July 2011 Philadelphia Events Welcome America Festival Fireworks


We constantly update this page with new events, so please frequently return, for new content. Naturally, if you're also interested in the many Philadelphia events during the previous month - June 2011 - we recommend that you take a look at our June 2011 Philadelphia Events Guide.

And if you just can't wait for August - take a look at our also-constantly-updated-with-new-events August 2011 Philadelphia Events Guide...

July 2011 Philadelphia Events – Fourth of July Celebrations

Welcome America 2011 Festival Runs from June 25 to July 4, With More Than 50 Events Celebrating American Independence

Philadelphia celebrates the Fourth of July with the 12 day Welcome America Festival, which is not only the largest Fourth of July Festival in the nation, but also takes place in the city where it all began. We'd recommend that you take a look at our standalone Welcome America 2011 Festival Page for more information.

Saturday, July 16 – Bastille Day Celebration at Eastern State Penitentiary Features An All Day Block Party On Fairmount Avenue - Fairmount Festival Runs From Thursday, July 14 - Bastille Day - through Saturday

Celebration of liberty in Philadelphia doesn't stop after the Fourth of July. Every year, Eastern State Penitentiary commemorates the liberty of France – America's ally during the American Revolution – with its Bastille Day festival. This always takes place on Saturday afternoon close to July 14 Bastille Day in France.

We recommend that for more in-depth information on the Bastille Day Fairmount Festival - which runs from Thursday, July 14 (Bastille Day itself) through Saturday, July 16 - that you take a look at our comprehensive Bastille Day 2011 Philadelphia Events Guide.

The historic prison located at 20th Street and Fairmount Avenue in the Fairmount section, reenacts the storming of the Bastille by the crowds of the revolutionary Paris. Marie Antoinette appears on the roof of Eastern State Pen and throws Tastykakes (Philadelphia's signature dessert snacks) to the crowd, due to her memorable line of "let them eat cake". The street fair includes food and drink supplied by the many trendy restaurants of Fairmount, as well as live music. Marie Antoinette is also guillotined during the party, during which Fairmount Avenue was blocked to traffic. You can call 215.236.3300 for more information.


Saturday, July 16 – 10 AM – 4 PM - The 5th Annual Ultimate Ice Cream Festival at Reading Terminal Market, Hosted By Bassetts Ice Cream

The best ice cream in Philadelphia can be found at Bassetts Ice Cream, which has been delighting patrons since the Civil War, in the historic Reading Terminal Market. And this day, you can enjoy more than just Bassetts’ own delectable fare. The 5th Annual Ultimate Ice Cream Festival provides free ice cream of every sort to visitors – it’s a great way to beat the heat and humidity of the Philadelphia summer.

It’s also easily accessible via SEPTA Regional Rail, as it is located directly adjacent to Market East Station at 11th and Market Streets.


In July 2011, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Presents Art After 5 Programming - Bastille Night and Other International Acts - in the Magnificent Cultural Institution

On all five Friday nights during July 2011, the world-class Philadelphia Museum of Art hosts its "Art After 5" entertainment, from 5:00 PM to 8:45 PM. You can make the short trip from Center City to 26th and the Parkway, and take in the following artists, many international in flavor, on these dates:

Friday, July 1 - Dendê and Band
Friday, July 8 - Israeli Night
Friday, July 15Bastille Night
Friday, July 22 - Venissa Santi
Friday, July 29 - Larry McKenna

These events are free, with your paid admission for that day.


Thursday, July 14 - U2 Brings Its Unique 360° Tour to Lincoln Financial Field, But Make Sure You Take the Broad Street Subway

Tickets are selling like hotcakes worldwide for the iconic Irish band's tour; in Philadelphia, they'll be at cavernous Lincoln Financial Field. We highly recommend, since 75,000+ people will be there to see Bono and the Edge, that you take SEPTA to and from the concert; check out our comprehensive SEPTA to Lincoln Financial Field Guide.

Saturday, July 23 - 9:00 PM - Philadelphia Union Takes on Spanish Power Real Madrid at Lincoln Financial Field - But Likewise, Take the Subway

Philadelphia Union - the city's MLS franchise - will be taking on one of the highest-prestige clubs in the world, Real Madrid. However, as with the U2 concert, we strongly recommend that you take SEPTA to and from the soccer match; check out our comprehensive SEPTA to Lincoln Financial Field Guide. This fact is underscored by the fact that the Phillies will be taking on San Diego at Citizens Bank Park, right across the street. Fortunately, the Phillies game starts at 4:30 PM, but soccer traffic will be arriving just as Phillies traffic leaves... so make your life easier and take the subway...


Saturday, July 16 – Noon – 8 PM - The 5th Annual Global Fusion Festival – This Year’s Theme – “Carnival” - at Penn’s Landing – Free Concerts and Entertainment Along the Delaware River

The 5th Annual Global Fusion Festival is returning to Penn’s Landing on Saturday. With eight hours of free entertainment and concerts, as well as vendors selling everything under the sun, it always attracts a big crowd. The Penn’s Landing event is the culmination of Fusion Week - a week-long series of events - but the Festival is by far the largest and most significant.

Sunday, July 31 – Noon – 10 PM - The 3rd Annual 2nd Street Festival in Northern Liberties – A Six-Block Long Party

The 3rd Annual 2nd Street Festival is returning to Northern Liberties on Sunday, July 31. It has been fused with the the 50th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival for that date. Over 10,000 people are anticipated to attend this year's event.

2nd Street will be closed from its 700 to its 1000 blocks. There will be three music stages to enjoy, all free of charge.

In light of the crowd and the compact neighborhood in general, we would strongly recommend SEPTA. However, the Northern Liberties neighborhood can be dangerous, particularly at night. Accordingly, we've created a standalone, comprehensive Traveling to Northern Liberties Guide, to get you there with maximum safety and convenience.


July 2011 Philadelphia Phillies Home Games at Citizens Bank Park

The Phillies have 13 home games at Citizens Bank Park in July 2011. We highly recommend that you take SEPTA there; take a look at our SEPTA Guide to Citizens Bank Park to learn the best ways to travel there.

The Phillies take on NL East rival Atlanta for a weekend series.

Friday, July 8 – Atlanta Braves – 7:05 PM

Saturday, July 9 – Atlanta Braves – 4:10 PM

Sunday, July 10 – Atlanta Braves – 1:35 PM

MLB’s All-Star break takes place from July 11 through July 14, with the Phillies resuming play @ the New York Mets and @ the Chicago Cubs. They return home on July 22.

Friday, July 22 – San Diego Padres – 7:05 PM

Saturday, July 23 – San Diego Padres – 4:10 PM

Sunday, July 24 – San Diego Padres – TBA

Monday, July 25 – San Diego Padres – 1:05 PM

Tuesday, July 26 – San Francisco Giants – 7:05 PM

Wednesday, July 27 – San Francisco Giants – 7:05 PM

Thursday, July 28 and Friday, July 29 are both important dates. There will be a spectacular fireworks extravaganza after each game, one that has to be seen to be believed. (Note that the fireworks games are, for some reason, not taking place during the Welcome America Festival, or even shortly after it, but in late July 2011.)

Thursday, July 28 – San Francisco Giants – 7:05 PM (Fireworks).

Friday, July 29 – Pittsburgh Pirates– 7:05 PM (Fireworks)

Saturday, July 30 – Pittsburgh Pirates– 7:05 PM

Sunday, July 31 – Pittsburgh Pirates– 1:35 PM



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