Fourth of July in Philadelphia: Things to do that aren't fireworks!

A dazzling fireworks display is a staple for almost every Fourth of July event, but that doesn't mean that's the only way to celebrate Independence Day!

Whether you want to avoid the crowds, are looking for something different, or have pets or children that don't love loud booms, here are some alternative ways to enjoy the upcoming holiday weekend around the Delaware Valley:


July 1:

July 2:

July 3: Salute to Service: United States Army Field Band at Independence National Historical Park

July 4:

Through July 4:

Through July 7: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness at the National Liberty Museum

If you're looking for a day of history to commemorate the holiday, just take a walk over to Philadelphia's Historic District to explore the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and so much more!

Bucks County

July 4:

July 6: Colonial Field Day at Historic Washington Crossing

July 4-7: Red, White & Blueberries BBQ Bash at Peddler’s Village

Delaware County

July 3: Swarthmore Lions Independence Eve 8K 

July 4:

July 5: Upper Chichester Township Independence Day celebration

July 6: Ridley Park Independence Day celebration

Montgomery County

July 2-6: Ambler Kiwanis Carnival

July 4:

New Jersey

July 1: Medford Township’s Independence Day Celebration

July 2: Mount Holly’s Fourth of July Celebration

July 3: Valenzano Winery’s Independence Day Festival

July 4:


July 4:

Note: Some of these all-day events do conclude with a fireworks display after the sun sets. If you're looking to avoid the show, plan to leave accordingly!

Also, admission is required to attend some celebrations. Check the website for details.