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 […]


A Children’s World Fair may be the next big thing coming to Philadelphia

A really big year for Philadelphia may get even bigger if three of the city’s most-loved institutions have their way. The Please Touch Museum, the Philadelphia Zoo, and the Mann Center for the Performing Arts have partnered to explore the possibility of a Children’s World Fair in 2026. Not only is that the year of […]


Historic District museums and businesses launch new summer event ahead of 2026

Historic Philadelphia and museums and businesses throughout Old City will debut a new event this summer that aims to highlight Philadelphia’s vital role in the nation’s history ahead of the country’s 250th anniversary in 2026. Red, White & Blue To-Do’s inaugural event will take place on July 2 at locations throughout the Historic District, which runs […]



Press Release

The Connelly Foundation, the William Penn Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Neubauer Family Foundation today announced the launch of a philanthropic initiative: the Philadelphia Funder Collaborative for the Semiquincentennial. The four grantmakers have committed $9 million to the Funder Collaborative, which is intended to provide financial support to Philadelphia-region nonprofits as they prepare and implement programs commemorating the 250th birthday of the United States on July 4, 2026.