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Do Something: Fourth of July Edition

Visit the African American Museum in Philadelphia for cheap, attend a mural dedication and more ways to be an awesome citizen on America's birthday.

Do Something: Fourth of July Edition

Visit the African American Museum in Philadelphia for cheap, attend a mural dedication and more ways to be an awesome citizen on America's birthday.

We all know there’s a little festival going on on the Parkway on Monday (which attracts an estimated 500,000 people a year). Although the Kenney administration made sure this year’s festival is more family-friendly, sitting back and watching the concert is pretty passive citizenry. Here are three ways to engage with your communities and Philadelphia this Fourth of July:

YOGA FOR YOUR COUNTRY

An odd twist to a yoga class is exactly how you should start out your July 4th. Take a Rock N’ Metal Yoga class at Palo Santo Wellness Boutique to get your blood pumping and your American pride ready for an eventful day. As the event page says: “If you don’t love Rock N’ Roll, you don’t love America!” July 4, 9:30-10:45 a.m., $13, Palo Santo Wellness Boutique, 1701 E. Passyunk Avenue

4 FOR THE FOURTH

The African American Museum in Philadelphia offers $4 entry into the museum for the Fourth of July. There’s a host of engaging and educational activities during the day, including a PICTURE ME FREE Mural workshop, movie screenings, and hanging lantern arts and crafts. Celebrate America’s birthday in AAMP for a great history lesson and at a low price. July 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $4 admission fee, The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street

ATTEND A MURAL DEDICATION

One of America’s greatest and earliest civil rights activists Richard Allen is receiving his own mural, with a dedication event on July 4. Allen was an inspiration to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Frederick Douglass (and one of Charles Barkley’s Black History Month All-Stars) for his work with the Underground Railroad. African Methodist Episcopal Church, which was a stop along the Railroad and at which Allen served as bishop, is receiving a mural from Mural Arts. The dedication ceremony will be accompanied by Mural Arts’ Jane Golden, mural artist Willis Humphrey and live music. July 4, 3-5 p.m., free, African Methodist Episcopal Church, 3801 Market Street

Header photo: Flickr/Terry Robinson

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