Philadelphia 4th of July Weekend 2018 – 10+ Things to Do in Philadelphia in July

There are few cities with as much patriotism as Philadelphia, so you know there’s bound to be plenty of 4thof July fun in Philly.

If you’re looking for Philadelphia 4th of July Weekend 2018 ideas, check out some of these local activities and fun things do in Philly in July, including…

  • Wawa Welcome America
  • All American Celebration at The National Constitution Center
  • Philadelphia Museum Week
  • Fireworks at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • and more…

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Regular admission to a number of these attractions are available on The Philadelphia Pass.

Choose as you go from top Philadelphia attractions & activities and save up to 45% off combined admission vs paying at the gate.

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Please note, some of these special July and 4th of July weekend events may be separately ticketed and not available on The Philadelphia Pass.

Wawa Welcome America 2018
June 28th – July 4th, 2018

There is something for everyone to enjoy during this week-long celebration of America.

This year, there are 50 different free events for visitors and locals to take part in.

Free museums, movies, music, and hoagies are just some of the perks of this patriotic week.

Getting In: Welcome America is free and open to the public.

All American Celebration at The National Constitution Center
July 1 – 4, 2018

bronze statues at the National Constitution Center

Featuring an interactive Independence Day show, you’ll learn about the Declaration of Independence and how it’s changed since.

There will also be reenactments in which visitors can explore the grounds and experience what it was like to be a soldier during the Revolutionary War.

Getting In: National Constitution Center tickets are included with The Philadelphia Pass.

Philadelphia Museum Week

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During its week-long celebration, many of Philadelphia’s museums are offering free admission on select days.

Here’s the breakdown of Philly’s best museums:

  • National Constitution Center – Learn about how the U.S Constitution came to be and the people involved in a fun, interactive museum experience.
  • Eastern State Penitentiary – Step inside one of the most famous prisons in United States’ history, you might even find out if it’s actually haunted.
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art – See one of the best art museums in the U.S, featuring a very strong collection of European art, featuring artists like Picasso, Monet and Van Gogh.

Getting In: Admission to the above museums is available with The Philadelphia Pass.

Fireworks at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
July 4th, 2018

Head to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for a tremendous celebration of America. This year’s event features Philly POPS Big Band, Heather Headley, and Pitbull! The concert will be followed by the largest fireworks display that Philadelphia has seen in a decade.

Getting In: This event is free to the public.

Battleship New Jersey Museum & Memorial


Board our nation’s most decorated battleship and learn about some of it’s many battles throughout WWII, Korea and Vietnam wars. The ship is now located on the Camden Waterfront, across from Center City Philadelphia.

The ship was in commission for 48 years, so as you make your way through the massive water-craft you’ll learn tons about the vessel through an audio tour.

Getting In: Battleship New Jersey Museum & Memorial tickets are available with The Philadelphia Pass.

One Liberty Observation Deck



Swing by the One Liberty Observation Deck to get a breathtaking view of the city from 57 floors up.

This is a great activity because it allows you get a lay of the land while also learning about the city, making the rest of your exploring easy as apple pie.

You’ll also be right in the middle of the city, and there will be tons of events going on, as mentioned above as part of the Welcome America week.

Getting In: One Liberty Observation Deck tickets are available with The Philadelphia Pass.

Remember to Save on Attraction Admission

There you go – plenty of fun ideas for things to do in Philadelphia in July to help you plan your 4th of July weekend itinerary.

Remember, many of these great ideas are included on The Philadelphia Pass, where you can save up to 45% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.

We really hope you consider adding a few of these popular options to your upcoming plans. Enjoy!

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