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Independence Park: Independence declared and proclaimed

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Kathy Martin ( Independence Park

Independence Day, 2014, will be celebrated in fine Philly fashion at Independence Park, Mall and Visitor Center. There’s a full week of flag waiving patriotic music and feasts. Wear your patriotic pride and enjoy with some well-planned choreography of Philly’s 4th of July festivities.

Independently delighting the senses

Philadelphia has paternalistic responsibility to define the historic details and promote the celebration of Independence Day, as no other American city. It is critical that Philly make this history come alive, so visitors can understand the significance of the Constitution and celebrate in a way that is uniquely, Philly. Plan to participate in the festivities across the city, and include a few of these events, at Independence Park, to really appreciate our freedom.

July 2nd, at noon, may well be one of the most beloved of the annual events held at Independence Mall, at least for Philadelphians. Yes, we love our hoagies, and, Wawa’s annual Hoagie Day is worthy perhaps of its own holiday. Arrive in time for your part of the 4.5 tons, yes tons, of hoagies which Wawa will make, and provide free, to visitors. As a reminder, you can work off some of this feast if you make like Rocky on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art where a free screening of the iconic namesake will be held at 9:00 p.m. On July 3rd, beginning at 8:00 p.m. is another annual Philly favorite. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs to be audibly inspired by the Philly POPS! This American-themed concert includes the infamous 1812 Overture and excerpts of Thomas Jefferson reading the Declaration of Independence.

Four on the 4th of July

Beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Independence Mall, is the Celebration of Freedom program. This year, the program will include recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision that ended public school racial segregation. There are a variety of additional programs to consider the related history that brings us to today. The Independence Day Parade, begins at 11:00 a.m. in front of Independence Hall. Four two hours the parade will wind all of its colorful floats, bands and patriotic groups throughout the historic district. At 1:00 p.m., be at the Independence Visitor Center in time for American’s Birthday Party with Betsy Ross and Termini Brothers Bakery. Here they will present the world’s largest American flag made of cupcakes, with free tasting. Finally, from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m., at Independence Park, descendants of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and Pennsylvania Society’s Sons of the Revolution will present a program of history and ceremony that ends with the symbolic tapping of the Liberty Bell. These four events will have you ready to be wowed by the grand finale fireworks for a very full, patriotic Independence Day.

But wait. On July 8th at noon, Independence Hall presents the 238th Anniversary of the Reading of the Constitution. This annual event is held in the very place where the first public reading took place. This year’s commemoration of the 238th public reading of the Constitution includes a re-enactment of Colonel John Nixon as he strode to a platform in what was then the State House Yard. Declare, proudly and honorably, your patriotic thanks this Independence Day, with Philly finesse and fun.

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