INDEPENDENCE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK AND PHILADELPHIA'S HISTORIC DISTRICT are the best places to make memories this summer, with events and activities for all ages to enjoy.

Now through Labor Day, the Independence Visitor Center, Independence Hall, and the Liberty Bell are open daily until 7:00 p.m. From Thursday, July 2 through Sunday, July 5, hours will be extended until 8:00 p.m.

No timed tickets are required to tour the Hall after 5:00 p.m. No timed tickets are required to tour Independence Hall all day on July 4.


New this summer: Celebrate the 4th all season long with the Historic Philly Pass, your free passport to explore Philadelphia's Historic District with exclusive discounts!

Celebrate Independence Day in Philadelphia’s Historic District!

Monday, June 29
Philly @ The Movies*
Franklin Square
For the kick-off of the 2015 Philly @ The Movies series, attendees can view one of this year’s must-see films for children and adults alike, Disney’s “Big Hero 6.”
June 29, 8:30 p.m. (rain or shine, excluding lightning or wind)

Tuesday, June 30
Free Museum Day*
Philadelphia History Museum at Atwater Kent
The Philadelphia History Museum at Atwater Kent offers FREE admission for the entire day, courtesy of Wawa Welcome America! in partnership with PECO.
June 30, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

GO 4th & Learn About Philadelphia*
Philadelphia History Museum at Atwater Kent
Enjoy special readings, book giveaways and educational fun! The first 800 children will receive a FREE book courtesy of Duffy Books in Homes USA.
June 30, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 1
Free Museum Day*
African American Museum
The African American Museum in Philadelphia offers FREE admission for the entire day, courtesy of Wawa Welcome America! in partnership with PECO.
July 1, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Revolutionary Women
Christ Church Burial Ground
This tour will spotlight the extraordinary women in Christ Church's history. Some of these women were directly connected to the Revolutionary War and others were revolutionary in their actions and ideas.
July 1, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 2
Free Museum Day*

National Constitution Center
The National Constitution Center offers FREE admission for the entire day, courtesy of Wawa Welcome America! in partnership with PECO.
July 2, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

GO 4th & Learn About Philadelphia*
National Constitution Center
Enjoy special readings, book giveaways and educational fun! The first 800 children will receive a FREE book courtesy of Duffy Books in Homes USA.
July 2, 10:00 a.m. – Noon

Wawa Hoagie Day*
Independence Mall
Hoagie Day is “Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Deliciousness” at its finest as five tons of hoagies are assembled at the National Constitution Center and served FREE to thousands of people outside of the Independence Visitor Center on Independence Mall. Join in this patriotic event as Wawa salutes our military, fire, and police men and women. For the third straight year, the National Constitution Center is partnering with Wawa for Wawa Hoagie Day. Admission to the Constitution Center is FREE on July 2, courtesy of Wawa.
July 2, Noon 

Equality Forum Tour
Christ Church Burial Ground
Learn about the Founding Fathers’ views on religious tolerance, and how those views are being misrepresented in the discussion of LGBT civil rights and religious freedom.
July 2, 5:15 p.m.

National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration: National Legal Panel 
National Museum of American Jewish History
As part of commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the Annual Reminder demonstration at Independence Hall on July 4, 1965, the National Museum of American Jewish History proudly hosts a panel of leading legal activists and scholars who will explore the past, present, and future of LGBT rights. It’s FREE to attend, but seating is limited, on a first-come, first-served basis.
July 2, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.


Friday, July 3

Colonial Crafting & Gaming
Independence Mall
Meet 18th Century History Makers. Characters from 18th century Philadelphia invite you to roll hoops, play ring toss, and see demonstrations of unusual 18th century crafts.
July 3, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

"Songs of Liberty, Loyalty, Libations & Love”
Historic Philadelphia Center
A spirited concert of period music and folks songs as performed by Jan and John Haigis, specialists in early American music!
July 3, 10:00 a.m. – Noon

Meet & Greet: George & Martha Washington
Independence Visitor Center
Chat with and pose for photos with the First President and first First Lady of the United States of America!
July 3, 10:00 a.m. – Noon

Continental Army Cannon Drill
Independence Mall
Members of this authentic Colonial re-enactment group will be camped out all day on the Mall demonstrating military life during the American Revolution! Join American General Henry Knox as he observes members of the West Jersey Artillery as they drill using a full scale replica of a Continental Army cannon.
July 3, 10:30 a.m.

