Welcome America 2018 Lineup Unveiled: 'This is the real deal'

There are many new additions this year.

Andrew Kramer
May 21, 2018 - 7:12 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) - Wawa Welcome America is Philadelphia's largest annual citywide event.

We learned last month that rapper Pitbull will be headlining the July 4th concert on the Parkway. And on Monday, the party got started early as the rest of the 2018 lineup was unveiled at the Independence Visitor Center.

"50 events over seven days, all of which are free," said Mayor Jim Kenney. "Everyone is welcome."

That last remark coincides with this year's "Welcoming the World with Love" theme.

"It's all about a festival with a positive message," said Wawa Welcome America President and CEO Jeff Guaracino. "So if you want to come and hear patriotic songs, celebrate what it means to be an American, if you like parades or if you just like to have a party and have a good time, that's what Philly's all about."

In addition to the return of activities like firework shows, Wawa Hoagie Day and Red, White & Blue Happy Hours, there will be some additions this year, including...

"Three nights of great concerts at Independence Hall," said Guaracino. "(That) has never happened before."

Other new events include the PA Convention Center Community Festival, the Historic District Block Party celebrating the Bourse reopening and the Summer Love launch event at Dilworth Park to name a few. You can also enjoy Free Museum Days at 18 Philadelphia museums.

"This is the real deal," added Guaracino. "Philadelphia is authentic. It all happened right here. Come see where it actually happened and learn a little bit about history."

It all gets underway on June 28th.

You can see the entire festival lineup here