The Declaration of Independence was signed here, and that makes Philadelphia a strong contender for the best Independence Day -- not because of the symbolism, but because the good people of Philadelphia have used that symbolism as a reason to really go off. The WaWa Welcome America is a weeklong party beginning June 28 packed with free museum days, free outdoor film screenings, free block parties, a lot of sand sculptures, and a lot of drinking. On July 4, a parade sets off at 11am, which leaves you plenty of time to get good and buzzy before Philly’s largest fireworks display in more than a decade begins around 9:30pm. Can’t get there on the 4th (which is, again, a Wednesday)? There are also fireworks scheduled for Saturday, June 30.
In 2k18, Philadelphia is my No. 1 pick for anyone who has the means to get to it. Ever since Donald Trump disinvited the Philadelphia Eagles from their scheduled visit to the White House after falsely claiming the Super Bowl LII champions stayed in their locker room during the national anthem (they did not) and kneeled (they were praying), people have reacted with a lot more wit and solidarity and grace than we expect of them these days. Responses from the players and fans (the real ones, not the fake ones Trump claimed to host after the Eagles “abandoned” them) would have even Cowboys fans feeling proud to spend this July 4 in Philly. Here’s a clip of Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney giving us hope we can still turn the franchise around; I am referring of course not to the NFL, but to white men: