Frequently Asked Questions

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FAQ 

Q: Is Wawa Welcome America happening this year? 

A: Yes – Wawa Welcome America is excited to return with safe and responsible in-person events in 2021.

Q: What are the 2021 festival dates? 

A: Saturday, June 19 – Sunday, July 4, 2021. Click here for the festival schedule. 

Q: I have a ticket to the POPS on Independence at the Mann on July 3rd. What am I allowed to bring?

A: Guests with lawn access tickets are welcome to bring blankets and chairs. Guests are welcome to bring their own picnics. Food & beverages will be available for purchase. Bags are subject to inspection.

Q: I have a ticket to the July 4th Concert at the Mann. What am I allowed to bring?

A: Guests with lawn access tickets are welcome to bring blankets and chairs. Guests are welcome to bring their own picnics. Food & beverages will be available for purchase. Bags are subject to inspection.

Q: What items are not permitted at the Mann?

A: The following items are not permitted:

  • tents or large structures that could block other guests’ view

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Glass bottles or containers

  • Narcotics or illegal drugs

  • Firecrackers or explosives

  • Firearms

  • Open flame

  • Unleashed animals

  • Weapons of any kind

When in doubt, leave it home!

Q: Are masks required at events?

A: Welcome America will follow City of Philadelphia COVID-19 protocols. As of Friday, June 11, 2021, the City of Philadelphia has ended COVID-19 restrictions. People who got their final dose of the COVID vaccine at least two weeks ago are considered fully vaccinated, and the Health Department no longer requires that they wear masks indoors or outdoors in most settings. People who are not vaccinated or are not fully vaccinated are still strongly recommended to wear masks indoors and outdoors when around others, but are no longer required to do so by the City of Philadelphia. With health and safety top of mind, festival guests are encouraged to practice social distancing, when possible, and was their hands frequently while attending events. For the City’s most up-to-date COVID-19 protocols, click here.

Q: What age group does this festival attract? 

A: Wawa Welcome America is a multigenerational festival for ALL ages! 

Q: Who is performing at the Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert? 

A: The legendary July 4th Concert returns starring Bebe Rexha, with a special performance by Flo Rida, and a feature performance by the Philly POPS,  The concert is broadcast live on NBC10 & TeleXitos from the TD Pavilion at Mann Center for the Performing Arts on the Independence Blue Cross Stage. Free tickets are available to attend the concert in person on a first come first serve basis. Tickets will be available for download beginning June 19, 2021. Click here for more information.

Q: Will there be July 4th fireworks? 

A: Yes! The festival will conclude with a finale fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art on July 4 at 9:30 p.m. Guests are invited to gather on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway between Eakins Oval and Logan Circle beginning at 8:00 p.m. to watch the fireworks spectacular. July 4th Fireworks Spectacular is made possible by Wawa.

Q: Will the events be televised?  

A: Yes. The Celebration of Freedom Ceremony and July 4th Concert will be broadcast onNBC10 and TeleXitos, Telemundo62’s multicast networkNBC10 and Telemundo62 are the official broadcast partners of Wawa Welcome America. They will also be streamed on NBC10 and Telemundo62

Q: Can I view your festival events on my iPad or iPhone? 

A: Yes. All of our virtual experiences are compatible with the iPad/iPhone, Android Smartphones/Tablets, some Smart TV’s, and other connected devices. 

Q: How to connect with Wawa Welcome America Festival on social media? 

A: Join the fun and follow us at: 

#July4thPhilly #CelebratePhilly  

For general inquiries about Wawa Welcome America Festival not already answered in the FAQs above, please contact us at information@welcomeamerica.com.