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Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
A program designed to give 9 – 17 year-olds a real life experience of the workplace. Since 1992, hundreds of Philadelphia businesses, as well as departments within the City of Philadelphia have opened their doors and given young people a “behind the scenes” introduction to the workplace.
The City of Philadelphia partners with the Police Athletic League to honor outstanding PAL high school students for their excellence in academics and community activities. Exceptional students get to shadow the Mayor, Cabinet members and Commissioners for the day, allowing students a close up look at the workings of City Government.
The Mayor and City Officials join representatives of the Fraternal Order of Police, Philadelphia Fire Department, Hero Scholarship Fund, members of the clergy and representatives from federal, state and other law enforcement and fire service agencies to recognize the uniformed Philadelphia Police Officers and Firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Ceremonies are held at the Living Flame Memorial, Franklin Square Park at Sixth and Race Streets.
Established in 2001, the City honors our elite senior population, our Centenarians -- residents who are at least 100 years old. It is a local tribute and part of the annual “Older Adult Americans Month” tribute nationwide in May. Philadelphia is home to more than 400 centenarians and is one of the few municipalities in the nation to honor the longevity and contributions of centenarians who have experienced much of our world’s history first hand with a special “Witness to History” celebration.
This premier celebration of America’s birthday is one of the nation’s largest summer outdoor festivals focusing on patriotic events, including a spectacular celebration of parades, fireworks shows, street festivals, headliner concerts from all musical genres and the Independence Day Ceremony all set in the birthplace of independence. The festival was established as the Freedom Festival in 1980s and was a major component of the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. It has grown over the years and was expanded by the city in 1993, as part of the promotion of a new Pennsylvania Convention Center. The festival draws an estimated three million spectators annually. Welcome America!
The annual race takes place each November. The running event has grown every year and is preceded by a Health and Fitness Expo and Kid’s Fun Run at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and a Runners’ Buffet Dinner at a Center City hotel. The event features 20,000 runners participating in the Marathon, Half Marathon and Rothman Institute 8K. The competition has attracted runners, from Kentucky to Kenya. Known as a top Boston qualifier, the race attracts casual to world-class Olympic-caliber athletes and boasts one of the fastest courses in the country.

The fast, flat and historic course (highest elevation is 100 feet) takes you along wonderful waterways -- from the Schuylkill to Delaware rivers -- and through the historic streets of Center City, Fairmount Park, Manayunk and the most historic square mile in America in the nation’s birthplace. Runners and spectators are part of a unique experience in a world-class city on scenic terrain that comes alive with fan-friendly “Cheer Zones” filled with the energy of thousands of well-wishers to spur runners on to victory. Philadelphia Marathon.

This official kick-off to the holidays in Philadelphia features the ceremonial lighting of the City Hall holiday tree. The family event, which takes place after the Thanksgiving Day holiday in early December, attracts Philadelphia residents and visitors for a traditional festive ceremony featuring entertainment and the lighting of the holiday tree at City Hall by Mayor Michael A. Nutter. In 2008, the addition of The Holiday Village in Philadelphia on Dilworth Plaza brought a family-attractive holiday marketplace to enrich the seasonal City Hall environment.