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Closed on March 21 due to inclement weather.

The birthplace of the American flag is alive with the sights and sounds of the 18th century. Tour the house and then stay a while longer to learn more about Betsy and her exciting life and times through our interactive, historical programming.

Daily, 10 am - 5 pm

Women's History Month at the Betsy Ross House

Throughout March

Visit the Betsy Ross House during March to learn about influential women in our nation's history through a variety of special events in celebration of Women’s History Month.

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The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival returns to Franklin Square this spring!

Nightly, May 1 - June 30 (Closed May 17)

The spectacular Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square returns with 28 larger-than-life illuminated lanterns, featuring new lighting technology and displays never before seen in North America. The 200-foot giant fan favorite Chinese Dragon and beloved pandas return, but all other creations will be new for the 2018 Festival. Other highlights include authentic cultural performances from plate spinning to the art of face-changing, impressive feats of Chinese acrobatics, intricate handicrafts by Chinese folk artists, Asian cuisine and American favorites, and the nightly Dragon Beer Garden.

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Kids can design custom Chinese lanterns for the 2018 Festival!

The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival Student Design Contest gives area youth the opportunity to design a lantern for the 2018 Festival. Children ages 8-14 are invited to submit a drawing of an eagle to celebrate the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles. The winning eagle lanterns will be displayed throughout the Festival and the winners get to take the sculpture home at the conclusion of the Festival. Deadline for submissions is April 2 at 9 am. Only one design per participant is permitted. Contest winners to be announced later in April. Please submit drawings to info@historicphiladelphia.org, using the subject line “Student Design Contest".

Franklin Square is open for its 12th season!

Come down to Franklin Square now to putt through some of the city’s most famous icons at Philly Mini Golf, take a ride on hometown racehorse heroes Afleet Alex or Smarty Jones aboard the Parx Liberty Carousel, and enjoy a rest next to the refreshing fountain.

Please note: SquareBurger reopens on March 24 at 11:30 am.

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An Evening in Franklin Square presented by Parx Casino

Thursday, May 17, 5:30 pm

Join Historic Philadelphia, Inc. and Franklin Square for the tenth annual fundraiser, An Evening in Franklin Square presented by Parx Casino. The special fundraising evening begins with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner along with a live auction and dancing. All proceeds from the event go to maintaining the community treasure that is Franklin Square.

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