Philadelphia is getting ready for the biggest state holiday of the year – Independence day, numerous events will during ongoing Wawa Welcome America! Festival will take place in the Center City, and of course many streets will be closed beyond and during the 4th of July. Planning your trip to the downtown Philly, make sure that your route doesn’t stuck in street closures and insane detours.
Here is the list of street closures for the 2011 Wawa Welcome America! Festival:
- Beginning at 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 24 until 9 a.m. Sunday, June 26, Front and Chestnut streets will be closed. As a result, SEPTA buses will be detoured onto 4th and 5th streets.
- Beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29 through Monday, July 4, Eakins Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be closed on the west side (in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art). All traffic will be diverted outbound onto Kelly Drive at 23rd Street. All inbound traffic will be diverted out Fairmount Avenue from Kelly Drive.
- Friday, July 1, the 500 block of Chestnut Street will be closed, after the morning rush hour, at 9:30 a.m., and reopen at 3 p.m. for the evening rush hour and close again after 6:30 p.m. The street will remain closed Saturday, July 2.
- Beginning at 7 a.m. on Sunday, July 3, the areas bordered from 9th to 11th streets and from Vine to Arch streets will be closed for the Chinatown Block Party. The actual event runs between noon and 5 p.m.. All streets are expected to be opened by 6 p.m..
No street closures are planned during the concert and fireworks at Penn’s Landing at the Great Plaza on Saturday, July 3; however Columbus Boulevard may be heavily congested during the fireworks display later in the evening.