Philly’s More Fun When You Sleep Over(R) on Fourth of July Weekend

PHILADELPHIA, June 30 /PRNewswire/ — This year’s Fourth of July celebration in Philadelphia will make history once again, and there are still hotel rooms available for visitors who want to be near the action beginning on July 2 for the Live 8 concert and ending on July 4 with the Sunoco Philadelphia Freedom Concert, starring Elton John and Patti LaBelle.

“We still have plenty of rooms available for visitors who want to enjoy the Live 8 concert on July 2, a patriotic Philly Pops concert and the lighting of Independence Hall on July 3, and the Elton John concert on July 4 with a fireworks finale,” says John Kroll, president of the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association (GPHA) and general manager of the Hyatt at Penn’s Landing.

There are about 10,000 hotel rooms in Center City Philadelphia, and only the hotels along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway — site of the Live 8 and the Sunoco Philadelphia Freedom concerts — are sold out July 2 to 4. Advertised room rates in Center City hotels run from $133 to $345 per room for July 1 and 2 and from $129 to $379 for July 3 and 4. Many other hotels with availability are within walking distance of the Parkway. Hotel rooms are available outside of Center City as well, near the Philadelphia International Airport, Chestnut Hill, Montgomery, Delaware and Bucks counties, and in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. All of the hotels are near public transportation routes that will take guests within walking distance of all the weekend’s festivities.

To make it easier to get around, SEPTA, Philadelphia’s public transit system, is offering All-Day Event Passes for $8.00 each on July 2 and 4. For more information, visit http://www.septa.org/.

To book your room in Philadelphia, call your favorite hotel or visit http://www.gophila.com/.

“It’s true what we say…Philly is more fun when you sleep over,” added Kroll.

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