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Now through July 31, the Betsy Ross House will stay open until 6 pm each day! Hear about the change Betsy made to the original design for the American flag and see the bedroom where Betsy could have sewn the first Stars & Stripes. Learn about middle class life in Colonial Philadelphia and visit the interactive exhibit, Women at Work in Revolutionary America, and learn about 18th century household tasks and the women who performed them.

Flag Raising Ceremony

Now - Labor Day, daily

10 am, FREE

Start your day with the Flag Raising at the Betsy Ross House! Help Betsy Ross hoist the Stars & Stripes.

First Friday Movie Nights Under the Stars & Stripes: The Giant Claw

July 7, 5 - 9 pm

$5 admission includes a self-guided tour of the Betsy Ross House and a movie in the courtyard. Come early to play a pre-screening game of trivia, hosted by The Philadelphia Film Society.

Purchase tickets here.


Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

Thank you for visiting the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square! We look forward to seeing you in Franklin Square throughout the remainder of the year!

Monument Lab Preview at Franklin Square

Saturday, July 1, 1 - 4 pm

Join Mural Arts Philadelphia for a preview event of Monument Lab, featuring the first look at Philadelphia artist Kara Crombie’s monument, Sample Philly: an interactive sculpture that contains a sound bank of musical loops drawn from Philadelphia’s rich musical history.

Major support for Monument Lab preview at Franklin Square has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Additional support has been provided by the William Penn Foundation, Hummingbird Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Wawa Welcome America Presents Philly @ The Movies: Sing

Monday, July 3, 7 - 11 pm (movie begins at 8:30 pm)

Wawa Welcome America’s Independence Day celebration rolls into Franklin Square for a screening of the 2016 hit movie Sing. Movie admission is FREE. Tickets required for Philly Mini Golf and the Parx Liberty Carousel.

Independence Day Family Fun

Saturday - Tuesday, July 1 - 4, Noon - 3 pm

Celebrate America’s birthday with patriotic fun featuring the Lightning Bolt Express Train. Tickets required for all attractions.

Celebrate Our Nation's Independence in Historic Philadelphia

Historic Philadelphia is the perfect place to be to celebration our nation's 241st birthday. Enjoy plenty of patriotic activities and free programming all weekend long at various locations in Historic Philadelphia!

Click here for the full schedule of events.

4 Days of the Fourth Scavenger Hunt

From July 1 - 4, download the free Scavify app on your smartphone or mobile device to participate in the 4 Days of the Fourth Scavenger Hunt through Philadelphia’s Historic District! Players can answer trivia questions and complete tasks like sharing photos and checking in via GPS at attractions throughout the Historic District to accumulate points and win prizes. For completing the hunt and achieving 250 points, you can win one Historic Philadelphia Pass and entry for a Grand Prize drawing of a One-Night stay at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia, 433 Chestnut St., Philadelphia & $250 American Express gift card!

Click here to learn more about the Scavenger Hunt.


Tippler's Tour: Ben's Kites & Flights

Now - August 10, Thursdays, 5:30 pm

Tours depart from the Independence Visitor Center, 6th & Market Streets

Toast with Dr. Benjamin Franklin as he joins part of the tour and guests hear stories and talk with the Founding Father. Stops include Salon 401 at The Franklin, National Mechanics, and the historic City Tavern.

Purchase tickets here.

See a preview of the 2017 Tippler's Tour here!

Independence After Hours

June 13 - July 29, Tuesdays - Saturdays, 5:30 pm

August 4 - October 28, Fridays & Saturdays, 5:30 pm

Departs from the Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd St.

PLEASE NOTE: The July 4 Independence After Hours departs from the Museum of the American Revolution at 6:30 pm.

This exclusive evening tour back to 1776 has returned! Enjoy a delicious three-course meal at the historic City Tavern, followed by a visit to Independence Hall to witness our Founding Fathers in deep discussion over the creation of the Declaration of Independence!

Purchase tickets here.

A Special In Perfect Felicity

Join us for a special one-of-a-kind event at the American Philosophical Society on June 29 at 6 pm. In Perfect Felicity - George Washington’s own advice on love and marriage echoes through the words of our First Couple, as they share the story of their courtship, former loves, and the trials of war and the Presidency upon their 40-year marriage. Written and performed by John Lopes and Carol Spacht and brought to you by Historic Philadelphia, Inc. through a generous grant from the Heritage Tourism Initiative. Program begins at 6 pm, recommended for ages 12 and up.

Seating is limited, register here.

The Once Upon A Nation Frances Delmar Future Storyteller Contest in Philadelphia and Valley Forge!

Historic Philadelphia, Inc. is looking for the next generation of storytellers! Kids ages 8 to 12 are invited to write and submit a story on the theme - "My History Hero or Heroine." Winners will be selected for a special storytelling experience in Historic Philadelphia on Saturday, August 5!

Additionally, kids ages 8 to 12 are invited to write and submit a story on the theme - "My History Hero or Heroine" for the Storyteller Contest in Valley Forge. Winners will be selected for a special storytelling experience in Valley Forge on Sunday, August 13!

Learn more about each contest.



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