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The Betsy Ross House will stay open until 6 pm each day through July 31st! 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.

First Friday Movie Nights Under the Stars & Stripes

August 4, 5 - 9 pm

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

Purchase tickets here.

Little Rebel Cider and Wine Garden

Thursdays, August 10, August 24, September 7, September 21, & October 5

6 - 10 pm, FREE

The event features locally brewed ciders from the Delaware-based Rebel Seed Cider and wine from Harvest Ridge Winery for $5, and delicious treats from popular local food trucks. Live music and entertainment will be on-hand as well.

Admission to the Cider and Wine Garden in the Betsy Ross House Courtyard is free. Drinks and snacks are pay-as-you-go. The Betsy Ross House Gift Shop will be open for shopping.


Saturday Night at the Movies Featuring Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Saturday, July 29, 7 - 11 pm (movie begins at 8:30 pm)

Bring the family to the Square and watch Lego Batman on the Great Lawn! Movie admission is FREE. Tickets required for Philly Mini Golf and the Parx Liberty Carousel.

Franklin Square 11th Birthday Celebration

Monday, July 31, 11 am

Join Ben Franklin as he blows out the candles for the Square’s 11th birthday celebration with cake and plenty of fun, FREE activities.


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.

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

Now - August 12, Tuesdays - Saturdays, 5:30 pm

August 18 - October 21, Fridays & Saturdays, 5:30 pm

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

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.



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