Philly Free Streets

By August 7, 2018Lincoln Square

Philly Free Streets is back again this year – bringing you traffic-free roads in Center City for a day.

On August 11th from 8:00am – 1:00pm North Broad Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from City Hall all the way to Germantown Avenue.  The Philly Free Streets route is over four miles long and includes several exciting stops along the way.

The Divine Lorraine is an iconic building standing strong where Broad, Fairmount and Ridge intersect.  The beautiful building holds a long-storied past dating back to the 1800s. The site recently underwent a full renovation and is now a residential apartment building.  

The New Freedom Theater and The Blue Horizon are often overlooked pieces of history on North Broad Street.  The New Freedom Theater is the oldest African American Theater in Pennsylvania.  The Blue Horizon is a boxing venue, which is still in operation today, where Sugar Ray Leonard once fought.

Specially for Philly Free Streets, there will be a beach on North Broad Street.  There will be 50 tons of sand brought to Broad Street between Jefferson and Oxford for this pop up city beach.  You won’t want to miss the once in a lifetime events that take place. The beach will be open August 11th, 12th, 18th & 19th.  

North Broad Street will be closed to motor vehicles for Philly Free Streets, but you are welcome to ride a bicycle.  Indego bikes will be available through the route.  Walking, jogging and running is encouraged, but don’t go too fast, or you’ll miss all the fun.  You’ll pass 15 official murals and Murals Arts Project will be creating murals during the event as well.  The Academy of Fine Arts are opening the doors to their collection for free in honor of Philly Free Streets.

There are so many reasons to check out North Broad Street during Philly Free Streets on August 11th, but really, it will be fun just to have the busy road closed to traffic and be able to roam freely.  Residents of Lincoln Square can walk straight up Broad Street from their door – that would be a long walk, though, so it may be best to take the sub and get off at anywhere from City Hall to Erie Ave.