Once Upon a Nation

Historic Reenactments

Historic Reenactments

Meet Betsy Ross

Meet the First Lady of the Stars & Stripes in the upholstery shop and ask her questions about her fascinating life as a colonial businesswoman, patriot, and mother.

Location & Hours

The Betsy Ross House is located in the heart of Historic Philadelphia at 239 Arch Street.

  • March 11 - November 30 daily, 10 am - 5 pm.
  • December 1 – February 28 Tuesdays – Sundays, 10 am - 5 pm, closed at 3 pm on December 24 (Open Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day).

Military Muster

Do you hear the drum beating?

The Continental Army is recruiting a few good kids for drills in the art of marching and musket etiquette.

Location & Hours

The Military Muster takes place at Signers' Garden at the corner of 5th & Chestnut Streets, across the street from Independence Hall.

  • May 27 - 29, Memorial Day Weekend: twice daily, 2 and 3 pm
  • June 2 - June 10: twice daily, 2 and 3 pm, Fridays and Saturdays
  • June 13 - August 12 (also July 3): twice daily, 2 and 3 pm, Tuesdays - Saturdays
  • August 18 - September 2: twice daily, 2 and 3 pm, Fridays and Saturdays
  • September 3 & 4, Labor Day Weekend: 2 and 3 pm, daily at Signers’ Garden, 5th & Chestnut Street

 


Declaration Readings

Greet the History Makers and hear moving readings from the Declaration of Independence.

Location & Hours

Declaration Readings take place in Independence Square, directly behind Independence Hall.

  • May 27 - 29, Memorial Day Weekend: daily, 3:45 pm
  • June 2 - June 10: 3:45 pm, Fridays and Saturdays
  • June 13 - August 12 (also July 3): 3:45 pm, Tuesdays - Saturdays
  • August 18 - September 2: 3:45 pm, Fridays and Saturdays
  • September 3 & 4, Labor Day Weekend: 3:45 pm, daily, Behind Independence Hall