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Wet forecast drives tonight's Pops show indoors

July 3, 2014

By Jason Grant, The Philadelphia Inquirer

July 03--City officials have moved tonight's Philly Pops! concert indoors to the Kimmel Center because of expected rain.

At an afternoon press briefing, the officials said the free Pops! orchestra concert is being shifted from Independence Mall to the Kimmel, on South Broad Street. It will still start at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30.

They also said a heavy law enforcement presence will blanket Friday's July 4 Celebration of Freedom ceremony and related events scheduled for Independence Mall and the Parkway area near Eakins Oval.

People wishing to attend Friday morning's official July 4 ceremony at the mall, which will feature a speech by Vice President Biden, should allow extra time to arrive and depart, said officials, who expect a heavy turnout.

Gates will open at 8 a.m. and close by 10 a.m., officials said. Both the general and ticketed public will have one entrance gate to use, located at Fifth and Ranstead Streets, between Chestnut and Market Streets, on the southeast side of Independence Mall.

Attendees requiring disability accommodations should enter at the northeast corner of Sixth and Chestnut, officials said.

There was one late cancellation: Wawa Welcome America said that because of "unforeseen personal circumstances," singer Ariana Grande would not be able to perform Friday during the Philly 4th of July Jam.

City officials would not detail the amount of law-enforcement covering the city and Wawa Welcome America Festival activities throughout the day, except to say it will be large.

"There will be police, there will be Homeland Security," said a spokeswoman for the city. "We will have a heavy presence on site. . . There are people deployed throughout the entire footprint -- all the way up and down the Parkway, as well as at the morning ceremony."




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