Philadelphia Celebrates July 4th - New York News

Philadelphia Celebrates July 4th

Posted: Updated:
PHILADELPHIA -

After a long stretch of rainy, dreary weather, the skies cleared today, and just in time.

We're throwing a birthday party, and the whole world's invited.

Let's face it- you can't spell 'freedom' without 'free.'

And with Termini Brothers doing the baking, their cupcake giveaway was the hit of the party.

The Independence Visitors Center was packed with folks from all over the map looking to indulge a sweet tooth, while feeling patriotic.

"It's great. I love decorating cakes and I appreciate the art. It's really beautiful, and smells delicious!" says a visitor.

Just outside, a colonial re-enactor reminded us of that first Fourth of July, with a dramatic reading of the Declaration that set us on the path to becoming the World's Greatest Democracy.

Over at the Betsey Ross House, we watched our nation's population grow by just a bit, as 13 youngsters ranging in age from 8 to 14, and hailing from places like Guatemala, Pakistan and Albania took the oath of citizenship in front of their proud parents.

And what's the Fourth of July, without a parade?

Colorful floats and booming bands reminded us of those who've paid the price for the freedoms we now enjoy.

The crowds took it all in, soaking up the sun and the fun, and every once in awhile, pausing to consider the significance of 237 years of a form of government that few thought would last.

"I like watching her watch the parade...and seeing the holiday through her eyes," said a mom as she sat next to her daughter.

As for the host of this party?

What did out-of-town visitors think of the Cradle of Democracy that we locals spend so much time complaining about?

"It's really nice. It's a lot nicer than I though it would be," says a visitor. "Everyone here is really friendly!"

That should be the new slogan: Philadelphia, it's a lot nicer than you thought it would be!

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Whitewashed American flags raised at Brooklyn Bridge

    Whitewashed American flags raised at Brooklyn Bridge

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:07 AM EDT2014-07-22 15:07:16 GMT
    Police are responding to the Brooklyn Bridge where two whitewashed American flags have been raised. It is not clear who raised the flags or why. The American flags that are normally up at the bridge appear to have been removed. Several officers scaled the bridge and lowered one of the flags at about 11 a.m., reported the Associated Press.
    Police are responding to the Brooklyn Bridge where two whitewashed American flags have been raised. It is not clear who raised the flags or why. The American flags that are normally up at the bridge appear to have been removed. Several officers scaled the bridge and lowered one of the flags at about 11 a.m., reported the Associated Press.
  • Man helping turtle is attacked by dog

    Man helping turtle is attacked by dog

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:11 AM EDT2014-07-22 13:11:44 GMT
    A Hamden man has been mauled by a dog while trying to help a turtle cross a local road.
    A Hamden man has been mauled by a dog while trying to help a turtle cross a local road.
  • Polluted Gowanus Canal doesn't scare away neighborhood development

    Polluted Gowanus Canal doesn't scare away neighborhood development

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:57 AM EDT2014-07-22 12:57:02 GMT
    Every day, those who live and work in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn drive and bike and walk across their canal, growing a little more accustomed to but no less disgusted by its scent and appearance. Once the busiest canal in the United States, the Gowanus now bears the distinction as perhaps the most polluted body of water in the nation. No one knows exactly how polluted because few have summoned enough courage to dive into its murky depths to investigate.
    Every day, those who live and work in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn drive and bike and walk across their canal, growing a little more accustomed to but no less disgusted by its scent and appearance. Once the busiest canal in the United States, the Gowanus now bears the distinction as perhaps the most polluted body of water in the nation. No one knows exactly how polluted because few have summoned enough courage to dive into its murky depths to investigate.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices