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The Real Cost of July 4, from NYC to Nashville

By Lewis Braham - 2012-06-26T20:34:29Z

Photograph by John Costello/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT /Landov

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Philadelphia's Welcome America Festival

The founding fathers ratified the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. So it's fitting the city has an impressive Fourth of July festival. "Welcome America" lasts 10 days, starting on June 25. It includes educational programs and tours of the city's historic spots, food tastings and free screenings of local film favorites such as Philadelphia's own "Rocky." The Philly Fourth of July Jam concert finale includes performances by Queen Latifah, Darryl Hall and Joe Jonas. Although festival-backer Welcome America Inc. declined to disclose the cost, 2010 tax documents reveal $1.8 million in expenditures that year, according to nonprofit tracker GuideStar.