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Independence Blue Cross sponsors Wawa Welcome America for the sixth consecutive year

Independence Blue Cross (IBX) proudly returns for the sixth year as the official Health and Wellness sponsor of Philadelphia’s Wawa Welcome America Festival. Spanning from June 19 through July 4, 2024, the festival promises an array of free and engaging events celebrating the city’s rich cultural diversity and history. 

Wawa Welcome America will once again include programming dedicated to Juneteenth, in partnership with the African American Museum in Philadelphia and Visit Philadelphia. These events aim to educate and raise awareness about Juneteenth while celebrating our nation’s evolving history through the lives, voices, and experiences of all Americans. 

The 16-day celebration will culminate on July 4 with a concert and fireworks display on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, featuring performances by renowned artists NE-YO and KESHA. 

Well-being on Wheels 

IBX will once again return with the popular “Well-being on Wheels” experience to enhance the health and wellness of festival-goers’. The mobile unit offers light therapy and sound meditation sessions led by Modrn Wellness, nutrition guidance in partnership with Sharing Excess, as well as free snacks, fruit, and beverages. Activations are taking place at the following events: 

  • Rhythms of Liberation: Juneteenth Block Party and Evening Conversation – June 19  
  • Kidchella Music Festival – June 21 
  • Concilio’s Hispanic Fiesta – June 22 & 23 
  • Avenue of the Arts Block Party – June 29 
  • July 4th Concert & Fireworks – July 4 

Mental Health First Aid Training

IBX, in partnership with the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, is also sponsoring training for 30 individuals to become certified Mental Health First Aid responders. These sessions are designed to equip participants with the skills to recognize and respond to mental health crises. Certified participants will get two tickets for the Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert and Fireworks, providing an exclusive opportunity to enjoy the performances up close. 

To stay connected on all of the 2024 Wawa Welcome America details, visit https://july4thphilly.com/