Wawa Welcome America

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Wawa Welcome America is Philadelphia's celebration of American independence. It's too big a party to limit to the 4th of July. Here's a day-by-day list of the events:

June 26, 2012
Go 4th & Learn to Expand Your Imagination
Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic
10am - 12pm

Go 4th & Learn continues with a morning of interactive exhibit zones designed to encourage learning through play at The Please Touch Museum at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park.

Philly @ the Movies - "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"
Piazza at Schmidts
1050 North Hancock Street

Enjoy the sights and sounds of one of Philadelphia's bustling neighborhood hubs, The Piazza at Schmidts. June 27, 2012

Go 4th & Learn about Fitness

Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse
East Fairmount Park
10am - 12pm

Break a sweat in the third installment of the Go 4th & Learn educational series! Kids can enjoy the 6.5 acre playground which includes the legendary, one-of-a-kind Ann Newman Giant Wooden Slide and more than 50 pieces of unique, age-appropriate and accessible pieces of play equipment.

Wawa Hoagie Day - Stars, Stripes & Hoagies Forever!
Independence Visitor Center Lawn at Independence National Historical Park
520-525 Chestnut Street,
12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will join Wawa associates and hoagie-lovers across the region to celebrate Wawa's Hoagie Day! Wawa Associates will serve up the largest and most appetizing hoagie yet- a true Hoagie of Heroic proportions weighing more than 3 tons!
This year's Hoagie Day will focus on honoring our troops and expanding Wawa's partnership with the USO. During the event, guests will have the chance to visit the "letters from home" station and write their thoughts and thanks to share with our troops. Wawa Hoagie Day will feature a patriotic concert by the Liberty Belles, the official USO Show Troupe. Philadelphia police officers, firefighters, and branches of the military will also compete in a Hoagie building contest to benefit local charitable organizations.

Philly @ the Movies - "Rocky"
Philadelphia Museum of Art
26th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
9 p.m.
Yo! The free Philly @ the Movies series continues with "Rocky," the beloved boxing film shot in and around Philadelphia. Bring your friends and family and watch the film right at the famous steps where the Rocky legacy lives forever.

June 28, 2012
Go 4th & Learn about Mummers
The Mummers Museum
1100 South 2nd Street
South Philadelphia
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Bring the whole family to this morning event to learn about the unique history and culture of Philadelphia's New Year's Day tradition, the Mummers.

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Go 4th & Learn about Animals
The Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 West Girard Avenue
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Come visit with more than 1,300 rare and endangered animals from around the world at "America's First Zoo." Kids will discover educational experiences, entertaining activities and interactive fun while learning about the many different animals that call the Philadelphia Zoo home.

June 29, 2012
Taste of Philadelphia Kickoff Featuring Jazz and Blues on the Waterfront
Penn's Landing
301 S. Columbus Blvd
5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Wawa Welcome America! invites visitors and Philadelphians alike to ignite their taste buds at Taste of Philadelphia, a signature three-day food sampling event that begins this evening. Each year, Taste of Philadelphia continues to expand its food offerings, family friendly activities and free music entertainment - with 2012 set to be the "biggest bite" for food lovers yet.
In addition to some of Philadelphia's most notable restaurants, Philadelphia's famous food trucks will line the Chestnut Street bridge offering a unique twist on the traditional sidewalk cart. As guests dine on local favorites, their eyes and ears will take "note" - not only of the sounds of some of the nation's most storied jazz and blues musicians but also of the beautiful views of historic Philadelphia. Entertainment and admission to Penn's Landing for Taste of Philadelphia are free - with bite-sized dishes from restaurants and food trucks offered at a few dollars each. Throughout the duration of Taste of Philadelphia, world-class blues and jazz artists will entertain guests on two stages - the RiverStage at Penn's Landing and the Old City Stage at Front and Chestnut Streets. Musical line-up for Taste of Philadelphia will be announced soon, so check back frequently for updates.

June 30, 2012
Taste of Philadelphia Concert and Fireworks Spectacular
Sponsored by Adventure Aquarium
Penn's Landing
301 S. Columbus Blvd
11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Local Philadelphia culinary favorites are served up for another day as our headliner lights up the stage with a soulful performance.

