Parades, parties, and fireworks, of course! These celebrate the birth of our nation, America - the land of the free and the home of the brave. So, isn't it our obligation as citizens of this great country to enjoy all the fun the first weekend in July has to offer? As the place where it all began, Philadelphia is home to some of the best Independence Day celebrations to be found.
See an encampment at Washington Crossing Historic Park, enjoy a picnic and 4th of July celebration at Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, or listen to live music and view fireworks at Upper Darby High School. Consider visiting the National Museum of American Jewish History or The Barnes which both offer free family programming.
Continue reading to see our top picks for the weekend ahead. As always, scroll through our jam-packed Event Calendar for even more options. However you chose to celebrate the 4th, Mommy Poppins hopes you enjoy a wonderful weekend with family and friends.
Independence Day Family Fun- Philadelphia, PA
Franklin Square is buzzing with excitement all weekend. Families can expect mini-golf and rides on the Parx Liberty Carousel and the Lighting Bolt Express to celebrate our nation's birthday.
Kutztown Folk Festival- Kutztown, PA
Learn about the Pennsylvania Dutch at this family-friendly festival. Guests can expect music, dancing, children's activities, and traditional Dutch Pennsylvania cuisine.
Fourth of July Celebration- Newtown Square, PA
Experience how the 4th was celebrated years ago at Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation. Guests can expect house tours, textile demonstrations, live readings, and more. Picnics are welcome.
Saturday, July 2
Red, White, and Blue BBQ- Lahaska, PA
Peddler's Village celebrates our nation's birth with live music, food, and children's activities.
Freedom Blast- Philadelphia, PA
History lovers can step back in time at Fort Mifflin. See how soldiers and citizens lived during the Revolutionary War.
Home Depot Kids Workshop- Your town, PA
Kids can learn how to make an Ice Age bowling game at your local Home Depot location. Advanced registration is suggested.
Happy Birthday America! Concert Under the Stars- Erwinna, PA
Listen to a patriotic concert and watch the fireworks at Tinicum Park.
Sunday, July 3
Art Splash- Philadelphia, PA
Watch the Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum Ensemble as they entertain the crowd at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Afterwards, explore the Museum and all of its fascinating exhibits.
Steamin' Day at Auburn Heights- Yorklyn, DE
Climb aboard for a train ride, peek in historic automobiles and eat freshly popped popcorn at Marshall Steam Museum.
Free First Sundays at the Barnes- Philadelphia, PA
Visitors to the Barnes can listen to talks, watch performances, and participate in hands-on activities throughout the museum.
Monday, July 4
Annual July 4th Parade & Celebration- Glen Mills, PA
Dress in red, white and blue to celebrate our independence at Thornbury Park's parade. After the parade, awards for most patriotic dog and owner, best float and best car are presented.
Family Day at the National Museum of American Jewish History- Philadelphia, PA
Guests can enjoy educational programs, hands-on projects, stories and other family-friendly activities at this free event held at NMAJH.
Celebrate Independence Day at Washington Crossing- Washington Crossing, PA
Touring historic buildings, listening to the recitation of the Declaration of Independence and viewing an actual encampment are just a few of the activities visitors can expect at Washington Crossing Historic Park.
Party on the Parkway- Philadelphia, PA
Enjoy games, children's activities, extreme sports, and live entertainment all day long at the Party on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Quakertown Community Day- Quakertown, PA
A car show, live music, games, and fireworks await visitors of Memorial Park.
Photo courtesy of Fort Mifflin.