Celebrity performances on the iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway will headline the non-stop live concert featuring food trucks, beer gardens and fun activities. The Concert will honor Philly's own Boyz II Men and feature performances by The Philly POPS, Mandy Gonzalez, Tony DeSare and the legendary Mary J. Blige.
The newly formed Philly Pops Big Band, an 18-piece outfit playing blues, jazz and swing in the styles of Harry James and Count Basie, will debut with a pair of concerts on the Fourth of July, First, they'll play a morning performance during the Celebration of Freedom ceremony and parade at Independence Mall. That night, they'll play on the Ben Franklin Parkway at the Welcome America 4th of July Concert. They'll open the show, ahead of Mary J. Blige, the return for the grand finale before the fireworks. For the evening concert, the band will feature guest vocalists Tony DeSare and "Hamilton" star Mandy Gonzalez. Three University of the Arts graduates will join as back-up singers.