From Independence Day celebrations to Taylor Swift concerts at the Linc, sparks will fly from more than one side of the Philadelphia skyline this July. Concerts, festivals, movies, and more serve as the month's reason to sing and dance — so get out those crop tops, sun hats, and boogie shoes, and take advantage of these five coming attractions:
Headlined by Pitbull, the Wawa Welcome America concert and fireworks display is a must-go on Independence Day. The free concert will be patriotic and family-friendly. Additionally, keep your eye out for Wawa-sponsored events leading up to the Fourth.
7 to 10 p.m., Wednesday, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, free, 267-546-5424, www.welcomeamerica.com.
Ready for it…? Sing and dance to Swift's latest hits, including "End Game," "Look What You Made Me Do," and "Dress" — the song so sexy, it caused Swift's mother to leave the room — while she shakes off her haters and doesn't answer the phone. (Plus, who knows, maybe she'll mix in a couple of classics as well.)
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2018 marks the final year of the Eastern State Penitentiary's annual Bastille Day celebration — the end of an era. The last event will educate and recognize the history of the French Revolution while comparing past injustices with those that exist today — in Philadelphia public schools, racial injustices, and border-wall debates, among others. Stilt walkers, confetti cannons, and a drag-queen Marie Antoinette announcing the (almost) historic line "Let them eat Tastykake" (while Tastykakes are flung from the Penitentiary tower) will entertain spectators in the penitentiary's last Bastille Day festival.
(5:30 p.m., Saturday, July 15, Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave., free spectating, 215-236-3300, easternstate.org)
The Philadelphia Orchestra backs two heavy hitters at the Mann this summer. First up on July 20, the musicians will play John Williams' Oscar-winning score from George Lucas' classic. Make sure to bring your light saber. On July 24, the orchestra will be joined by the Eagles and NFL Films for a celebration of the team. You may have heard they won the Super Bowl.
Everything Is Love will be coming to the City of Brotherly Love this summer, when Queen Bey and Jay-Z take the stage of Lincoln Financial Field. OTR II is a follow-up to the royal couple's first joint tour, OTR, which stopped in Philly in July 2014. This year, the Carters continue to reign over the world of the pop, wowing fans with the latest hits including "Apes—," the music video that was filmed in the Louvre and features two Philly UArts dancing alum; "Everything Is Love"; and "The Black Effect."