My 4th of July Tradition

by Armond Scavo on July 4, 2013

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I always look forward to the 4th of July in Philadelphia. It is a week full of patriotic and entertaining events.

My celebration starts with what has become a tradition; the Philly Pops concert  with Peter Nero in front of Independence Hall on the 3rd of July. There is a small group of us that get there absurdly early to reserve seats (4 hours early) for the friends we invited to the concert.

I start my celebration with a lunch at The “Philly’s Gourmet Cafe” located at the 5th street entrance of the Bourse Building at 5th and Market Streets. It is one of my favorite places to have lunch in the historic area, and Mimi, the owner, is one of my favorite people. She greets every single person with a energetic hello and big smile.

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It features serve yourself hot and cold tables with a selection of prepared foods that is second to none in both variety and quality. Whether you enjoy California rolls, fruit salads or Chicken Teriyaki, there is something for everyone. And if you’re looking for a traditional Philly Sandwich, The Philly cheese steak, you don’t have to go to Geno’s or Pat’s. The ”Philly’s Gourmet Cafe” has that to; and it ranks with the best in the city.

After my delicious lunch I watch the films at the Independence Visitor’s Center on 6th and Market Streets, and visit the sites where our country was founded. It is always a moving experience to hear and read about the founding of our democracy.

So after all this I wonder over to the concert area and take my seat and welcome concert early birds that I know from previous years.

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This performance was Peter Nero’s last official one with the Philly Pops. It was wonderful , even better than last year. It is always an all American musical program with pieces from the 1812, Gershwin, Sousa, and movie sound tracks.

But the highlight is the orchestra’s tribute to the armed forces. As he plays all the of the branches of the armed forces anthems he asks for all those who were in the branch to stand up and be saluted. The crowd responds with great admiration and thanks.

Tomorrow I will go to the parade, stop at Mimi’s Philly Gourmet cafe for lunch, and then listen to the speeches, presentations and celebrations of the birth of our country.

 

Happy 4th of july to all!!

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