A Soldier’s Life
Independence Mall (tented)
Join a Revolutionary-era Soldier as he discusses the daily lifestyle of a typical infantryman in the American Continental Army during the American Revolution. One lucky observer will have the opportunity to be fitted up with equipment and gear along with the proper training of the day.
July 3, 11:00 a.m.  – Noon

Signers’ Day
Christ Church Burial Ground
This signature event for Christ Church pays tribute to seven signers of the Declaration of Independence associated with Christ Church, including Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Rush and Robert Morris. Family friendly-events include history hunts, a visit from Benjamin Franklin, chess games and sign your name to the Declaration.
July 3, 11:00 a.m. -  3:00 p.m.

Meet & Greet: Benjamin, Deborah and Sally Franklin
Historic Philadelphia Center
Get to know the Founding Father with his wife, Deborah Read, and their daughter, Sally.
July 3, Noon – 2:00 p.m.

"Songs of Liberty, Loyalty, Libations and Love”
Independence Visitor Center
A spirited concert of period music and folks songs as performed by Jan and John Haigis, specialists in early American music!
July 3, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Meet & Greet: George Washington
National Constitution Center
July 3, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Liberty Block Party*
5th and 6th sts., between Market and Chestnut sts.
The largest block party of the summer offers both residents and visitors an opportunity to explore the city’s diverse food scene and some of its finest live entertainment. Entry and entertainment are FREE! Food and beverage will be available for purchase.
July 3, 1:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Meet Oney Judge
Independence Visitor Center
Meet enslaved personal servant of Martha Washington, as she relays her harrowing escape from bondage to pursue a life of freedom far from the President’s house.
July 3, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Military Muster and Declaration Reading
Signer’s Garden
All able-bodied future soldiers will report to the Signer’s Garden, where a few good kids will drill in the art of musket firing! To be immediately followed by a parade to Independence Hall for a special reading of the Declaration of Independence.
July 3, 3:00 p.m.

POPS! on Independence
Independence Mall 
Independence National Historical Park welcomes the Philly POPS for their return engagement for another music-filled evening set against the backdrop of Independence Hall. A signature event of the Wawa Welcome America Festival, the concert is FREE to attend. Bring a picnic blanket, some good food and drink, and sit back and enjoy the show under the stars.

July 3, 8:00 p.m. 


Saturday, July 4: Independence Day!
Independence Day Celebration
National Constitution Center
Free for all! Celebrate America’s birthday with FREE admission the entire day at the National Constitution Center.
July 4, 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Declaration of Independence Public Reading
Independence Mall
Join us for a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence. 
July 4, 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. 

A Celebration of Freedom*
Independence Hall
Pay tribute to our nation with music, inspiring remarks, and a reading of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence, among other special elements. This year’s ceremony commemorates the 50th anniversary of the first LGBTQ protest, the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment.
July 4, 10:00 11:00 a.m.

"Songs of Liberty, Loyalty, Libations & Love”
National Constitution Center
A spirited concert of period music and folks songs as performed by Jan and John Haigis, specialists in early American music!
July 4, 10:00 a.m. – Noon

Meet & Greet: Founder of the U.S. Navy, John Barry
Independence Mall (tented)
Meet the "Father of the American Navy," who spent his later years in Philadelphia's Strawberry Mansion section.
July 4, 10:00 a.m. – Noon

Meet Oney Judge
Independence Visitor Center
Meet enslaved personal servant of Martha Washington, as she relays her harrowing escape from bondage to pursue a life of freedom far from the President’s house.
July 4, 10:00 a.m. – Noon

Colonial Crafting & Gaming
Independence Mall
Meet 18th Century History Makers. Characters from 18th century Philadelphia invite you to roll hoops, play with a Jacob’s Ladder, and see demonstrations of unusual 18th century crafts.
July 4, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Independence Day at NMAJH
National Museum of American Jewish History
The Museum is open and FREE in celebration of America’s Independence. Visitors can watch the city’s parade from the Museum’s fifth floor terrace, celebrate the birth of American freedom with fun activities throughout the day, and discover and share what freedom means to them.
July 4, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Continental Army Cannon Drill

Independence Mall
Join members of the West Jersey Artillery as they drill using a full scale replica of a Continental Army cannon. (Members of this authentic Colonial re-enactment group will be camped out all day on the Mall demonstrating military life during the American Revolution!)
July 4, 10:30 a.m.

