The 240th anniversary of our nation’s independence is upon us, and the Philly area is one of the most exciting places to celebrate. Listen to concerts outside of the hall where the Declaration was signed in 1776 and party on a Parkway named after one of our favorite local founding fathers. Here are a few more recommendations for how to paint the town red, white, and blue this July 4th weekend:

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,

It’s time to look up: July 4th isn't the only fireworks display happening in Philly this holiday weekend. On Friday, Philadelphia Orchestra assistant director Lio Kuokman leads a free neighborhood concert of American music, and boy soprano Bobby Hill, famed from his impromptu dazzle at the Pope’s concert, is on hand, and the program ends with Tchaikovsky’s “War Of 1812” Overture with the essential fireworks. On Saturday, the United States Army Band provides a night of patriotic music. Best places to watch? Try Great Plaza, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, Independence Seaport Museum (free for members, $16 for non-members), Spruce Street Harbor Park and Penn’s Landing Marina, and Race Street Pier.

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,

Country superstar Tim McGraw headlines Wildwood's July 4th blowout, along with openers like Hunter Hayes and Maggie Rose. But they're not the only the only musical celebs taking the shore this weekend. The Philly Pops will be joined by Broadway vet and Delaware County native Allison Blackwell and the operatic Justin Hopkins on Saturday. The scheduled Philly Pops! concert has been canceled. A percentage of profits go to organizations like the Michael Strange Foundation and Wildwood Vietnam Vets that service veterans and their families. 

Tim McGraw, 2 p.m., Monday, $29.50-199.50; Boardwalk at Lincoln Ave.,

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,

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,

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,

Live in Jersey and don't feel like crossing over into PA? Camden holds its own party, including performances by Ginger Coyle and the Peace Freqs (6:30 p.m.) and Michael McDonald (8 p.m.), and a fireworks 9:30 p.m.

5-10 p.m. Monday,  Wiggins Waterfront Park, Riverside Drive and MLK Boulevard, Camden, NJ, Free,

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,

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,

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:

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,

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,

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,

Founding Mothers Tour at Christ Church Burial Ground

"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,

The Declaration of Independence goes missing just before it’s supposed to be read for the first time. Animal puppets guide the action as kids of all ages help find the document before it’s too late in this interactive performance.

11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Saturday, 320 Chestnut St., free, 215-629-4026,

Nothing says July 4 quite like barbecue coupled with a dry rosé. Catered by Luigi and Giovanni’s and accompanied by live music, Chaddsford Winery will serve “smokey, spicey” Pennsylvania wines with a “medium body,” according to winemaker Jim Osborn. “It’s a pretty laid back type of event where people can bring friends and family to the vineyard,” Osborn said.  

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,

It’s Christmas in July for Philly’s suburbs. The entirely volunteer-led Greater Glenside Patriotic Association has worked all year to raise over $55,000 for a full day of jam-packed fun. In the morning, about 1500 parents and children will run sprints and sack races in Harry Renninger Memorial Park, scoring medals along the way. Free hot dogs, juice, and soda will provide attendees with something to munch on before the 113th annual Grand, Glorious Patriotic Parade at 4 p.m., which features three drum and bugle corps, two top-grade string bands, two brass bands, and colonial fife and drum groups. Up to 35,000 people will watch and listen along the parade route, and Easton Road will be positively stuffed with viewers and American flags. Then, when the day grows dark, fireworks will fly above Abington Senior High and Middle Schools. 

From 10 a.m., Monday, multiple locations, free,

The country home, which belonged to Philadelphia mayor and Supreme Court Chief Justice James Logan in the 18th century, hosts a low-key party to commemorate American Independence, complete with hot dogs, make-it-yourself vanilla ice cream, and tunes by Run of the Mill String Band. Benjamin Franklin will be in attendance to speak with his countrymen, and the afternoon’s mood will “evoke that sense of a traditional backyard picnic vibe, just your classic celebration for Independence Day,” according to Stenton’s Site Administrator and Director of Education Kaelyn Barr. “It’s kind of like a backyard barbecue,” Barr said. “It’s a very relaxed community event, and instead of doing anything too crazy, or too crowded, it’s an alternative, fun, hang-out sort of a thing.”

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Monday, Stenton, 4601 N. 18th St., free, RSVP requested,  215-329-7312,