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May 21, 2018

Wawa Welcome America 2018 Festival Schedule

50 FREE EVENTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2018 WAWA WELCOME AMERICA FESTIVAL
THURSDAY, JUNE 28 – WEDNESDAY, JULY 4

Three Nights of Concerts at Independence Hall; Two Fireworks Shows – The Biggest in a Decade;
26th Annual Wawa Hoagie Day; 18 Free Museums and Attractions; Debut of NEW Festival Events, and
Prime Time July 4th Concert Starring Pitbull Televised Live on NBC10 starting at 7 p.m.

May 21, 2018

Wawa Hero Award Finalists

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

Four Greater Philadelphia Area Non-Profits Will Be Celebrated During Wawa Welcome America! Festivities, Which Include: Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia, EducationWorks, Inn Dwelling, Philadelphia Fire Department Explorers

April 12, 2018

Wawa Announces the 2018 Wawa Foundation Hero Award Details and Timeline

Submissions accepted April 12 – May 7 for The Wawa Foundation Hero Award, honoring a non-profit organization committed to serving the Philadelphia area by assisting others.

April 9, 2018

MR. WORLDWIDE, GRAMMY® WINNING GLOBAL SUPERSTAR PITBULL TO HEADLINE PHILADELPHIA’S FREE JULY 4TH CONCERT

Also starring in the Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert will be Grammy Award Artist Heather Headley, and The Philly POPS® BIG Band. Philadelphia’s July 4th concert--produced by Live Nation Philadelphia-- is just one of the 50 free events planned for the 2018 Wawa Welcome America seven-day festival (Thursday, June 28 through Wednesday, July 4). The July 4th Concert will end with Philly’s largest Wawa Welcome America fireworks show in more than a decade. Produced by Pyrotechico and Comcast, the show will feature new special effects and a soundtrack dedicated to love.

July 3, 2017

City and Festival Officials Announce Plans for Upcoming Wawa Welcome America! Events

Details on entertainment, transportation, parking, security and other activities prior to and on July 4th.

June 27, 2017

WAWA WELCOME AMERICA ANNOUNCES HAPPY HOUR AND BRUNCH LOCATIONS AND DETAILS

Ben Franklin Will Be Popping-Up at Stoli Red, White & Blue Happy Hours and Brunches on
Friday, June 30 and Sunday, July 2 at Various Locations Throughout the City

June 22, 2017

MORE EVENTS, MORE DETAILS FOR WAWA WELCOME AMERICA JULY 4TH FESTIVAL, JUNE 29 - JULY 4

Get Free Up-Front Mary J. Blige and KIDZ BOP KIDS "Best Time Ever" Tour Concert Tickets, New Travel Packages & Deals, New Events, Fireworks Details, Mural Arts Philadelphia Monument Lab Summer Sampler & More!

May 23, 2017

WAWA WELCOME AMERICA 2017 FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 50 FREE EVENTS CELEBRATING THE NATION’S INDEPENDENCE DAY, JUNE 29 – JULY 4, 2017

The Honorable James F. Kenney, Mayor of the City of Philadelphia, and Welcome America, Inc. today announced 50 free events that will create the 2017 Wawa Welcome America six-day festival Thursday, June 29 through Tuesday, July 4. The Wawa Welcome America festival celebrates American history, education and Philadelphia. The 2017 festival will encompass free, patriotic events throughout the City and concludes with 12 hours of non-stop commemorations and celebrations on July 4th. The theme of this year’s 25th Anniversary Wawa Welcome America is “Everyone is a History Maker.”

April 21, 2017

Initial Details Announced for Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert Starring Mary J. Blige

Welcome America, Inc. and Live Nation Philadelphia announce the first details of the 2017 Wawa Welcome America six-day festival Thursday, June 29 through Tuesday, July 4. New Concert and Broadcast Times; Earlier Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.; Boyz II Men Honored; Kidz BOP Kids Returns for Early Afternoon Concert, and the Premier of the Philly POPS BIG Band

April 13, 2017

Wawa Extends Title Sponsorship of Wawa Welcome America Through 2019

Wawa announced their continued investment in Wawa Welcome America as the title sponsor through 2019 as part of a Wawa Day celebration – honoring the most important date in Wawa’s history – the day Wawa opened its first convenience store in 1964. The extension through the year 2019 will mark the 10th year of Wawa’s title sponsorship of Philadelphia’s free July 4th celebration.

