Philadelphia comes alive on the Fourth of July. Every Independence Day, this city buzzes city with proud Americans. While many people flock to New York City or Washington, DC for their Fourth of July festivities, there are several things happening in Philly. As one of the country’s most important historical cities, and home too many Founding Fathers, it’s a fun and unique place to visit on America’s birthday.
Plus, this city has plenty of concerts, King of Prussia hotels, restaurants, and historic monuments to celebrate America’s birthday. This guide will help you plan your trip.
What’s the Best Way to Celebrate the Fourth of July?
The summertime is the best time to explore the city. Maybe you’re someone who doesn’t own a bike or doesn’t want to bring one with you. Indigo is a new transportation system that has over 60 bike stations with over 600 bikes to rent. You can rent a bike by the hour and get in the middle of the Fourth of the July buzz.
There are plenty of concerts in Philadelphia taking place on the Fourth of July. There’s a free concert series along the Delaware River at the Philadelphia Orchestra. You’ll hear classic American songs such as “America the Beautiful” and “The Washington Post March.” The concert is free to attend, but come early since seats fill up fast. The festivities will end with a fireworks show over the river.
You can also attend the Concert at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway featuring Jennifer Hudson and Meghan Trainor. The Independence Blue Cross Stage is set to become a star-studded event with award-winning artists, popular artists, and big-named bands. It’s also the first time that the United States Army Field Band will perform at the Philadelphia Museum of Art as fireworks light up the night sky behind them.
What Are the Best Restaurants?
When most people think of Philadelphia, they think of cheese steak sandwiches, water ice, and pizza. Pat’s and Geno’s have both of these food options and more. But the food scene is as diverse as the culture you’ll come across. Get your Chinese food fix at Dim Sum Garden or Sang Kee Peking Duck.
If Ethiopian food is your thing, then you’ll enjoy Abyssinia, Dora Wat, and Mesekerem in the University City neighborhood. There are also cocktails and fine dining options if that’s more your thing. Some notable spots include The Franklin Bar and the Ranstead Room. You can also enjoy local craft beer with family and friends at Dock Street and Forest and Main, which provides a combination of international and national beers.
Where Should You Stay?
Philadelphia is made up of various neighborhoods, each with their own appeal. Most visitors love to stay in the downtown Center City area. The Delaware River is a perfect backdrop if you want an old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration.
The Hyatt House Philadelphia/King of Prussia is a great choice to stay in this area, especially if you’re looking for something that’s in the center of it all. You can go on a shopping spree at the King of Prussia Mall and then head back to your hotel for a swim in the pool.Featured amenities include free internet, free parking, and free continental breakfast.
The Valley Forge Casino Resort can add some extra excitement to your 4th of July trip. Not only is it a well-appointed hotel resort, but there are also myriad nightlife options like shows, bars, and clubs. Plus, there’s the casino if you’d like to try your luck and maybe get some more vacation spending money.
How Do You Get There?
It’s easier to get to Philadelphia than most people assume. The Philadelphia International Airport is the main airport in this city and is just 20 minutes away from Center City. If you’re visiting from New York City or Washington DC, then you’ll want to travel by bus or train. Both of these options drop you off at 30th Street Station. Or, you can book a shuttle bus that takes you to the Reading Terminal Market in the downtown area.
Should You Use Public Transit?
There are a wide variety of public transportation options in Philadelphia. If you want to ride by subway, then you’ll need a day pass or SEPTA key. You can get one at most subway stops and train stations. If you want to use the city bus or trolley and you don’t have a SEPTA key, then you’re expected to pay $2.50 in cash. Other options include city taxi and ride-sharing apps.