Mission: Welcome america inc, the city of philadelphia's official producer of the welcome america festival, is a multi day free festival featuring the celebration of independence day. Welcome america events are free to the public, and produced to attract visitors and region residents to the city for the independence day celebration, fostering direct and indirect economic activity. The welcome america festival draws approximately 500,000 to 1,000,000 people to the city of philadelphia over the 8 day schedule. The signature event of the festival is july 4th, independence day, beginning with the celebration of freedom and independence day parade, both in the shadow of independence hall. The afternoon events include the party on the parkway, philly 4th of july jam concert, the largest free concert in america, as well as spectacular fireworks show.
Programs: The largest program of welcome america, inc. Is the welcome america festival which served 500,000 to 1,000,000 people in 2014. An 8 day festival, serving as the greater philadelphia region's official celebration of the independence day holiday. The purpose of this festival is to attract visitors from the region, mid-atlantic, and the entire united states, as well as international visitors. The attendees of the festival, of which all events are free to the public, contribute directly and indirectly to the local economy through lodging, meals, parking, purchases and related taxes. Philadelphia has a significant hospitality economy, of which the welcome america festival is a major component.