July 3rd, 2019
Philadelphia is the birthplace of American freedom—which is
why it makes perfect sense that Independence Day is one of the hottest, most
exciting holidays in the Philly events calendar. From fireworks to concerts and
everything in between, the City of Brotherly Love is the place to be on 4th
of July. While many people may migrate into Center City to take in the
celebrations, locals can avoid the crowds and stick around the Manayunk and
Roxborough areas for lots of festive fun without any of the hassle.
In our neck of the woods, one of the best ways to show your
patriotic pride is at the Roxborough Independence Day Parade. Starting at 9
a.m. on the 4th, dozens of contingents will set off from Ridge and
Lyceum avenues, less than one mile from your The Isle apartment, for the annual
parade. The celebration has been held every year for 189 years—making it the
oldest Independence Day parade in the entire nation.
Be part of that history as you line the sidewalks of Ridge
Avenue for the best seat in the house! Locals bring along folding chairs,
blankets and lots of red, white and blue gear to cheer on the marchers. Expect
to see marching bands, dancers, cheerleaders, youth groups, elected officials
and many more. Since it’s an event steeped in history, the parade also includes
lots of references to its founding—by a minister in 1831 who wanted to give his
Sunday school students a fun way to celebrate American independence—with
historical reenactors and more.
Stroll along Ridge Avenue after the parade, as lots of local
churches will hold celebrations on their grounds, with food, drinks, games,
raffles and prizes. At the Roxborough Independence Day Parade, you can start
your day rooted in history and then head back to Main Street in Manayunk to
continue your partying!
So break out your red, white and blue, and head out into Manayunk
and Roxborough to celebrate American independence where it all started!
Independence Day Parade
Ridge and Lyceum avenues
Philadelphia, PA 19128