During the afternoon, Taste attendees will be the first to hear performances from the finalists of the 2nd Annual Wawa Welcome America! Singer/Songwriter Competition.

The acts will perform before Philadelphia music industry judges on the RiverStage in the hopes of being crowned the 2012 winner.

Later that evening, Taste will end with a bang - literally - as a brilliant fireworks display, sponsored by Adventure Aquarium, illuminates the sky over the Delaware River.

Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival
Walnut West Parking Lot
at Columbus Blvd. and Walnut Street
12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Guests are invited to enjoy an all-you-can-eat ice cream buffet benefiting the Joshua Kahan Fund, fighting to cure pediatric cancer. $7 admission is required to enter.

July 1, 2012
Taste of Philadelphia Gospel Sunday
Penn's Landing
301 S. Columbus Blvd
11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Come back for a third round of local culinary favorites as the Taste of Philadelphia celebration dishes out food nirvana, courtesy of local eateries. Enjoy the sights of the Delaware River waterfront and the sounds of some special gospel choirs which will perform inspiring and uplifting sets along the waterfront at the RiverStage.

Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival

Walnut West Parking Lot, at Columbus Blvd. and Walnut Street
12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Guests are invited to enjoy an all-you-can-eat ice cream buffet benefiting the Joshua Kahan Fund, fighting to cure pediatric cancer. $7 admission is required to enter.

July 2, 2012
Philly @ the Movies - "Why Did I Get Married?"
The Dell Music Center
North 33rd Street
9 p.m.
Once the sun goes down, the big screen goes up for a night of movie entertainment under the stars. Enjoy Tyler Perry's 2007 hit, "Why Did I Get Married?," at the Dell Music Center.

July 3, 2012
Mural Arts Paint Day
Independence Visitors Center, Independence Mall.
Guests will be able to apply their touches to parts of a mural honoring The Roots. "POPS! on Independence"
Independence Hall
8 p.m.
Peter Nero and the Philly Pops!® return to celebrate America's birthday in America's birthplace with "POPS! on Independence," a free concert at Independence Hall. As one of Philadelphia's most popular Fourth of July traditions, seating is first come, first served. Note: Concertgoers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

July 4, 2012
Celebration of Freedom Ceremony
Steps of Independence Hall
6th and Market Streets
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Come pay tribute to our great nation with a celebration of music, inspiring remarks and a reading of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence, among other special elements.
Philadelphia Independence Day Parade
Throughout Historic Philadelphia
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
An annual Philadelphia classic takes freedom to the streets with more than hundreds of participants from states across the nation, including marching bands, floats, military organizations and several special performing teams. This visual feast is the most diverse Fourth of July Parades in the country, and people of all ages will surely enjoy the patriotic pageantry as it winds through the nation's most historic square mile. Come witness Patriotic Pageantry as over 5,000 participants from across the nation celebrate America's Birthday in America's Birthplace. This year's parade features a "Heroes Salute" honoring the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 - The United States Military, veterans, firefighters and police officers. You won't want to miss the 2012 Independence Day Parade!

July 4, 2012 Party on the Parkway
Benjamin Franklin Parkway
20th Street to Eakins Oval
12 p.m. - 7 p.m.
The highly anticipated day-long Party on the Parkway kicks off at noon on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 20th Street to Eakins Oval, featuring blocks and blocks of exciting and educational activities, games, entertainment and food for the whole family until 7 p.m.
The festival offers three music stages, a wealth of music programming throughout the day, sporting events, an art pavilion incorporating an array of eclectic talent that performs and interacts with the crowd and many more activities. A Go 4th & Learn area for children presented by Radio Disney also will be offered, bringing education to life through interactive games, make-and-take arts and crafts, a Radio Disney Music Stage and face-painting. Food vendors will fill the Parkway cooking up delicious food to delight the whole family.

Philly 4th of July Jam and Grand Finale Fireworks
Benjamin Franklin Parkway
20th and Eakins Oval
7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
The Roots will serve as the house band for the Wawa Welcome America! Philly 4th of July Jam - "The Largest Free Concert in America." The festival's Musical Director Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson will perform alongside an incredibly talented array of the brightest and boldest talent on the national music scene including Queen Latifah, Daryl Hall, Common, Joe Jonas and more special guests, on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Following this spectacular performance will be an amazing fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Visit Welcome America for more details.

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