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July 02, 2006|By LORI SEARS

If you have never celebrated the Fourth of July in Philadelphia, this might be the year to go for it. The holiday weekend offers an array of patriotic events for visitors. The Lights of Liberty Show, a sound-and-light spectacle about the American Revolution, takes place today, tomorrow and Wednesday through Saturday. The patriotic show features huge, colorful images projected onto historic buildings with accompanying narration by Walter Cronkite, Ossie Davis, Charlton Heston and other celebrities. The show begins at the PECO Energy Liberty Center.

Tomorrow's events will include a "Happy Birthday America!" celebration from noon to 2 p.m. at the National Constitution Center and the "Pops on Independence" concert with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Independence Hall.

On the Fourth of July, visitors can attend an Independence Day ceremony with music, readings and a formal tribute to our nation at 9 a.m. at Independence Hall. Afterward, folks can join the "Let Freedom Ring Celebration" with a children's parade, ceremonial ringing of the Liberty Bell and speech by Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. at 12:30 p.m. at the National Constitution Center and the Liberty Bell Center. Fireworks kick off at 8:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with Lionel Richie headlining the show and being joined by Fantasia Barrino and Peter Nero and the Philly Pops.

For more information on Philadelphia's July Fourth events with prices, times and directions, visit americasbirthday.com, lightsofliberty.org or call 877-GO-2-1776 or 215-683-2200.

[LORI SEARS]

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