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Franklin Square Fountain

Franklin Square’s historic fountain is about to make history again! A brand new fountain show with lights, music, and dancing water will come to the Square in summer 2019.

Pardon our appearance while we work to make more magic and memories in Franklin Square. The fence will be surrounding the fountain through the end of October and again from January – April 2019.

Click here to learn more about the exciting fountain show coming in 2019

Franklin Square Holiday Festival presented by CHASE 
and Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO

Experience the magic of the holidays and celebrate traditions new and old at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival presented by CHASE, nightly from November 15 - December 31. Visit Philadelphia’s favorite destination for family fun day and night, and warm up with comfort foods, sweet treats, seasonal beers and hot beverages. New this year, kids young and old can drop their letters in the Santa Mailbox, or deliver them in person to him on Santa Saturdays.

Click here for the Holiday Festival schedule


Take a realistic journey back to 1776!

Independence After Hours

Now - October 20: Fridays - Saturdays, 5:30 pm (Closed for the season)

The only tour of its kind, Independence After Hours takes you on a realistic journey back to 1776. After an 18th-century-inspired dinner at historic City Tavern, and a visit by Thomas Jefferson, the group sneaks into Independence Hall where they eavesdrop on Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin discussing the Declaration of Independence.

Click here to purchase tickets

To become a Once Upon A Nation Storyteller or History Maker, click here.

Tickets now on sale for Tippler's Tour: Yuletide Cheers & Beers!

Only Two Dates Left! Thursdays, December 13 & 20, 5:30 pm

Tippler's Tour is the perfect experience to get into the holiday spirit. Join a Red Coat soldier for a unique look at Philadelphia during the winter of 1777, as you seek the comfort of hearty snacks and warming drafts at four cozy pubs.

Click here to purchase tickets

Historic Philadelphia, Inc.'s Holiday Gift Guide

From family-friendly outings to Colonial pub crawls, these gift ideas are sure to create special memories this holiday season!

Get great gift ideas here.



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