Philadelphia police preparing for President Biden’s speech outside Independence Hall, Made in America Festival

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Two major events are taking place in Philadelphia this week: President Joe Biden’s address to the nation and the annual Made in America Festival.

Excitement is high for the annual Labor Day weekend celebration along the Ben Franklin Parkway.

“The lineup looks amazing: Burner Boy and Jasmine Sullivan,” said Fairmount’s Taneisha Grant

“Everyone says it’s quite an amazing experience and I live nearby so I figured why not,” added Fairmount’s Louie Van Rooyen.

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But what so many have in the back of their minds is the shooting incident that took place on the Parkway on July 4th.

Two bullets flew into the crowd, causing panic. A bullet landed in a police officer’s cap.

However, this tragedy will not serve as a deterrent to those with whom Action News spoke.

“It’s an isolated case. It’s quite sad to hear that it happened. But the world is the world and there is always a bad apple somewhere,” said Van Rooyen.

On Wednesday, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said they were well prepared for both events.

“We will be working closely with the Office of Emergency Management, the Philadelphia Fire Department and the event’s private security to ensure the safety of concertgoers,” Outlaw said.

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Before the music festival, President Biden will deliver a prime-time speech at Independence Hall on the state of our democracy.

Mayor Jim Kenney said several road closures are certainly to be expected, among many other potential safety precautions.

He adds that you never know what’s going to happen on the security front when there’s a president in town.

“The Secret Service shuts down whatever they want, whenever they want, and that’s the way it is and that’s the way it should be. I would guess his route from the airport to Old City, I-95. I don’t know which route they take but I’m sure that will be closed. There will be continued closure of existences and entrances as it moves north,” Kenney said.

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The inside lanes of the Parkway are closed to Made in America. All road closures should be lifted by next Tuesday morning at the latest.

Find out more about closures and the Made In America range here.

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