5th & 6th Sts between Chestnut & Market Sts.
Date & Time
July 03, 2017
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
A casual, relaxing environment filled with activities, entertainment, artists, crafters and a variety of foods awaits all who attend.
On Monday, July 3rd, Philadelphia’s Historic District Block Party returns with an exciting line up of events celebrating our country’s independence! Now in its third year, Philadelphia’s Historic District Block Party, will bring together thousands of attendees throughout the day to enjoy a “Main Street Americana” block party!
A casual, relaxing environment filled with activities, entertainment, artists, crafters and a variety of foods waits all who attend. The event space will feature three performance stages for artists to showcase their freedom of expression; the arts, music and speech. Throughout the day talented artists will create works of art inspired by our country’s independence on the Artist’s Stage. The Musical Performance Stage will feature community groups with pop up performances from a strolling Dixieland band, barbershop quartet, fife and drum corps and many more! Over at the Freedom of Speech Stage, actors will recite portions of historical speeches which define our country; there will also be poets, storytelling and appearances by historical characters.
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts joins Wawa Welcome America to present a show-stopping performance with an Independence Weekend Salute to Musical Theater! The star-studded lineup gives audiences a sneak peek at the 2017 – 2018 Broadway Philadelphia season featuring performances from some of Broadway’s hottest shows coming straight to Philadelphia.
Stop by the Wawa Smoothie Shack who will be dishing out free samples of Wawa’s refreshing smoothies to all visitors!
Make and take activities and lawn games will be available throughout the day. Children may compete in traditional activities such as sack and wheelbarrow races, bubble blowing and so much more. If that doesn’t seem challenging enough, guests can try their luck along the midway area where a variety of challenging games await! Keep a lookout in this area because several times throughout the day a pop up parade led by a fife and drum corps will take place. The pop up parades will include several strolling characters that will have guests join in!
Along 5th and 6th street, there will be a plethora of food trucks offering something for every taste. Strategically placed amongst them will be crafters with plenty to browse and shop. Jewelry, clothing and paintings are just a sampling of what you’ll find. Event sponsors will also be sprinkled throughout this area offering samples of food and drink. As attendees travel through the festival, they’ll find street corner variety performers, strolling bands and the occasional Penny-Farthing passing by.
To give the sense of community, children will have the opportunity to interact with local fire and police departments whom will have vehicles on hand for children to explore. Philadelphia’s Historic District Block Party is an event not to be missed!