Good morning and welcome to Wednesday, Philly. The week's only half over, but we're already feeling those holiday weekend vibes, and Wawa Welcome America's helping to get things started. Per usual, we've got the complete guide on where to go and what to do in town for the Fourth so that you can get a taste of that sweet, sweet Philadelphia freedom (read: free hoagies, free museums visits, free concerts and more). Speaking of free, you may have some free time if you're looking to work for the city of Philadelphia while you wait for them to call you back. A new Pew report has found that the city's hiring process takes an average of nearly a year — a process the city will need to improve as more than 30,000 employees approach retirement and need replacement.
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This year, America turns 242 — and she's asking for a little more than just dinner and a movie. Luckily, Philadelphia knows how to throw a party, and you're on the guest list.
That's right, Wawa Welcome America's epic week-long bash is back for another year and packed with free Independence Day activities for all ages, leading up to the Fourth of July and a patriotic Pitbull-headlined Party on the Parkway.
To kick things off, Wawa will be offering slices of a seven-ton hoagie on Thursday in Independence Mall for America's favorite price, free. Come hungry, and leave your wallets at home.
And because, really, what's the Fourth without witnessing the rockets' red glare? We've also put together the complete list of area fireworks so you can get your pyrotechnical fix around Philly, its suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware.
Want to work for Philadelphia? Better be willing to wait.
From 2013 to 2015, the median time between application submission and job selection was 360 days, a Pew study has found. That meant sometimes that people selected for jobs for the city government — Philadelphia's second-largest employer, behind the federal government — weren't available anymore.
The city's hiring processes, researchers concluded, are "cumbersome, inflexible, and slow." In other words, in an economy where time is money and talent is arguably a business' most valuable asset, the City of Philadelphia's current system is a serious setback, it says.
And the stakes are high: The more than 30,000 workers the city employs — food inspectors, librarians, firefighters — are the people who make the city run, and three-quarters of them have reached retirement age or will get there in the next 15 years, and Philly will need to pick up its pace and process to replace them.
Workers who are hired, though, could be seeing a pay bump by 2022. Gov. Tom Wolf is pushing a proposal he says could boost overtime pay (or cut hours) for nearly half a million Pennsylvania workers.
Sometimes, the best art is the kind found just above the museum. Nice shot, @jasoncoopman.
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