Philadelphia, PA - Among a sea of people walking in the streets, a party like no other was held in the city of Philadelphia. Party on the Parkway is an annual event that celebrates the birth of our nation, and is filled with fun and entertaining activities for all ages to enjoy.
It is the event that lends itself to the finale of the week-long Wawa Welcome to America Philadelphia festival, which was packed with many free events that were family friendly. The second-to-last event held by the festival. Party on the Parkway was adorned with food trucks, vendors, free give-a-ways, live entertainment, pop-up beer gardens, and more. All of which happened along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway leading the crowds to the last event—the Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert and Fireworks.
And like a very fun and entertaining pied-piper, the event led spectators to the free concert where their energy was renewed as DJ Diamond Kuts performed.
Next to take the stage was the renowned Philly POPS Big Band being led by Conductor Todd Ellison and accompanied by Tony and Grammy winner Heather Headley. They played well-known musical numbers, treating audience members to a live orchestra and the vocal talents of Heather Headley.
Next to take the stage were the amazing Latin group who hailed from Philadelphia. Viva Mas entertained the crowd with their upbeat music and when I later spoke with one of the band members; he told me that they brought their energy up and sang from the heart to give the audience members a great show.
Which was perfect for Headliner Pitbull, who came out with pyrotechnics igniting the crowd’s excitement even more. With hands raised and people dancing to Pitbull’s music, Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert and Fireworks finished the event with a bang.
And speaking of a bang—all of the events culminated in one of the largest fireworks displays in the tri-state area. With the Philadelphia Museum of Arts as its back-drop, the sky filled with colorful displays of fireworks. As each one went off, the loud boom resounded in the air and delighted all the spectators who traveled to enjoy the free events throughout the day.
The week-long celebrations were possible due to sponsors like Comcast NBC10/Telemundo 62 (and the official broadcast station for the Wawa Welcome America Philadelphia festival), Wawa, The City of Philadelphia, Visit Philadelphia, and Live Nation to name a few.