Pay-What-You-Wish Admission
The Philadelphia History Museum
Join Philadelphia's hometown history museum for a day of Pay-What-You-Wish admission. Visitors can explore eight newly renovated galleries dedicated to the city's 330-year history on the date of its birth!  On view are true Americana items, ranging from George Washington’s 1790s writing desk to Joe Frazier’s 1970s championship boxing gloves. 
July 4, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Independence Day Parade*
Starts at 6th and Chestnut Streets
More than 6,000 participants will take to the streets for a patriotic and colorful parade featuring marching bands, floats, military members and a special appearance from Miss America 2015. The 1.2 mile parade will march down Chestnut Street to 9th Street, go right on 9th to Market Street, continue east on Market to Front Street, before ending at Front and Chestnut Streets.
July 4, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Meet and Greet: Benjamin Franklin
Get to know the Founding Father, pose for photos, and ask him about his famous inventions.
Noon – 2:00 p.m.

Meet and Greet: Thomas Paine
National Constitution Center
As an ardent Patriot, Paine authored "Common Sense," considered the first work to openly ask for the colonies' independence from Great Britain.
July 4, Noon - 2:00 p.m.

Let Freedom Ring
Independence Mall
Join the Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the American Revolution for a program of history, pomp and circumstance. 
July 4, 1:00 p.m.

America's Birthday Party with Betsy Ross and Termini Bros. Bakery
Independence Visitor Center
Celebrate America’s Birthday right in the Birthplace of Independence! The iconic Termini Brothers Bakery, a third-generation family-run business, will decorate a spectacular five-tier cake onsite, prior to the celebration. Termini Bros. will also provide 2,500 red, white, and blue cupcakes, arranged into a giant American flag. When the decorating is complete, Betsy Ross herself will conduct a brief ceremony to celebrate the nation’s 239th birthday and cut the cake. Then the fun really begins—all 2,500 cupcakes and the entire cake are distributed to attendees for FREE!
July 4, 1:00 p.m.  

"Songs of Liberty, Loyalty, Libations & Love”
Independence Mall (tented)
A spirited concert of period music and folks songs as performed by Jan and John Haigis, specialists in early American music!
July 4, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Meet & Greet: John Adams & Ben Franklin
Independence Visitor Center
Get to know the very first "frenemies" and unlikely bedfellows--make sure to ask them about their ideas of the cause of the common cold!
July 4, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

50th Anniversary Celebration of the LGBT Civil Rights Movement
Independence Mall 
Join speakers and special guests for the commemoration of the first organized Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender civil rights demonstration held in front of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell on July 4, 1965. Calling their demonstrations “Annual Reminders,” these courageous individuals held them every Fourth of July from 1965 through 1969. 
July 4, 3:00 p.m. 

Meet & Greet: President Teddy Roosevelt
National Constitution Center
Get to know the country's youngest president, known to "speak softly and carry a big stick."
July 4, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Meet & Greet: Martha Washington
Historic Philadelphia Center
Meet and take your photo with the nation's very first First Lady!
July 4, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Declaration Reading
Independence Hall
Join the History Makers for a moving reading from the Declaration of Independence behind Independence Hall.
July 4, 3:45 p.m.

Battleship Blast
Battleship New Jersey
Watch the fireworks over the Delaware River from the most unique location – the deck of the Battleship New Jersey.  A small donation will get you aboard the forecastle, where there will be live music by Beatles tribute band, The Beat-Tells; face painting for the kids; food and bar service for purchase and more. 
July 4, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. 


Daily: June 30 - July 5
Military Muster
Signers Garden
All able-bodied future soldiers will report to the Signer’s Garden where a few good kids will drill in the art of musket firing!
June 30 – July 4, 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.

