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Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic moving to Philly, featuring Bob Dylan

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Willie Nelson’s annual 4th of July Picnic is moving to Philadelphia for the first time this year. The concert event, which began in 1973, will be held at Freedom Mortgage Pavilion in Camden, N.J., just outside Philadelphia — the birthplace of America.

In addition to Nelson, the lineup will include Bob Dylan, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Maren Morris, Mavis Staples and Celisse. Nelson, 91, said in a statement: “I am thrilled to bring the 4th of July Picnic to Philadelphia for the first time in our storied history. It’s an honor to host such an extraordinary lineup of talent in the birthplace of our country. We can’t wait to celebrate Independence Day with you.”

Nelson’s annual 4th of July Picnic originated more than 50 years ago in 1973 at Hurlbut Ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas; the picnic has been held outside Texas before, including at The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, in 2007 and Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1978.

Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster.

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