Visiting Philadelphia is a great idea for a summer vacation, weekend trip or special celebration in honor of the Fourth of July. As America’s birthplace, Philly is the ideal destination for new and fun events in July. Going by bus is an increasingly common decision among smart travelers. Bus travel to nearby metropolitan areas eliminates many of the worst aspects of travel such as negotiating unfamiliar streets, dealing with urban traffic and finding affordable parking. Some parking venues cost almost as much as hotel rooms, and getting around in heavy traffic in an unfamiliar city can be especially stressful.
Why not relax and take the bus? Independent bus companies in Pennsylvania and surrounding states offer a better deal than trains, airlines and personal vehicle transportation. There’s no complex security checks, high ticket costs and crowded flights and terminals. You don’t need to worry about parking, designated drivers and traffic.
The Best Attractions that Philadelphia Offers July Tourists
July is a great time to visit Philly because of Independence Day and the city’s glorious weather for street festivals and neighborhood parties. You can find an appealing event no matter what type of attraction you like. If you want to celebrate Independence Day in great style, there’s no better place to do it than the birthplace of the United States. Here are some great reasons to travel to Philly by bus in July:
1. Fourth of July Celebrations
As you might guess, Philadelphia is July 4th central because it’s the birthplace of the United States. The Liberty Bell and historic sites are must-sees for patriotic visitors, and the city hosts innumerable events during the first few days of July to commemorate American Independence. July 4th events include free concerts, fireworks, block parties, outdoor movies and much more.
Independence Day festivities begin with giant fireworks shows throughout the city and free concerts featuring Jennifer Hudson and Meghan Trainor. Wawa Welcome America events are slated throughout the city. Events can be found at Visitphilly.com. There’s something for every taste, so take a bus to Philly to experience America’s biggest birthday celebrations.
2. Parks on Tap
Parks on Tap is a roving beer garden that relocates to different parks throughout Philly during the warm months. No matter what attractions you visit during your Philadelphia trip, you can take some time to unwind and enjoy beer garden ambience. These popup beer gardens offer craft beers, snacks, restrooms and more for 23 weeks throughout the season. The gardens are open from Wednesdays through Sundays.
During July of 2019, the following parks will be sites of Parks on Tap beer gardens:
- July 3-7: Shofuso Japenese Garden and Garden West at West Fairmount Park
- July 10-14: Pastorius Park at Chestnut Hill
- July 17-21: Discovery Center at East Fairmount Park
- July 24-28: Fairmount Water Works at Fairmount
- July 31-August: Gorgas Park at Roxborough
3. Philly Glow-in-the-Dark Art Night
The Philly Glow-in-the-Dark Art Night is a free event for the first 500 ticket requests. It will be held on July 20th at the Philly Art Collective Gallery, which is located at 253 N. 3rd Street. After the 500 free tickets are distributed, admission will be donation-based. The event runs from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. The art shares a common theme – it glows in the dark. This interactive exhibit will feature celebrated visual artists and musicians for a holistic artistic experience. The art will be available for sale, and interested artists can find out more about showing their work at Form.jotform.com.
4. University City Dining Days
Philadelphia isn’t just about patriotism. The city has a strong culinary culture, and University City Dining Days offer the perfect opportunity to explore Philly’s culinary options. Meals range from $15 to $35 per person during July 18 to July 28. The cost covers a three-course meal in various top restaurants in the University City District. Everything’s available from barbecue to sushi, BYOB restaurants, ethnic cuisines and celebrity chefs. Some of the top ethnic restaurants feature Ethiopian, Vietnamese, Chinese and Indian food. Some of your culinary choices include Thai Singha House, Vientiane Cafe, Dahlak, HipCityVeg, New Deck Tavern, Market Tavern, KQ Burger, Pattaya, Baby Blues BBQ, Dim Sum House, Landmark Americana, Tipsy Bistro, Louie Louie, Pod, City Tap University City and the 48th Street Grille.
5. East Passyunk Car Show & Street Festival
The East Passyunk Car Show & Street Festival is a unique festival that takes place on July 28, 2019 on East Passyunk Avenue between Dickinson and Broad Streets. Admission is free, and it’s an ideal way for families to enjoy entertainment, a craft show and more than 150 antique cars, trucks and motorcycles. The area is lined with restaurants, and many of them will offer special tastes, craft beers and specialty cocktails. The vehicles include custom, antique, show and classic models. Trophies will be awarded for the best in 12 different categories.
Traveling to Philly by Bus Delivers Tourist Convenience
Buses today provide free Wi-Fi, plenty of room and a comfortable environment that personal vehicles just can’t match. Bus drivers know their routes intimately, and they choose the best itinerary to avoid the worst traffic. You won’t have to worry about detours, alternate routes, construction projects and other urban obstacles for travelers.You can bring along your group for a travel event, and everyone can usually fit on a roomy bus. If you’re ready to book a worry-free trip to Philadelphia, contact Martz Trailways today to book a seat for you, your family, your friends or your travel group.