The Philly POPS continues its 42-year Independence tradition with POPS on Independence at The MANN. The POPS will perform an original program created and conducted by Music Director and Principal Conductor David Charles Abell, featuring Grammy & Tony nominee, Hamilton star Joshua Henry. A Philadelphia tradition, this performance is part of The Philly POPS Salute Series, honoring our nation's traditions, values, and commitment to service.
The POPS orchestra will perform patriotic favorites, showtunes, standards, and popular hits, along with a glimpse of the 2021–2022 LIGHTS UP! SHOWTIME! Season.
POPS on Independence will also feature the live debut of “Madam (Vice) President,” a march that commemorates the 59th presidential inauguration. This work, composed by Marine Corps veteran Major Brian Dix (Ret.)—Director Laureate of the United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, celebrates the extraordinary women in American politics present and future, namely Vice President Kamala Harris. The piece, originally composed for the Rhode Island Philharmonic, debuted virtually in 2021, with an all-women volunteer orchestra. “This performance is not only for women, but by women,” Dix said. “I want to pay tribute to their hard work over the past 100 years and to inspire younger women to march forward with their dreams.”
Comcast NBCUniversal is the Presenting Sponsor of The Philly POPS Salute Series. This performance is presented in partnership with Wawa Welcome America. 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, and Archer Law, as well as grants through partnership with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia.
Parking for this event is free.
COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidance: Welcome America will follow City of Philadelphia COVID-19 protocols. As of Friday, June 11, 2021, the City of Philadelphia has ended COVID-19 restrictions. People who received their final dose of the COVID vaccine at least two weeks ago are considered fully vaccinated, and the Health Department no longer requires that they wear masks indoors or outdoors in most settings. People who are not vaccinated or are not fully vaccinated are still strongly recommended to wear masks indoors and outdoors when around others, but are no longer required to do so by the City of Philadelphia. With health and safety top of mind, festival guests and participants are encouraged to practice social distancing, when possible, and wash their hands frequently while attending events.