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Do Something: Celebrate the Fourth

This week, cheer our independence, sip drinks in the park, escape your reality with some VR at the library, and more!

Every Monday we round up a handful of ways to get involved throughout the week to make your city better and have fun doing it. Have ideas for upcoming events? Email us tips. Now get out and do something!

Escape Reality with VR

Photo: Free Library

Have you been curious about 360 degree movies? What about immersing yourself in Google Maps? Or are you just looking to blast some boxes to a great song in Beat Saber? The Queen Memorial Library in Point Breeze is hosting an open event where you can use an Oculus Rift, a virtual reality system, to explore VR with your own eyes. They will have movies, video games, and other interactive media available to experience. Get a taste of the hottest new emergent technology. The event is open to all adults and teenagers 13 or older. Monday, July 1, 11:30 am, Queen Memorial Library, 1201 South 23rd Street (Federal St. between 22nd & 23rd)

Join Stranger Things Quizzo

Photo: Netflix

Season 3 of Stranger Things is hitting Netflix on Independence Day. While that epic binge would be a great way to ring in America’s 243rd birthday, some are preparing for its release by testing their mettle with trivia nights based on the show’s previous seasons. Fado Irish Pub and Field House, a short walking distance from each other in Center City, are both hosting independent pub quizzes about the hit Netflix original series. Take your pick or divide and conquer; either way, both are sure to have a fun-filled night of 80’s nostalgia-themed geekery. Tuesday, July 2, Field House: 7:30 pm-9:30 pm, 1150 Filbert St, Fado Irish Pub: 8 pm-10 pm, 1500 Locust St

Listen to Steve Buscemi at Eastern State Penitentiary

Photo: Eastern State

When one thinks of historic sites to visit in Philadelphia around Independence day, Eastern State Penitentiary is likely not one that first comes to mind. Nonetheless, Wawa Welcome America is helping to bring people out to America’s most historic prison on July 3rd by hosting a free entrance night. Admission includes Hands-On History interactive experiences, history exhibits, artist installations, as well as an audio tour narrated by Steve Buscemi (yes, that Steve Buscemi). Entry is free, but can only be guaranteed by reserving a ticket in advance; standby guests will be admitted first come, first served. Wednesday, July 3, 5 pm-7 pm, Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue

Celebrate the 4th on the Parkway

It’s been teased in the previous few Do Somethings, but this is it: the Fourth of July. What better way to celebrate than a street festival on the Parkway? Three separate stages will host music, dancing, and other performances all day, with a separate “Kids Zone” in Aviator Park providing a kid-focused setting for even more live music and events! Grab some food from a multitude of diverse offerings, ride down the Parkway on a zip-line, and be sure to catch the free performance by Jennifer Hudson and Meghan Trainor at the end of the night! Thursday, July 4, 12 pm-7 pm, Benjamin Franklin Parkway 19th St-25th St

Enjoy First Friday in Fishtown

Photo: Facebook

Another summer, another neighborhood’s addition to the growing First Friday tradition in Philadelphia! The Fishtown Neighbors Association is hosting their second First Friday of the summer at the New Kensington Community Development Center’s garden facility. Admission is free, with Evil Genius selling draft beers for guests of legal drinking age. A food truck will be selling food outside the center, and a local DJ will be spinning all night. Come out to enjoy all that First Friday has to offer! Thursday, July 5, 6 pm-9 pm, NKCDC Garden Center, 1825 Frankford Ave (Frankford & Berks)

Join the Fiesta

Photo: El Concilio

With hispanic/latinx Philadelphians accounting for nearly a sixth of the population, is it any wonder that they get a whole weekend to celebrate their culture and community? Starting June 6, Concilio is hosting its 38th Hispanic Fiesta. Come out to enjoy live music and dance, along with ethnic foods and artisan crafts from all over Latin America. With over 15,000 expected visitors each day, it’s sure to be one of the biggest Penn’s Landing events of the year! July 6-7, 2 pm-8 pm, Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

Kanpai in the Park

Another week, another new location for Parks on Tap! This week, the traveling community beer garden is located at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, located just southwest of the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center. They will be serving food, beer (on tap, obviously), wine and snacks, as well as non-alcoholic beverages in a beautiful Japanese garden. Enjoy a night of serenity while helping to give back to the neighborhood parks system, and give a hearty kanpai (which is Japanese for “cheers”)! July 3-7, Wednesday+Thursday: 5 pm-10 pm, Friday: 4 pm-11 pm, Saturday: 1 pm-11 pm, Sunday: 12 pm-10 pm, Shofuso Japanese House and Garden (Lansdowne and Horticultural Drives, Fairmount Park)

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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