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The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

Nightly, Now - June 30 (Closed May 17)

Enjoy 28 larger-than-life illuminated lanterns, featuring new lighting technology and displays never before seen in North America. The 200-foot giant fan favorite Chinese Dragon and beloved pandas return, but all other creations are new for the 2018 Festival. Other highlights include authentic cultural performances from plate spinning to the art of face-changing, impressive feats of Chinese acrobatics, intricate handicrafts by Chinese folk artists, Asian cuisine and American favorites, and the nightly Beer Garden.

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Performance in Franklin Square!

Saturday, June 23, 1 & 3 pm

See a military perform live during the day at Franklin Square.


Flag Raising at the Betsy Ross House

Daily, Now - September 3, 10 am

Start your day at the Betsy Ross House, as Betsy Ross and one of her Colonial friends, raise the 13-star flag with pomp and circumstance.


Independence After Hours is back!

June 12 – August 11: Tuesdays - Saturdays, (No tour July 3), 5:30 pm

August 17 - October 20: Fridays - Saturdays, 5:30 pm

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.

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Join Ben Franklin on Tippler's Tour!

Thursdays, Now - August 9, 5:30 pm

Benjamin Franklin is missing, rumor has it he’s been spotted wandering in and out of various local pubs. Join a colonial guide and search for the electrifying statesman through three modern-day watering holes and a colonial tavern. Learn facts about Dr. Franklin’s life and even raise a toast with Philadelphia’s favorite Founding Father at the historic City Tavern.

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Free Revolutionary Once Upon A Nation Adventures!

Visit the Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches, join the Military Muster, listen to Declaration Readings, and participate in activities at Valley Forge National Historical Park!

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Celebrate Independence Weekend in Historic Philadelphia!

Celebrate the birth of our nation in the birthplace of democracy! Spend the July 4th holiday in Philadelphia seeing history come to life right where the United States began. In addition to regular tours and events, Historic Philadelphia, Inc. in partnership with Independence National Historical Park, the National Constitution Center, the Independence Visitor Center and Welcome America, will co-produce a Weekend of Fun on Independence Mall.

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