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.


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:

  • August 22 - 30: Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2 & 3 pm
  • August 31 - September 1: Labor Day Weekend, 2 & 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:

  • August 22 - 30: Fridays and Saturdays, 3:45 pm
  • August 30 - September 1: Labor Day Weekend, 3:45 pm