Celebrate "America's Birthday Party with Betsy Ross and Termini Bros. Bakery" at Independence Visitor Center on July 4.

There's no better place to celebrate Independence Day than in the Birthplace of Independence! Every year, Philadelphia's Historic District commemorates July 4th in a big way in the place where it all began. 

In honor of America's birthday, the historic sites and attractions on and around Independence Mall host special programming and extend their hours of operation to welcome the thousands of visitors and locals who come to the area to join the celebrations.

Read below for more details about special hours and programming for July 4th week in Philadelphia's Historic District.


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Site Hours

>>PLAN your visit 

Many attractions and sites in the Historic District offer extended hours of operation during the week of July 4th.
Please keep the below schedule in mind before your visit:
 
★ July 4th Week Hours of Operation:
  Thursday, June 29 Friday, June 30 Saturday, July 1 Sunday, July 2 Monday, July 3 Tuesday, July 4
Independence Visitor Center 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
             
Independence Hall 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
             
The Liberty Bell 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
             
National Constitution Center 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Noon - 5 p.m. 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
             
Museum of the American Revolution 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

 

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Historic District Scavenger Hunt

>>4 DAYS of the fourth 

Celebrate America’s birthday by exploring where it all began--with a scavenger hunt through Philadelphia's Historic District! Enjoy a fun, interactive experience while learning about America's most historic sites with the
4 Days of the Fourth Scavenger Hunt.

Available July 1 - 4, the scavenger hunt is free to play. Just download the free Scavify app on your smartphone or mobile device, and search for the 4 Days of the Fourth hunt, or check back soon for a direct link to the hunt, which will be posted here soon. 

Players can answer trivia questions and complete tasks like sharing photos or checking in at attractions throughout the Historic District to earn points toward prizes, redeemable at the Independence Visitor Center.

Hunt Hint: All attractions and historic sites referenced in the scavenger hunt are included on the Historic Gazette map, so pick up a free copy or click here to use as a guide to complete tasks!

4 Days of the Fourth Scavenger Hunt
Location: Date:  Hours:
Locations throughout Philadelphia's Historic District July 1 - 4 Vary by site 

 

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Wawa Hoagie Day

>>EAT for a cause 

This annual tradition celebrates one of Philly's favorite foods and honors the troops through Wawa's partnership with the USO.  Wawa chefs and associates build more than 20,000 hoagies, which are donated to local food charities and veteran centers, and distributed for free to visitors. The National Constitution Center offers FREE admission and extended hours for the day, courtesy of Wawa.
 
Wawa Hoagie Day
Location: Date:  Hours: 
Independence Mall and the National Constitution Center Thursday, June 29 Noon - supplies run out

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Declaration Readings

>>WITNESS the proclamation

A fife-and-drum procession lead Thomas Jefferson himself to proclaim his newly penned Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. The dramatic reading is immediately followed by an operatic performance of the National Anthem for a heartfelt experience of pride and patriotism!

★ Declaration Readings
Location: Dates:  Hours: 
Independence Visitor Center Saturday, July 1
Tuesday, July 4
9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

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Historic District Block Party

>>RELAX and enjoy

Now in its third year, Philadelphia's Historic District Block Party creates a casual, relaxed feeling reminiscent of a block party on "Main Street Americana."  Thousands of attendees gather to enjoy three stages of music, food trucks, local artisans and vendors, and fun activities for all ages. 

★ Historic District Block Party
Location: Date:  Hours: 
Independence Mall, 
5th & 6th Streets between Chestnut & Market Streets 
Monday, July 3 Noon - 7:00 p.m.

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POPS on Independence

>>LISTEN to the music 

In what has become a beloved Philadelphia tradition, the Philly POPS 65-piece orchestra and Music Director Michael Krajewski perform a free concert in front Independence Hall after the Historic District Block Party. This year's show features Hamilton star Mandy Gonzalez; a Sinatra medley, and "Let it Go"  from Disney's Frozen 
 
★ Philly POPS on Independence
Location: Date:  Hours: 
Independence Hall Monday, July 3 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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Patriotic Stilt-Walker

>>STEP right up

Enjoy exciting performance art by a stilt-walker roaming the halls of the Visitor Center and spreading patriotic excitement and cheer. Make sure to bring your selfiie stick for a photo of epic proportions! 

Patriotic Stilt-Walker
Location: Date:  Hours: 
Independence Visitor Center Tuesday, July 4 10:00 a.m. - Noon 

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Independence Day Parade

>>MARCH for the stars-and-stripes

Reflecting the words of our Constitution, more than 4,000 participants perform along this 1.2 mile long parade through Philadelphia's Historic District. Red, white, and blue are the colors of the day, seen on colorful floats, cultural groups, marching bands from around the country, military groups, and even Miss America.
Click here to see The United States of America's Independence Day Parade Route.

★ Independence Day Parade
Location: Date:  Hours: 
Independence Mall
Chestnut Street between 5th and 6th Streets
Tuesday, July 4 11:00 a.m. - Noon

 

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America's Birthday Party

>>SING to the nation

Celebrate America’s Birthday in its Birthplace with Betsy Ross and the iconic Termini Brothers Bakery! Sing “Happy Birthday” to the nation with Betsy, before enjoying one of 2,500 free red, white, and blue cupcakes from Termini Brothers, arranged into a giant American flag. 

★ America's Birthday Party with Betsy Ross and Termini Brothers Bakery
Location: Date:  Hours: 
Independence Visitor Center Tuesday, July 4 1:00 p.m.

 

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Site Hours

>>PLAN your visit 

Many attractions and sites in the Historic District offer extended hours of operation during the week of July 4th.
Please keep the below schedule in mind before your visit:
 
★ July 4th Week Hours of Operation:
  Thursday, June 29 Friday, June 30 Saturday, July 1 Sunday, July 2 Monday, July 3 Tuesday, July 4
Independence Visitor Center 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
             
Independence Hall 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
             
The Liberty Bell 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
             
National Constitution Center 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Noon - 5 p.m. 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
             
Museum of the American Revolution 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.