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July 2, 2020

How to Celebrate 4th of July in Philly

This year’s Independence Day may look and feel a bit different—no big fireworks displays, parades or parties. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still celebrate our nation’s biggest day in a big way! Don your red, white and blue, crank up the A/C and raise a glass to American history, all without leaving your The Hamilton apartment.

Wawa Welcome America is always one of Philly’s biggest and best events—and one of the largest Independence Day celebrations in the nation. The pandemic has shifted things this year but the festival is still very much happening—and instead of weathering the crowds and high temps, this year you can enjoy a fully week of free programming from your The Hamilton apartment. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Free Museum Days: Starting June 28, 20 local museums will (virtually) open their doors for specially curated free programming. Each day, art museums, science centers, cultural venues and more will launch activities at 9 a.m., and you can check in throughout the day for engaging, interactive content.
  • Wawa Hoagie Day: This event usually is one of the biggest hits of the week and this year is set to have a different kind of impact. Instead of Wawa handing out thousands of free hoagies to members of this public, 900 stores throughout the region will build 45,000 hoagies and donate them all to community organizations that feed those in need.
  • #MindPHL: We could all use a little relaxation now, and this online initiative offers just that, with mental health tips and activities.
  • Go 4th and Learn: You may not be able to visit local attractions, but take a behind-the-scenes look at many of them through this Facebook Live program.
  • Jason Derulo concert: The party on the Parkway is always the big finale on July 4th, but without an in-person gathering this year, tune in to Wawa Welcome America’s live broadcast at 8 p.m. of the hit singer performing at the Met. He will be joined singer and actress Cynthia Erivo and the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia.

So this July 4th, embrace our newly virtual world with a celebration you won’t soon forget!