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All Independence Day Happenings

June 27, 2019- There’s nothing quite like Independence Day in Philadelphia. Between the multiple over-the-top firework displays, week-long patriotic parties, and of course, the rich history — the city comes alive in celebration of the birth of America.

For those celebrating the 4th of July in Philly, the below restaurants and bars are the best spots to enjoy a bite and beverage in celebration either before or after checking out the historic happenings or catching a firework show.

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The Twisted Tail, located in historic Headhouse Square, just steps away from Penn’s Landing hotspots like Spruce Street Harbor Park, offers the ultimate location to enjoy a cocktail and bite before Camden’s Independence Day Festival fireworks — kicking off at 9:30 pm. Guests can enjoy an order of BBQ Smoked Ribs ($12) or the Fried Chicken ($19) before securing a first row seat on the Delaware River. Guests looking for a tipple post-show can head to The Twisted Tail to toast to America’s birthday with a beer or cocktail.

509 S. 2nd St. | 215.558.2471 | www.thetwistedtail.com

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Royal Boucherie, Old City’s lively American brasserie from award-winning chef Nicholas Elmi, is celebrating the birth of the nation with two of America’s favorite things: burgers and beers. For $20, guests can enjoy a Boucherie Burger paired with a draft beer of their choosing. Conveniently located on 2nd st, guests can take a short walk to Penn’s Landing after dinner to catch the Camden fireworks from across the Delaware River.

52 South 2nd St |267-606-6313 | www.royalboucherie.com

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Assembly Rooftop Lounge offers Philadelphians sweeping views of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia Art Museum and Center City from nine stories above Logan Square, making it the perfect location to watch the city’s biggest fireworks display above the Art Museum — kicking off at 9:30 pm. Guests are encouraged to arrive early as standing room is available on a first come, first serve basis. However, those who secure a spot early enough can enjoy one (or two) of Assembly Rooftop Lounge’s famed Frosés ($14) while waiting for the spectacle to begin.

1840 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | 215-963-2723 | https://assemblyrooftop.com

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Red Owl Tavern, located across from Independence Hall, is a perfect go-to spot for a sit-down lunch after the Celebration of Freedom Ceremony on Independence Mall. After listening to a special reading of the Declaration of Independence where it all began, guests can enjoy lunch on the newly revamped outdoor seating on 5th and Chestnut Sts while taking in sweeping views of America’s most historic square mile.

433 Chestnut St. | 215-923-2267 | redowltavern.com

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The Bourse, Old City’s historic food hall located across from Independence Mall, offers patriotic diners the choice of food and drink from close to 30 vendors. Guests can take a break from their celebrations and the July heat in the coolest AC in town while enjoying a world of flavors for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the shadows of history. Options for Independence Day imbibers include sipping on a frozen Gin and Tonic from Bluebird Distilling while enjoying bites from Rebel Taco, or enjoy a beer from Taps Fill Station while munching on a grilled cheese from Mighty Melt.

111 S. Independence Mall | http://theboursephilly.com

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Jet Wine Bar is kicking the summer off with a bang, with the grand opening of Jet Wine Garden, a wine lover’s outdoor oasis, on Thursday, July 4 at 4 pm. Adjacent to its brick and mortar location, Jet Wine Garden offers a diverse and affordable list of wines, beers, and cocktails as well as small bites, courtesy of new Culinary Director, Lucio Palazzo. Guests can celebrate the opening with a glass of wine and snack before heading to the Parkway for the annual July 4th concert and fireworks.

1525 South St | 215-735-1116 | http://jetwinebar.com

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– Eleanor King