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SAM 2015 Philly Sightseeing


Family Sightseeing!

Philadelphia is one of the greatest cities to bring your family for sightseeing. Philly has it all: history, entertainment, food, and more. Please check out this website for a sampling of the top places to visit in Philadelphia:

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SAM Convention is Vacation Destination for Magicians and their Families

The 2015 Society of American Magicians (SAM) convention in Philadelphia July 1-4 will be exciting for magicians and their families. Magicians will see fresh new talent perform in the three evening gala shows, including “The transformation of Vaudeville,” “The Heart and Soul of Magic,” and Miguel Puga’s one-man show “Concerto for Piano & Pasteboards.” The professional close-up show features the magic of Spain with Woody Aragon, Hector Mancha, Juan Luis Rubiales and Mario Lopez.

Who will win the prestigious Father Cyprian Murray Stage Magic Contest and the Dr. Paul Critelli Close-Up Magic Contest? And don’t forget the ever-popular “Stars of Tomorrow” show which has been a launching pad for magic’s newest stars.
The SAM will bring back Eric Jones and his team of underground magicians for late-night jam sessions. Select Workshop Sessions will allow you to choose your favorite hands-on learning experience in an intimate setting. The magic lectures will focus on close-up, stage, family entertainers, mentalism and magic history.

Over 20 magic exhibitors from around the world will be featured with ample time to see the newest creations. The SAM banquet will include a surprise performer, the Milbourne Christopher Foundation Awards, and opportunity to congratulate President Kenrick “Ice” McDonald, President-Elect David Bowers and Convention Honoree Ray Goulet.  

Bring the kids for the Society of Young Magicians (SYM) All-day Magic Jam on June 30, 2015 which promises to be a fun day of hands-on training for SYM members and young magicians, age 7 to 17, by the SYM’s top instructors including David Oliver, Arlen Solomon and Kayla Drescher. A free event included with your youth registration for the SAM Philadelphia Convention.


Philadelphia and the SAM convention is a family destination for all. While the magician in your family is learning from the experts, the non-magician will be entertained with our excellent shows and contests.

In addition, twice daily, the SAM and members of local Assembly #4 will offer free walking tours of historic Philadelphia. See the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the U.S. Mint, and Betsy Ross House, all within a short walking distance of the convention hotel. The SAM will even include FREE admission to National Constitution Center (normally $14.50). You will want to spend hours at this interactive museum dedicated to the US Constitution. Once you see how close these historic landmarks are, you will want to come back at your own leisure, have a cheese steak or pretzel, or visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the steps from Rocky or the Franklin Institute science museum. Don’t forget to end the convention with a bang and the best the best fireworks on Saturday, July 4th at 11 PM.

Philadelphia offers a grand vacation for your entire family. Where’s the best place to celebrate July 4th? The place it all began: Philadelphia.

The convention hotel is located downtown next to the famous Reading Terminal Market, the famous indoor foodie paradise.  The Marriott Philadelphia Downtown is located at 1201 Market Street,  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107. Convention registration and hotel reservations can be made at More info at or


Family Activities for Independence Day Celebrations

Lots of magic to see, learn and inspire in Philadelphia at the SAM Convention, July 1-4. But, also so much for your family to experience, and so much of it is free. Join us for a magic vacation! Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Magic

Bring your family with you and they will have as much fun as you! The convention hotel is right in the middle of all the festivities. Free outdoor movies (Rocky at the Museum of Art steps), Free Hoagie on Thursday, free concerts at Independence Hall.

Here is the line-up of activities for your family:  

R&B star Miguel and Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles will take the stage on the 4th and The Roots will once again be the house band for the concert.

There will also be a big block party on July 3rd. It will be on 5th and 6th streets between Market and Chestnut.

The 2015 edition of the Wawa Welcome America festival will also feature movies on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Hoagie, concerts on Penn's Landing, the annual Party on the Parkway and much more.

Here is the schedule of events:


WHAT: Family Day
WHERE: The Shops at Liberty Place, 1625 Chestnut Street
WHEN: Noon - 4:00 p.m.

Family Day at the Shops at Liberty Place gives families the opportunity to enjoy activities celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first reading of "Alice In Wonderland," and they can let their creativity shine with tons of arts and crafts and more.

SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 2015

WHAT: Wawa Welcome America! Community Day
WHERE: Port Richmond
WHEN: Noon - 4:00 p.m.

A new addition to the schedule is the Wawa Welcome America! Community Day, which will be held in Philadelphia's Port Richmond neighborhood. Residents and visitors are invited to join us for an afternoon of activities and music in one of Philadelphia's many great neighborhoods.

MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2015

WHAT: FREE Admission to the Franklin Institute
Courtesy of Wawa
WHERE: Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St
WHEN: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Gather your friends and enjoy a free day at the Franklin Institute, courtesy of Wawa. You will have the chance to visit the interactive Wawa Dairy exhibit to discover the science behind dairy farming and production and to learn about the evolution of Wawa Dairy Farms and Philadelphia's favorite convenience store. General admission includes access to three floors of interactive exhibits, explosive science shows and hands-on demonstrations and a show in the Fels Planetarium.

WHAT: Go 4th & Learn About Science
WHERE: Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St
WHEN: 10:00 a.m. - Noon

All Go 4th & Learn events include special readings, free book giveaways and educational fun! The first 800 kids will receive a free book courtesy of Duffy Books in Homes USA.

WHAT: Philly @ The Movies: "Big Hero 6"
WHERE: Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street
WHEN: 8:30 p.m.

For the kick-off of the 2015 Philly @ The Movies series, attendees can view one of this year's must-see films for children and adults alike, Disney's "Big Hero 6".

TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2015

WHAT: FREE Admission to the Philadelphia History Museum
In Partnership with PECO
WHERE: Philadelphia History Museum, 15 S. 7th Street
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Learn about the rich history of the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection at the Philadelphia History Museum. The museum will be open for free to the public all day as part of the Wawa Welcome America! Festival.

WHAT: Go 4th & Learn About Philadelphia
WHERE: Philadelphia History Museum, 15 S. 7th Street
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

All Go 4th & Learn events include special readings, free book giveaways and educational fun! The first 800 kids will receive a free book courtesy of Duffy Books in Homes USA.

WHAT: Philly @ The Movies: "Annie"
WHERE: Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
WHEN: 8:30 p.m.

The Philly @ The Movies series continues with a free screening of the newly adapted version of "Annie," a tale of a precocious orphan girl with a big personality and heart of gold.


WHAT: FREE Admission to the African American Museum in Philadelphia
In partnership with PECO
WHERE: African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
WHEN: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Visit the African American Museum in Philadelphia to experience the richness and vibrancy of African American heritage and culture in four exhibition galleries filled with exciting history and fascinating art. The museum will be open for free to the public all day as part of the Wawa Welcome America! Festival.

WHAT: Go 4th & Learn About Fitness
WHERE: Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, 3500 Reservoir Drive
WHEN: 10:00 a.m. - Noon

The Go 4th & Learn series continues with a morning of fitness and fun at the Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, a 6.5 acre playground that includes the Ann Newman Giant Wooden Slide and more than 50 unique, child-friendly, and accessible pieces of play equipment. All Go 4th & Learn events include special readings, free book giveaways and educational fun! The first 800 kids will receive a free book courtesy of Duffy Books in Homes USA.

WHAT: Philly @ The Movies: "Rocky"
WHERE: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
WHEN: 9:00 p.m.

Philly @ The Movies continues with a free screening of "Rocky," the iconic boxing film shot in and around Philadelphia. Movie-goers will watch this classic from the very steps that made Rocky a lifelong legend.


WHAT: FREE Admission to the National Constitution Center
WHERE: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
WHEN: 9:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Wawa invites you to enjoy a free day at the National Constitution Center, including access to new exhibitions that open this summer. A special Wawa display will feature Wawa's commitment to military, fire and police.

WHAT: Go 4th & Learn About History
WHERE: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
WHEN: 10:00 a.m. - Noon

All Go 4th & Learn events include special readings, free book giveaways and educational fun! The first 800 kids will receive a free book courtesy of Duffy Books in Homes USA.

WHAT: PHL Photo Exhibit "About Philadelphia: A City of Firsts"
WHERE: Philadelphia International Airport, Terminal A-East, 8000 Essington Avenue
WHEN: 10:00 a.m.

"About Philadelphia" is a photo exhibition that celebrates the City's historic American firsts. Travelers going through the Airport can visit the exhibit to learn more. This exhibit is open to ticketed passengers only.

WHAT: Wawa Hoagie Day
WHERE: Independence Mall, Market Street Between 5th and 6th Streets
WHEN: Noon - 1:30 p.m.

The 23rd annual Wawa Hoagie Day, which focuses on honoring our troops and expanding Wawa's partnership with the USO, will begin with a salute to local and national heroes - our military, firemen and police officers. Wawa hoagies will be distributed FREE to the crowd. The event will include a special appearance by Food Network Chef Robert Irvine and performances by NBC's "The Voice" contestants Matthew Schuler and Audra McLaughlin, as well as the USO Show Troupe.

