Once Upon a Nation

Historic Reenactments

Historic Reenactments

Meet Betsy Ross

Meet with Betsy Ross in her upholstery shop, daily 10 am – 4 pm.

All hours are subject to change without notice. Located at 239 Arch Street.

 

Independence Visitor Center

historic reenacment

Meet a Once Upon A Nation History Maker! Who is that, you ask? They are lesser-known historic figures who lived in Philadelphia like David Salisbury Franks, a hero of the American Revolution and aide-de-camp to Benedict Arnold.

Thursdays through Saturday 11 am to 3 pm. Located at 6th & Market Streets

 


Free Quaker Meeting House

Visit this historic house of worship where Revolutionary War-ear Free Quakers met, and learn about their impact on Colonial Philadelphia.

Hours of Operation

  • 11 am - 4 pm, Saturdays and Sundays through November

 


Military Muster

Do you hear the drum beating?

The Continental Army is recruiting a few good kids for drills in the art of marching and musket etiquette.

Location: Signers' Garden, 5th & Chestnut Streets

Dates and Hours:

  • May 23 - 25, Memorial Day Weekend: 2 and 3 pm
  • May 29 - June 6: 2 and 3 pm, Fridays and Saturdays
  • June 9 - August: 2 and 3 pm, Tuesdays - Saturdays
  • August 21 - September 5: 2 and 3 pm, Fridays and Saturdays
  • September 6 & 7, Labor Day Weekend: 2 and 3 pm

 


End of Day Declaration Readings

Greet the History Makers and hear moving readings from the Declaration of Independence.

Location: Independence Square, behind Independence Hall

Dates and Hours:

  • May 23 - 25, Memorial Day Weekend: 3:45 pm
  • May 29 - June 6: 3:45 pm, Fridays and Saturdays
  • June 9 - August: 3:45 pm, Tuesdays - Saturdays
  • August 21 - September 5: 3:45 pm, Fridays and Saturdays
  • September 6 & 7, Labor Day Weekend: 3:45 pm