POPS On Independence

A Part of Aetna's Concerts on Independence Series

The Philly POPS is back on Independence Mall for its annual free July 3 show during the Wawa Welcome America festival!

A Part of Aetna’s Concerts on Independence Series

With the backdrop of Independence Hall, the 65-piece Philly POPS orchestra, led by Todd Ellison, will perform a patriotic, entertaining show. POPS on Independence has become a Philadelphia tradition enjoyed by 15,000 locals and visitors each year.

Starring in POPS on Independence will be Tony and Grammy winner, R&B hitmaker, and international singing sensation Heather Headley! Heather is the original Nala from The Lion King on Broadway, the Tony-winning star of Aida and the Laurence Olivier Award nominee for her star turn in ​The Bodyguard musical. Philly native Justin Hopkins – last seen with the POPS at Christmas time – will also bring his unforgettable voice to the POPS stage.

As the POPS celebrates its 40th Anniversary, POPS on Independence and the 2018-19 concert season is dedicated to Philadelphia musicians, moments from the last 40 years of the POPS, and the magic that is American pop music. July 3’s show will feature songs that have connections to POPS history and that showcase artists and music with Philly roots, such as Curtis Institute graduate Leonard Bernstein whose centenary is currently being celebrated worldwide and right on Independence Mall with the National Museum of American Jewish History’s The Power of Music exhibit.

Salute Series presenting Sponsor


About the Salute Series
The Salute Series, presented by Comcast NBCUniversal, an expanding portfolio of programs performed on American holidays, celebrates those who serve our country, its cities, and communities. Free performances including Memorial SalutePOPS on Independence on July 3, POPS in Philadelphia on July 4, and Veterans Salute showcase the magic of the orchestra to diverse and enthusiastic crowds. The annual I’ll Be Home for Christmas concert rings in the holiday season with a free concert for active military, police, and fire department families.


Heather Headley

Tony and Grammy winner, R&B hit maker, and international singing sensation, Heather Headley is the original Nala from The Lion King on Broadway, the Tony-winning star of Aida and the Laurence Olivier Award nominee for her star turn in ​The Bodyguard musical. She has recently toured with Andrea Bocelli and performed locally last December at the Wells Fargo Center. Heather Headley will perform on Tuesday, July 3 at the POPS on Independence concert and Wednesday, July 4 at POPS on the Parkway. Her July 3 and July 4 performances will preview a one-night-only show at The Kimmel Center on October 12 – The Philly POPS presents Heather Headley’s Broadway My Way.





Barefoot Wine is the official wine sponsor of POPS on Independence.

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