Philadelphia’s July 4th fireworks and concert are expected to stay on the Ben Franklin Parkway, despite the weather forecast. However the Philadelphia Pops concert slated for tonight is being moved inside of the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall.
THEverett Gillison, the mayor’s chief of staff, says the city has been tracking the storm and expects all to be well for the outdoor concert and the half-million or so fans who normally come out to end Independence Day with music and fireworks.
“We have a service that we deal with, several services that we deal with on weather,” he said. They have been keeping track of this for the past week. Right now all systems are go. We also have to be aware of wind and right now it is still within the acceptable levels. We are all ready and we just want everybody to have a good time.”
Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel says more officers will be on the parkway to make sure concertgoers are safe.
“It’s one of our largest deployments, and we can bring additional resources down to enhance that. So if anyone has anticipation of coming down here to disrupt the events, they will have a significant and swift reaction,” he said.
As for the relocated Pops concert, Desiree Peterkin-Bell, executive director of the Welcome America festival, says people who had tickets for the event should not worry.
“If you have a ticket that ticket will be honored and you will have a seat at the Kimmel,” she said.