Wawa Welcome America: Jason Derulo, Cynthia Erivo to perform virtually; no live fireworks

Cynthia Erivo and Jason Derulo
Photo credit Left: Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images for The Recording Academy; right: Sam Tabone/WireImage
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This year, everyone has a front-row seat to the Wawa Welcome America Independence Day celebration.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Philadelphia has had to reimagine its Fourth of July plans. Attendees can still enjoy the musical performances and fireworks, just not in person.

Singer Cynthia Erivo — who’s one “O” short of holding an EGOT title — and multi-platinum artist Jason Derulo will take the stage on July Fourth. 

Get ready for an all-star concert featuring @CynthiaEriVo and @jasonderulo from the best seat in the house—your couch!Check out today's press announcement about this year's 100% virtual, 100% free #July4thPhilly festival: https://t.co/pKzFaOv4ZO #CelebratePhilly pic.twitter.com/5oGpvZqar4

— Wawa Welcome America (@July4thPhilly) June 16, 2020

Instead of the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps, they’ll perform at The Met Philadelphia, which will be broadcast on NBC 10 and also livestreamed.

“They will be performing live on stage at The Met,” said Michael DelBene, president and CEO of Welcome America. “It is not open to the public, so there will not be an audience there, but what you will be seeing — when you are in your living room watching on NBC 10 — will be live from The Met on North Broad Street.”

As for fireworks: “Out of an abundance of caution and in consultation with the City of Philadelphia, we have decided to keep our entire festival virtual, meaning there won’t be any live fireworks this year,” he added.

Instead, they will show recordings of fireworks from previous years.

Leading up to the celebration, Welcome America has more than 50 free — and virtual — events to partake in, like online tours of 19 museums, cultural institutions and attractions. The festivities start June 28.