Tap into your child's creativity at Art Kids Studio. Photo by Elizabeth Leitzell/Philadelphia Museum of Art
Tap into your child's creativity at Art Kids Studio. Photo by Elizabeth Leitzell/Philadelphia Museum of Art

4th of July Weekend in Philly: Fireworks, Parades, Festivals, and More Fun

It's Fourth of July weekend, and many Philly parents find themselves with an extra long reprieve to celebrate our nation's freedom and independence. So, why not plan some family fun by using our events calendar, which is exploding with festivals, parades, and fireworks?

Independence Day celebrations are being held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, in Peddler's Village, at Washington Crossing Historic Park, and at Pennsylvania Colonial Plantation. There are Fourth of July parades throughout the region in spots such as Radnor, Newtown Square, and Southampton, and fireworks shows in Upper Darby, Ridley, Bethel Township, Kennett Square, Langhorne, and Center City. 

If your crew is looking to head into the city, check out Franklin's Secret City walking tour; drop by Historic Philadelphia to listen to Once Upon A Nation Storytelling; or paddle on the Delaware River at Penn's Landing. For those in the 'burbs, listen to tunes at Shady Brook Farms or Abington Art Center; search for birds at John James Audubon Center; or explore the Curiosity Carnival at Winterthur. Other great ideas can be found in our Summer Activity Guide for Philadelphia Kids.

But for now, get your red, white, and blue on and plan out this weekend's activities for your family with our list below.

Places featured in this article:


Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Bethel Springs Elementary School

Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Between Tamanend Park and Klinger Middle School

Young Gates-KIds Online Personalized Classes

Young Gates-KIds Online Personalized Classes

Atsion Recreation Area

Lake Absegami- Bass River State Forest

Lake Nummy- Belleplain State Forest

Pocono Mountain ZipLine at Whitewater Rafting Adventures

Refreshing Mountain Retreat and Adventure Center

Clemente Park and Playground

Fountain of Youth Spray Park

Montgomery Township Community & Recreation Center

Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center

Northern Liberties Recreation Center
Morning Bird Walk
Peter Wentz Farmstead - 8:30 AM Pick
Toddler Time
American Swedish Historical Museum - 10:30 AM Pick
Movies By The River
Glen Foerd on the Delaware - 6:00 PM Pick
ShiverQuest Scavenger Hunt 2021
Riverbend Environmental Education Center - various times Pick
Paleopalooza Festival
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University - various times Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides