Officials Announce Public Safety Details For Celebration Of Freedom Ceremony

Details on venue rules, event security and more.


Philadelphia, July 3, 2014– City and Wawa Welcome America! Festival officials announced information for the public, including entrance gate locations, security procedures and venue rules in preparation for the Fourth of July Fourth Celebration of Freedom Ceremony and related Wawa Welcome America! activities on Independence Mall, beginning Friday morning.


Those attending the morning ceremony at Independence Hall, as well as motorists in the area, are advised to proceed with an abundance of caution, allow for extra time and follow these procedures:


There will be 1 (one) entrance gate for the general and ticketed public, which will be located on 5th Street at Ranstead Street, between Chestnut and Market Streets, on the southeast side of Independence Mall. Attendees requiring ADA access should enter the site at the northeast corner of 6th and Chestnut streets.


Gates will open at 8 a.m. and will close at 10 a.m. Due to increased security measures and increased activity for these festivities in the historic area, attendees should plan to arrive as early as possible.


All attendees will be required to go through airport-style security screening. No large bags, coolers, weapons, sharp objects, or umbrellas will be allowed. To expedite the screening process, attendees are asked to bring as few personal items as possible.

Spectators are strongly discouraged from carrying bags, backpacks, or satchels of any kind. However, if you do so, please ensure that you bring small clear bags and clear containers. Leave no bags or items unattended. Officials are urging the public to refrain from bringing alcohol, coolers, open containers; contraband and illegal substances are absolutely prohibited.

Areas and streets near Independence Mall will be impacted by Wawa Welcome America! activities. Expect delays. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes, avoid areas near Wawa Welcome America! activities, allow for extra driving time, and proceed with caution on July 4th. Due to increased activity and security in the historic district, parking and traffic regulations will be strictly enforced. All streets affected by the closures are scheduled to be reopened in the historic district by 5 p.m. on July 4th.  For more information about street closures, visit


Tourist attractions including Congress Hall, West Wing and Old City Hall are closed for the morning of July 4th and will open at noon that day.  Independence Hall will remain open, but security lines will be slow at times.


City officials urge the public to either walk to the events or take SEPTA. Public transportation is an easy way to get in and out of Center City.  Complete service information is available at and from SEPTA’s Customer Service, at 215-580-7800, or on social media @septa_social.


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