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March Hours

Franklin Square is now open for the 2017 season. March hours are March 1 - 17, 10 am - 5 pm and beginning March 18, 10 am - 7 pm. The Parx Liberty Carousel is undergoing a few repairs and will reopen soon.

SquareBurger opens for the 2017 season on Tuesday, March 21 at 11:30 am. Be sure to try new items on the menu including pretzel bites, wings, fried oreos, and churros.


The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival returns to Franklin Square!

The blockbuster Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square returns from May 9 to June 11, 2017 with all new creations. The first Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square debuted in April 2016 and ran for seven weeks, welcoming 92,000 visitors from all 50 states and 10 foreign countries. This celebration of light and culture will feature entertainment, food and 29 magnificent steel-framed and silk-wrapped giant animals, springtime flowers and trees, and symbols of Chinese culture, using traditional Chinese methods.

Learn more about the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square.

Chinese Lantern Festival Student Design Contest

The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival Student Design Contest gives area youth the opportunity to design a lantern for this year’s Festival. Children 12 and under can submit a drawing of one of three Chinese zodiac animals: Monkey, Rooster or Dog. One winning lantern will be displayed throughout the Festival and the winner will get to take the sculpture home with them after it concludes.

Submissions are permitted from March 1 through March 31. Only one design per participant is permitted. Contest winner to be announced in April. Please submit a drawing by clicking here using the subject line "Student Design Contest".


Women's History Month Celebration

Saturday, March 25, 11 am – 3 pm

Visit the Betsy Ross House on March 25 to celebrate Women's History Month. From 11 am – 3 pm, enjoy Once Upon a Nation storytelling featuring inspiring stories about important women that helped shape our nation. At 1 & 2:30 pm, enjoy Breeches and Petticoats, where you can meet Sarah Melton, a colonial businesswoman who worked as “mantua maker” designing one-of-a-kind dresses for her clients in Philadelphia, and learn about popular clothing styles of the late 1700's. During this highly interactive program, a few lucky visitors will have the opportunity to be dressed in 18th-century clothing of the “middle sort” as Sarah explains the design, creation, and purpose of each item.


Announcing The Once Upon A Nation Frances Delmar Future Storyteller Contest!

Historic Philadelphia, Inc. is looking for the next generation of storytellers! Kids ages 8 to 12 are invited to write and submit a story on the theme - "My History Hero or Heroine." Thirteen winners will be selected for a special storytelling experience in Historic Philadelphia on Saturday, August 5!

Learn more about the contest.



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