Philly Showcases Jill Scott, Kevin Hart & More

By//L’Oreal Thompson
There’s nothing like celebrating the Fourth of July in the birthplace of America’s freedom. For the third year in a row, hundreds of thousands of people flocked to Philly’s “4th of July Jam” for the largest free outdoor concert in the country.

This year, hometown favorite Kevin Hart, who just celebrated his 33rd birthday and released his latest movie “Let’s Me Explain,” hosted the event. He was joined by The Roots, who served as the concert’s house band and kept the crowd entertained in between acts.

Fellow Philly native Jill Scott got everyone singing along with her hits, such as “The Way” and “Golden.” Rock singer Grace Potter pleased the crowd with her rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “Rock Steady.”

One of the best parts of the show was the ‘90s medley featuring “Poison” by Bell Biv DeVoe…and Kevin Hart dancing around while wearing a star-spangled tank top and two gold chains.

Country singer Hunter Hayes replaced pop singer Demi Lovato, who was unable to attend because of illness. Rapper J. Cole performed “Crooked Smile” and “Power Trip” off his sophomore album, “Born Sinner,” which is on track to be the number-one album in the country.

Up next, John Mayer jammed with ?uestlove during his set and he was followed by Ne-Yo, who closed the show and got the crowd moving with hits “Closer,” “So Sick” and “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself),” before fireworks capped off the evening.

More than 500,000 people were estimated to have attended the event, which is quickly becoming an Independence Day tradition in Philly. What was your favorite performance from the evening?