Fourth of July Celebrations Without Fireworks

Not a fan of fireworks? Events all over the Greater Philadelphia area celebrate Independence Day without them.

Pull out your red, white, and blue.

There are many local events for residents of all ages to mark down on your calendars as the nation approaches its 236th birthday next Wednesday. 

The Wawa Welcome America! festival will provide plenty of activities in our nation's birthplace, starting June 26 and wrapping up on July 4 with a free concert and fireworks finale at Philadelphia Museum of Art. (Check out the full schedule by clicking the link.)

However, as our schedule shows, celebrating America's freedom can involve much more than just pyrotechnics. 

Here are the details of the area's variety of Fourth of July celebrations. (Check back Wednesday for a list of area fireworks displays.)


Tuesday, June 26

A Patriotic Concert by The Patriotic Festival Choir, made up of singers from local churches. 


When: 7:00 p.m.

Cost: Free; proceeds from free will offering will support The Veteran's Legacy.


Sunday, July 1

is a day full of colonial activities in celebration of Independence Day. 

Where: , E Bishop Hollow Rd & Chapel Hill Rd, Media, PA

When: 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Cost: $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for children (4-12)


Wednesday, July 4

The  returns to West Chester Pike after bringing out over 400 participants last year.

Where: Starts/ends near the Broomall Fire Company, 10 N Malin Rd, Broomall, PA

When: Race begins at 9:25 a.m., awards ceremony and raffle follows

Cost: $20 to participate


The  provides a venue to decorate everything from bicycles to pets.

Where: , 107 W Chester Pike, Havertown, PA

When: 10:00 a.m.

Cost: Free


West Chester will also host a , with prizes for the best decorated bikes and more. 

Where: , North 5 Points Rd., West Chester, PA

When: 10:00 a.m.

Cost: Free


 is a day full of colonial activities in celebration of Independence Day. 

Where: , E Bishop Hollow Rd & Chapel Hill Rd, Media, PA

When: 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Cost: $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for children (4-12)


has plenty to do for the whole family, including a moonbounce and a bike/stroller/wagon/etc. decorating contest.

Where: Rose Tree Ln & Oxford Hill Ln, Havertown, PA

When: Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at Westgate Park Circle; activities at Westgate Park start at 11:00 a.m.

Cost: Free


The , led by Director Tom Hoey, will play an authentic recreation of a John Philip Sousa concert. 

Where: , W Rose Tree Rd & N Providence Rd, Upper Providence, PA

When: 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Cost: Free


Garrett Hill's  has a great parade line-up set, featuring a host of bands, fire companies, and elected officials.

Where: , 810 Conestoga Rd, Bryn Mawr, PA

When: 10:45 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Cost: Free


A dedication of the recently expanded will honor eleven residents from Springfield and Morton for their services. 

Where: Springfield Volunteer Memorial Field at the corner of Saxer and Powell

When: 8:15 a.m. 

Cost: Free

Did we miss something? Please let us know about it in the comments area below. Or let us know if one of the items above is not to be missed.

Sandy Olsavsky June 27, 2012 at 03:10 PM
The Penfield Civic Association has a 4th of July Celebration at the Grange Playground in Havertown. We begin at 9:30 with a bike parade led by the Brookline Fire Company, then we have moonbounces, face painting, spin art, fire truck rides and relay races until Noon. Cost is $20 per family.


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