City: Philly owns Labor Day with Made in America

Workers disassemble Made in America stages. Charles Mostoller/METRO
Workers disassemble Made in America stages. Charles Mostoller/METRO

Lesson learned from Made in America year two: keep ‘em hydrated.

“We still have to get the water situation right,” said Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison.

Many kids were understandably dehydrated after seven hours of dancing and drinking.

“Maybe even some more electrolytes like Gatorade or whatever,” Gillison said. “We got to get the kids to understand that they have to take responsibility for themselves to actually drink the water in order to stay hydrated. Alcohol doesn’t do anything except dehydrate you.”

But overall, Gillison said, Philly owned it.

“Philadelphia is quickly owning the Labor Day weekend much like we’ve owned the Fourth of July,” he said.

More than 60,000 people passed through the parkway festival each day.

While official estimates are still about 30 days away, Gillison suspects the city raked in a cool $10 million, same as last year.

“I look forward to hopefully doing it again next year,” he said. “


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