Coming into Philly for July 4th? Here are some suggestions on getting around

Mark Abrams
July 03, 2019 - 4:00 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — If you're planning to come into Philadelphia to join the festivities on July Fourth, you'll want to be prepared for a couple of road closures and some parking restrictions. 

"Come early and don't count on parking or driving anywhere near the Ben Franklin Parkway or Independence Mall," said Visit Philadelphia's Cara Schneider Bongiorno. 

Police will be closing off streets surrounding the Independence Mall area beginning Wednesday night for the annual Pops concert in front of Independence Hall. 

They'll remain closed through about midday on Thursday for the July Fourth parade and ceremonies in front of Independence Hall.

Schneider Bongiorno says thousands will be coming to town just for the big party on the parkway and the fireworks at night.

"The party on the Parkway goes all day. There'll be plenty to eat, plenty to drink. There'll be facilities," she said. 

Related: Are fireworks legal in your neighborhood? Check the rules before striking that match

And the best way to get around is a little bit of walking combined with SEPTA.

To see a list of Philadelphia Parking Authority lots and garages available July Fourth, click here

SEPTA will run their Sunday service on all regional rails. Additional trains will be added for the Market-Frankford Line and Broad Street Line. There will also be several bus route detours. For more information, click here

Road closures 

All road closures below are in effect from approximately 4:00 a.m. on the Fourth of July to 2:00 a.m. on July 5 unless otherwise noted.

- 1900 Race Street
- 1800-1900 Vine Street
- I-676 Off-Ramp at 22nd Street
- I-676 On-Ramp at 22nd Street
- I-76 eastbound Off-Ramp at Spring Garden Street
- Spring Garden Tunnel
- Park Towne Place between 22nd Street and 24th Street
- 22nd Street between Winter Street and Pennsylvania Avenue (local access maintained for Park Towne residents via complex driveway on 22nd Street)
- 21st Street between Winter Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
- 20th Street between Arch Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
- 19th Street between Callowhill Street and Cherry Street

- Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 18th Street to Eakins Oval (all lanes)
- Eakins Oval (all lanes)
- Kelly Drive between Eakins Oval and Fairmount Avenue (Kelly Drive inbound closed at Fountain Green Drive beginning at approximately 5:00 p.m.)
- Rear of Art Museum – Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive
- 2000-2100 Winter Street
- MLK Drive from Falls Bridge to Eakins Oval
- Spring Garden Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and 31st Street
- 23rd Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Eakins Oval

Celebration of Freedom Ceremony and Salute to America Independence Day Parade road closures.

- Chestnut Street, between fifth and sixth streets, remains closed from July 3 events and will be in effect until 7:00 p.m.
- 6th Street, between Market and Chestnut streets, remains closed from July 3 events and will be in effect until 3:00 p.m.
- 3rd Street, between Arch and Walnut streets, will be closed from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- 4th Street, between Arch and Walnut streets, will be closed from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- 5th Street, between Arch and Walnut streets, will be closed from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Chestnut Street, from Front Street to Seventh Street, will be closed from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Chestnut Street, from Seventh Street to 10th Street, will be closed from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Due to public safety interests relating to the fireworks show, all roads listed below will be closed from 5:00 p.m. on July Fourth to approximately 1:00 a.m. on July 5, unless noted otherwise. 

- Kelly Drive from Fairmount Avenue to Fountain Green Drive
- Lemon Hill Drive
- Sedgley Drive
- Waterworks Drive
- Poplar Drive