Should I drive or take the train?
If you’re thinking about driving into the city, you may want to think again. With Party on the Parkway, there will be tons of road closures on, well, the Parkway, plus parts of Martin Luther King Drive and partial detours on streets surrounding the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Save money and a headache: check SEPTA regional railroad holiday schedules if you’re coming from the ’burbs and PATCO schedules if you’re hailing from South Jersey. If you insist on traveling via automobile, take Uber or Lyft and have your driver drop you off at either 22nd and Arch or 22nd and Spring Garden (and expect surge pricing). If you have more questions, send a tweet to @July4thPhilly.
How should I prepare? What will the weather be like?
July in Philly can be toasty, with average temps in the mid-high 80s (plus some of that east-coast humidity). Prep for the day by donning your best red, white, and blue garb, drinking lots of water to stay hydrated, and wearing sunscreen if you’re joining for the daytime festivities.