For nearly three decades, America’s birthplace (Philly, of course!) has celebrated Independence Day with Wawa Welcome America – a free, multi-day festival encompassing multicultural and multigenerational programming, highlighting our city’s diverse voices. Of course, this year’s event has had to pivot to a virtual experience, but will still include a lineup of concerts, online educational activities, cooking demonstrations, at-home crafts, virtual museum tours, and much more!
Never ones to miss out on a party, the Free Library is offering several ways to participate:
Monday, June 29
The Oak Lane Library has prepared "Sing Some History" – a performance of classic folk songs that were written in Philadelphia.
Tuesday, June 30
The Free Library's Special Collections Division (including the Rare Book Department and the Print and Picture Collection) will participate in Free Museum Days with a live event exploring Philadelphia’s history and its history of celebrations.
Friday, July 3
The Logan Library is going virtual to celebrate by making red, white, and blue fruit kebobs that you can try for yourself at home!
Rather explore at your own pace? View our curated Digital Collections for patriotic items including maps, rare engravings, and posters from past summer reading campaigns and city parades!
For more information on Wawa Welcome America and the full slate of offerings, visit the official event website, and don’t forget to capture your fun at home using the #July4thPhilly hashtag on social media!