The 1776 Experience—Revolutionary War Encampment
National Constitution Center
Join Revolutionary War re-enactors as you step into a re-created military encampment right on the National Constitution Center’s front lawn. Your training starts right away as you practice mustering with the troops, stop by the medical tent to visit the wounded, visit the blacksmith shop for a new sword, or try your hand at carpentry or leatherwork. You’ll see if a soldiers’ life is for you!
July 2 – 4, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Flag Etiquette Workshop 
National Constitution Center
On the front lawn of the National Constitution Center, discover the history and symbolism of the American flag and learn about the proper way to treat it in this workshop.
July 2 - 4: 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
July 5, 1:00 p.m.

Giant Flag Folding
National Constitution Center
On the front lawn of the National Constitution Center,  families can participate as members of the museum’s staff fold a 20 x 30 ft. American flag!
July 2 - 4: Noon and 3:30 p.m.
July 5, 1:30 p.m.

*Wawa Welcome America! activities happening within the Historic District are marked *.
For a full listing of July 4th activities happening outside of the Historic District, please visit
www.welcomeamerica.com.

 

Enjoy #SummerInPhilly

Independence Mall Café
Independence Mall 
Enjoy al fresco dining as you take in spectacular views of America’s Most Historic Square Mile. This pet-friendly outdoor café features free wifi, cell phone charging stations, and the best of Philly treats, including cheesesteaks, soft pretzels, salads, and beginning July 1, hot and cold breakfast items!
Open Daily, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Open for Breakfast, July 1 – 30, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

History Hunt! 
Christ Church Burial Ground
Each child that visits the burial ground will receive a “History Hunt” booklet, which contains questions about the seven signers of the Declaration of Independence buried on Christ Church grounds. 
Daily, July 1 – 6; And every Saturday and Sunday in July, Noon - 3 p.m.

Brethren of the Same Principle
Congress Hall
This year, before stepping out onto Independence Square to experience the annual reenactment of the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, stop by Congress Hall first. In this FREE living history program, you will hear Thomas Jefferson argue the merits of the Declaration of Independence with colleague John Dickinson. This National Park Service program is a new addition to the park’s July 8 tradition, and will help visitors understand why these great men, and others like them, felt the way they did about the Declaration of Independence.
July 8, 10:30 a.m.

Living History: Reenactment of First Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence
Independence Hall  
On July 8, 1776, Colonel John Nixon stepped out into the State House Yard (now Independence Square) and read aloud the stirring words of the Declaration of Independence. For many, this was their first chance to hear these words, and to know that independence was possible. For others, it was a cry of treason. Join National Park Service Rangers and the animated crowd on Independence Square, behind Independence Hall, for this FREE event. Visitors will be given a copy of the Declaration of Independence to read along, and cheer or jeer. In order to view the National Park Service event from within the secure area around Independence Hall, visitors must pass through security screening at 5th and Chestnut Streets. The event can also be watched from the south side of the square, entering from 5th Street, Walnut Street, or 6th Street.
July 8, 11:45 a.m.

Twilight Tours
Independence Visitor Center
FREE walking tours of Independence National Historical Park depart from the Ranger’s Desk inside Independence Visitor Center every evening. A guide will lead visitors along the footpaths of America’s Most Historic Square Mile, connecting the present with history. The twilight is a magical time to discover the stories of America’s Birthplace, learn about the people who forged our nation, and understand its relevance to today.
Daily, 6 p.m. (No tour on July 3)

Revolutionary Americans Tour
Christ Church Burial Ground
The burial ground is the final resting place of many founding fathers including Benjamin Franklin. The 15 minute guided tour features the history of the burial ground and stories of the revolutionary people buried here who have connections to Christ Church.
Daily, Guided tours offered between 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Fridays with Franklin
Christ Church Burial Ground
Alongside his very grave, Ben Franklin himself captivates kids and adults alike with stories about his life, his fellow patriots, and America’s early leaders that played a pivotal role in our nation’s birth.
Fridays in July and August, 1 - 3 p.m.

