Celebrate Independence Day around the Main Line with These 4th of July Events

The Main Line and Philadelphia area played a pretty important part in America’s history…so Fourth of July around here is kind of a big deal! From parades and festivals to food and fireworks, the communities around the Main Line are pulling out all the stops for Independence Day.

Still looking for holiday plans—or wondering how many celebrations you can visit in one day? Check out our highlights!

Wawa Welcome America

A crowd of people at a concert.

When: June 29th – July 4th

Where: Various locations

What: Wawa Welcome America is a huge, multi-day festival featuring free concerts, outdoor movie screenings, free museum admission, community block parties, multiple fireworks shows, and more. It all concludes on the night of the 4th, with fireworks and live performances from artists like Jennifer Hudson and Meghan Trainor!

Narberth Fourth of July Celebration

When: July 4th, 10am

Where: Narberth Playground

What: The biggest yearly celebration in Narberth—and maybe even the biggest Fourth of July event on the Main Line—the town hosts a day full of activity. The morning starts off with a baby parade, sports contests and games, and a pie eating contest. Then, after a little break, things resume around 7pm with live music and fireworks!

July 4th in Phoenixville

Fireworks in the sky.

When: July 4th, 9:15pm

Where: Friendship Field, Fillmore & Franklin Avenue, or Reservoir Park

What: This year marks the 20th anniversary of Phoenixville’s Fourth of July celebration, where you can expect a dazzling fireworks show and on-site vendors (water ice, fries, and other tasty treats will be available).

Patriots in the Park

When: July 4th, 11am

Where: Valley Forge

What: Valley Forge was the site of a major encampment of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, and the Patriots in the Park event is all about celebrating and remembering that history. Throughout the afternoon, you can enjoy tons of crafts and activities, live demonstrations, guided tours, and more—not to mention a pop-up beer garden!

Garrett Hill-Rosemont July 4th Parade

A man with his daughter on his shoulders.

When: July 4th, 10:45am

Where: Conestoga Rd & Williams Rd

What: Bryn Mawr’s most popular Independence Day event, the Garrett Hill-Rosemont Parade will feature bikes, floats, special characters, and more. After the parade, there will be festivities in Clem Macrone Park, including live entertainment, inflatables and rides, kids’ activities, and food and drink vendors.

Tredyffrin Township’s 4th of July Celebration

When: July 4th, 7:15pm

Where: Wilson Farm Park

What: Over in Wayne, the Chester County Band will be playing a set of lively patriotic music, followed up by a brilliant fireworks show at dusk. Attendees are encouraged to bring picnic blankets and chairs, as well as their own food and drinks—although there will be vendors on-site!

Celebrate on the Main Line

There are plenty of reasons to find your home in a Main Line community, and the passionate and active community is certainly one of them! No matter the year or season, you’ll always find something exciting happening on the community calendar.

If you’re interested in buying a home on the Main Line, take some time to explore our community guides, browse our buying resources, and use our specialized search tool to narrow down your options. Once you’re ready to get started, just give us a call!

The Top 5 Can’t-Miss Events around the Main Line this April

Happy spring! As the weather gradually gets warmer and the sky shifts from gray to blue, the community around the Main Line starts gearing up for a packed schedule of events.

From taking in the breathtaking cherry blossoms to trying out some of the best local flavors, there are tons of festivals and festivities to choose from this month. Take a look at the April highlights around the Main Line!

Spring Blooms

Flowers.

Take in a vibrant array of colors and flora at the Spring Blooms, a month-long event hosted by Longwood Gardens. As the spring blooms fill the over 1,000 acres of the garden, guests are invited to explore the grounds and learn more about the landscape from horticulturists and educators. It’s the perfect activity for a sunny Saturday or lazy Sunday afternoon!

When: March 30th – May 5th

Where: Longwood Gardens

Subaru Cherry Festival

Cherry blossoms.

Celebrate Japanese culture and the dazzling colors of spring all wrapped into one at the Subaru Cherry Festival. The festival stretches for a few days, and the main event, Sakura Sunday, features live performances and music, artwork, flower arranging, and even a pet parade! Enjoy the colors and culture as the community welcomes springs.

When: April 6th – April 14th

Where: Fairmount Park

Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival

The order sign of a drive-by restaurant.

