Back porch with American Flag stars and stripes
Photo by Community Member @kellysmithphoto

While the trees are in bloom, the days are getting longer, and the sun’s rays are increasing their warmth, for many people in the United States summer does not truly begin until July 4th, Independence Day. Whether you celebrate it with fireworks, at a cookout, or by marching in your town’s parade, we are celebrating the stars and stripes a bit early this year, and we have a great reason: we’re partnering with @visitphilly to send one winner and a friend to celebrate America’s 239th birthday in America’s birthplace.

Philadelphia’s place in July 4th history starts at the very beginning, since the Declaration of Independence was signed there in 1776 at Independence Hall. The home of the Liberty Bell, it’s a city that waves the stars and stripes proudly. For this week’s Instagram Challenge, we want you to share your #PPStarsAndStripes pride and get creative with images of stars and stripes; Philadelphia; or red, white, and blue. We’ll be joined by local guest judges @billycress and @kellysmithphoto.

One winner will choose a friend and head to Philadelphia for the holiday weekend, complete with round-trip airfare or train tickets, three nights at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, museum and restaurant gift cards, and the chance to watch the city’s gorgeous fireworks displays.

 Visit Philadelphia Contest Rules

For additional terms and conditions that apply to this challenge, see here.


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