Over 50 students from “Work and Travel” jobs all over the Philadelphia region gathered on Independence Day to enjoy “America’s Biggest Free Concert,” the Wawa Welcome America Festival. The students, representing the U.K, Romania, Ukraine, Turkey, Colombia and China all gathered in the University City section of Philadelphia to walk together as a group to the festival.
“Welcome America” takes place at the Ben Franklin Parkway and receives thousands of people from all over the country to celebrate our independence in America’s birthplace.
“Every year 4th of July serves as a great opportunity in the middle of summer to bring students together to meet each other and celebrate one of our most important holidays,” says Niki Woodall, Community Coordinator in the Northeast U.S. Region.
The celebration features food, carnival games, and of course fireworks. Students also enjoyed live music from The Goo Goo Dolls, The Roots, Chrisette Michele & Chuck Brown.
Samantha Yarwood, from the U.K. says, “Being part of the July 4th celebrations in Philly was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Seeing a whole city come together and party through the night was fun, the fireworks were great, the music was fabulous and the chicken on a stick was awesome.” Yanhong He from China agrees. “The fireworks were great. The best I have ever seen! And I never knew there were so many students in the area also on Work and Travel.”
– Niki Woodall, W&T