Soldiers, Sailors, Stars, and Stripes
Christ Church Burial Ground
Join us for a tour of the Christ Church Burial Ground which commemorates over 300 years of military history. The tour includes stops at the graves of Revolutionary War heroes, the designer of the American flag, the Commander of Old Ironsides, two Civil War generals and Benjamin Franklin.
Fridays in July, 5:30 p.m. (Weather permitting)

Jefferson in Philadelphia
Declaration House
Join a park ranger for a talk about Thomas Jefferson’s life in Philadelphia while he was renting rooms in this house during the summer of 1776. This FREE, National Park Service event is a 15-minute program.
Daily, June 27 – September 7, 1:30 and 4:00 p.m. (Limited to 15 people)

Protesting for Equal Rights: 50th Anniversary - Reminder Day
Liberty Bell Center
Discover the courageous actions that members of the gay and lesbian community took to gain civil rights in this temporary exhibit.  Across from Independence Hall, on July 4, 1965 forty men and women carried signs saying, "HOMOSEXUALS CITIZENS DEMAND THEIR CIVIL RIGHTS." Risking harassment, career loss, and arrest, these protestors openly marched for equality. Called the Reminder Day, this action marked one of the earliest gay and lesbian civil rights protests in the United States. This FREE, temporary exhibit illustrates their struggle to overcome intolerance and gain equal rights for the LGBT community.
Daily through July 26, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

For Kids: Junior Ranger Induction Ceremony
Independence Visitor Center
After completing the five free, interactive games on the Jr. Ranger app for iPad or iPhone or the Junior Ranger Booklet, children can meet a park ranger inside the Visitor Center to receive their official badge and be "sworn in" as National Park Service junior rangers.
Daily, 4:00 p.m.

Family Fun: National Park Fun Zones
Liberty Bell Center  or
Independence Visitor Center
Discover some family fun with the help of FREE puzzles, games, and the park's mobile app. Try a ranger's hat on for size, and share your knowledge of America's National Parks during this National Park Service Program.
Daily, beginning June 27
Liberty Bell Center hours:  9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Independence Visitor Center hours: throughout the day, 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

For Kids: Barnacles and Bullets
New Hall Military Museum
George Washington wants you! Come learn about life as a soldier or sailor. Have some fun trying on kid-sized military uniforms and colonial dress.  Find out what it would have been like to serve in the Continental Army or Navy during the American Revolution during this FREE, hands-on National Park Service program.
Daily, beginning June 27, 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. 

National Park Ranger Program: Ladies of Liberty, Justice, and Equality

Independence Visitor Center
Learn about the women who helped further the cause of liberty, justice, and equality for all. Topics include women of the American Revolution, abolition, and women's suffrage.  A park ranger leads this free, 30-minute slide program with inspiring stories of the crusades for women's rights.
Daily, August 16 – 23, Noon

National Park Ranger Walking Tour: The Women's American Revolution
Signers Garden
March on to victory with a park ranger and discover the women's suffrage campaigns that took place in the shadow of Independence Hall. Follow in the footsteps of the women who used Independence Square to fight their own revolution in this FREE, one-hour tour.
Daily, August 16 – 23, 2:30 p.m.

’70s Summer Cinema Series 
National Museum of American Jewish History
Politics. Power. Scandal. Disco. However one defines the ’70s, no definition is complete without the films from and about this pivotal era. This film series will explore American social and political life in the 1970s. July 1: Milk; July 8: Shampoo; July 15: Being There; July 22: The Candidate;  July 29: Funny Face.
Wednesdays in July at 7:00 p.m.

Money in Motion Exhibit
The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
Philadelphia is the home of the first Bank of the United States, so learn about the nation's financial history in this free exhibit! View money from the 13 colonies; examine a rare $100,000 bill; marvel at a 25-foot tower of shredded bills totaling $100 million; and test your skill at detecting counterfeits. You can even match wits with Benjamin Franklin as you test your knowledge of money.
June – August: Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m
Holiday Schedule: June 29 & 30; July 2 & 3, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
July 1, 4 & 5: Closed

Paddle Penn’s Landing
Independence Seaport Museum
Make some waves paddling down the Delaware River basin with friends. Paddle Penn's Landing has kayaks, tandem kayaks, rowboats, and swan boats docked right at the dock at Independence Seaport Museum. Soak up some sun and enjoy the scenery as you float across the water.
May through October, Daily, Noon – Sunset, Weather permitting.