WHAT: Philadelphia Orchestra Neighborhood Concert
WHERE: Great Plaza @ Penn's Landing, 101 S. Columbus Blvd.
WHEN: 8:00 p.m.

The world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra presents a FREE Neighborhood Concert on the RiverStage at the Great Plaza.

WHAT: Philly @ The Movies: "The Sixth Sense"
WHERE: Rittenhouse Park, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square
WHEN: 9:00 p.m.

The Philly @ The Movies series concludes with "The Sixth Sense," directed and written by Philadelphia native M. Night Shyamalan and also filmed throughout Philadelphia. In this spooky tale, a young boy communicates with spirits that only he can see.

FRIDAY, JULY 3, 2015

WHAT: Liberty Block Party
WHERE: 5th and 6th Streets Between Market and Chestnut Streets
WHEN: 1:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The largest block party of the summer, the Liberty Block Party, offers Philadelphia residents and visitors an opportunity to explore the city's diverse food scene and some of its finest live entertainment. Entry and entertainment are free; however, food and drinks must be purchased.

WHAT: POPS! On Independence
WHERE: Steps of Independence Hall, 6th and Chestnut Streets
WHEN: 8:00 p.m.

The Philly Pops! return to celebrate America's birthday with POPS! On Independence, a free concert at Independence Hall. Conductor Michael Krajewski and soloists Capathia Jenkins and Darius de Haas will take part in this year's show. Seating is first come, first served, and concert goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy one of Philadelphia's most popular Fourth of July traditions.


WHAT: Celebration of Freedom Ceremony
WHERE: Steps of Independence Hall, 6th and Chestnut Streets
WHEN: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Philadelphians and visitors can pay tribute to our nation at the Celebration of Freedom Ceremony featuring music, inspiring remarks, and a reading of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence, among other special elements. This year's ceremony commemorates the 50th anniversary of the first major LGBTQ protest in the United States, the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 50th anniversary of the Immigration & Nationality Act of 1965, and the 150th anniversary of the addition of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. A naturalization ceremony for new American citizens will also be included in the program.

WHAT: Independence Day Parade
WHERE: Throughout Historic Philadelphia
WHEN: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Starting in front of Independence Hall, more than 6,000 participants from across the nation - including Miss America 2015, marching bands, floats, military organizations and several special performance teams - will be taking part in the annual Independence Day Parade through Historic Philadelphia. Spectators of all ages will enjoy the patriotic pageantry of the most diverse Independence Day Parade in the country as it winds through the nation's most historic square mile. Parade Route: The parade begins at 5th and Chestnut Streets, then travels West on Chestnut Street to 9th Street. It then turns right onto 9th Street, before heading down Market Street toward Front Street. The parade finishes by marching down Front Street to Chestnut Street. Total route is 1.2 miles long.

WHAT: Let Freedom Ring Ceremony
WHERE: Independence National Historical Park, 6th and Market Streets
WHEN: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Sons of the American Revolution program starts on Independence Square & concludes with symbolic tapping of Liberty Bell by Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence in Liberty Bell Pavilion.

WHAT: Party on the Parkway
WHERE: Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 20th Street to Eakins Oval
WHEN: Noon - 7:00 p.m.

The highly anticipated, day-long Party on the Parkway features blocks of exciting activities, games, entertainment and food fit for the whole family. Pogopalooza, the world championship of extreme pogo, and the U.S. Olympic Committee's Road to Rio Tour will be among the many activities on the Parkway. Party on the Parkway offers a wealth of musical programming throughout the day on the Global Music and Questlove Stages.

WHAT: Philly 4th of July Jam and Grand Finale Fireworks
WHERE: Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Benjamin Franklin Parkway at Eakins Oval
WHEN: 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

The Wawa Welcome America! Philly 4th of July Jam takes place each year on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and is followed by a fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Past performers include: Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran, John Mayer, J.Cole, Grace Potter, Jill Scott, Common, Joe Jonas, Queen Latifah, Lauryn Hill and more. 6ABC returns as the festival's local media partner, broadcasting the concert live in the Philadelphia region. The 2015 Philly 4th of July Jam stars The Roots, with special guests Miguel and Jennifer Nettles. The show will be immediately followed by a fireworks spectacular, brought to you by Discovery's Shark Week. Additional details about Wawa Welcome America!'s musical performances will be made available online.

Other organizations and attractions will host free events throughout the city during the festival week and even extending past the Fourth of July. Visitors will be able to check the Wawa Welcome America! website for a list of these partner events.


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