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Wawa Welcome America!’s Taste of Philadelphia

 features famous Philadelphia food, world-class musicians, spectacular fireworks & more 

The premier event showcases the flavor of Philadelphia and music by Aaron Neville at Penn’s Landing.


Pine Grove Tower Ad (PHILADELPHIA)  – Taste of Philadelphia kicks off Wawa Welcome America!, Philadelphia’s free 11-day July 4th Festival, with a weekend of culinary favorites and all-star entertainment on June 24-26 at  the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Chestnut Street and Columbus Boulevard.


Visitors and residents are invited to taste mouth-watering, Philadelphia fare, while enjoying the sounds of distinguished musicians and the sights of historic Philadelphia. Entertainment and admission to Penn’s Landing is free, with bite-sized “tastes” from dozens of notable Philadelphia restaurants offering affordable cuisine at a fraction of regular entrée-sized prices.


“We are excited to commence this year’s Wawa Welcome America! with performances by big-name artists and delicious, local food from Philadelphia’s leading restaurants,” said Mayor Nutter. “Plus, this

year, Taste of Philadelphia has more surprises in store.”


Acclaimed jazz, R&B, soul and gospel acts will entertain on the new River Stage at Penn’s Landing throughout Taste of Philadelphia. Philadelphia’s own Gerald Veasley will round out opening night at 7:30 p.m. with jazz favorites performed under the stars. On Saturday, June 25 at 8 p.m., hitmaker Aaron Neville will rock the stage with his famous combination of rhythm and blues, followed by fireworks extravaganzas over the Delaware River — the first of three fireworks displays during Wawa Welcome America!.


Taste of Philadelphia concludes on Sunday, June 26 with powerful performances by local gospel choirs, Finalists of the Wawa Welcome America! singer/songwriter contest also will showcase their talents and compete to impress the judges.


Taste of Philadelphia takes place Friday, June 24, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, June 25, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday, June 26, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


People of all ages are invited to experience Wawa Welcome America!, the City of Philadelphia’s free July 4th Festival, from June 24 to July 4, 2011. With 11 days of free patriotic fun and pageantry including a full-scale parade, fireworks, history, live entertainment, the largest free outdoor concert in America, food, culture and pageantry, there is something for the whole family’s taste. For more Wawa Welcome America! event information, visit www.welcomeamerica.com.


Wawa Welcome America! is a multi-day festival that celebrates America’s birthday in America’s birthplace, Philadelphia, and is produced by Welcome America, Inc. For more information, please visit www.welcomeamerica.com.