Rock On Philly’s Your Perfect Weekend: 4th of July Edition

The day that many Philadelphians have been waiting for is finally here. Along with the arrival of the 4th of July, many national names in music are making their way to the city as you read for the largest free concert in America. As Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, Aloe Blacc and Ariana Grande travel to meet The Roots in Philadelphia, the rest of the city is preparing for what is sure to be an awesome show. But don’t stop after today. The rest of the weekend still has plenty of options for your entertainment.



For the best use of your Friday, stay at the Benjamin Parkway. It’s as simple as that. Food, games and various stages will line the street from 12-7pm in anticipation of the Philly 4th of July Jam. In this lively atmosphere, with so many choices, a good time is guaranteed. In the evening, join the previously mentioned stars as they rock the stage located at the foot of the Art Museum. Expect massive crowds and spectacular performances by all these artists, culminating with a set by Philadelphia’s own The Roots. Stick around after the concert has ended for the closing ceremonies, a firework show that you can watch from the banks of the Schuylkill River.


If there’s anything that can help with your recovery from last night, it’s an IPA beer festival on 11th and Fitzwater. Hawthorne’s 5th annual IPA Block Party Features both east and west coast breweries. Expand your beer knowledge while enjoying some delicious drafts from 12-7pm. The event is cash only so be prepared.

Join three-piece Philadelphia natives Shark Tape at Johnny Brenda’s this evening for a night of smooth rock n’ roll and even some psychedelic-rock provided by Madalean Gauze. Shark Tape has released two EP’s since their inception and will be releasing their first full length album later this summer.



From 12-6pm at the Delaware Waterfront a little south of Chestnut, the Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival will supply unlimited amounts of Ben & Jerry’s, Haagen-Dazs, and Bassett’s ice cream and that’s just a few of the brands. Held at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. Entry is 7 dollars and will cover all the ice cream your taste buds desire.

At night, head over to the World Live Café and support more local and upcoming bands. Hosted by Gorilla Music, a Battle of the Bands will pin more than ten bands against each other in a battle for five thousand dollars cash prize as well as a year of management and writing/recording session with Gorilla Music president Dan Cull. Tickets range from 10-15 dollars.

Photo Credit: Gloucester City News

1 Comment

  1. Jennifer

    July 6, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    OMG!! The Roots were amazing!! As was Ed Sheeran!! what a great night. Love Philly Jam 🙂

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