Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: What are the 2019 festival dates?

A: Sunday, June 30 – Thursday, July 4, 2019

Q: Where is the festival?

A: There are events in several different locations throughout Philadelphia. Visit the festival event schedule for full listing.

Q: What age group does this festival attract?

A: Wawa Welcome America is a multigenerational festival that has entertainment & events for ALL ages!

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

A: Film and music icon, Jennifer Hudson, performing alongside The Philly POPS® BIG Band, and pop superstar, Meghan Trainor slated for show-stopping performances on the Independence Blue Cross Stage at the Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert on Thursday, July 4, 2019 at 7 PM on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and broadcast live on NBC10.

Q: Will the events be televised? 

A: Yes. NBC10, Telemundo62, Cozi TV, TCN, and TeleXitos are the regional broadcaster and select events will also be live-streamed on the NBC10 and Telemundo62 websites, mobile apps and available via Xfinity On Demand.

Q: Do I need a ticket for the July 4th Concert?

A: The July 4th Concert on the Parkway is FREE and ALL are welcome! Tickets are only needed for Eakins Oval. Tickets are NOT needed for the rest of the Parkway. Become a Friend of Welcome America and subscribe to our mailing list to be the first to learn how to download your FREE tickets for the upfront viewing area in Eakins Oval.

Q: What are good drop off  locations for the July 4th Concert?

  • 22nd and Arch
  • 22nd and Spring Garden

Q: What items are prohibited at the Party on the Parkway and July 4th Concert & Fireworks?

A: Below is the complete list of permissible and prohibited items. Pro tip: if you’re unsure, leave it home.

Items allowed:

  • Small personal coolers (coolers are not allowed in the ticketed section in Eakins Oval)
  • Pets on leashes
  • Chairs & blankets

Items NOT allowed but are not limited to:

  • Weapons and contraband of any kind (regardless of permitting, e.g. Right-to-Carry permits will not be honored and weapons will be confiscated)
  • Fireworks, firecrackers or explosives (including sparklers)
  • Open flame of any kind
  • Illegal or illicit substances of any kind
  • Flyers, handbills, posters, stickers (no solicitation allowed)
  • Unauthorized commerce
  • Items that would obstruct others’ view (large signs, banners, etc.)
  • Drones

Q: Is Party on the Parkway and July 4th Concert and Fireworks ADA accessible?

A: Yes. Everyone is welcome to attend! The Benjamin Franklin Parkway is paved and is ADA accessible.

Q: Is there an ADA accessible area for ticketed guests to the July 4th Concert?

A: Yes. There is an ADA accessible area in Eakins Oval for ticketed guests. When you arrive on-site to check-in, the event staff will direct you to the appropriate location.

Q: Are Gospel on Independence & POPS on Independence ADA Accessible?

A: Yes. Everyone is welcome to attend! They both take place in front of Independence Hall on Chestnut Street between 5th & 6th Streets. Attendees who require ADA accessibility can watch from one of the multiple paved areas on Independence Mall. Guests of ADA attendees are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to enjoy the performance.

Q: Does Septa run differently on July 4th?

A: Yes. To view the holiday and late night schedule for fireworks, click here.


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