Philadelphia freedom

The Baltimore Sun

It's easy to be patriotic and celebrate our nation's birthday at "Sunoco Welcome America!," a weeklong Independence Day celebration in the City of Brotherly Love. The festival takes place Thursday-July 4 on the streets of downtown Philadelphia. Featured will be concerts, games, food, salsa lessons, a carnival and fireworks. The festivities end the night of the Fourth with a parade, more fireworks and a performance by Hall & Oates.

"Sunoco Welcome America!" runs noon-11 p.m. each day at various locations in downtown Philadelphia. Some events may start before noon. Admission to the festival is free. For more information, call 215-683-2200 or go to

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