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June 30

Wawa Welcome America, Outdoor Movies and more to do this weekend

Philly is the place to be for 4th of July weekend!

Civil Twilight

Civil Twilight

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OUTDOOR DRINKING

Parks on Tap
Through July 4
Thursday, 5-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 1-11 p.m.; Sunday noon-10 p.m.
Schuylkill Banks at Walnut Street Bridge
Free
parksontap.com

Parks on Tap begins this week. The mobile beer garden sets up camp in 14 parks throughout summer, starting with a pop-up along the Schuylkill Banks. The location provides the perfect setting to enjoy craft beers, wine and a menu of grab-and-go nibbles along the riverside. Ample seating will be provided, along with an itinerary of special activities all weekend. Look out for a showing of “Dirty Dancing” on June 30, along with riverboat tours scheduled to depart at 5:30 and 7 p.m. the same night.
 

Wawa Hoagie Day 

Wawa Hoagie Day 

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WAWA WELCOME AMERICA

Wawa Hoagie Day
June 30, noon to 5 p.m.
Independence Visitor Center
Independence Mall
Free
welcomeamerica.com

To kick off its full weekend of Fourth of July festivities, Wawa Welcome America hosts the 24th annual and much-loved Hoagie Day at Independence Mall. Show up hungry. Five tons of hoagies will be handed out for free courtesy of Wawa. For the full list of Wawa Welcome America activities, visit welcomeamerica.com.

Free Museum Days
June 30-July 3
Various locations
welcomeamerica.com

To celebrate Fourth of July weekend, several museums in Philly open their doors for free on select days as part of Wawa Welcome America. On June 30 and July 2, enjoy free admission to the National Constitution Center; browse the galleries in the African American Museum in Philadelphia on July 1; and get your fill of French Impressionist and Postimpressionist paintings at the Barnes Foundation on July 3.
 

FREE CONCERTS

July 1-3, various times
Various locations
welcomeamerica.com

Leading up to the Party on the Parkway on July Fourth, Wawa Welcome America hosts three lower-key free musical affairs. At Penn’s Landing, enjoy patriotic performances from the Philadelphia Orchestra and The United States Army Band on July 1 and 2, respectively. Both shows start at 8 p.m. and end with a fireworks display over the Delaware at 9:30. On July 3, head to Independence Hall at 8 p.m. to hear the 65-piece Philly POPS orchestra, featuring tunes from Broadway and opera stars Allison Blackwell and Justin Hopkins.

Historic Philadelphia Block Party
July 3, 1-8 p.m.
Independence Hall
Fifth and Chestnut streets
Free
welcomeamerica.com

For seven full hours on Sunday, the streets in front of Independence Hall play home to the first-ever Historic Philadelphia Block Party. Bring the kids for a family-friendly day of live entertainment, food, games and appearances by Revolution-era citizens, who, sadly won't be rapping a la “Hamilton.”

Ron Gallo

Ron Gallo

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CONCERTS

Civil Twilight
June 30, 8 p.m.
Foundry at Fillmore Philly
29 E. Allen St.
$16
ticketmaster.com

Radio 104.5 hosts a performance by Civil Twilight, a four-piece rock group out of Cape Town, South Africa. The band is in the beginning stages of a stateside tour, bringing an alt-rock sound that’s been compared to acts like Muse and Police to stops from here to Missouri. For a taste of what you’re in for, check out their just-released live album “Live From New York.”

Ron Gallo
July 2, 8 p.m.
Johnny Brenda’s
1201 Frankford Ave.
$10-$12
ticketfly.com

Dynamic local musician Ron Gallo left Philly last year to spread his wings in Nashville. He’s back for the first time Saturday to show us what he’s been up to since: namely releasing a new EP showcasing music from his upcoming full-length “Heavy Meta.” The work finds the lithe, curly-haired singer-songwriter exploring garage rock territory, crooning about psycho girlfriends and more overtop energetic guitar riffs. Don’t miss this chance to see him in an intimate, local venue. He’s going to be be blowing up soon.

Steely Dan
July 3, 7 p.m.
BB&T Pavilion
1 Harbour Blvd., Camden
$25-$140
concerts.livenation.com

Seventies jazz-rock outfit Steely Dan are on the road again, this time bringing along blue-eyed soul crooner Steve Winwood for a tour they’re calling “The Dan Who Knew Too Much.” Neither has much new to promote, except for a catalogue of classics that’ll have dads across Philly swaying through Monday morning.
 

ART

“Embracing the Contemporary”
Through Sept. 5
Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
Free with $20 admission
philamuseum.org

This is the first weekend of “Embracing the Contemporary,” the latest new exhibit at Philadelphia Museum of Art. The exhibition borrows works from the revered Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Collection. It comprises paintings, sculptures and video and photography by American and European artists who made a name for themselves within the last 50 years, folks like Alexander McQueen, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly and more.  

MOVIES UNDER THE STARS

“The Hideous Sun Demon” at The Betsy Ross House
July 1, 5 p.m.
The Betsy Ross House
239 Arch St.
$5
historicphiladelphia.org/betsy-ross-house

A new monthly outdoor movie series kicks off this week at The Betsy Ross House. Bring a bottle of wine and picnic to the flag-makers’ humble abode. Your $5 admission gets you a tour of the house and screening of 1959 sci-fi flick “The Hideous Sun Demon” in the courtyard. Later screenings take place on the first Friday of the month through October.  

Natasha Leggero

Natasha Leggero

Mandee Johnson

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COMEDY

Natasha Leggero
July 2, 8 p.m.
Valley Forge Casino
1160 First Ave., King of Prussia
$45
ticketmaster.com

Whether she’s most known for her guest appearances on “Chelsea Lately” or roasting the hell out of Justin Bieber on Comedy Central, Natasha Leggero has become one of the most recognizable faces in contemporary comedy. The actress now stars in “Another Period,” an amusing half-hour sitcom that lets us imagine what it would be like if the Kardashians moved in to Downton Abbey.  

Patriots tight end Gronkowski out for season

Patriots tight end Gronkowski out for season

Tight end Rob Gronkowski's season is over after the New England Patriots placed him on injured reserve on Saturday one day after he underwent surgery in Los Angeles to repair a herniated disk in his back. New England (9-2), which currently has the inside track on the No. 1 playoff seed in the AFC, had announced on Thursday that it would wait to receive the results of the surgery before making a final determination on Gronkowski's status. Initial estimates prior to the procedure listed a recovery timetable of two months, leaving open the slight possibility of Gronkowski being available should the Patriots advance to the Super Bowl. Losing Gronkowski robs New England quarterback Tom Brady of his favorite receiving option. The team was unable to put Gronkowski on the injury/designation to return list, having already used that slot on rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who was activated on Wednesday. In his seventh season with the Patriots, Gronkowski set a franchise record with his 69th touchdown against Buffalo on Oct. 30. He registered multiple double-digit touchdown receptions in five of his seven seasons, including a career-best 17 in 2011. A second-round draft pick out of Arizona in 2010, Gronkowski has been plagued by injuries during his career, including back issues in college that raised enough concerns to keep him out of the first round of the NFL Draft. Gronkowski finishes this season with 25 receptions for 540 yards with three touchdowns in eight games. He had one reception through four games before Brady returned from a four-game suspension. In a four-game span beginning in Week 5, Gronkowski had 21 receptions and three touchdowns while going over 100 yards three times. Backup tight end Martellus Bennett has filled in admirably in Gronkowski's absence and as a complement to the perennial Pro Bowler, posting three 100-yard games of his own. However, Bennett currently is dealing with ankle and shoulder injuries. (Editing by Larry Fine)

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