Fourth of July in Philadelphia: “We Own This”

By Suzanne Fluhr

Philadelphia doesn’t celebrate on the Fourth of July only; we celebrate from June 28 through July 8. As the city where the Declaration of Independence was actually debated, written, and signed in 1776, Philadelphians feel understandably proprietary about American Independence Day. In announcing plans for Philadelphia’s 2014 celebration of the Fourth of July, Philadelphia mayor, Michael Nutter, asserted, “This is Philadelphia. We own this.”