The Party on the Parkway begins with live music (check out the The KIDZ BOP Kids: Life of the Party Tour on the main stage starting at noon), food and other cultural celebrations. At 5 p.m., West Oak Lane native and Tony Award winner Leslie Odom Jr. will host the concert headlined by Leon Bridges, and featuring Empire's Yazz the Greatest, the O'Jays, Harold Melvin's Blue Notes and the Philly Pops. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m.
Noon-10 p.m. Monday, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, free, welcomeamerica.com.
8-10 p.m. (fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.) Friday and Saturday, Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S Christopher Columbus Blvd., free, delawareriverwaterfront.com.
Tim McGraw, 2 p.m., Monday, $29.50-199.50; Boardwalk at Lincoln Ave., wildwoodbeachconcerts.com.
There will be 20 food trucks -- must we say more? Well, we can. There will be two stages of live music, a kids zone including face painting, dance performances, balloon animals and more.
1- 8 p.m. Sunday, 5th and 6th Streets between Market and Chestnut, free, welcomeamerica.com.
Right after the Historic Block Party, the Philly Pops! run through everything from Gershwin to Ragtime, from "America the Beautiful" to "God Bless America" outside of the building where the American experiment truly began, Independence Hall. "I think the best way to feel the pride is through music, because music can really dig into your soul and stir your emotions," said Michael Krajewski, musical director and conductor of Philly Pops!.
If you miss the concert on Sunday, the orchestra will be playing in the Parkway on Monday.
8 p.m., Sunday, Independence Hall, 520 Chestnut St., free, welcomeamerica.com.
Betty Cantrell, better known as Miss America, will travel up Chestnut Street and down Market Street, along with 10 floats and other entertainment.
11 a.m. Sunday, starting at 5th and Chestnut Streets, ending at Front and Walnut Streets, free, wawawelcomeamerica.com.
5-10 p.m. Monday, Wiggins Waterfront Park, Riverside Drive and MLK Boulevard, Camden, NJ, Free, camdencounty.com.
Atlantic City fireworks displays are best seen along the marina and the boardwalk.
9:30 p.m. Monday, Atlantic City Boardwalk and Marina District, free, 888-228-4748, atlanticcitynj.com.
Head to the beach at 6 p.m. for hula-hoop, yo-yo, and kite-flying competitions before fireworks off of Music Pier, with ambiance via Tidal Wave Band before and after.
Times vary, multiple locations, free, 609-399-1412, oceancityvacation.com.
Following the Phillies games against the Kansas City Royals on Friday and Saturday, check out the fireworks display, with music performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra. On Saturday, the National Youth Orchestra USA Brass Ensemble performs. To purchase tickets to the Phillies game go to: phillies.com/tickets.
Game starts at 7:05 p.m., July 1; Games starts at 5:50 p.m., Saturday, $23-$85, Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way, phillies.com.
Youngsters who are ready to see if they pass military muster can head to the park, where they'll receive their barking orders -- a tour around the grounds. Then, they'll run over to the New Hall Military Museum to join their countrymen and women in drills before receiving a commission.
Enroll between 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., report at 12:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m., Friday-Monday, Independence Visitor Center, 1 N Independence Mall W, free, 215-965-2305, nps.gov.
With appearances by Hamilton's Leslie Odom, Jr. and actor, director, and producer Tom Verica (How to Get Away with Murder), the annual event honors everyday heroes who better our Philadelphia community. A reading of the Declaration of Independence will kick of the day, with Mayor James F. Kenney presenting awards to citizens who make those unalienable rights available in our democracy, like the finalists for the Wawa Foundation Hero Award.
10 a.m. Monday, 520 Chestnut St., free, welcomeamerica.com.
"There would be no Founding Fathers without Founding Mothers," said John Hopkins, Burial Ground Coordinator and Tours Manager at Christ Church.
Hopkins will be giving a tour alongside historical figure Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson, an acclaimed American poet of the colonial era. Attendees will embark on a journey through revolutionary history, learning about key leaders like Abigail Adams, Sarah Franklin Bache, and Elizabeth Powel. Hopkins will also share the story of Deborah Sampson, one of the first female soldiers in the U.S. military, who dressed as her brother to be able to join up. Sampson fell ill in Philadelphia and a doctor who is buried at Christ Church unveiled that Sampson was a woman.
"Now, since there's a female as one of the leading candidates for president, it's even more important to remember these stories and some of these women, who would be very happy to know what's going on in politics," Hopkins said.
He will guide the 40-minute Founding Mothers Tour each Friday in July, and will lead it every day during the Democratic National Convention.
5:30 p.m., Friday, 20 N. American St., $10, 215-922-1695, christchurchphila.org.
11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Saturday, 320 Chestnut St., free, 215-629-4026, historicphiladelphia.org.
11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Chaddsford Winery, 632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, $10, 610-388-6221, chaddsford.com.
From 10 a.m., Monday, multiple locations, free, glensidejuly4thevent.com.