Five things to do today – 4th of July celebrations, concert

An American flag passes through the parade route on Chestnut Street during the 2013 Fourth of July Parade in Philadelphia. Parades, fireworks displays, beach parties and Wawa Welcome America! festivities are all on tap for the July 4th weekend. ( ANDREW RENNEISEN / Staff Photographer/File)

Happy Fourth of July! Make our Founding Fathers proud today.

For an All-American celebration: Starting at 9:30 a.m., the Independence Visitor Center on Independence Mall is holding a variety of historical and patriotic events like a Town Crier’s reading of Independence Day events, colonial crafting and an flag made entirely out of cupcakes.

For an aquatic parade: This isn’t your usual parade. Decorated vessels will cruise along the waterway starting at the Avalon Marine Center at 1 p.m. in Avalon, NJ.

For a public reading: To mark the anniversary of the country’s independence, stop by Hopewell Furnace in Elverson, PA for a 2 p.m. reading of the Declaration of Independence and a sing-a-long of patriotic tunes.

For a peaceful evening: This holiday can get a little wild. Unwind at Amitayus Kadampa Buddhist Center in Center City for a free meditation session at 7 p.m. Head out with the group for dinner at More Than Just Ice Cream after.

For something funky: War, whose hits include “Low Rider” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” kick off the first summer concert in the series at Sugarhouse Casino in Fishtown. The show starts at 6 p.m. but War doesn’t take the stage until 9 p.m.