Philadelphia’s Historic Philadelphia Block Party

Celebrating the Bourse

Join in the celebration of the reopening of the historic Bourse building. The renovation of this historic building will accommodate new, local artisanal vendors alongside neighborhood business with established roots – a true showcase of Philly’s best. Opening Summer 2018.

Historic Philadelphia turns Independence Mall and the surrounding area into a festive block party on Wednesday, July 3rd with the 4th annual Historic Philadelphia Block Party! Join us in showing some LOVE to the Historic District of Philadelphia on a day where thousands of attendees come out to enjoy a block party that celebrates our country’s freedom!

At the 2018 Block Party we want to show LOVE to all the things that make the City of Brotherly love remarkable year-round. This includes diverse genres of music, the arts and entertainment, our rich history, our patriotism, different cultures and of course fantastic food! This year’s block party will feature two stages. The We the People Love Music Stage will showcase feel-good musical entertainment acts that range from Jazz to Pop music programed just for the Block Party’s young attendees!

The Kids Zone will feature activities focused on science, fitness, the arts, reading and history. Enhancing the experience for young attendees, several organizations will be onsite with fun interactive historic elements including; the ability to dress-up in revolutionary uniforms, instruction on how to march like a revolutionary soldier and a chance to handle revolutionary muskets.

The refurbished Bourse Building will have its grand reopening celebration to kick off the start of the Historic Philadelphia Block Party. Guests 21+ should stick around to enjoy The Beer Garden at The Bourse: Operated by BRÜ Craft & Wurst and surprise wow moments, while taking in all of the patriotic activities and entertainment that Historic Philadelphia has to offer.

Strolling throughout the crowd, adding to the excitement of this great community event, will be stilt walkers, variety performers and of course, historical characters! There is no need to leave the party to grab a bite to eat because along 5th and 6th street, there will be a plethora of food trucks offering something for everyone to LOVE.   Event sponsors will also be dispersed throughout the footprint offering samples of food and drink.   Come out on July 3rd to the 4th Annual Philadelphia’s Historic District Block Party to show the Historic District some Brotherly LOVE!

The Bourse

Opening summer 2018, the Historic District’s circa 1895 commodities exchange will transform into an artisan market in the style of New York’s Chelsea Market or DC’s Union Market. The burnished, Victorian-era member of National Register of Historic Places across the street from Independence Mall was most recently a food court and retail center. The Bourse’s new incarnation promises a new experience befitting Philadelphia’s current and centuries-old reputation as a gleaming city of makers, bringing together artisanal vendors that will excite locals and visitors alike. Located at 111 S. Independence Mall E. For more information please visit:


We the People Love Music Stage



12:00pm – 12:45pm

Jimmy Jorge & the Latin Express

1:00pm – 1:45pm

Six String Soldiers

Part of The United States Army Field Band, Six-String Soldiers is a four-member acoustic group performing Americana, folk, bluegrass, and Irish music in an informal setting. The most followed military music group in the world, Six-String Soldiers is a five-member acoustic group performing bluegrass, country, folk, and Americana music.

Before coming together in our nation’s capital, these active duty Soldiers served overseas in Iraq, Korea, Germany, and Belgium. They’ve performed in concert with legends John Fogerty, Darryl Worley, and Harry Connick Jr., and have received national attention on CONAN, Morning Express with Robin Meade, and Home & Family. In addition to touring the country, Six-String Soldiers is currently working to produce its second album, to be released in 2019.


2:00pm – 2:45pm

Walnut Street Theater – Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia! is one of the most popular musicals of all time. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. This sensational production contains ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Super Trouper,” “Lay All Your Love On Me,” “Dancing Queen,” “Waterloo” and more!

3:00pm – 3:45pm

Swing that Cat

Born out of a simple idea and a love of good music, ~ Swing That Cat! ~ is on a mission, with a message: DANCE YOUR TAIL OFF! Swing That Cat! is not simply a throwback band. Drawing their inspiration from a time when one hand of Swing was moving into Jump Blues, Rock and Roll and the other was headed for Bebop Jazz, their original compositions sound fresh and inventive. If you are not up and dancing, you will still find yourself bopping in your seat.

4:00pm – 4:45pm

Backtrack Vocals

Backtrack is an award-winning, five-person a cappella group based in New York City that explores the power of the human voice through unique vocal arrangements, tight harmonies and world-class beatboxing. The group pushes the limits of a cappella, creating impressive covers of past and present pop music, writing inspiring original compositions and daring to take on unexpected genres such as classical and electronic music.

