Photos by Bill Z. Foster
On July 4th, hundreds of people listened while First Lady Jill Biden, who grew up in Willow Grove, sang the praises of the COVID-19 vaccines, crediting them for the reason people could finally come together after a 16 month-long struggle with the disease.
“And here we are, back together,” Biden said to roaring applause. “And there is no place that this Philly girl would rather be than here as your first lady.”
The speech was followed by a reading of the Declaration of Independence and performances by local musicians. Other visitors enjoyed dance performances in the City Hall courtyard.
Mayor Jim Kenney presented the Magis Award to Dr. Ala Stanford, who accepted it on behalf of the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium, for their work testing and vaccinating Black Philadelphians against the virus.
–WHYY contributed to this article.