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


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.

Deck the Halls & Get in the Holly Jolly Spirit with these December Events

While the weather outside may be frightful, these Main Line holiday events are nothing less than delightful! Get ready to trim your tree, deck the halls, and ring in the holiday season in the bustling Main Line area.

If you’re looking for ways to celebrate all of the festivities of the season, there are tons of events going on around Philadelphia and the Main Line. Check out a few of the highlights, and put some of these celebrations on your holiday lists!

Franklin Square Holiday Festival

Holiday lights.Drawing inspiration from the imaginative mind of Benjamin Franklin, the Franklin Square Holiday Festival & Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show is a dazzling winter event. With more thank 75,000 twinkling lights, seasonal food and drink, holiday shopping, and festive music, the festival is completely free and lasts for seven weeks.

The main attraction of the show is a 12-foot tall kite that floats over ten feet above the square. A nod to the festival’s inspiration, Benjamin Franklin, the lights on the kite will dance along to the holiday music.

Location: 6th and Race Streets, Philadelphia

Date: November 15th-December 31st, 4:30pm-8pm

A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place

The Sesame Street characters on stage.Whether you’re celebrating the holidays with a couple of kiddos or just a big fan of the friends down at Sesame Street, be sure to check out a Very Furry Christmas. The Sesame Place park will turn into a winter wonderland, complete with a Merry Marketplace, a Christmas tree show, and a festive train tour.

The Sesame Street cast will also be celebrating with a few special guests. Expect appearances from iconic holiday characters like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™, Clarice, and Bumble. Bring your camera along to snag some pictures of this memorable celebration!

Location: Sesame Place

Date: November 17th-January 1st, park hours

Shadybrook Farms Holiday Light Show

A holiday light show.What’s better than a holiday show with one million lights? A holiday show with 3 million lights! With elaborate displays and familiar holiday characters, the Shadybrook Farms Holiday Light Show is a great way to get in the holiday spirit from the warmth of your car. The two-mile long road takes about 20 minutes to complete.

After you complete the drive, grab a cup of hot cocoa and make some s’mores over the warm flames of the bonfire. Don’t forget to grab some treats from the Farm Market, and say hi to Santa on your way out!

Location: Shadybrook Farm

Date: November 17th-January 6th, hours vary

Christmas Village Philadelphia

AN open air Christmas market.Taking inspiration from the iconic open-air Christmas markets in Germany, the Christmas Village in Philadelphia is one of the most amazing holiday experiences that the city offers. Try authentic German foods like hot Gluhwein, Schnitzel, and Bratwurst. Then, browse the variety of wares from over 80 local and national vendors!

Throughout the month, the Christmas Village will feature a variety of special events, including many visits from Santa Claus. Make sure you check out newest addition to this year’s village, the Alm Beer Garden!

Location: Love Park, Philadelphia

Date: November 22nd-December 24th, 9am-5pm

Nerberth Dickens Festival

A decorated lamppost. Dedicated to celebrating all things Charles Dickens and 1800s London, the Nerberth Dickens Festival is the perfect way to celebrate, 19th century style. The town of Nerberth transforms the streets, and familiar Dickens characters roam the street. Enjoy a variety of period costumes, various live performances, and tasty holiday food and drink.

The festival is perfect for visitors of all ages.  Events include a free scavenger hunt, horse and carriage rides, and a professional ice sculpting displays!

Location: Downtown Narberth

Date: December 2nd, 12pm-4pm

Don’t Miss Out on Festive Fun

From Christmas markets to themed holiday celebrations, you won’t want to miss the chance to attend any of these amazing Main Line and Philadelphia area events. Find your new home in the Main Line today, and be a member of this great community!

If you have any questions, would like more information, or want to set up a showing, feel free to contact the Stephanie MacDonald Team today!

Celebrate these November Events in the Main Line Area

If you can believe, October is officially over, and the holiday season is almost here! No matter how you choose to celebrate in the coming weeks, the Main Line area provides tons of festive events to enjoy.

From charming holiday markets to dazzling light shows, browse through a few of the highlights happening in the Main Line and Philadelphia areas this month. Have fun, enjoy the community, and get ready to ring in the coming holidays and winter season!

Franklin Square Holiday Festival

A close up of a string of lights.Get in touch with your holiday spirit this year at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival! Hosted by Historic Philadelphia, Inc., the festival will feature a dazzling Electrical Spectacle light show with over 75,000 lights, tons of deliciously festive food and drinks, and special events for different days of the week. Some of the activities available include a carousel, a mini golf course, and a holiday train!

Enjoy festive holiday music, warm drinks, and special appearances from Santa himself at this vibrant, bustling city festival. The celebration will be held from November 15th-December 31st from 4pm-8pm and 9pm on the weekends.

Philadelphia Marathon

An overhead view of a runner on a street. This year, the Philadelphia Marathon will be celebrating its 25th year of operation. The 26.2 mile course winds through charming historic districts, scenic waterfront views, and rolling green hills (don’t worry, most of the course is flat terrain) and attracts over 30,000 people from across the world.

Check out a map of the course that’s often listed as one of the top ten in the nation, and come cheer on the runners at this year’s marathon! The race weekend will take place from November 16th-November 18th.

Thanksgiving Day Parade

A marching band on a city street. Did you know that the oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade in the country takes place right here in Philadelphia? Older than the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade will be celebrating its 99th anniversary this year. With special celebrity guests, tons of floats and balloons, and dozens of bands and choirs, the parade brings in thousands of visitors ever year.

This year’s parade will be on Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd, from 8:30am-12:30pm. If you plan on attending, take a look at the parade map to see the route!

Christmas Village

A Christmas marketEmulating the style of the renowned open-air, European Christmas markets, the Christmas Village in Philadelphia features over 80 different vendors. With goods for sale like ornaments, original art pieces, winter apparel, and local food and drink, the market operates daily and features tons of live performances and special events. The Christmas Village is one of the most festive and picturesque holiday events in the country.

The Christmas Village will take place from November 22nd through December 24th in LOVE Park. Take a look at some of the vendors and special events, and plan your visit today!

Don’t Miss out on Main Line Events

With an active calendar full of events and festivals, you won’t want to miss out on all the fun that the Main Line and Philadelphia area has to offer. Let the MacDonald Team help you find your new home in this bustling and dynamic area!

If you would like more information on the area or to set up a showing, feel free to contact me, Stephanie MacDonald, for more information.