Betsy Ross House

Special Events

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.


Betsy's Birthday Bash

  • Tuesday, December 31: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Everyone's favorite New Year's Eve party returns to the Betsy Ross House. Betsy's Birthday Bash celebrates the January 1, 1752 birth of America's most famous flag maker with entertainment and cake courtesy of City Tavern at 1 p.m. Sample the hot chocolate drink that colonists enjoyed at Colonial Chocolate Making with Mars Chocolate Ambassadors all day long.


    Meet Phillis the Washerwoman

  • Thursdays through Sundays in December, and December 26 - 31:
    noon - 5 p.m.
  • 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.


    Community Menorah Lighting

  • Sunday, December 22: 4:30 p.m.
  • The House will join the Old City Jewish Arts Center to host a community menorah lighting celebrating the first night of Chanukah, complete with traditional foods like latke, doughnuts, and more. The OCJAC plans holiday-related children's activities and a nightly menorah lighting during the Jewish holiday.


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    Group Activities, Tours, and Unique Experiences

    historic philadelphia group tours, school groups, entertainment

    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!

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