If you're wondering how you're going to fill this year's Fourth of July holiday weekend, consider a trip back to where America began: Philadelphia. America's birthplace, as it's known, is where the Founding Fathers declared America's independence back in 1776. Today, Philadelphia throws a kickin' party to celebrate the Fourth of July and the streets will be buzzing over the three-day weekend.

But the City of Brotherly Love is a whole lot more than the Liberty Bell. A cultural mecca, it's bursting with fine dining, a terrific shopping scene, and lively nightlife. Here are some of the city's best spots to stay, shop, explore, dine and celebrate while celebrating the Fourth.  Don't forget the sparklers.