Media Alerts
May 21, 2018

2018 WAWA WELCOME AMERICA PRESS CONFERENCE

Wawa Welcome America Unveils 2018 Festival Schedule - 50 Free Events Over Seven Days Celebrating Philadelphia and America’s Independence

July 4, 2017

TUESDAY, JULY 4 WAWA WELCOME AMERICA FREE FESTIVAL EVENTS:

CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM CEREMONY, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE, PARTY ON THE PARKWAY, ENTERTAINMENT ON INDEPENDENCE MALL, NATURALIZATION CEREMONY, JULY 4TH CONCERT & FIREWORKS, FREE MUSEUM DAYS, & SAND SCULPTURE SPECTACULAR

July 3, 2017

MONDAY, JULY 3 WAWA WELCOME AMERICA FREE FESTIVAL EVENTS:

FREE MUSEUM DAYS, HISTORIC DISTRICT BLOCK PARTY, POPS ON INDEPENDENCE CONCERT, PHILLY @ THE MOVIES, & SAND SCULPTURE SPECTACULAR

July 2, 2017

SUNDAY, JULY 2 WAWA WELCOME AMERICA FREE FESTIVAL EVENTS:

FREE MUSEUM DAYS, STOLI RED, WHITE, & BRUNCH, GO 4TH & LEARN AND PHILLY @ THE MOVIES: ROCKY EDITION, A CHANCE TO WIN UP-­‐FRONT TICKETS TO MARY J BLIGE, & SAND SCULPTURE SPECTACULAR

July 1, 2017

SATURDAY, JULY 1 WAWA WELCOME AMERICA FREE FESTIVAL EVENTS:

FREE MUSEUM DAYS, PERFORMANCES IN PUBLIC SPACES, WELLS FARGO COMMUNITY DAY, GO 4TH & LEARN, RED, WHITE & BREW FEST, THE FOOD TRUST’S NIGHT MARKET, PHILLY @ THE MOVIES, CONCERT AND FIREWORKS, & SAND SCULPTURE SPECTACULAR

June 30, 2017

FRIDAY, JUNE 30 WAWA WELCOME AMERICA FREE FESTIVAL EVENTS

Free Museum Day and Night, Go 4th & Learn, Happy Hours, Philly @ The Movies, Concert and Fireworks & Sand Sculpture Spectacular

June 29, 2017

THURSDAY, JUNE 29 WAWA WELCOME AMERICA FREE FESTIVAL EVENTS

Wawa Hoagie Day, Free Museum Day, Go 4th & Learn and Summer Mummers Concert, Philly @ the Movies, Sand Sculpture Spectacular

June 24, 2017

BOYZ II MEN STREET DEDICATION CEREMONY

Broad Street between Christian and Carpenter Streets in South Philadelphia will be named for Hometown History-Makers Boyz II Men on Saturday, June 24th at 11:00 a.m.

May 23, 2017

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE TO BE ANNOUNCED FEATURING 50+ FREE EVENTS

Join us at the Independence Visitor Center on May 23, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. when Welcome America, Inc., the City of Philadelphia, Wawa, Live Nation Philadelphia and partners will announce details of 50 free events for the 2017 Wawa Welcome America six-day festival Thursday, June 29 through Tuesday, July 4.

Media Credentials

Thank you for your interest in the Wawa Welcome America! To apply for a Media Credential, please complete the application below.  Please remember this is only a request and approval is not guaranteed. Credentials are limited, especially for the July 4th Concert. Applications are for one per person and non-transferable.  Each person from your outlet must fill out their own application. Approved credentials are not transferable. Credentials provide access to designated event media areas.

Applications must be submitted by Friday, June 22, 2018. You will be notified by e-mail of your application status by Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and interest in Wawa Welcome America.

 

Media Credentials are required for the following events:

Gospel on Independence (Sunday, July 1)

Kimmel Center’s Broadway on Independence (Monday, July 2)

POPS on Independence (Tuesday, July 3)

Celebration of Freedom Ceremony (Wednesday, July 4)

The United States of America Independence Day Parade (Wednesday, July 4)

Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert & Fireworks (Wednesday, July 4)

NOTE: All other Wawa Welcome America events can be covered without a press credential.

 

If you have any questions, please contact press@welcomeamerica.com