This month, the City of Brotherly Love celebrates the country’s birthday with four days of festivities. Other top events to mark on your calendar? Concerts starring musical icons, international festivals, theater romps, tons of laughs and a vintage car show. Here are a few events for a jam-packed July in Philadelphia.
Wawa Welcome America!
Through July 4
This citywide party toasts the country’s birthday with family-friendly events all around town, from Independence Mall to Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Delaware River Waterfront. This year’s festivities include all the fun from past years, plus musical headliners Jennifer Hudson and Meghan Trainor leading up to the big bang, reworks over Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Visit website for complete schedule.
“Legally Blonde: The Musical”
Through July 21
Founded in 1809, the oldest continuously operating theater in America has a reputation for putting on some stellar shows, from classics to comedies and musicals. This month, “Legally Blonde: The Musical” takes the historic stage in a song-and-dance redo of the hit film about a Southern California sorority girl, who takes Harvard Law School by storm. Walnut Street Theatre, 215.574.3550
The Oval+ Opens
Every summer, The Oval+, an egg-shaped park located on Philly’s own version of Paris’ Champs-Élysées, turns into an eight-acre playground for just about everyone. Kids and families play on colorful installations, music lovers groove to live entertainment, movie buffs catch up on summer flicks and fitness fiends perfect their yoga poses. Check website for details. 215.607.3477
Party Latin style with food, dance, music and more. Great Plaza, Penn’s Landing, 215.627.3100
Ballet X Summer Series
The contemporary corps takes on “The Little Prince” to original music by Peter Salem. The Wilma Theater, 215.546.7824
A parade and a global bazaar highlight this family-friendly fest. Penn’s Landing, 215.922.2FUN
Yoga @ Race Street Pier
Sun salutations and half moon poses go alfresco at the waterfront. Penn’s Landing, 215.922.2FUN
The former “The Daily Show” correspondent lends his trademark wit. Punch Line Philly, 215.606.6555
University City Dining Days
This college neighborhood serves up tastes at three discounted prices: $15, $25 and $35 at participating restaurants. Check website for restaurants and details.
“Latin History for Morons”
School’s in on actor John Leguizamo’s comedy-filled and enlightening lesson. Merriam Theater, 215.893.1999
Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival
Top tunes and art light up this homey neighborhood music fair. Check website for details. Saunders Park Greene
The pop singer takes the stage on his summer tour. Wells Fargo Center, 215.336.3600
Shakespeare in Clark Park tackles this tragic tale of power and madness. Clark Park, 215.764.5345
Xponential Music Festival
More than 30 top musical acts—including Hozier, Elvis Costello and Blondie—bring WXPN’s popular radio music show to three stages. Check website for up-to-date lineup and details. Various venues
Mint-condition wheels rev up this hip area. Call for details, 215.336.1455
After a $2 million makeover, the historic fountain opens with a new dancing water show. 215.629.4026