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Celebrate America Calendar

Celebrate America Calendar

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Thursday, June 30, 2011
Independence Day Picnic & Military Change of Command
Independence Mall, 6
and Market Streets
10 a.m.
4 p.m.
What better way to celebrate July 4
than with a patriotic picnic? Wawa Welcome America! continues thecelebration with an Independence Day Picnic and a special military change of command on June 30.Visitors are welcome to stop by, bring a picnic lunch, blanket and lawn chair and observe the MilitaryChange of Command of Officers from the Army Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion based in New Jersey.Nearly 300 soldiers will march in command, as a military band plays patriotic music. Food and cold drinkswill be available for purchase. And, whil
e you’re here, visit other uniquely Philadelphia attractions like thenew President’s House, the National Museum of American Jewish History, the Independence Visitor Center 
and the National Constitution Center, all located in this remarkable historic area.
Photo Exhibit
Tuskegee Airman: Making Aviation History 
Philadelphia International Airport (Terminal A-East)
10 a.m.
Whether heading into or out of town, celebrate the 70
anniversary of the African American cadets whowere inducted into military flight school at the Tuskegee Institute at the unveiling of the Tuskegee AirmanPhoto Exhibit. The exhibit includes an annual rotating display to showcase and pay tribute to cultural andhistorical aspects of Philadelphia.
To Note: this event is for ticketed passengers only.
Philly @ the Movies -
“The Devil Wears Prada” 
Rittenhouse Square
9 p.m.
If fashion is your thing, then this movie is for you! Channel your inner fashionista and join us in Rittenhouse
Square for a special screening of “The Devil Wears Prada.”
Visitors can enjoy a picnic and a movie in one
of Philadelphia’s most legendary locations.
Friday, July 1, 2011
Philly @ the Movies
“Hairspray” Sing 
Love Park
9 p.m.
Warm up your vocal chords, dust off your dancing shoes and rock out with Tracy and the gang on theCorny Collins Show during a sing-a-
long screening of “Hairspray” on July 1 at Philadelphia’s Love Park.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Go 4
& Learn
about Science
The Franklin Institute
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Bring the little ones to this morning event to learn about the science of fireworks at the Franklin Institute,after all, fireworks are a big part of how we celebrate July 4
NOTE: Due to space restrictions, this ticketed event will be limited to the first 300 guests. The first 200 participating students will receive a free book,Night Wonders. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Chinatown Block Party
12 p.m.
4 p.m.
The Festival returns to Ch
inatown to showcase Philadelphia’s vibrant Asian culture with a good old
-fashioned Block Party. Experience a festive open-air market with a multitude of exciting entertainment, Asian cuisine, crafts and more. Miss America 2011 and Mayor Nutter will also make a special appearanceto meet and greet visitors and residents.
Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival
Penn’s Landing
July 2: 12 p.m.
5 p.m., 6 p.m.
9 p.m.
Nothing beats ice cream on a hot summer day! Make a $7 donation to the Joshua Kahan Fund and helpfind a cure for Pediatric Leukemia while enjoying all of the cold stuff you can eat.
Fireworks on the Delaware River 
Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, PA and Waterfront Park in Camden, NJ
6 p.m.
9:30 p.m.
The second of three free fireworks shows ends the evening with a bang! On July 2
, the “Two Cities, OneWaterfront” Concert features the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” at the RiverStage at the Great
Plaza at 7:30 p.m. and the Air National Guard Band of the Mid-Atlantic at 6:00 p.m. at the WigginsWaterfront Park in Camden followed by free fireworks, choreographed to a patriotic soundtrack, over theDelaware River at 9:30 p.m. Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan will be making an appearance in bothstates, too!
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival
Penn’s Landing
July 3: 12 p.m.
5 p.m.
You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! Make a $7 donation to the Joshua Kahan Fund andhelp find a cure for Pediatric Leukemia while enjoying an endless supply of ice cream.
“POPS on Independence”
Independence Hall
8:00 p.m.Peter Nero and the Philly Pops
return to
celebrate America’s birthday with “POPS on Independence,” a
free concert at Independence Hall. Come join the celebration and participate in
one of Philadelphia’s most
popular Fourth of July traditions.
Note: Seating is first come, first served. Concert goers are encouraged tobring blankets and lawn chairs.
Monday, July 4, 2011
Celebration of Freedom Ceremony
Steps of Independence Hall
and Market Streets
10 a.m.
11 a.m.
Celebrate our nation’s 235
birthday with a patriotic salute! Music, speeches and a reading of excerptsfrom the Declaration of Independence will pay tribute to the history of our nation. Also, Miss America 2011will s
ing one of our country’s famous songs.
 Philadelphia Independence Day Parade
Historic Philadelphia
11 a.m.
1 p.m.
Wawa Welcome America! takes the freedom celebration to the streets of Philadelphia during the annualIndependence Day Parade. And this year, the route is longer than before!
Due to the popularity of theParade, the route is expanded two blocks. It marches through downtown Historic Philadelphia, stepping off at 11 am at 5
and Chestnut Streets immediately following the July 4
Independence Day Ceremony. Theprocession heads up Chestnut Street, passing Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, turns right on 9
 Street, then proceeds one block north to Market Street where it turns right again. Once on Market Streetthe parade marches six blocks down though Historic Philadelphia and ends at Front Street
With more than4,000 participants from a dozen states, 2011 Miss America Teresa Scanlan, 16 marching musical groups,nine floats, five military branches and a multitude of special performing te
ams, Wawa Welcome America!’sIndependence Day Parade is the most diverse Fourth of July parade in the country and you don’t want to
miss it! People of all ages will enjoy up close and personal an array of entertaining, patriotic andmulticultural marchers, music, dancers, and floats as it
winds through Philadelphia’s most historic square
Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival
Penn’s Landing
July 4: 12 p.m.
5 p.m.
miss out on your last chance to make a $7 donation to the Joshua Kahan Fund and take advantageof all the free ice cream you can eat.
Happy Birthday America
Independence Visitor Center 
12:30 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate America’s birthday and sample dele
ctable treats from hometown favoriteTastykake.
Bell Tapping Ceremony
Liberty Bell Center, 500 Market Street
1:45 p.m.
The Liberty Bell rings out symbolically to commemorate Independence, sponsored by Descendants of theSigners of the Declaration and Sons of the American Revolution.
Party on the Parkway
Benjamin Franklin Parkway
to Eakins Oval
12 p.m.
7 p.m.
Bring your flags, patriotic spirit and plenty of energy to the day-long festival with blocks and blocks of exciting and educational activities, games, entertainment and food for the whole family! The highlyanticipated Party on the Parkway offers three Music Stages: the
?uestlove Stage
with Chin Chin, NicosGun, Reiss, Kindred and the Family Stone, and Don T.
Go 4
& Learn Stage
with hip hop break-dancers and pop vocalists for teens and tweens
and the
Global Music Stage
with headliner Anthony Colonand AMLA Salsa Orchestra and performances by the Caribbean Steel Drum Band Alzonia & The SteelSource, the Nrithasree Indian Dance School and the Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble.

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