Thank to Christina Wong, ESM Productions’ Production Coordinator, Leslie Wilson, Welcome America’ Senior Producer for Philly 4th of July Jam and thank to Melanie Johnson from the Mayor’s Office in invited us and introduced us to the Audience…
Quotes from my speech:
As you all know “being an independent country gives us rights, privileges, freedoms and peace. It binds us as a nation and gives us power on the world stage. We all knowing that our forefathers have paved the path for this great nation to be proud in it’s independence.” Unknown Author
“There are no other happiness higher than the happiness of freedom and peace” The Buddha
Here are some of pictures from the event:
Schedule for the past Monday, July 4, 2011 from Welcome America
Celebration of Freedom Ceremony
Steps of Independence Hall
6th and Market Streets
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Celebrate our nation’s 235th birthday with a patriotic salute! Music, speeches and a reading of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence will pay tribute to the history of our nation. Also, Miss America 2011 will sing one of our country’s famous songs.
Philadelphia Independence Day Parade
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wawa Welcome America! takes the freedom celebration to the streets of Philadelphia during the annual Independence Day Parade. And this year, the route is longer than before! Due to the popularity of the Parade, the route is expanded two blocks. It marches through downtown Historic Philadelphia, stepping off at 11 am at 5th and Chestnut Streets immediately following the July 4th Independence Day Ceremony. The procession heads up Chestnut Street, passing Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, turns right on 9th Street, then proceeds one block north to Market Street where it turns right again. Once on Market Street the parade marches six blocks down though Historic Philadelphia and ends at Front Street
With more than 4,000 participants from a dozen states, 2011 Miss America Teresa Scanlan, 16 marching musical groups, nine floats, five military branches and a multitude of special performing teams, Wawa Welcome America!’s Independence Day Parade is the most diverse Fourth of July parade in the country and you don’t want to miss it! People of all ages will enjoy up close and personal an array of entertaining, patriotic and multicultural marchers, music, dancers, and floats as it winds through Philadelphia’s most historic square mile.
Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival
July 4: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Don’t miss out on your last chance to make a $7 donation to the Joshua Kahan Fund and take advantage of all the free ice cream you can eat.
Happy Birthday America
Independence Visitor Center
Join us as we celebrate America’s birthday and sample delectable treats from hometown favorite Tastykake.
Bell Tapping Ceremony
Liberty Bell Center, 500 Market Street
The Liberty Bell rings out symbolically to commemorate Independence, sponsored by Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration and Sons of the American Revolution.
Party on the Parkway
Benjamin Franklin Parkway
20th to Eakins Oval
12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Bring your flags, patriotic spirit and plenty of energy to the day-long festival with blocks and blocks of exciting and educational activities, games, entertainment and food for the whole family! The highly anticipated Party on the Parkway offers three Music Stages: the ?uestlove Stage with Chin Chin, Nicos Gun, Res, Kindred and the Family Soul, and Donn T.; the Go 4th & Learn Stage with hip hop break-dancers and pop vocalists for teens and tweens and the Global Music Stage with headliner Anthony Colon and AMLA Salsa Orchestra and performances by the Caribbean Steel Drum Band Alzonia & The Steel Source, the Nrithasree Indian Dance School and the Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble.
The Party on the Parkway also features the MHP Liberty Strongman Classic; crowds can marvel at incredible feats of strength as “strong men” compete and haul concrete cylinders, pull trucks and lift thousands of pounds. In addition to entertainment and activities, food vendors will fill the Parkway offering delectable dishes from all corners of the globe to popular Philadelphia favorites. Find out why Philadelphia is the place to be on the 4th of July!
Philly’s Fourth of July Jam and Grand Finale Fireworks
Benjamin Franklin Parkway
20th and Eakins Oval
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Four-time Grammy award-winning band The Roots will headline Philly’s 4th of July Jam! The band and the Festival musical director ?uestlove will perform their set as well as sets with special guests Earth, Wind and Fire, Michael McDonald, Estelle, Sara Bareilles, DJ Jazzy Jeff and more! The concert will also include a special tribute to the 40th Anniversary of Gamble and Huff’s iconic Philadelphia International Records, “The Sound of Philadelphia.”
The all-star cast of musicians will perform nearly every genre of music from R&B and hip hop to rock and funk for the largest free concert in America, followed by a spectacular fireworks show, with the Philadelphia Museum of Art as a dramatic backdrop. You don’t want to miss this concert, on the last and biggest night of Wawa Welcome America!