Summer of Science
American Philosophical Museum
Get inspired by Thomas Jefferson (president AND scientist!) during the APS Museum’s Summer of Science. Each week will focus on a new topic Jefferson would have researched, from fossils and plants to maps and surveying. These kid-friendly activities and programs are inspired by the exhibition Jefferson, Science, and Exploration. FREE!
June 25 - September 6, Thursday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday Evenings
National Museum of American Jewish History
Through Labor Day, the National Museum of American Jewish History stays open until 8:00pm on Wednesday evenings, with Pay-What-You-Wish admission after 5:00 p.m.
Through September 2, Wednesday Evenings, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Speaking out for Equality: the Constitution, Gay Rights and the Supreme Court
National Constitution Center 
This new exhibit chronicles the gay rights movement and the ongoing debate over how much the Constitution protects gay rights. Come hear the story, see articles and photos, and tell us what you think about the Supreme Court’s life-altering decision to allow same-sex marriage nationwide.
June 5 – September 7

Officer's Candidate School
Independence Visitor Center
Kids, enroll and receive an assignment that will require you to solve problems and prove your worth to the army during this National Park Service program. Report to the New Hall Military Museum to drill with your fellow recruits and receive your commission.  
June 27 - July 5, Daily 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Richard Avedon: Family Affairs
National Museum of American Jewish History
Richard Avedon’s striking photographs helped define America’s perceptions of beauty, politics, and power."Family Affairs" features more than 70 works by the renowned photographer, including a massive mural of Beat poet Allen Ginsberg and his family, a group portrait of Andy Warhol and the Factory, and a series of portraits published by Rolling Stone on the eve of the 1976 presidential election.
Open through August 2

Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe
National Constitution Center 
This new exhibit showcases more than 70 intimate photographs and iconic images of President John F. Kennedy, his wife, Jacqueline, and their children, Caroline and John Jr. — photos that helped create the legend of the Kennedy presidency known as “Camelot.”
Open through September 7

Flag-Raising at the Betsy Ross House
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.
May 23 - September 7, Daily at 10:00 a.m

Meet Ben Franklin at the Historic Philadelphia Center
Historic Philadelphia Center
New this summer, come face-to-face with Philadelphia’s favorite “electrifying” Founding Father – only at the Historic Philadelphia Center. Learn about Dr. Franklin’s trailblazing experiments with electricity, interact with a collection of his revolutionary inventions, and listen as he shares captivating tales from his life as a statesman, inventor, and diplomat. 
June 9 - August 15: Tuesday – Saturday, Noon - 2:00 p.m.
August 21- September 5: Friday and Saturday, Noon - 2:00 p.m.

Declaration of Independence Reading at Independence Hall
Independence Hall
Greet the History Makers and hear moving readings from the Declaration of Independence.
June 9 - August 15: Tuesdays – Saturdays, 3:45 p.m.
August 21 - September 5: Fridays and Saturdays, 3:45 p.m.
September 6 and 7, Labor Day Weekend: 3:45 p.m. 

Military Muster
Signers Garden
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.
June 9 - August 15: Tuesday – Saturday, 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.
August 21 - September 5: Friday and Saturday, 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.
September 6 & 7, Labor Day Weekend: 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.

Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches
Independence National Historical Park
Specially-trained, uniformed storytellers delight and entertain with free, short five- minute stories while sharing the secrets of Philadelphia’s and America’s history. Children can pick up a Story Flag at any storytelling bench, then collect a starfrom every storyteller on their journey. Flags with all the stars can be redeemed for a History Hero Certificate and a free carousel ride on the Parx Liberty Carousel.
June 9 - August 15: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
August 21 - September 5: Fridays and Saturdays,
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
September 6 and 7, Labor Day Weekend: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Twilight Tours of Independence National Historical Park
Independence Visitor Center 
FREE walking tours of Independence National Historical Park every evening in the summer.  Follow our guides as they lead you along the brick and cobblestone footpaths of the park and connect you to our history.  Discover the stories of America’s Birthplace, learn about the men and women who forged our nation and understand how it is all relevant to today.
June 17 – September 7, Daily at 6:00 p.m.

Constituting Liberty: From the Declaration of to the Bill of Rights
National Constitution Center
Experience America’s founding documents up close! The National Constitution Center is proud to display one of the 12 surviving copies of the Bill of Rights. It is right alongside a first edition Stone Engraving of the Declaration of Independence and a rare copy of the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution in the brand new George H.W. Bush Gallery.
Open through Fall 2017

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