Conductor Todd Ellison and The Philly POPS BIG Band will perform at 10 a.m., featuring soloist Chaitali Kidd of Delaplaine McDaniel School. Three members of the School District’s All-City Jazz Orchestra who had attended the Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush will join the BIG Band on stage for two patriotic pieces during the Ceremony. The annual July 4 Parade routing from Independence Mall to Penn's Landing, follows the presentation at 11 a.m.
The City of Philadelphia’s Office of the City Representative and Independence National Historical Park will present the Welcome America Festival Honoree at Independence Hall where The Philly POPS will be honored for its 40-year history in Philadelphia and contributions to POPS in Schools and the Salute Series for its free patriotic performances that honor our nation's traditions, values, and commitment to service.
Comcast NBCUniversal is the Presenting Sponsor of The Philly POPS Salute Series. These free celebrations of community and tradition, which honor our shared commitment to service on holidays of American tradition, also rely on the generous support of Major Sponsors Bank of America, Archer Law, EisnerAmper and Drs. John* (Jack) and Pina Templeton as well as grants through partnership with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia.