Earlier this week, WalletHub published 2019's Best & Worst Places for 4th of July Celebrations and I was shocked to see that Philadelphia ranked at #15.  How is this possible?

There would be no 4th of July without Philadelphia.  It's the "birthplace of America."  As we all know from history class, the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776 in Philadelphia.

Here is the criteria that WalletHub used to create their list...

"WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities based on how well they balance holiday cost and fun. Our data set of 20 key metrics ranges from average beer and wine prices to duration of fireworks shows to Fourth of July weather forecast."

Based on that methodology, WalletHub chose New York as the best city to celebrate the 4th of July.  I'd be fine with New York being the "second" best, but "the best?"  No way.

By the way, somehow cities like Las Vegas, Scottsdale, Milwaukee and Baltimore placed higher on the list than Philly.  Somewhere, Benjamin Franklin is rolling over in his grave.  And by somewhere, I mean, Philadelphia, where one of America's greatest forefathers is buried.

Credit: Getty Images
Credit: Getty Images

VisitPhilly.com has a listing of all of the ways you can celebrate the 4th of July in the City of Brotherly Love, including info on the Wawa Welcome America Festival, which will feature performances by Meghan Trainor and Jennifer Hudson.

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