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Where to Park for the Wawa Welcome America Festival

It’s that time of the year when the weather is amazing, the Phillies season is in full throttle, and Philadelphia welcomes back the Wawa Welcome America festival! The weeklong festival is FREE for the public to enjoy great music, free hoagies, and (of course) an elaborate fireworks show. 

What you need to know:

Between hosting the NFL Draft in 2017 and celebrating the Eagles Super Bowl victory in 2018, Philadelphia knows how to host an event. But this party isn’t just the average gathering—it’s a time to celebrate our culture, history, and the birth of our country.

This week-long festival begins June 29 with free multicultural community events celebrating America’s birthday by giving citizens the opportunity to learn about our nation’s history. Several museums, including the American Swedish Historical Museum and the Independence Seaport Museum, are hosting Free Museum Day—view the whole list here.


Star-studded performances:

On July 4, music icon and actress Jennifer Hudson and pop-star Meghan Trainor will perform some of their biggest hits in the heart of Philadelphia, along with the famous Philly Pops Big Band. The show starts at 7 p.m. on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and between the food trucks, live music, and fireworks show, you don’t want to miss it.

Since more than 25,000 people are expected to attend the festival, it’s important to plan ahead, especially when it comes to parking. Luckily, we have you covered with multiple options.


If you plan on parking on the street, our meterUP app is the easiest way to pay for parking in Philadelphia. No change? No problem! Use meterUP to pay with your credit card and enjoy convenient perks like adding or stopping time for your parking session straight from your smartphone. The meterUP app provides customized parking notifications to your phone that give you a heads up when your meter is about to expire. Having the information you need in the palm of your hands not only provides you reassurance on your vehicle, but it also allows you to focus on having fun at the festival. 

If you would rather park your car at our off-street parking facilities, check out our locations and rates below — and don’t forget to take note of road closures and parking restrictions during the festivities. 

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Parking facilities near Wawa Welcome America:


Family Courthouse Garage:

1503-11 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102


  •       Up to a ½ hour: $6.00
  •       Up to 1 hour: $13.00
  •       Up to 1 ½ hours: $19.00
  •       Up to 2 hours: $25.00
  •       Up to 12 hours: $27.00
  •       Up to 24 hours: $29.00
  •       Weekends: $11.00 (flat rate per day)


Philadelphia Gateway Parking Garage

1540 Vine St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102


  •       Up to 20 minutes: $3.00
  •       Each additional 20 minutes (or portion): $3.00
  •       Up to 10 hours: $16.00
  •       Over 10 hours: $20.00
  •       Evening Rate (enter after 5 p.m., exit by 9 a.m.): $5.00
  •       Weekend Rate (flat rate per day): $7.00


19TH & Callowhill Street Lot

1901 Callowhill St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130


  •       Up to 1 hour: $6.00
  •       Up to 2 hours: $11.00
  •       Up to 12 hours: $17.00
  •       Up to 24 hours: $20.00



  •       Early Bird (enter before 9 a.m., exit by 6 p.m.) Monday through Friday: $11.00
  •       Weekends: $12.00 (flat rate per day)
  •       Evening (enter after 5 p.m., exit by 9 a.m.): $9.00



Photo by R. Myers for Visit Philadelphia