This Independence Day, celebrate the Fourth of July in the birthplace of America. Philadelphia’s Independence Day celebration brings the largest free concert in America back to the Philadelphia Art Museum steps. Featuring Philly natives The Roots alongside R&B artist Miguel and country singer Jennifer Nettles, the annual Philly 4th of July Jam is set to rock the City of Brotherly Love yet again. An enormous fireworks display will follow the concert, and celebrations will be taking place across the city throughout the day.
The Roots formed in Philadelphia in the late ‘80s and are well known for their extensive, Grammy-winning hip hop and soul career and, more recently, for their tenure as the house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The band frequently returns to Philadelphia for performances every June at The Roots Picnic, their annual summer concert, and they have hosted and headlined the Philly 4th of July Jam for the past six years.
Miguel, whose 2012 album Kaleidoscope Dream was a critically acclaimed R&B hit, and Jennifer Nettles, lead singer of the country duo Sugarland, will join the Roots onstage. The concert promises that other musical guests will be announced leading up to Independence Day, and surprise performers will surely make appearances during the concert. Keep an eye out for more acts adding their names to the lineup as the concert date draws closer.
The Philly 4th of July Jam and fireworks display aren’t the only Philadelphia Independence Day events happening on July 4th. If you’re in Old City check out the Independence Day Parade, a 1.2 mile march down Market Street that begins at Independence Hall at 11 AM and features patriotic marching bands, military groups, performance teams, and a special guest appearance from Miss America 2015. The National LGBT 50th Anniversary Ceremony will also be held on Independence Mall from 2:30-3:30 PM, marking the 50th anniversary of one of the nation’s first LGBT protests, which took place in front of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall on July 4th, 1965.
As always, the Philly 4th of July Jam will be completely free, and the celebration will pack the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The concert begins at 7:00 PM, but the Party on the Parkway will begin at noon with an all-day, family-friendly festival with block after block of food and live entertainment. If you can’t make it to the concert or fireworks, the festivities will be covered live by channel 6ABC and will be streamed online.
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What: Philly 4th of July Jam
When: July 4th, 2015. Party on the Parkway from Noon to 7 PM, concert from 7 PM to 11 PM.
Where: The Benjamin Franklin Parkway in front of the Art Museum, other events held across the city.