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June 19th – July 4th, 2022

Events to come

About Welcome America, Inc.

Welcome America, Inc. is a 501c3, non-profit organization in a public-private partnership with the City of Philadelphia which seeks to enhance the resident and visitor experience through citywide events that provide an economic boost to the local economy. Welcome America, Inc. also produces and assists in the growth of select city events year-round that can increase awareness of Philadelphia as an event destination, including Wawa Welcome America and the Philly Holiday Experience.

About Wawa Welcome America

Wawa Welcome America is Philadelphia’s premier July 4th festival, the largest July 4th celebration in America, and one of the largest free festivals in the country. Wawa Welcome America offers residents and visitors alike sixteen days of free, family-friendly programming across the city, with a focus on arts, culture, diversity, education, wellness, history, and performance. Festival attendees can enjoy free concerts, fireworks, complimentary museum access, Wawa Hoagie Day, and more!

In 2021, Wawa Welcome America expanded the festival to include a new slate of programming entitled “Freedom – Liberty,” in commemoration of Juneteenth. The expansion, in partnership with African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) and VISIT PHILADELPHIA®, has been designed by AAMP to provide education and awareness of Juneteenth, and to explore the historical significance of and thematic ties between these two important U.S. holidays.

Wawa Welcome America is committed to creating platforms to nurture diverse perspectives, raise diverse voices, and celebrate our nation’s evolving history through the lives, voices, and experiences of all Americans.

Meet Our Team!

Board Members

Honorable James Kenney

Mayor of Philadelphia

Honorable Judge Dan Anders

Court of Common Pleas

Michael Barnes

Business Agent, IATSE

City Councilwoman Cindy Bass

City of Philadelphia

James Cuorato

President & CEO, Independence Visitor Center

Michael DelBene

President & CEO, Welcome America, Inc.

Jeff Guaracino

President & CEO, Visit Philadelphia

Obra S. Kernodle IV

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Delaware River Port Authority

Jennifer Rodriguez

CEO, Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Leigh Whitaker

Director of City Relations, University of Pennsylvania

Dalila Wilson-Scott

Senior Vice President, Community Impact / President, Comcast Foundation

Lori Bruce

Public Relations Manager, Wawa