Betsy Ross House
Funding for The Betsy Ross House public programs is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Celebrate the Holiday Season at the Betsy Ross House
Visit the Betsy Ross House this holiday season for some festive fun on Saturdays, Sundays and other select dates from November 24 through December 31! Check out the Old City District’s holiday tree and the community menorah sponsored by the Old City Jewish Arts Center, enjoy Colonial chocolate-making, and browse Betsy Ross’ shop for unique gifts, including special ticket packages and commemorative ornaments.
Don’t miss the fun on these festive dates:
Saturday, December 15, 12 - 2 pm
Join Philadelphia's Magic Gardens in creating an original piece of art on a ceramic mosaic tile. We will turn your tile into a Fridge Magnet to take home as a decoration or gift!
Friday, December 28, 3 - 4 pm
Enjoy a performance by the musical group Sistahs Laying Down Hands in celebration of Kwanzaa! FREE
Monday, December 31, 11 am – 4 pm
Ring in New Year’s Eve and celebrate the birth of America’s most famous flag maker with Betsy’s Birthday Bash party! Celebrate with Betsy, herself, Colonial chocolate-making, and birthday cupcakes courtesy of City Tavern. FREE
Open daily, 10 am – 6 pm
Shop the Betsy Ross Museum Store for a variety of holiday gifts, including collectible Christmas ornaments.
Meet Phillis the Laundress
Meet Phillis, a free African American woman who was born into slavery in Philadelphia. She went to school to learn to read and was then indentured where she acquired valuable domestic skills, such as cooking and laundry, which she used to support herself when she received her freedom at the age of 21. As a free woman of color, Phillis lived in a growing and active community of free blacks in 18th century Philadelphia. Though her work was hard as a free and educated woman, she enjoyed a degree of independence that many were looking for in 18th century Philadelphia. Below are future dates Phillis will be at the Betsy Ross House.
- Now - November 30: Thursday - Sunday, Noon - 5 pm
Phillis' programming is sponsored by the Philadelphia Abolitionist Society Endowment Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation.
Colonial Chocolate Making
11 am - 4 pm (unless stated otherwise)
FREE in the Betsy Ross House Courtyard
Meet three female entrepreneurs and learn how women played an active role during the American Revolution – from making important military supplies, like flags and musket cartridges, to choosing “patriotic” beverages like chocolate and coffee, rather than tea. Sample the hot chocolate drink that colonists enjoyed. Below are the dates for the upcoming demonstrations.
- December 31
Sponsored by AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate.
Plan your group trip to Historic Philadelphia with unique experiences from the Betsy Ross House, Franklin Square, and Once Upon A Nation! From interactive Storytelling tours and Philadelphia-themed mini golf to performances by historic reenactors, it's all listed right here!