of the Republic, Avenue de Friedland
- 10:15 a.m.: Tribute to the PresidentThe President of the Republic will be paid respect on the Place de la Concorde by Prime Minister M. Edouard Philippe, Minister of the Armies Mrs Florence Parly, Minister of the Armies' Secretary of State Mrs Geneviève Darrieussecq and President's Chief of Staff admiral Bernard Rogel.
- 10:20: Opening entertainmentIn 2019, the entertainment will highlight “the defence innovation” for 13 minutes. Drones, robots, exoskeletons. It will “allow to show all the employment environments of these innovations”.
- 10:35 a.m.: Air showThis air show will be commanded by Air Vice-Marshal Vincent Cousin, air defence and operations deputy commander. 305m high, 67 engines will cover over 7km from La Défense, including 8 foreign aircrafts participating in the European safety and the Chammal operation.As usual, the Patrouille de France will open the show, this year in Big Nine formation.
- 10:45 a.m.: Honored troops paradeJuly 14, 2019's parade will honor Japan and the Republic of Singapore, as well as soliders from the Operation Irma sent in the West Indies after the Irma hurricane that devastated the French islands of Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthelemy in the night from September 5 to 6, 2017.
- 11 a.m.: Parade of the troops on foot4.212 men and women will march, including pupils from the National military schools, members of the force, land forces, navy, army health department, cyberdefense, national police and firefighters.
- 11:25 a.m.: Helicopter paradeThe helicopter parade includes 39 crafts.
- 11:30 a.m.: Motorized troop paradeOver 220 vehicles including motorbikes will be presented in front of the President of the Republic.
- 11:40 a.m.: Mounted paradeOver 250 horses will parade in Paris, including the band of the Republican Gard cavalry regiment.
- 11:45 a.m.: Closing music entertainmentThe final entertainment pays tribute to the wounded in the armies as well as the services supporting them on their recovery, from the wound to the resume of their work. The flag will be carried by 3 residents from the Invalides and 3 soldiers wounded in recent foreign operations.
- Entre terre et Mer, arranged by Vincent Pages, performed by the 52 musicians of the Paris fire department (BSPP) and sung by the choir including 40 student-officer from the Ecole Militaire Interarmes (EMIA)
- Ô douce France by Jean-Edmond Lamaze, by the EMIA choir
- Backdraft by Hans Zimmer, performed by the BSPP and the EMIA choir
- Eté 42 by Michel Legrand, performed by the BSPP and the EMIA choir
- La Marseillaise, by the EMIA choir and the choirs of 10 schools with music performed by the BSPP.
- 12 p.m.: President of the Republic leaves
And in 2019, you can meet the soldiers after the parade 2019. Starting from 2 p.m.
, head to the Esplanade des Invalides where soldiers will introduce you to their daily lives, a wonderful operation to discover, in a laid-back way, the men and women taking part in today's defense, to talk with them about their jobs and missions. On the occasion, a blood drive will take place until 6 p.m. at the Hotel national des Invalides.
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