Lauryn Hill, Sheryl Crow, Earth Wind and Fire and More: Take a peek at Philadelphia’s Musical Fourth of July past

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Jill Scott  | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com
Jill Scott | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com

Tomorrow brings the annual Wawa Welcome America Celebration for the Fourth of July, featuring Philly’s own The Roots and other popular national acts like Ed Sheeran and Nicki Minaj – along with some up-and-coming acts on the side stages earlier in the day (check for Samantha Cressman’s spotlight on them this afternoon). As you gear up for this year’s don’t forget about how awesome the Welcome America festivities have been in years past. Below, check out a round of of videos to jog your memory.

Here’s The Roots in 2012 jamming with a whole slew of people from Joe Jonas, Queen Latifah, and Common to Daryl Hall, and even Lauryn Hill who randomly showed up as a special guest.

Here’s John Mayer performing “Waiting on the World to Change” also with The Roots last year

Earth, Wind & Fire was on the Parkway in 2011, and they performed “Shining Star”:

Here’s the 6ABC broadcast of Sheryl Crow’s performance of “Leaving Las Vegas” in 2009:

Hall and Oates performed in the rain in 2007.

And Elton John rocked some “Philadelphia Freedom” in 2005.

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