Never one to live in festival curator/hubby Jay Z‘s shadow, Beyoncé serenaded over 80,000 fans during Day 1 of the Budweiser Made In America on Saturday (9/5) at Ben Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.

This is the city’s 4th edition of the now-staple summer music festival since its inception in 2011, and to us, it always feels like a mix of all of our most patriotic holidays thrown in with heart-pounding bass, and too many ways to celebrate the end of season with a bang.

Check out just what makes this year’s MIA Fest so special below.


This concert will benefit United Ways in Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and Lancaster County, PA. A primary goal of this music festival is to have a positive impact on the communities involved. As a result of this concert, the money invested into these communities will positively impact the education, income and health of the most vulnerable and most needy citizens in these regions.

As a result of last year’s Budweiser Made in America festival (which took over both coasts), United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey is investing more than $300,000 into education and talent development initiatives to enhance cradle-to-career education that ensures all students graduate high school college- or career-ready and equips individuals with the job skills and training they need to secure work that provides a family-sustaining income. The festival also enabled United Way of Lancaster County to invest an additional $100,000 in programs and services in Education, Financial Stability and Health.