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. No timed tickets are required to tour the Hall after 5:00 p.m.

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!

Enjoy the special events and programs below, and share your experiences on social media using #SummerInPhilly!

Movers + Shakers
Philadelphia History Museum 
See the city of Philadelphia in the 1970s and '80s through the lens of photojournalist Neil Benson, a staff photographer for Philadelphia Magazine (1975–90). Benson's images document Philadelphia in the turbulent closing decades of the 20th century, and were published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, South Street Star, Time, Life, People, New York Times, and Rolling Stone.
Open Tuesday - Saturday, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
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 ice-cold libations.
Open Daily, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Colonial Field Days
National Constitution Center
The National Constitution Center invites visitors to experience “Colonial Field Days,” new programming that invites visitors to step back in time and experience the 18th Century Founding Era. Visitors can try their hands at Colonial games, dress up in 18th Century fashions and even “enlist” in George Washington’s Continental Army.
September 4 - 7; and October 1 - 4 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
Penn's Landing
The ever-popular Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest has transformed into a summer oasis along the Delaware River. Featuring Philadelphia’s first and only outdoor roller skating rink, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest has something for everyone. In addition to a full-sized roller skating rink with roller hockey grade flooring system, Summerfest also features a boathouse-themed Lodge with delicious bites by The Garces Group and Shane Confectionary; a naturalistic playscape and arcade for kids to play while they’re not skating; and a wraparound porch with rocking chairs for those who want to spend the day lounging with a waterfront view. Accessible via Philly PHLASH Stop 1. 
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 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.  

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 August, 1 - 3 p.m.

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, through September 7, 1:30 and 4:00 p.m. (Limited to 15 people)

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, 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.

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

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!
Through 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 
Created in partnership with the William Way LGBT Community Center, Speaking Out for Equality: The Constitution, Gay Rights, and the Supreme Court utilizes pivotal court cases to relay the constitutional evolution of LGBT rights, from the first gay rights demonstration in front of Independence Hall 50 years ago to now.
Through January 3, 2016

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.
Through 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.
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.
Through 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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