Annual gay pride events take place every year in communities across the nation. Every year Philly Pride organizes a series of events in Philadelphia such as Pride Day, the OutFest block party, Annual Reminders, and more. The Annual Reminders block parties are held to commemorate the protests, demonstrations, and pioneering members of the gay pride movement.
In 1965, a small group of local gay and lesbian activists were among the first to form an organized LGBT civil rights movement and demonstrate in an effort to exercise the civil rights of the LGBT community. From 1965 to 1969 these events, which took place in front of Independence Hall occurred every 4th of July, were known as “Annual Reminders”. 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Annual Reminders. This year’s Annual Reminder’s events commemorate the first demonstrations and the brave activists who staged them.
Beginning tomorrow, and continuing on through the weekend, there are so many activities and events that will take place around the city. We’ve shared LGBT50’s calendar of events. There are events hosted by various community and religious organizations and venues which are LGBT50 specific events, as well as city-sponsored events for the upcoming Independence Day holiday. Check out one, check out all. Everyone is welcome. Just bring the right attitude and enjoy! And on our upcoming Spotlight Sunday we’ll be featuring one of the highlights from this year’s LGBT50 in greater detail, and inviting you to come down and check it out anytime.
Thursday July 2nd, 2015
2:15 pm Wreath Laying at Gay Pioneers Historical Marker
5:15 pm Christ Church Religious Freedom Tour Christ Church
6:30 pm National Legal Panel at the National Museum of American Jewish History
8:15 pm National Politics Panel at Congress Hall
10:00 pm 50th Anniversary Party at the National Museum of American Jewish History
Friday July 3rd, 2015
4:00 pm National Interfaith Service at Christ Church
5:00 pm Live Nation 50th Anniversary Concert at the River Stage at Great Plaza Penn’s Landing
6:00 pm “Gay Pioneers” Screening With Special Guests WHYY
Saturday July 4th, 2015
11:30 am 50th Anniversary VIP Lunch at the Independence Visitor Center
2:15 pm National LGBT 50th Anniversary Ceremony at Independence Hall
4:30 pm VIP Party at the Stratus Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Monaco
7:00 pm Wawa Welcome America Concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway *
11:00 pm Wawa Welcome America Fireworks on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway *
Sunday July 5th, 2015
12:00 pm Street Festival in The Gayborhood
12:00 pm Parties in The Gayborhood
Additional parties and events to be held on the eve of each day’s events. You can check out the LGBT50 site here for more information and to keep an eye on yet to be announced parties and events.
* denotes City of Philadelphia sponsored events.
The Gayborhood is a section of the city of Philadelphia encompassing the area from Pine st. to Chestnut st. (though some say Walnut st.) between 11th st and Broad st. For a map of the area click here.
Have a great holiday weekend and come out and show your PRIDE!