INDEPENDENCE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK & PHILADELPHIA'S HISTORIC DISTRICT are the best places to experience a vibrant colonial summer with one-of-a-kind activities for all ages to enjoy. 

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Summer Activities in Philadelphia's Historic District 

Photo by G. Widman for Historic Philadelphia

Programs listed below occur daily all summer long. 

Todd and Bishop White House Tours 
8:30 a.m.
Independence Visitor Center, 6th & Market streets 
Inquire at NPS information desk at the Independence Visitor Center for times and to sign up for tours.
Catch a glimpse of 18th century life in Philadelphia by learning about Bishop William White and Dolly Todd and their families.

Extended hours at the Benjamin Franklin Museum
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Ben Franklin Museum, 314-322 Market street
Explore Franklin's life and character in the Benjamin Franklin Museum. The museum features artifacts, computer animations, and interactive displays. The exhibits are geared towards visitors of all ages, with displays that are educational, challenging, and fun.

Stars & Stripes Flag Raising
10:00 a.m. 
Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch street
Start your day by joining Betsy Ross as she raises the Stars & Stripes over the birthplace of the American Flag!

Colonial for a Day Costume Rentals
10 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Historic Philadelphia Center, 6th & Chestnut streets
Children can now immerse themselves in their Historic Philadelphia experience with new Colonial for a Day costumes. Daylong rentals include dresses and colorful sashes for girls, or shirts and haversacks for boys. Children also receive a Colonial Activity Map to guide their visit.
Daily rental: $24.95.

Liberty 360 3D Show in the PECO Theater
10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Historic Philadelphia Center, 6th & Chestnut streets
Join Benjamin Franklin on an eye-popping 3D journey to explore the meaning behind some of America’s most treasured symbols of freedom. This is the only 3D show of its kind in Historic Philadelphia!
$6 Adults, $5 Children/Seniors/Military/Students. $20 Family Four Pack.

Colonial Green Screen Photos
10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Historic Philadelphia Center, 6th & Chestnut streets
Strike a revolutionary pose with family and friends at the green screen photo center!
Packages start at $22.

Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Various locations in the Historic District
Travel throughout Historic Philadelphia and stop at all ten Once Upon A Nation Storytelling benches to hear free, five minute stories of American and Philadelphia history. Collect a star at all ten benches and receive a free prize!

Military Muster
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5th & Chestnut streets
All able-bodied future soldiers will report to the Signers’ Garden where a few good kids, along with the West Jersey Artillery, will drill in the art of musket firing!

Declaration Reading 
3:45 p.m.
Independence Hall Courtyard
Hear a moving reading of the Declaration of Independence read by a Once Upon A Nation History Maker.

Tippler's Tour: Ben's Kites & Flights
5:30 p.m., Thursdays
Historic Philadelphia Center, 6th & Chestnut streets
Toast with Dr. Benjamin Franklin as he joins part of this tavern tour. Guests will hear stories and talk with the famous inventor and statesman.
$40 Adults, $35 Senior/Military/Student

Independence After Hours
5:30 p.m.  (Tuesdays - Saturdays)
Historic Philadelphia Center, 6th & Chestnut streets
Enjoy a delicious three-course meal at historic City Tavern and then “sneak” into Independence Hall to interact with Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams as they debate the Declaration of Independence.
$85 Adults, $80 Senior/Military/Student, $55 Children under 10.

We hope you had an amazing 4th of July in Philadelphia! See you next year! 



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