Things to do in Philadelphia this weekend

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Free Museum Admission: Take advantage of the weekend’s free admission at several local museums. On July 1, visit the African American Museum. On July 2, hit up the National Constitution Center or the elegant Powel House, a mansion dating back to George Washington’s time. On July 3, don’t miss seeing the Barnes exhibits for free or pay what you wish to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. On July 4th, The National Museum of American Jewish History offers free admission. All museums offer visitors a chance to explore aspects of America’s Revolutionary Period or the road to independence.

Historic Philadelphia Block Party: On July 4, party on the same streets our Founding Fathers walked on. A free block party with food trucks, performances and a kid friendly areas will stretch between 5th and 6th Streets and Market and Chestnut. Food trucks include Nomad Pizza, Underground Donuts and Bassetts ice cream. The event runs from 1-8 p.m. and features live entertainment. Don’t miss special appearances by 18th-century citizens. For the full line-up, visit www.welcomeamerica.com.

Pops on Independence: The Philadelphia POPS returns to Independence Hall for the annual free performance on July 3. Under the direction of Michael Krajewski, the 65-piece orchestra will perform patriotic numbers featuring two native Philadelphian artists: Allison Blackwell and Justin Hopkins. The show begins at 8 p.m.

Independence Day Parade: Philadelphia’s annual Independence Day Parade is the oldest in the country. This year’s kicks off at 11 a.m., July 4 and celebrates inclusion, diversity, patriotism and American pride. The parade includes entertainment, more than 10 floats and Betty Cantrell, Miss America 2016. The parade begins at 5th and Chestnut and travels west to 9th street and then north to Market Street, then east to Front Street, ending at Front and Chestnut.

Party on the Parkway: Every year, the Ben Franklin Parkway is transformed into the party of the weekend. The day kicks off at noon with a festival featuring food and free entertainment. The Wawa Welcome America! July 4th Concert runs from 5-10 p.m. Performers include Philadelphia native and Tony Award Winning Hamilton star, Leslie Odom Jr. and TV star from Empire, Yazz the Greatest (Bryshere Gray). The evening ends with the Philly POPS and at 10 p.m., a fireworks show.

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