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Celebrate Independence!!

Who is ready for a week of BBQ’s, Parades, and Fireworks?!

If you are looking for some exciting ways to celebrate America this week, there are lots of opportunities in both Philadelphia and South NJ!

The Welcome America Festival in Philadelphia kicks off this weekend and runs all week long with fun events and activities for all ages. If you looking to start the party this weekend (SUNDAY 6/30), you can hop on the PATCO speedline to head over to Old City and enjoy the Historic District Block Party complete with live entertainment and family fun activities! Check out the complete list of Welcome America Events here!

As we’re sure you are already aware from the rumbles in the sky, we don’t have to wait until July 4 to catch a great light show!

Watch fireworks from Battleship New Jersey: June 29 and July 1. The decks open at 7 p.m., with live music, face painting for the kids, food concessions, a cash bar and the chance for someone to fire the saluting gun. The fireworks shows are scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. Guests can bring blankets to sit on the deck. Admission is $10 per person, and proceeds benefit battleship restoration. Get tickets:

Then on July 4th there is the Camden County Freedom Festival concert and fireworks. The free entertainment on the Camden Waterfront begins at 5 p.m. with a number of musical performances. There will be food vendors and an exclusive beer garden will feature Tonewood Brewing. Fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Wiggins Park, 2 Riverside Drive, Camden.

We have plenty of celebrations happening in our south NJ communities as well. Here is a list of some of the events:


Fourth of July parade: July 3, 6:30 pm. (rain date is July 5). See floats and more at the borough’s annual tradition.

Fireworks: July 3, 9:30 p.m. (rain date is July 5). Seating will be very limited and only in front of Woodland School. The fireworks will be set off behind the school at 1 School Lane.


Bike parade: July 4, 10 a.m. Riders are encouraged to decorate their bikes, wagons, strollers and scooters for a short route that begins at Haddon and Zane avenues, going down Zane, Park and Browning and ending at Brown and Magill.

Games at the pool: July 4, 2 p.m. Events include water games, raft races, coin toss and more. Prizes offered for participants. Pool membership or day pass required for admission. Roberts Pool, 215 Hillcrest Ave.

Concert and fireworks: July 4. Eight-piece band To the Max will perform. Admission is free. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.; show starts at 8 p.m. Fireworks start around 9:15 p.m. (rain date is July 5) at the high school stadium, 424 Collings Ave. Stadium seating will not be available so bring a blanket.

Gloucester City 

Parade, concert and fireworks: July 3, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Parade at 6 p.m. along Broadway and Charles Street to O’Donnell’s Restaurant. Fields at Johnson Boulevard.


Fireworks celebration: July 3. The “Yankee Doodle Do” event begins at 6 p.m. with food trucks, bounce houses and live music along Kings Highway. Fireworks go off at 9:20 p.m.

Declaration of Independence reading: July 4, 9:30 a.m. Colonial-era re-enactors and town criers will be on hand for the public reading of the declaration outside the historic Indian King Tavern Musuem.

Fourth of July parade: July 4, 10 a.m. Patriotism will be on display with floats, antique cars and cute kids parading along Kings Highway. Haddonfield Order of the Eastern Star #140 will run an Alex’s Lemonade Stand in conjunction with the parade this year. It will be in front of the Haddonfield Masonic Lodge, 16 Kings Highway East.

Haddon Township

Fireworks: July 3 (rain date is July 5). “Happy Birthday America” celebration begins at 7 p.m. and ends with a fireworks display at dusk. Haddon Township High School football stadium, 406 Memorial Ave.

Independence Day Parade: July 4, 11:30 a.m., from municipal building at 135 Haddon Ave. to Crystal Lake Pool, Crystal Lake and Park avenues. Free hot dogs, water and land games at the pool.


Fourth of July Parade: July 4, 10 a.m. East Beechwood and Johnson avenues to East Holly Avenue, West Holly Avenue, Newton Avenue, West Clinton Avenue to Oaklyn Public School on Kendall Boulevard.