Wawa Welcome America unveils festival plans: 53 events, 6 days, all free

Hadas Kuznits
May 16, 2019 - 3:31 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It might be the middle of May but Fourth of July excitement was building today as Welcome America unveiled some their upcoming plans at the Independence Visitor's Center.

"Six days, 53 programs, three fireworks (shows), eight tons of hoagies, 100% free," said Wawa Welcome America president and CEO Michael Delbene. 

New at this year's six day Wawa Welcome America celebration, culminating on the Fourth of July is a day of service.

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"I think it's really important that we as a festival recognize the contribution that is made when you roll up your sleeves and get to work," Delbene said.

He says there will be three fireworks displays this year.

"We have a fireworks display on Saturday, Monday and then Thursday the 4th (of July)," he said.

The festival takes place June 29 through July 4.

"There really is one marquee event every day,” he said. “One of the things that I really love is the block party on Sunday, Gospel on Independence on Sunday night.  We've got the United States Army Field Band coming on Monday, Wawa hoagie day, the concert on Thursday."

Welcome America will end with a free party on the Ben Franklin Parkway, featuring Jennifer Hudson and Meghan Trainor.

"Jennifer Hudson is performing with the Philadelphia Pops Big Band, which we're really excited about," Delbene said.

You can find the complete list of event’s on WelcomeAmerica.com.