5:00pm – 5:45pm

BRIZ and The Revival

Briz and The Revival is an energetic r&b/soul band, with a passionate vocalist and dynamic rhythm section that charms and captures every audience with their sound.

Nourished by Philly Soul, Briz and The Revival formed shortly after the release of Briz’s independent project “Love And Light” (2016), which Grammy award winning producer Keith Pelzer reviewed: “Love the lyrics, flow and style. Great pen!”

6:00pm – 6:45pm

Rad and Kell

Philadelphia’s Rad and Kell are known for their soulful songwriting and compelling live shows. Following the release of their first album in 2016, they  shared the stage with acts such as Rusted Root, Fastball, Stroke 9, Big Head Todd & The Monsters and have been featured on radio stations such as WSTW and WXPN.


Independence Kids Stage

1:00pm – 1:45pm

Music Monkey Jungle

Music Monkey Jungle strives to provide high-quality, fun and affordable programming for little music monkeys and the primates who love them. We focus on bringing communities of all ages, abilities, shapes and sizes together through original songs, dances and games, with a strong emphasis on ridiculously catchy lyrics. We are based in Philadelphia, PA and collaborate with businesses who have the like-minded mission of giving back to their communities. After all, “We are the music-makers and we are the dreamers of dreams”. So let’s sing, dance, laugh, play, move, imagine and create!

2:00 – 2:45


StoryUP! uses comedy and storytelling to inspire creativity and support literacy education in children ages preschool through teen. They offer interactive improv shows, workshops for kids and families, and trainings for parents and educators, along with producing original comedy and stories. The StoryUP! team is made up of some of the region’s best performers, comedians and teaching artists, whose energy and talent get kids excited to create original stories.

4:00pm – 4:45pm

The Royal Mix

The Royal Mix, a Philadelphia based Hip-Pop performance group, consist of three talented young ladies Aniyah Ha aka Chy, Saniyah Babb aka Jaye and Iendia Powell aka Lady T. These urban princesses had the privilege of showcasing their talent to one of Philadelphia International Records founder, the legendary Mr. Kenny Gamble and his phenomenal wife Mrs. Faatimah Gamble.

Their lyrics are positive and is an expression of children who enjoy having fun. It is important that The Royal Mix pays homage to the people who paved the way, so, in addition to performing original music they also feature excerpts from classic R&B, pop, hip-hop, reggae and inspirational songs.

6:00pm – 6:45pm

DJ D-Ill

More Shows at the Independence Kid Stage

12:30 – 12:50pm – NCC Lobby Show

3:00pm – 3:45pm – Jr. Guilders

5:00pm – 5:20pm – North Philly All Star Majorettes

5:25pm – 5:45pm – NCC Lobby Show

The Bourse

12:00 – 12:45 pm

Brian Fitzy

Blending elements from a variety of genres and decades, Brian Fitzy falls somewhere between Daryl Hall and Jamiroquai by way of A Tribe Called Quest. A vocalist, electric violinist, guitarist, keyboardist, and beat-boxer, he brings these elements together live with looping technology. The result is soul-pop with undertones from the golden age of hip hop.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Power Surge Dancers

Power Surge is a group of singers and dancers that are chosen to perform at selected competition and conventions across the tri state area. Power Surge performances include Walt Disney World’s Performing Arts Youth Program, WAWA Welcomes America, 6 ABC’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Dance 4 Life, and other charity events.

More Shows at the Bourse

12:00 pm – 6:30 pm – Philly Circus

1:00 pm – 6:30pm– DJ Flex

Pop-up Entertainment

2:00 pm – 4:00pm

Drummers with Attitude

Led and created by Kevin Travers, Drummers with Attitude (DWA) is a diverse group of drummers and dancers which includes students from Bristol Township middle and high schools. The dynamic percussion group has been performing since 2000 throughout the Philadelphia area for the Philadelphia 76ers, Soul, Flyers and Phantoms as well as community events such as WXPN’s All About The Music Festival and Bucks County Community College’s Lead On Conference.

6:00 pm – 6:20 pm

Acro Dunkers

One of the coolest most exciting performances that we have to offer! Our Freestyle Dunkers are some of the best in the business and have extensive experience dunking for NBA teams such as the Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks, Washington Wizards and more!



Independence Mall

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5th & 6th Sts between Chestnut & Market Sts.

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