Friday, July 3, 2009

Philadelphia Independence Weekend

Philadelphia can really throw a festival! The Independence Day weekend had numerous activities from Penn's Landing to the Independence Center to the Art Museum.

AYCE Ice Cream party at Penn's Landing drew thousands. An outdoor living history set-up with several dozen tents and even more period dressed educators was kid-friendly and informative.

If you stick around for dusk and sunset you'll be treated to a free Pops concert, Sheryl Crow on the BF Parkway and then watch fireworks shot off over the Art Museum.

I never did the Duck Boat tours and the weather was predicted to be perfect. The tour lasts over an hour and our driver, Jake, was a real comedian. Quackers were handed out to everyone to deliver insults "quacks" to unsuspecting, yet deserving pedestrians. Splash down into the Delaware River was thrilling and the views unique. The total experience was a blast and totally recommended.

We found parking in the garage of the Hyatt (Penn's Landing) for $13 for 6 hours, $19 for longer. Not too bad for that part of the city.

Dave and Busters was the happy ending to the day. It wasn't that busy for I think everyone was eating alfresco at the 200+ cafes around the city. Ironically, outdoor dining was illegal until Ed Rendell repealed the law in 1995.

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