Many areas and streets across the city including Independence Mall and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be impacted by Wawa Welcome America! activities. Expect delays. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes, avoid areas near Wawa Welcome America! activities, allow for extra driving time and proceed with caution on July 4th. Due to increased activity and security in both the Parkway area and historic district, parking and traffic regulations will be strictly enforced. The following are the scheduled road closures:
Thursday, July 3
In the historic district, Chestnut Street, between 5th and 6th streets, will be closed to vehicular traffic, from 9:30 a.m. to Friday, July 4th at 5 p.m.
The Parkway will be open to vehicular traffic during morning and evening rush hours, but closed in between for construction related to the concert.
The entire Parkway will be closed following evening rush hour for activities connected to concert construction.
Friday, July 4
For the Party on the Parkway, along Benjamin Franklin Parkway and "Philly 4th of July Jam," Closures are in effect around the Parkway, from Arch Street to Pennsylvania Avenue and 18th to 25th streets, from 5 a.m. to around 5 a.m. on Saturday (weather-permitting).
In the historic district, in preparation for the Celebration of Freedom Ceremony and Independence Day Parade near Independence Hall, closed are: 5th and 6th streets, from Market to Walnut, beginning at 5 a.m.; Chestnut Street, between Front and 5th streets, starting at 7 a.m.
From 10:50 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the following roads are closed: Chestnut and Ranstead streets, from 6th to 9th Street; 9th from Chestnut to Market; East Market, from 9th Street to Front Street; 8th Street, from Arch to Walnut; from 7th Street, from Walnut to Arch; 6th Street, from Arch to Chestnut streets; 5th St. from Arch to Market streets; Front Street, from Arch to Dock streets; 4th Street, from Arch to Walnut; 3rd Street, from Walnut to Arch; 2nd Street, from Walnut to Arch; Strawberry Street, from Market to Chestnut streets; Bank Street, from Market to Chestnut.
All streets affected by the closures are scheduled to be reopened in the historic district by 5 p.m. on July 4th and in the Parkway vicinity by 6 a.m. on July 5th.
Buses: Riders should be on alert regarding detours that will be in place for road closures due to the festivities on the Parkway and Center City area. Specific detours for routes 5, 7, 9, 17, 21, 33, 38, 42, 43, 44, 47, 48, 57 and 61 have been posted online, with some beginning on Wednesday, July 3. More service-detour information is available on the "Service Status" section of www.septa.org