Fourth of July at 1500 Locust

Philadelphia is the birthplace of American freedom—which is why it makes perfect sense that Independence Day is one of the hottest, most exciting holidays in the Philly events calendar. From fireworks to concerts and everything in between, the City of Brotherly Love is the place to be on 4th of July—and even for several days beforehand! The Wawa Welcome America is one of the nation’s biggest July 4th event series, with more than 50 programs taking place leading up to the big day—most of them free and many taking place right near your 1500 Locust apartment!

While the big concert (this year featuring Jennifer Hudson and Meghan Trainor) and fireworks show on the 4th is no doubt the highlight of Wawa Welcome America, there are lots of other opportunities to show your patriotic pride. The day before the holiday, head to Independence Hall, about one mile from your 1500 Locust apartment, to get your celebrating started early at the Historic District Block Party.

The free, seven-hour festival is located in the heart of the city’s most historic area—and right where the Founding Fathers signed the documents nearly 250 years ago that awarded America its freedom. Thousands will gather to celebrate that independence with a day full of food, fun and festivities. There will be dozens of vendors offering one-of-a-kind artisan products, samples from some of the city’s most famed restauranteurs and two stages featuring live music and entertainment. Take in historic demonstrations that will transport visitors back to the 1700s, mix and mingle with historic reenactors and learn about the many buildings in the neighborhood where history comes to life. 

Those with little ones will love the Kids Zone, featuring sports and science activities, along with plenty of historic programming—while adults will appreciate the beer garden, offering tastes from some of your favorite local breweries and cideries.

So break out your red, white and blue, and head out into the city to celebrate American independence where it all started!

Historic District Block Party

520 Chestnut St.

Philadelphia, PA 19106