Move over, July 4: Philly’s planning a new celebration on the real independence day

A brand-new family-oriented patriotic celebration with a parade, free concerts, restaurant deals and extended museum hours is coming to Old City this year — just a couple days before Philly’s traditional Independence Day festivities.

The neighborhood’s cultural and tourist organizations have banded together to create what they’re calling the inaugural Red, White & Blue To-Do Pomp & Parade on July 2. 

They plan to turn the festival into an annual event and make it part of the nation’s 250th birthday, or Semiquincentennial, which is expected to draw millions of visitors to Philly in 2026.

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