Celebrate Our Nation's Independence

In Historic Philadelphia

Full Schedule of Events

Friday, June 28 - Sunday, July 7

10 am - FREE

Flag-Raising at the Betsy Ross House

Start your day in the charming Betsy Ross House courtyard with Betsy Ross and one of her Colonial friends, raising the thirteen-star flag with pomp and circumstance.

Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street.

11 am - 3 pm, July 4 Only - FREE

Betsy's Independence Day Bash

Activities for kids, a children's naturalization ceremony at 1:30 pm, and a ceremonial bell ringing at 2 pm. Purchase tickets to tour the Betsy Ross House.

Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street.


11 am - 4 pm (June 30, July 4, 6 & 7) - FREE

Free Quaker Meeting House

Meet historians or History Makers such as Free Quaker descendent John Price Wetherill or Common Sense author THomas Paine, and learn about their impact on Colonial Philadelphia in this hisotric house of worship

Free Quaker Meeting House, 5th & Arch Streets


11 am - 4 pm (July 4, 1 - 5 pm) - FREE

Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches

Enjoy these 13 one-of-a-kind award-winning Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches featuring free, short 3-minute stories while sharing the secrets of Philadelphia's and America's history.

Various locations, Independence National Historical Park.


11 am - 4 pm - FREE

Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches at Valley Forge

Guaranteed to educate and entertain, these one-of-a-kind Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches are in three locations around Valley Forge National Historical Park. Storytellers, trained at the unique Benstitute, share riveting stories of the encampment, and how it became a turning point in the Revolutionary War.

THREE locations in Valley Forge National Historical Park: Muhlenberg Brigade, Visitor Center and General Washington's Headquarters.


12:30 pm & 2 pm on July 4th. 12:30pm only on Saturday June 29 and July 6. - FREE

Valley Forge Secrets & Spies

George Washington needs help! There's rumor of a plot to have him kidnapped at Valley Forge. Be the first to enlist and join a spy network to uncover the traitors involved. Learn 18th-century spy techniques including invisible ink, counterespionage, and looking for secret messages as young guests work with operatives to foil the plot.

Tour departs from the Train Station at General Washington's Headquarters.

2 and 3 pm - FREE

Military Muster

The marching drum is a sure sign: the Continental Army is looking for a few good kids for drills in the art of marching and musket etiquette.

Signer's Garden, 5th & Chestnut Streets.

3:45 pm - FREE

Declaration Reading

Greet the History Makers, favorite characters from the Once Upon A Nation stories come to life and hear moving readings from the Declaration of Independence.

Behind Independence Hall.


5:30 pm - $85 adults, $55 children 10 and under, $80 senior/military/student

Independence After Hours

No Tour July 3

July 2 & 4, departs of 6 pm from the Museum of the American Revolution

Independence After Hours is an evening walking tour that visits some of the landmarks of Philadelphia's Historic Distrct and immersing the visitor with Colonial characters who bring history to life right in the place where it happened. The evening begins with a three-course meal at the Historic City Tavern where Colonial townspeople entertain guests!



Historic Philadelphia Gazette

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Get the latest information about programming and activities for July!

Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches

Visit all 13 locations to receive a free Parx Liberty Carousel ride at Franklin Square!

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Independence After Hours

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Tippler's Tour

Enjoy this unique colonial pub crawl!

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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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