The Philly POPS Returns to Independence Mall on July 3 with POPS on Independence

The Philly POPS continues its 44-year Independence Week tradition with POPS on Independence at Independence Mall on July 3, 2022, at 7 p.m. The POPS will perform an original program created and conducted by Music Director and Principal Conductor David Charles Abell, featuring three-time GRAMMY® nominated singer and songwriter Ryan Shaw. The program will feature patriotic standards, pop favorites, and Shaw’s usual soulful take on the classics. POPS on Independence also features Miss America Emma Broyles and master storyteller and narrator Charlotte Blake Alston. A Philadelphia tradition, this performance is part of The Philly POPS Salute Series, honoring our nation’s traditions, values, and commitment to service.

“The Philly POPS is thrilled to bring POPS on Independence back to Independence Mall. We are grateful to Comcast NBCUniversal and Wawa Welcome America for all their help and support.” said Frank Giordano, President of The Philly POPS. 

Comcast NBCUniversal is the Presenting Sponsor of The Philly POPS Salute Series. These free celebrations of community and tradition, which honor our shared commitment to service on holidays of American tradition, also rely on the generous support of Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development, Wawa Welcome America, The City of Philadelphia, Independence Blue Cross, The Presser Foundation, Visit Philadelphia, and Aqua America.

Performance repertoire: 

  • “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key, a cappella Miss America Emma Broyles
  • “Philadelphia Freedom” by Elton John, Ryan Shaw vocalist
  • “76 Trombones” by Meredith Wilson
  • “The Patriot” by John Williams 
  • “Anthem” by Benny Andersson, Ryan Shaw vocalist
  • “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” by Charlie Daniels, Ryan Shaw vocalist and violin soloists 
  • “Sketches on Shenandoah” by Peter Boyer
  • “Mambo” by Leonard Bernstein 
  • “Liberty for All” by James Beckel, Jr., narrated by Charlotte Blake Alston
  • “America The Beautiful” by Katherine Lee Bates
  • “Star Wars (Main Title)” by John Williams
  • “We are the Champions” by Freddie Mercury
  • “God Bless America: by Irving Berlin, Ryan Shaw and Miss America Emma Broyles vocalists, narrated by Charlotte Blake Alston

Attendees are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket. Beginning at 5 PM, on 5th Street outside The Bourse Food Hall, guests are invited for entertainment, food, and fun before the start of the show. This is a free event and registration is not required.

For more details about the POPS Independence Day performances, visit

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