Positively Philadelphia: Things to do at the Welcome America festival

Lauren Lipton
June 30, 2019 - 4:00 am

Parade Colonial Men - Rich Meyers via Welcome America Festival

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Welcome America Festival is underway and while there will be fireworks, concerts and of course hoagie fest, there are other activities around the city.  

"On Tuesday, July 2 at 4 p.m. we are going to rename the block of Broad Street, between Spruce and Locust Streets, ’Patti Labelle Way' and we are going to celebrate and honor her for the mark that she has left on Philadelphia," explained Welcome America President and CEO Michael DelBene.

He says the street naming ceremony is open to the public and right after that everyone is invited to join the fun at the Kimmel Center's Great American party on the plaza.

Go 4th and Learn – Samuel Mitchell via Welcome America Festival

"The Hamiltunes perform. They are Broadway performers singing songs from Hamilton and other great shows. The United States Navy Cruiser band is also going to perform,” he said. “The free museum program is bigger than it has been in the past. Twenty-two free museums this year.”

There are free movies all over the city and something very new and very special. 

"In this year’s Salute to America Independence Parade we are going to display, and unveil for the first time, a 190 foot long by 18 foot wide flag called Canvas of America and that is comprised of 195 smaller flags from countries around the world,” Delbene said. "I like to say that Philadelphia did it first, we do it best. We have big firework displays, we have things for all ages, it’s all family friendly, it’s all free, our invitation is celebrate with us."