Coming Up in Historic Philadelphia!


Pet Summer Social

Date: Saturday, August 27

Times: 3 pm - 6 pm

Bring your four-legged friend to Franklin Square's Pet Summer Social to enjoy treats, prizes, crafts and other fun activities! Learn about pet adoption and take a sketch of your pet home!

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Dhyana Yoga Presents FREE Outdoor Yoga

Dates: Saturday, August 22

Times: 9:30 - 10:30 am

Join Dhyana Yoga in Franklin Square for a practice that will make you sweat, laugh, breathe, and believe in the powerful effects of Yoga. All are welcome! Bring a Yoga mat or a big towel to practice on, some water, and your friends to stretch and tone your way through the summer with Dhyana Yoga!

FREE Outdoor Yoga is weather permitting. Please check the Dhyana Yoga Outdoor Yoga Classes Facebook Page for weather updates and other information.

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Labor Day Celebration

Date: Saturday - Monday, September 3 - 5

Times: Noon - 3 pm

All aboard! The Lightning Bolt Express Train makes a stop in Franklin Square to help celebrate Labor Day and the end of summer. Tickets are required for all attractions.


Grandparents' Day Brunch

Date: Sunday, September 11

Times: 11 am - 1 pm

Treat your Grandparents to a delicious brunch provided by Cooperage inside the Franklin Square Pavilion. $25 advance ticket purchase required.


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Meet Phillis the Laundress

Dates: Fridays - Sundays in August

Time: Noon - 5 pm

Betsy Ross House (239 Arch Street)

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.

Sponsored by the Connelly Foundation.

First Friday Movies Under the Stars and Stripes

Time: 5 - 9 pm

$5 admission includes a tour of the Betsy Ross House and a movie in the courtyard. Visitors are encouraged to bring food and a bottle of wine to watch the movie.


Independence After Hours

Dates: Fridays & Saturdays, August 19 – October 22

Time: 5:30 pm

Departing Location: Independence Visitor Center (6th & Market Streets)

Visit inside Independence Hall at night after public hours and experience what those late nights of the summer of 1776 were like for the Founding Fathers. The evening begins with a delicious three-course meal at the Historic City Tavern. Inside the Hall, visitors witness several Founding Fathers deep in discussion over the creation of the Declaration of Independence.

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Tippler’s Tour: Ghosts & Toasts

Dates: Thursdays, September 29 – October 27

Time: 5:30 pm

Departing Location: Betsy Ross House (239 Arch Street)

This ain't your mummy's pub crawl! Enjoy macabre tales and seasonal ales on this haunted tour through Old City, including a stop at the Christ Church Burial Ground. Cheers to the spirits of '76!

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Once Upon A Nation Free Programming

Historic Philadelphia, Inc. is further expanding its memorable encounters with additional free programming that allows History Makers to regale visitors with first-hand, interactive accounts of historical times that are second to none.

Additional programming is funded by Gerry Lenfest and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development in partnership with VISIT PHILADELPHIA®.

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Historic Philadelphia Gazette

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Ways to Give

To designate your United Way workplace program gifts to Historic Philadelphia, Inc., please use our Donor Choice Number: 14106. Contributions made through the United Way support our education outreach program.

Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package

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The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package includes a one- or two- night hotel stay in one of the dozens of participating hotels, FREE hotel parking (up to a $100 value) and a free welcome gift from VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

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