Closures and Information Related to Welcome America / July 4th on the Parkway

Party on the Parkway and July Fourth Concert & Fireworks
The following information is related to the Party on the Parkway and July Fourth Concert & Fireworks.

All closures listed below are in effect from approximately 5 a.m. on Monday, July 4 to 4 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5 unless otherwise noted:

Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 18th Street to Eakins Oval (all lanes)

– Eakins Oval (all lanes)
– Kelly Drive between Eakins Oval and Fairmount Avenue (Kelly Drive inbound closed at Fountain Green Drive beginning at approximately 5:00 p.m.)
– Rear of Art Museum – Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive
– 2000-2100 Winter Street
– MLK Drive from Falls Bridge to Eakins Oval
– Spring Garden Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and 31st Street
– 23rd Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Eakins Oval.

All closures listed below are in effect from approximately 5 a.m. on Monday, July 4 to 2 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5 unless otherwise noted:
1900 Race Street
1800-1900 Vine Street
I-676 Off-Ramp at 22nd Street
I-676 On-Ramp at 22nd Street
I-76 eastbound Off-Ramp at Spring Garden Street
Spring Garden Tunnel
Park Towne Place between 22nd Street and 24th Street
22nd Street between Winter Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
21st Street between Winter Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
20th Street between Arch Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
19th Street between Callowhill Street and Cherry Street

The following roads will be closed on Monday, July 4 beginning at approximately 1 p.m. until approximately 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5:
All roads from Arch Street to Spring Garden Street, 18th Street to 22nd Street (local access maintained for residents)
All roads from Arch Street to Fairmount Avenue, 22nd Street to Corinthian Street (local access maintained for residents)
16th and 17th Streets, between Arch Street and Spring Garden Street will be closed only if conditions warrant in the interest of public safety
1600-1700 Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be closed only if conditions warrant in the interest of public safety

Due to public safety interests relating to the fireworks show, all roads listed below will be closed from 8 p.m. on Monday, July 4 to approximately 1 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5, unless noted otherwise:
Kelly Drive from Fairmount Avenue to Fountain Green Drive
Lemon Hill Drive
Sedgley Drive
Waterworks Drive
Poplar Drive

Note: Parkway closures may begin earlier in the evening, depending on crowd size. 


The Philadelphia Parking Authority will not be enforcing meters, kiosks, or residential parking time limits on Monday, July 4 and Tuesday, July 5.Safety regulations, however, will remain in effect. Enforcement of all parking regulations will resume on Wednesday, July 6.

Transportation and Public Transit
Philadelphia’s mass transit system, SEPTA, offers two subway lines, regional rail service to and from the surrounding suburbs, and bus service throughout the city.
Regional rail service, the Market Frankford Line, and the Broad Street Line will operate on a Sunday schedule with additional cars added to increase rider capacity at the break of the event. Check the SEPTA website for more details.

At approximately 4:15 p.m. on Monday, July 4, SEPTA will stage buses for those leaving the Parkway at the following locations (to depart upon event conclusion):
21st Street – West side of the street facing south between Winter and Race Streets
Check SEPTA’s website,, for full details on transit options. For information on NJ Transit routes and schedules on July 4, visit

ADA Pick-Up and Drop-Off
ADA vehicles are encouraged to pick-up/drop-off along 22nd Street for the July Fourth Concert and along 18th Street for the Party on the Parkway, However, there is no parking available at these locations.


The Philly PHLASH Downtown Bus Loop will operate a special holiday service on Monday, July 4. For updated holiday route detour and schedule information, visit

Taxi & Ride Share
Designated ride share and taxi drop-off points for the July Fourth Concert and Party on the Parkway will be 17th and Callowhill Streets or 19th and Callowhill Streets.

Venue Rules and Safety Information

The vicinity of the Party on the Parkway/Wawa Welcome America July Fourth Concert & Fireworks (a boundary from at least 19th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and adjacent areas), will be secured and protected for a safe and fun celebration. Throughout the Wawa Welcome America festivities, the City will provide enhanced law-enforcement and emergency medical services. The City and Welcome America are coordinating with local, state and federal public safety authorities to ensure everyone can safely enjoy the Fourth of July.

Those attending the Fourth of July activities can do their part by making a plan regarding driving, public transit, parking, supervision of children and wearing comfortable, seasonal attire.

The Party on the Parkway/Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert & Fireworks is open to the public and free to attend.  Guests will be directed to enter the event venue at one of the secured entry points at the following locations: (See info above)

  • Logan Circle (north and south sides)
  • 20th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway (north and south sides)
  • A designated ADA viewing area will be located to the left of the main stage.

To ensure the safety of all event-goers, persons and/or belongings will be subject to search at the entry-points listed above. The following are lists of permitted and prohibited items at the Party on the Parkway/Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert & Fireworks:

For the safety of event attendees and staff, the following items are prohibited:
Weapons and contraband of any kind regardless of permitting, e.g. Right-to-Carry permits will not be honored, and entry will be denied.
Fireworks, firecrackers, or explosives (including sparklers)
Open flame of any kind
Illegal or illicit substances of any kind
Flyers, handbills, posters, stickers (no solicitation allowed)
Unauthorized commerce
Items that would obstruct others’ view (large signs, banners, etc.)Drones and any other unmanned and remote-controlled devices
Skateboards, rollerblades, bicycles, segways, hoverboards, and similar items (cannot be brought into the event space)
Glass Containers
Laser pointers
Selfie Sticks
Any other item or action deemed dangerous or inappropriate by production or security management

The following items are permitted at festival events:
Small personal coolers
Pets on leashes
Chairs and blankets (not permitted in ticketed front section)

Please note: all persons and/or their belongings are subject to search as a condition of entry into Party on the Parkway and the July 4th Concert & Fireworks. 

When in doubt, leave it home!
Keep possessions and bags with you always and do not leave them unattended.
In emergencies or to report a suspicious person, activity or item (a backpack, package, or container), notify a police officer immediately or call 9-1-1.
Do not try to open, move, cover or touch a suspicious item.
Parents or guardians should report a missing child to the nearest law enforcement officer, medic, private security representative or information booth as soon as possible.
Public safety officials will coordinate the search for missing children with the full support of the Philadelphia Police Department.
Be sure to take a photo of your child before arriving at the Welcome America events. If separated, this will be very helpful for those searching for your child. It’s also recommended to have children memorize their parent’s cell phone numbers.
If you’ve lost a personal belonging, look for the nearest information booth where you last had the item. Wawa Welcome America staff can check if the item has been returned there or at other information booths.

Any items found after the start of the concert will be taken to the Welcome America security trailer at the southeast corner of N. 22nd Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

After July 4, lost items can be reclaimed by contacting the Welcome America office at

“Location markers” will be posted to easily identify a location on the Parkway and Eakins Oval (by letter and number, for example: K-1) to facilitate communicating during the activities, especially in the event of an emergency.

Media Credentials 
Media are invited to cover all festival events; however, Media Credentials are required for select events, Media can apply for applications here. 

Media Credentials are required for the following events:
Monday, July 4 at 7:00 p.m. – July 4th Concert & Fireworks on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Screening for credentialed July 4th Concert media will take place at 23rd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue