Phila: The Benjamin Franklin Parkway hosted one of the largest free concerts in the country on July 4th with great food, fun and entertainment all day long. It all leaded up to the incredible Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert (5-10 p.m.) and July 4th Fireworks (10 p.m.) at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
People from all over came together in Philadelphia for one big Party on the Parkway. Kidz Bop kicked off the day of musical performances, dance, children’s activities, foods and cultural events that celebrate the city of Brotherly Love’s many neighborhoods and nationalities.
The Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert took over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with one of the largest free outdoor concerts in the country.
Leon Bridges performed, they are American R&B and soul singer/songwriter best known for his song “Coming Home.”
Other performers included two homegrown celebs — Leslie Odom, Jr., Tony Award-winning Hamilton star, and Yazz (Bryshere Gray) from TV’s smash hit Empire. The O’Jays, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes and other hit makers who lead a tribute to the musical team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, creators of The Sound of Philadelphia.
And the Philly POPS was out the evening with a flag-waving, red-white-and-blue performance of patriotic tunes.
There was also 25 Philly-focused food vendors and food trucks, plus two beer gardens — the Circa ’76 Beer Garden at 22nd Street between the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue and the Flying Key Beer Garden just north of 22nd Street between Park Towne Place and the parkway.