Philadelphia, once the capital of the United States, plays an outstanding role in the real history and life of the nation. Its colonial legacy and architecture are almost unrivaled and its universities, museums, companies and laboratories are world class. The city has also become an increasingly important cultural and artistic center as well in the past few decades.It’s summer and a great time to make the most of being outdoors — even in a city. Philly is incredibly walkable, and the proliferation of outdoor seating at restaurants and bars has kept an additional component of summer fun to the streets — great for people watching.When it concerns restaurants, there’s no shortage of incredible things to eat. Grab a jar of Crémant and some Camembert and relax in the Di Bruno Bros. Plaza in the Italian Market (just ensure that you save room for lunch at Esquire Best New Restaurant Kalaya just up the road). Get a table and a Detroit-style pie at Down North Pizza. Have breakfast for lunch at South Philly mainstay Melrose Diner.
Three nights weekly, Longwood Gardens illuminates its fountains in a breathtaking light show. This year, the gardens will honor Juneteenth with special “Freedom”programming which includes the typical light-show performances accompanied by music from beloved African American singers such as for instance Nina Simone, Andra Day and Aretha Franklin. Philly’s hands-on and kid-friendly museum has generated an entire day of programming that’s both educational and engaging. Children can craft their very own self-portraits, enjoy a storytelling session about the real history of Juneteenth, and become mini scientists by taking part in workshops that mimic the study of African American engineers and inventors.