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
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
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
Get the latest information about programming and activities for July!
Visit all 13 locations to receive a free Parx Liberty Carousel ride at Franklin Square!
Book your exclusive 1776 dinner experience!
Enjoy this unique colonial pub crawl!
Ways to Give
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