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Fourth of July celebrations in Philadelphia are underway Tuesday with celebrations in Center City.

The National Weather Service forecast a high near 86 degrees in the city, with the most serious threat of rain between 5 and 7 p.m., with scattered showers and thunderstorms.

In the city, there will be an assortment of events to enjoy as part of the Wawa Welcome America! celebration, including fireworks at the Art Museum, and over the Delaware River with prime viewing along the Philadelphia and Camden waterfronts. The fireworks are scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m.

At Independence Mall, a parade began at 11 a.m. at Fifth and Chestnut Streets, heading west to Ninth Street and turning north to Market Street. The parade will proceed east on Market and end at Front and Chestnut Streets.

The parade will be followed by food and entertainment around the mall from 1 to 5 p.m.

At 1:30 p.m. at the Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St., 13 children will participate in a naturalization ceremony.

Earlier, around Independence Mall:

Starting at noon, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will turn into a sprawling block party with games, arts and crafts, food, and music.

From 7 to 9:30 p.m. on the parkway, there will be a concert featuring Mary J. Blige and the Philly Pops.

There are numerous road closures around Center City due to the festivities.

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Along the Jersey Shore, the Weather Service expected isolated showers, then scattered showers and thunderstorms with highs in the mid-70s.

Camden will celebrate Independence Day with its Freedom Festival at Wiggins Park from 5 to 10 p.m. The park is on Riverside Drive, between Adventure Aquarium and the Battleship New Jersey.

Follow reporter Jan Hefler on Twitter at @JanHefler for more festivities around Philadelphia’s Independence Mall.

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