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The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

Nightly, May 1 - 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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Flag Raising at the Betsy Ross House

Daily, May 26 - 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.

First Friday Movies Under the Stars & Stripes

Friday, June 1

Enjoy $5 admission, a tour of the Betsy Ross House, and the movie Attack of the Giant Leeches in the courtyard. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early and bring food and a bottle of wine to watch the movie.

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Flag Fest 2018!

Daily from Sunday, June 10 - Saturday, June 16

This celebration of National Flag Week features daily family-friendly events. Other highlights throughout the week include, a children’s interactive chocolate making demonstration presented by AMERICAN HERITAGE ® Chocolate, an evening beer garden presented by Devil’s Den, jazz performances, an outdoor screening of Wonder Woman, Flag Day on June 14, and Stars & Stripes Saturday on June 16.

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Independence After Hours is back!

May 25 – June 9: Fridays and Saturdays, 5:30 pm

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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Start Your Summer with Ben Franklin on Tippler's Tour!

Thursdays, May 31 - 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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