Feeling hungry? The Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival will fill historic Main Street with some of the best food trucks, gourmet restaurants, and local musicians in the Philadelphia area. Grab ingredients from vendors, sample everything from BBQ to crepes, and enjoy listening to live music on two different stages!

When: April 14th, 11AM – 5PM

Where:  Main Street, Philadelphia

West Chester International Short Film Festival

A person holding a camera.

Celebrating its 15th year of operation, the West Chester International Short Film Festival brings together some of the best pieces from around the world for a weekend full of all things film. In addition to screenings of over 60 films, the festival will also feature workshops, meet and greets, and opening and closing night parties.

When: April 26th – April 28th

Where: Various Locations

Philadelphia Science Festival

A purple pipette.

A fun-filled celebration of science, the Philadelphia Science Festival fills the city with tons of demonstrations, games, experiments, and entertainment—not to mention a totally free carnival! The Science Festival is full of things to do and learn for all ages. It aims to inspire discovery and a passion for science in all attendees.

When: April 26th – May 4th

Where: Various Locations

Find Your Home in the Main Line

No matter the season, the community around the Main Line is always hosting festivals, events, and celebrations.

If you’re interested in finding a home in this unique community, just give the Stephanie MacDonald Team a call today. Whether you’re buying, selling, or just curious about the area, we have the resources you need for a successful real estate experience.

Art, Dinos, Adventures and More: Check Out Local Events this Month

2019 is finally here, and the MacDonald Team would like to officially wish you a happy New Year! Whether you’ve committed to getting more active, drinking an extra bottle of water daily, or making sure you get 8 hours of sleep every night, we hope your resolutions are going well.

A new year is a time for new beginnings, and what better way to kick off the year than by investing in your community? The Main Line and Center City neighborhoods are packed full of events this month, so get out and get involved as you welcome 2019!

Watson Adventures

Two women on their phonesWatson Adventures is a company that hosts scavenger hunts all around the country, using challenges and clues to help participants explore their community and build relationships. During the month of January, Watson Adventures will be hosting two different hunts, on the 12th and the 26th.

The first Watson event’s theme is Munch around the Market, and participants will explore Reading Terminal Market and Chinatown, sampling a variety of foods and solving clever clues. The second event conjures up a Wizard School theme, perfect for any Harry Potter lovers! Prices for each event varies, so make sure to buy your tickets online beforehand.

Hand-Crafted Holiday and Ornament Market

A festive handmande ornament Although the holidays are over, the Hand-Crafted Holiday and Ornament Market is the perfect chance to snag that special piece before the holiday season starts next year. Hosted at the Clay Studio, the market only runs until January 13th.

Get out and support local art as artists Alex Stadler and Kim Kamens share their handmade ornaments, ceramic objects, treats, and holiday decor. Don’t forget to grab one of the Limited Edition Holiday Ornament, designed by Pew award-winner Lauren Mabry.

Dinos After Dark

A miniature dinosaur fossilEnjoy a night at the museum with the Dinos After Dark event. Hosted at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Dinos After Dark features board games, a beer garden, tasty food, and special dino-themed exhibits in the Dino Hall. Although there will be alcohol at the event, it’ll still be totally family-friendly!

The museum’s admission for the night will be pay-what-you-wish, although the suggested price is $10. Other major happenings of the night will include a bug show, talks with scientists, crafts, scavenger hunts, and more. Bring along the whole family or just enjoy a fun night out in the city, and celebrate all things Dino!

46th Annual Fine Arts Show & Sale

Rows of original artwork displayed on easelsHosted by the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, the art show and sale has been a long-standing tradition in Villanova. Over 100 artists will display their work at the exhibit, with a variety of mediums including oils, watercolor, paint, ceramics, glass, and more.

In addition to the weeklong exhibit, there will also be a catered reception to kick things off. The exhibit itself will be free, but those interested in the reception will have to purchase tickets. To learn more about this year’s featured artist and what the exhibit will include, check out the art show’s official site!

Find Your Home in the Main Line and Center City

Bustling community life awaits you in the Main Line and Center City — start the New Year off right by getting involved!

Are you looking to make a move to the area? As your local experts, the MacDonald Team is here to help. If you have any questions, would like more information, or are ready to get started, give us a call today!