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Where to Celebrate the Fourth of July in the Philadelphia Suburbs and at the Jersey Shore

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Enjoy the holiday at one of these socially-distanced celebrations. 

While the coronavirus pandemic has forced some cancelations of Independence Day festivities—including the Philadelphia fireworks show—a number of spots are hosting socially-distanced events in honor of the holiday. Whether you’re staying local or heading down to the Jersey Shore, there are plenty of ways to celebrate.

Philadelphia Suburbs

The Bala Cynwyd Annual Fourth of July Parade
July 4, Bala Cynwyd

Bala Cynwyd is hosting a socially-distanced extended parade starting at 9 a.m. at the fire house. Featuring antique and decorated cars, plus floats the extended route will allow for spectators to spread out while celebrating.

Black Walnut Winery Picnic and Music
July 4-5, Sadsburyville

From 12-6 p.m., visitors 21 and over can spread out and enjoy a picnic accompanied by live music from local musicians. Tickets are $15 and include a glass of wine or a can of beer, plus a stemless Black Walnut Winery wine glass. Meat and cheese plates, pita chips with hummus and corn chips with salsa will be available for purchase if you don’t feel like toting your own snacks.

Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation Celebration
July 4, Newtown Square

A fitting spot to celebrate American independence, the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation in Ridley Creek State Park will host a slew of patriotic activities like a reading of the Declaration of Independence, crafts, demonstrations, farm animal tours and more. Timed tickets are required and visitors must wear a face mask.

Flickerwood Wine Cellars Artisan Market
July 4, Oxford

Like every Saturday, Flickerwood Wine Cellars welcomes visitors to its outdoor artisan market. From 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., peruse crafts and produce, nosh on eats from the food truck or bakery, and, of course, sip on some wine. We suggest snagging a wine slushie to stave off the heat.

Penn Wynne Decorated Car Parade
July 4, Penn Wynne

Now in its 78th year, the Penn Wynne Fourth of July Celebration features a parade of decorated cars taking to the streets from 10-10:30 a.m.

Penns Woods Winery Live Music
July 4-5, Chadds Ford

Experience live music on the lawn from 2-5 p.m. at Penns Woods. On July 4, Amanda and Teddy Thomas will play, with Tim Williams performing on July 5.

Jersey Shore

Margate Mothers’ Fireworks
July 4, Margate, N.J.

Barbecue on the beach then stick around for the annual fireworks show, which starts around 9 p.m.

Ocean Gate 4th of July Parade
July 4, Ocean Gate, N.J.

Ocean Gate will host its annual parade, which kicks off at 10 a.m. To help spectators maintain social distancing, the parade route has been extended this year.

Toms River’s 4th of July Fireworks
July 4, Toms River, N.J.

From 9-10 p.m., Toms River will light up the night with a fireworks show at Shelter Cove Beach.

Wildwood Fourth of July Spectacular
July 4, Wildwood, N.J.

After a morning at the parade, head to the Wildwood Boardwalk to catch a dazzling fireworks display. The show kicks off at 10 p.m. on the beach at Rio Grande Avenue, but will be visible along the boardwalk.

Virtual

Wawa Welcome America Festival
Through July 4

Philadelphia’s annual Independence Day celebration is going virtual this year with a week’s worth of online classes, performances and events leading up to the holiday. It all culminates in a concert featuring Jason Derulo.

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