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June 16, 2020

THE REIMAGINED 2020 WAWA WELCOME AMERICA FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 50+ FREE VIRTUAL EVENTS & TELEVISED CONCERT HEADLINERS

Welcome America, Inc. and the City of Philadelphia today announced 50+ free events that will create the reimagined 2020 Wawa Welcome America seven-day virtual festival taking place Sunday, June 28 through Saturday, July 4.

June 16, 2020

The Wawa Foundation Announces the Four Finalists for 2020 “The Wawa Foundation Hero Award”: Calls for Public Vote to Determine Top Grant Recipient

Four Non-Profits Serving Philadelphia Will Be Celebrated During Wawa Welcome America, Which Include: Broad Street Ministry, People’s Emergency Center, Visiting Nurse Association of Philadelphia and The Salvation Army

May 19, 2020

WAWA ANNOUNCING THE 2020 WAWA FOUNDATION HERO AWARD

The Wawa Foundation Hero Award honors a non-profit organization and its volunteers serving the Philadelphia area. Submissions Accepted May 18 – June 4 for The Wawa Foundation Hero Award, Honoring a Non-Profit Organization Improving and Building Stronger Communities in the Philadelphia Area, Especially in the Most Challenging of Times.

May 12, 2020

WAWA WELCOME AMERICA TO PRESENT VIRTUAL JULY 4TH FESTIVAL

Philadelphia’s city-wide Independence Day festival to be reimagined as a multi-day virtual experience in 2020.

January 10, 2020

WELCOME AMERICA, INC. ANNOUNCES WAWA'S RENEWAL OF TITLE SPONSORSHIP

Wawa renews as title sponsor of Philadelphia's July 4th Festival through 2024; 8 Day Festival: Saturday, June 27 - Saturday, July 4, 2020.

June 28, 2019

City Releases Road Closures, Safety and Public Transportation Information for Wawa Welcome America Festival

City officials released information about road closures, safety and public transportation
detours associated with the Wawa Welcome America Festival today. The six-day 2019 Wawa Welcome
America Festival takes place Saturday, June 29 through Thursday, July 4 and will encompass more than 50
free, multicultural and multigenerational, patriotic events throughout Philadelphia’s diverse neighborhoods.

June 27, 2019

WAWA WELCOME AMERICA ANNOUNCES NEW BENJAMIN FRANKLIN PARKWAY EXPERIENCE AND JUST-ADDED EVENT DETAILS

Welcome America, Inc. and the City of Philadelphia announce new event details and a new enhanced experience for the July 4th events on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The six-day 2019 Wawa Welcome America Festival takes place Saturday, June 29 through Thursday, July 4 and will encompass more than 50 free, multicultural and multigenerational, patriotic events throughout Philadelphia’s diverse neighborhoods.

May 16, 2019

MORE THAN 50 FREE, FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2019 WAWA WELCOME AMERICA FESTIVAL SATURDAY, JUNE 29 – THURSDAY, JULY 4

Free Entertainment Across the City; Three Fireworks Shows; Annual Wawa Hoagie Day; 20+ Free Museums and Attractions; 4,000+ Person Parade; Prime Time July 4th Concert Starring Jennifer Hudson, alongside The Philly POPS® BIG Band, and Meghan Trainor

May 2, 2019

GRAMMY® AWARD-WINNING LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR PHILADELPHIA’S FREE JULY 4TH CONCERT AT THE WAWA WELCOME AMERICA FESTIVAL

Film and Music Icon, Jennifer Hudson, performing alongside The Philly POPS® BIG Band, and Pop Superstar, Meghan Trainor Slated for Showstopping Performances on the Independence Blue Cross Stage

January 23, 2019

Welcome America, Inc. Names Michael DelBene President & Chief Executive Officer

Experienced Business Leader and Non-Profit Executive Chosen to Helm Key Organization Staging Citywide Events for Philadelphia

The Board of Directors of Welcome America, Inc. today announces Michael DelBene as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective February 6, 2019. DelBene will lead the non-profit organization in its 27th year of promoting American history and education in a public-private partnership with the City of Philadelphia, enhancing both the resident and visitor experience through year-round, economy-boosting events.

Media Alerts
July 4, 2020

Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert

WAWA WELCOME AMERICA LIVE JULY 4TH CONCERT FEATURING CYNTHIA ERIVO & JASON DERULO

BECAUSE OF COVID-19 SAFETY RESTRICTIONS, NO ENTRY IS PERMITTED TO THE CONCERT FACILITY FOR LIVE MEDIA; HOWEVER, ACCOMMODATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE SO THAT :30 SECONDS OF THE FIRST THREE SONGS OF EACH ARTIST WILL BE FED VIA THE LIVEU POOL CURRENTLY BEING USED FOR THE COVID-19 NEWS CONFERENCES. FEED CONTENT FOR BROADCAST USE ONLY (NO STREAMING). PROFESSIONAL PHOTOS OF THE CONCERT WILL BE UPLOADED IN REAL TIME FOR MEDIA TO USE.

July 4, 2020

Saturday, July 4 Wawa Welcome America Events

PECO Go 4th & Learn ••• Museums of the Day ••• Wawa Welcome America July 4th Pre-show ••• Celebration of Freedom Ceremony Presented by Freedom Mortgage ••• Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert

July 3, 2020

Friday, July 3 Wawa Welcome America Events

Independence Blue Cross #mindPHL Wellness Corner ••• Museums of the Day ••• PECO Go 4th & Learn: Historic Philadelphia ••• Music Play Patrol ••• U.S. Army Esports Tournament powered by Nerd Street Gamers: Rocket League 3v3 ••• POPS on Independence

July 2, 2020

Thursday, July 2 Wawa Welcome America Events

Independence Blue Cross #mindPHL Wellness Corner ••• Museum of the Day ••• PECO Go 4th & Learn ••• Music Play Patrol ••• U.S. Army Esports Tournament powered by Nerd Street Gamers ••• Philadelphia Orchestra’s “Let Freedom Ring!”

July 1, 2020

Wednesday, July 1 Wawa Welcome America Events

Wawa Hoagie Day ••• Independence Blue Cross #mindPHL Wellness Corner ••• Museum of the Day ••• PECO Go 4th and Learn ••• Music Play Patrol ••• U.S. Army Esports Tournament powered by Nerd Street Gamers ••• United States Army Field Band Pre-Show Party ••• The United States Army Field Band presents “Fanfares for Freedom”

June 30, 2020

Tuesday, June 30 Wawa Welcome America Events

Independence Blue Cross #mindPHL Wellness Corner ••• Museums of the Day ••• PECO Go 4th & Learn ••• Making Shakers with Music Play Patrol ••• Girls Like nicethings

June 29, 2020

Monday, June 29 Wawa Welcome America Events

Independence Blue Cross #mindPHL Wellness Corner ••• Museums of the Day ••• PECO Go 4th & Learn: Philadelphia Zoo ••• Music, Play, Patrol ••• The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own"

June 28, 2020

Sunday, June 28 Wawa Welcome America Events

Independence Blue Cross #mindPHL Wellness Corner ••• Museums of the Day ••• Founding Fathers' Sunday Supper ••• Hymns and Harmony Concert

June 30, 2019

Monday, July 1 Wawa Welcome America Events

Free Museums ••• PECO Go 4th & Learn at Penn Park ••• Chase Presents: Philly @ the Movies: Invincible
Powered By NRG ••• Photo Pop Philly: Sweet Paradise At The Bourse ••• Citywide Reading ••• The United States Army Field Band & Wawa Welcome America Waterfront Fireworks ••• Philadelphia International Airport Photo Exhibit

June 29, 2019

Sunday, June 30 Wawa Welcome America Events

Free Museums ••• Philadelphia’s Historic District Block Party ••• Circus Midway At Fringearts ••• Gospel on Independence ••• Chase Presents: Philly @ the Movies: Rocky Powered By NRG ••• Philadelphia International Airport Photo Exhibit

June 28, 2019

Saturday, June 29 Wawa Welcome America Events

Free Museums ••• The Philly Ice Cream Scoop ••• Philadelphia International Airport Photo Exhibit ••• United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Concert & Wawa Welcome America Waterfront Fireworks

May 16, 2019

2019 WAWA WELCOME AMERICA PRESS CONFERENCE

Wawa Welcome America Announces 2019 Festival Schedule - 50 Free Events Over Six Days Celebrating Philadelphia and America’s Independence

Media Credentials

Thank you for your interest in Wawa Welcome America. The City of Philadelphia announced that the 2020 festival will be delivered virtually in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the health and safety of the community top of mind. Welcome America, Inc. supports the City’s decision, and remains committed to hosting a festival that engages residents in every neighborhood of Philadelphia and across the nation in celebration of America’s Independence Day.

This year, Wawa Welcome America will be reimagined to create meaningful, at-home experiences that will embody the same spirit of celebration that Philadelphians have come to know and love over the past 28 years. Arts, culture, education, history and performance will continue to play a starring role in the festival, along with new virtual opportunities to expand and enhance Wawa Welcome America’s free and interactive programming.

Due to the virtual nature of the events, media coverage will look differently this year. Welcome America, Inc. is committed to providing information, visual materials and interview opportunities to media for all events. Please review the media alerts on this page for content or contact press@welcomeamerica.com directly to receive photos from the July 4th Concert or to coordinate interview requests.