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About the Festival

Wawa Welcome America is a multi-day festival with FREE multicultural and multigenerational events celebrating America’s birthday in America’s birthplace – Philadelphia. The citywide festival is jam packed with multiple fireworks displays, free concerts, free museum days, community events, free outdoor movie screenings, block parties and more!

About Welcome America, Inc.

Welcome America, Inc. is a 501c3, non-profit organization in public-private partnership with the City of Philadelphia. Welcome America, Inc.’s mission is to promote American history, education and Philadelphia. The organization seeks to enhance the resident and visitor experience through citywide events that provide an economic boost to the local economy. Moving forward, Welcome America, Inc. will produce and assist in the growth of select city events year-round that can increase awareness of Philadelphia as an event destination.

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

Commissioner, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

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